Editor's Note: Currently, some golf-related attractions are closed or operating with new procedures in place due to Covid-19. Be sure to check in with each entity for the latest protocols and services.
There is a reason Mark Twain said “Golf is a good walk spoiled.” Golf is hard! Enthusiasts can spend a lifetime trying to master it, but for those looking to enjoy golf’s great spirit without actually teeing it up, Park City has something for you, too.
The alpine disc golf course at the Canyons Village side of Park City Mountain resort offers an outdoor adventure perfect for families. Enjoy a scenic ride up Red Pine Gondola and beat the heat on this nine-hole layout located midmountain, just beyond Red Pine Lodge. Head back down to Canyons Village and test your putting skills at the resort’s mountain-themed 18-hole miniature golf course. If you’re looking for more of a traditional putt-putt course (think windmill and clown’s mouth), then head to the Park City side for a fun and funny 18-hole layout punctuated by dozens of “Gnome Be Gone” sculptures created by Salt Lake City metal sculptor Fred Conlon. Disc golf and mini golf are included with purchase of an Adventure Day Pass and Adventure Season Pass, but check the website for hours of operation and individual pricing.
The Trailside Disc Golf Course, created and maintained by Basin Recreation, is a nine-hole track measuring 2,740 feet long and takes about one hour to play. Carved into the sagebrush hillside at Trailside Park, the mountain/desert landscape provides a mix of long downhill shots and uphill challenges, all with 360-degree views. Birdie opportunities at each hole keep veteran players engaged, while the lack of tall obstacles makes Trailside perfect for beginners. Play is complimentary year-round, although disc tails are recommended during snowy conditions.
For those itching to take a full swing, relocate yourself to famed courses such as Bethpage Black, Torrey Pines, and Plantation Maui at Basin Rec’s indoor simulator located at The Fieldhouse. The 25-foot screen allows golfers to track ball and clubhead speed, correct club angle at contact, and improve swing tempo. The Fieldhouse also has cages available for full swings with real golf balls as well as a chipping game to work on approach shots.
Ready to take your game a step further? Professionals at GolfTec’s training center (1890 Bonanza Dr, golftec.com) offer personalized, computerized swing evaluations and follow through with fact-based diagnoses, sequential lessons, video-based practice, precision club-fitting, and more. When you’re ready to take it to the course, GolfTec pros offer lessons at nearby Mountain Dell.