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Tee Time: The Private Side

A glimpse of Park City area's private golf club scene and the year-round perks for members

By Lisa Antonucci July 13, 2020 Published in the Summer/Fall 2020 issue of Park City Magazine

Membership isn’t just about access to swanky courses. These days, local private golf clubs offer their members more than preferred tee times, pristine practice facilities, and exclusive—often amenity-rich—clubhouses.

 “I think the advantage that Park City’s private clubs have is that they cater to a lifestyle that matches the mountains, and they offer multiple amenities for anyone who plays,” says Utah’s 2019 PGA assistant of the year Jon DeBoer, who has spent nearly 30 years as a teaching pro at local clubs, including Tuhaye, Soldier Hollow, Park City municipal, and Park Meadows. “While golf is at the forefront of those communities, they are poised to become year-round clubs.” 

While membership typically has real-estate ties, it now also includes unique amenities and privileges at Park City and Deer Valley ski resorts—and even Main Street. 

Two challenging courses draw players to Promontory, but only members can play the Jack Nicklaus–designed Painted Valley Golf Course, a links-style track measuring 8,098 yards from the tips. When the fairways are buried in snow, members retreat to the club’s two on-mountain club facilities, the PC Lodge at Park City Mountain resort plus the Alpine Lodge located midmountain at Deer Valley—or they head to the on-site Shed for bowling, hoops, and arcade fun.

Along with Red Ledges Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, members can enjoy Nicklaus’s first-ever 12-hole Signature Golf Park, an executive layout that encourages park activities—including soccer, frisbee, and dog-walking in the off hours—as much as golf. Thanks to a partnership with the Deer Crest Club at St. Regis and Stag Lodge, they also have winter slope-side access to on-mountain clubs at Deer Valley.

“I think the advantage that Park City’s private clubs have is that they cater to a lifestyle that matches the mountains.”

—Jon DeBoer, Park Meadows Country Club

Talisker Club members tee it up at Tuhaye Golf Club, designed by 1998 Masters and British Open champion Mark O’Meara. Away from the course, they can enjoy several “clubhouses,” including Talisker Tower for easy skier access at Deer Valley, Courchevel Bistro for Main Street dining, and the Outpost for backcountry adventures. 

Victory Ranch members feel like VIPs when playing its award-winning Rees Jones–designed course—or heading to the ski hill, thanks to a members-only lodge located on lower Main, just steps from the town lift. Beyond golf and skiing, members can enjoy world-class fly-fishing on Victory Ranch’s four-mile stretch of the Upper Provo River, clay-shooting at their five-stand Double Barrel shooting experience, and an extended hunting season on their private upland bird-hunting property. 

The game itself is the main draw at the member-owned Glenwild Golf Club, which has been named Utah’s best golf course by Golf Digest for two years straight. Fewer than 200 homes surround the heralded 18-hole layout designed by Tom Fazio, who is known for having more courses ranked in the top 100 in the US than any other course architect. 

Jeremy Ranch Golf and Country Club, site of 10 PGA Tour Champions events, boasts the only Arnold Palmer Signature Design golf course in Utah and is set to host the 2020 Utah State Amateur Championship. Benefits include year-round access to the club’s TruGolf Vista simulator, instruction by Golf Digest–ranked top-35 teacher Dr. Jim Suttie, and a reciprocal golf program with courses around the world, including nine in Utah (with two in St. George—perfect for winter golf getaways). When the snow flies, members can access the club’s Nordic track designed by Olympic gold medalist Billy Demong as well as lessons with US Nordic Ski Team members.

Park Meadows Country Club

Image: Eric Schramm

Located in the heart of Park City, Park Meadows Country Club is ranked No. 9 on Golf Digest’s list and has hosted 10 Champions Tour events on its Jack Nicklaus–designed, links-style course since opening in 1983. This community club features year-round social events, a golf simulator, a newly redesigned clubhouse and pool, and Deer Valley ski access via a partnership with the Residences at the Chateaux. And PMCC has been nationally recognized for everything from dining to its award-winning superintendent, John Haynes. 

Editor's Note: Currently, many clubs are operating with new procedures in place and some services may be limited due to Covid-19. Be sure to check in with each entity for the latest protocols.

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