Golf at Willow Creek
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Willow Creek’s 7,096-yard course, nestled at the base of the towering Wasatch Mountains, offers spectacular country club golf. Its original design is steeped in tradition that can be traced to American golf architect Donald Ross. This traditional design has produced challenging golf, and the course is painstakingly maintained with all the advantages of modern agronomy. With a thorough understanding of the value of preserving traditions and incorporating modern technology, the course was completely renovated in 2005 under the direction of Damian Pascuzzo. The renovation’s objective was to provide the utmost in golfing enjoyment for all levels of play—from junior golf, to all levels of recreational golf, to active ladies’ programs, to truly championship challenges. The course now includes three large, dramatic water features that add to the excitement and challenge of the game, while the addition of novice tees on every hole enhances options for players ranging from the beginner whose range is still limited, to the expert who wants to play an irons-only round, for some variety.
The Willow Creek superintendent and grounds crew have consistently received the highest accolades from both club members and PGA officials. Troy VanDenBerghe, golf course grounds superintendent, brings to Willow Creek Country Club an extensive and successful background in golf course management. Troy and his experienced staff maintain Willow Creek’s golf course in the most pristine condition possible. Modern technological equipment aid Troy in creating a golf course that is a rewarding experience each time you play. The current back tee slope is 136, with a course rating of 72.8 for the par-72 layout. It is a tremendously unique design that allows walking and pull-cart use, while still enjoying varying terrain.
Twenty percent of the club’s golf rounds are accomplished on foot. In addition to the stunning mountain scenery and mature tree-lined fairways, the course is in a tranquil residential community bisected by two mountain streams. Great scenes and vistas happen often in mountain elevations. Willow Creek’s elevation at 4700 feet produces great weather and an extra 20 yards on your tee shot. Come take your best shot!
Photo and text courtesy of Pete Houdeshel