It was in 1957 that a visionary group—“The Twenty-Five Associates”—took a chance and purchased 166 acres of rocky, undeveloped stream bed with the idea of developing a first-rate golf course and country club in the then-remote southeast corner of the Salt Lake Valley.
The hard work paid off. Willow Creek Country Club will celebrate its 60th birthday in 2017. The founders’ vision proved correct: the lush golf course and country club amenities are now prizes much enjoyed by 500 members, and have been since the club’s inception. Families have now been raised at Willow Creek, and second- and third-generation members continue the tradition. The clubhouse and golf course have evolved and kept pace throughout the years, but one concept remains central: Willow Creek is a lifestyle that continues to enhance the lives of its members, their families, and their guests.
The golf course at Willow Creek was renovated in 2004, providing both functional and aesthetic improvements. Major water features were added, and a straight irrigation ditch evolved into an undulating canyon stream that mimics the creeks that flow through Big and Little Cottonwood canyons, both located just minutes from Willow Creek. Cement cart paths have been redirected throughout the course to take better advantage of the tree-filled, mature landscaping that graces the property. Sixteen new bunkers add more challenge to the course, and all existing bunkers and tees were refreshed.
In 2016, the nines were reversed and 3 new water features were added on # 17 and #18 to accommodate the new clubhouse.
Willow Creek is looking forward to continuing with many more years of great golf, camaraderie, and memories for its members. You are invited to be a part of the legacy.