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Wasatch Mountain State Park Golf Course: Heaven on a Fairway

By Devin Felix

September 2, 2014


Each month, we ask our Facebook fans to nominate their favorite Utah-owned businesses and organizations and we select one to feature here. This month we asked fans to tell us their favorite golf courses. Want us to write about a business you love? Follow us at www.facebook.com/UtahBusiness and watch for the next time we ask for recommendations.

If you’re on the right course, golf can be more than just a game—it can be a transcendent experience of beauty and peace. For many Utahns, the courses at Wasatch Mountain State Park perfectly fit that description.

Wasatch has two 18-hole courses, the Lake Course and the Mountain Course. They’re both known for their beauty, says Chris Stover, head golf professional at the courses. The courses are tucked into the northwest corner of Midway, and the fairways are lined with trees—and unlike many courses, there are no houses nearby. It’s common to see wild turkey, deer and moose wandering across the fairway and hawks or owls in the trees. And when the leaves start to change in the autumn, the explosion of colors increases the beauty even more.

 “No matter which course you’re on at Wasatch, it’s Heaven,” writes Rory Hamblin, who recommended the Wasatch courses on the Utah Business Facebook page. “It doesn’t really matter if you’re playing well or not. Because who really cares?”

The courses are also greatly beloved because they’re fun to play and have a variety of types of holes, Stover says. The Lake Course is a bit easier and flatter, while the Mountain Course is more challenging and runs over rockier terrain.

The Wasatch Mountain courses are consistently busy throughout the season, which usually runs from mid-March through Thanksgiving. About 120 corporate outings take place at the courses every year, including fundraisers and tournaments, but at least one of the courses is almost always open to the public as well. Last year the courses brought in $2.4 million in revenue—enough to cover their own expenses and help support other state-owned courses.

Stover says there are plans to expand the driving range in coming years to better accommodate the numbers of golfers who come through. Other than that, there are few changes planned. “When you’ve got a winner, you try not to reinvent the wheel,” he says.

For more information on Wasatch Mountain State Park Golf Course, visit www.wasatchgolfcourse.com.

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