Eaglewood Golf Course
Salt Lake City for most is renowned for its snow sports and the 2002 Winter Olympics. However, when the snow thaws (well, most of it), it features some beautiful golf courses both carved into the mountains and in the Salt Lake basin.
On this recent trip, I played and reviewed five different courses to give you a feel for what to expect in the Salt Lake area.
Things get started just north of downtown Salt Lake at Eaglewood Golf Course. This beautiful 18-hole course is carved into the mountainside in a residential area. Check out the full review to see what it’s like!
Eaglewood Golf Course is a 20 minute drive from Salt Lake International Airport and a 15 minute drive from downtown Salt Lake. it is off the main highway and after working your way up the side of the mountain through some neighborhoods, you’ll have made it.
Course Views: 9/10
The golf course is on the mountainside overlooking the Salt Lake basin and Great Salt Lake. This coupled with some dramatic mountain scenery makes for a very scenic course. I also liked having some nice homes surround the course, it adds a unique feel to the course plus you can appreciate the local architectural style.
Pro Shop: 5/5
The clubhouse has a beautifully designed exterior and looks beautiful from the front and from the rear when playing the 9th hole. The pro shop was well equipped with clubs, balls, clothing, and other assorted gear.
Practice Facilities: 9/10
The driving range is just behind the clubhouse and splits the 1st and 9th fairways. You hit off natural grass and range balls are an additional fee. There is also a putting green which allows for some chipping. There’s no formal chipping area or bunker.
The restaurant was smaller and while it had a full menu, it was something you’d expect more from a deli than a full sit down restaurant. Nonetheless, the food was still good.
The staff were friendly and welcoming. I did not note any cart service on the course during my round.
Rentals/Golf Cart: 4/5
Rental clubs are TaylorMade Woods and Irons and golf carts are also available without GPS or a cooler. The carts had a ball and club washer on them.
Fairway Condition: 8/10
The fairways at Eaglewood Golf Course were green and well maintained except there was still a bit of winter kill in the early summer throughout the fairways. Since they had a late winter, playing in early June is still early season. Locals I played with expected this to be resolved within a month as summer prevails. With the winter kill resolved, I could only imagine that the course would play that much better. It rarely (only once) affected my play.
Rough Condition: 8/10
The rough suffered from the same winter kill issue as the fairways. There were also some patchy spots that looked unrelated to winter kill but could be attributed to lack of course maintenance due to the late winter and early season play.
Sand Trap Condition: 8/10
Although I was fortunate and didn’t visit the bunkers during my round, they seemed to be in great shape even without being turned over. They had a decent amount of sand and made for consistent play around the course from what I could tell from my playing partners.
Greens Conditions: 4/5
The greens at Eaglewood Golf Club were in great shape early in the season. They were a little long and fuzzy but otherwise were receptive and looked great.
Since the greens were a bit long early in the season, they rolled a tad slow. Locals said this is usually trimmed after a month of growth and they speed up. Even for being slow, they rolled true and broke less than you would expect.
The fringe was effected similarly to the rough with some winter kill affecting and a few other dead patches here and there, although infrequent. The course design did not feature any landing areas.
Par 3's: 3.5/5
In all, the Par 3s were just above average. I was slightly disappointed to not see some more dramatic Par 3s considering the epic scenery surrounding the course.
The most beautiful Par 3 was Hole 8 which is pictured below. There is a large downhill slope but you usually have wind coming down the mountainside countering that.
Eaglewood Golf Course is on the shorter and less difficult side of things but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad course. I think the value of this course is tremendous with its views and easy play style. There are certainly holes that will make you work but for the cost and location, it’s hard to beat.
Final Rating: 82.5/100
Eaglewood Golf Course is a beautiful course in North Salt Lake City. The dramatic mountainside scenery with views onto the Great Salt Lake make for an easy round on the eyes. The course itself is in great shape, even when I played it which was just after a late winter wrapped up. In its prime, this course would only get more pure.
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