Vail Resorts has opened its highly anticipated golf course – Canyons Golf – .a 6,246-yard par-70 layout that winds through 97 acres in the heart of the Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah. The course, designed by Gene and Casey Bates, features more than 550 feet of elevation change with views of the Wasatch and Uinta Mountains and surrounding valleys.
Canyons Golf is the latest amenity to Canyons Resort, which encompasses 4,000 acres and nine mountains. Canyons is Utah’s largest ski and snowboard resort, with a village that features nine hotels – including the Grand Summit Hotel and Waldorf Astoria Park City – and two dozen dining restaurants.
Beginning at the resort’s well-known Orange Bubble Express – the first heated chairlift in North America – Canyons Golf winds up the Willow Draw area with panoramic views. The course then wraps down the mountain around the Waldorf Astoria Park City and back up to the Orange Bubble Express.
“I’m thrilled to launch such a memorable and exciting golf course at one of the country’s premier mountain golf locations,” said newly appointed Golf Professional Justin Johnson. “We’re offering private club level service with a prime location in the heart of vibrant Canyons Resort, so golfers will have access to top-notch facilities, while playing a truly unique and challenging course with the best views in Park City.”
Canyons Golf (www.canyonsresort.com) is built on the side of the mountain, offering drastic elevation changes and distinct holes. The 10th hole presents a 250-foot elevation drop allowing players to potentially hit a 400-yard drive. The signature 4th hole has unrivaled vantage points and will be known as one of the most picturesque locations on property, offering panoramic views of Park City.
As a continuation of sustainability efforts across the resort, techniques have been implemented at Canyons Golf to support this initiative. Much of the earth work on the course was done with unique construction methods, including crushing several tons of rock on site in order to make topsoil to be used on fairways, saving thousands of gallons of diesel fuel which would have been spent hauling material away.
Additionally, the course features an irrigation system known as fertigation, which allows fertilizer to be directly injected into the irrigation pipes rather than using broadcast spreaders. This method of irrigation allows water and fertilizer to be placed exactly where it is needed resulting in much more efficient use of resources.