The 18-hole course at TalonsCove Golf Club hugs the northwest rim of Utah Lake, leading golfers on a shamrock-shaded jaunt backdropped by the craggy skyline formed by the Timpanogos Mountain. Architect Gene Bates designed the course in a links-style format, the ancient design scheme that features numerous deep bunkers, frustratingly high rough, and few trees bent on blocking flight paths and asking for group pictures right before an important shot.
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Fox Hollow Golf Club's narrow, scenic terrain challenges athletes with holes that reward precision over distance. Climb aboard the included golf cart and traverse Fox Hollow's 7,077-yard, par 72 course, littered with orb-hungry mature trees, methodically placed bunkers, and water hazards shaped to resemble cinema's most famous rain puddles. Each hole attempts to distract golfers' pinpoint shots with awe-inducing views of the Wasatch Mountains, and punishes those who overplay their long drive by swallowing their ball in the expansive roughs. Though not included with today's Groupon, customers can practice their putts and celebratory bogey boogies in Fox Hollow's lighted practice areas before swinging for the greens.
Junior Golf Academy inducts golf neophytes into the lifetime sport's eternal mysteries, offering a three-tiered kids golf curriculum, classes, and clinics for elementary through college-age youths. After tooling strokes at a driving range, putting green, chipping areas, and a simulation machine, the club's elegant arc will add oomph to shots and bait feral rainbows. The first one-hour small group lesson will be used to place mini-golfers according to their skill level, and the second and third will continue to teach them the sport's essentials. Equipment is provided for junior golfers.
Cascade Golf Center pairs an 18-hole golf course with 54 holes of miniature golf, inviting golfers of all stripes to enjoy the challenges of the game. Sculpted into the rolling terrain of surrounding foothills, the 6,055-yard course begins with the relatively flat land of the front-nine Valley Course before plotting an oscillating path over the back-nine Mountain Course, where clubbers must contend with elevation changes and the shrill tones of displaced Bavarian yodelers during backswings. As golfers traverse the course, crests give way to scenic views of snowcapped mountains and distant Utah Lake.
The Center’s miniature-golf courses include two obstacle-ridden, 18-hole courses and an 18-hole, natural-grass putting course designed for focused practice. Those looking for conventional putt-putt pleasure can steer shots past the waterfalls and streams that hug The Falls, or sink two-putts among the inventive rock formations and evergreen corridors of The Arches. The natural-turf putting course eschews exotic obstacles in favor of sloped greens hemmed by a cut of rough that, combined, resembles a small golf course or the front lawn of an overenthusiastic landscaper.
Mulligans Golf and Games entices golfers to grab their clubs and pole-vault into the universe of gentlemanly sportsmanship across two nine-hole golf courses. Golfers can steadily slice their way through The Meadow's nine par-3 holes, or line up their swings to conquer on The Ridge's tricky combination of par-3, par-4, and par-5 holes. Both courses present unique challenges for players of all skill levels, tucking water hazards into verdant greens and commissioning tennis players to play defense. Those who prefer putters can traverse the bubbling lagoons of two immaculately landscaped mini golf courses.
Mulligan Golf and Games' driving range, open day and night, unfurls 33 covered hitting areas so golfers can practice their strokes and acquire the accuracy to peg their neighbors' rooftop satellite dishes. During golf lessons, Jeff Wathen and other PGA golf professionals analyze swings and approaches using years of experience as well as the latest in video and computer teaching aids. Baseball and softball players can also club white orbs into the sky from eight slow- and fast-pitch batting cages.
River Oaks Golf Course was carved from the pond-spotted wetlands that surround the Jordan River to form 18 holes of scenic golf. Golfers prime their swings at the course’s 40-stall driving range to prepare for the round, which begins with three consecutive holes featuring prominent water hazards that still hold a grudge against the sun for ending their glacial childhood. Snow-capped mountains peek above tree lines, enhancing the landscape as golfers play the course. Those in need of an equipment upgrade can browse a vast selection of new clubs, clothes, and accessories at the pro shop, where large observation windows let guests soak in views of the course, stare into the glassy waters of the river, or keep tabs on factions of rebellious golf carts.