Plan Your Golf Getaway to Promontory Golf Club

Plan Your Golf Getaway to Promontory Golf Club

Park City is synonymous with winter sports. Skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing — it's one of the nation's premier playgrounds for all things snow. But when the snow melts by mid-spring and the skis and boards are being packed away, another sporting obsession takes hold deep in the Wasatch Mountains: golf.

More than 30 golf courses sit within a 20-minute drive from the heart of Park City. From late spring through early fall, there is an incredible amount of variety, challenge, and joy to discover in every one of those courses. But one club, in particular, has elevated Park City's and Utah's golfing scene more than any other — Promontory Golf Club.

A renowned destination for golf aficionados of all skill levels, Promontory Golf Club continually ranks as one of the top golf experiences in the Western U.S. It’s no surprise, then, that after a round on one of its two (and soon to be three) courses, it instantly ranks as an all-time favorite locale.

If you've yet to feel the unparalleled bliss of spending a day on Promontory's majestic links, it's time to put that to-do atop your list. To assist in your next golfing road trip, we've compiled a guide to help you plan your golf getaway to Promontory Golf Club.

Getting here

Though sprawled across a beautiful landscape amid the stunning Wasatch Mountain Range, the Promontory Golf Club is relatively easy to access. Due east of Salt Lake City, those traveling by air can fly directly into Salt Lake City International Airport.

From there, the club is a 45-minute to one-hour drive away via Interstate 80. While not for the faint of heart, those coming in from Denver via car will find the route from I-25 to I-80 the most accessible, even though it's nearly 500 miles and 8 hours long.

As a gated community — one of the many perks to being a resident and full-time member here — you'll need to navigate the picturesque front gate upon arrival. Guests of members will have no problem with gate passes distributed through Promontory's member app. Those non-affiliated with a member should clarify policies when booking a tee time.

Where to stay

If you're a guest of a club member, congratulations. It's truly the next best thing to having your own membership as you get a sample of the extraordinary privileges that aligning yourself with this standout club provides. Even better if that member lets you stay with them at their Promontory Club home. No doubt, the experience will prove enticing to the point of considering a home and membership of your own.

However, if you're a guest or playing unaccompanied and need a place to stay, there are several local luxury hotels worth considering.

For the ultra-luxe traveler whose agenda includes adventures far beyond a round of golf, The Lodge at Blue Sky immerses you in a unique, opulent mountain experience. Part of the Auberge Resorts Collection, the hotel is only 20 minutes from Promontory Golf Club. Reservations don't come cheap, but the memories you make here are priceless.

Less expensive yet hyper-luxurious accommodations are available at The St. Regis Deer Valley. Located 25 minutes from Promontory Golf Club, St. Regis is perfect for a golf-centered trip. The hotel features a Topgolf Swing Suite bookable for up to six guests and the opportunity to book a limited number of tee times at either Promontory courses through the hotel.

Just to the south of St. Regis, The Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley also offers its guests the opportunity to play Promontory Golf Club with tee times available through their concierge.

Individuals wanting to spend more on golf will love The Blackrock Mountain Resort. Located 20 minutes from the Promontory Club, the resort is close to several state and national parks. It includes a complimentary shuttle and the highly-rated Overlook Restaurant.

Plenty of other options are available, including vacation rentals and numerous hotels and resorts that will cater to your specific travel needs.

The golf

Promontory Golf Club is home to two renowned 18-hole championship golf courses with legendary pedigrees celebrated throughout the golfing world. A third, 18-hole par 3 course opens in late summer 2023. It promises to add another exciting dimension to an already outstanding golf experience.

The Signature Pete Dye Canyon Course

Originally open in 2002, a year after the Promontory Club was organized, The Canyon Course is a Signature Pete Dye creation heralded as a true masterpiece of mountain design. Sweeping views of nearby mountain ranges and breathtaking shifts in elevation almost make the golf secondary on this imaginative one-of-a-kind layout. Though that "almost" quickly dissipates with each dramatic shot, reminding you why mountain golf is so magical.

With the ability to stretch the back championship tees to nearly 7,700 yards, scratch golfers will find plenty of challenge on this par 72 layout. But as the Canyon Course is considered the "resort," its design lends itself to enjoyable rounds for all skill levels. Six sets of tees let the course play as short as 4,600 yards for those just getting into the game.

The Signature Jack Nicklaus Painted Valley Course

To the south of The Canyon Course is The Signature Jack Nicklaus Painted Valley Course. Opened in 2007, the Nicklaus track is arguably the most sought-after to play in the Park City region. As the member-only layout, outside players get low priority unless playing as a guest. Those fortunate enough to step to the first tee are in for a treat.

Often regarded as the most demanding golf course in Utah, the championship tees put the yardage for this par 72 brute at 8,098 yards. The includes three par 5s measuring 718, 673, and 605 yards. Yes, you're playing in the thin mountain air, but those are three-shot holes at any elevation. Even the two tee tiers below, the Nicklaus and the Member, measure 7,460 yards and 7,068 yards, respectively.

But playing along the valley floor offers a genuinely mesmerizing golf experience, with sweeping fairways and picturesque vistas helping take the sting out of whatever punishment the course provides. For those pursuing a more bucolic round, additional tees, including those for families, bring the course to a more playable range.

The Hills Par Three Course

The Promontory Golf Club is adding to its course collection with a stunning short track aptly named The Hills. This wonderful little gem will feature 18 postcard-ready holes of shotmaking, with holes as short as 75 yards and those reaching upwards of 225 yards.

You'll need almost every club in your bag to master the par 54 courses, but with every tee box featuring panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, it's the perfect setting for golfers to take 18 swings at that elusive hole-in-one.

Not to be outdone by its older, full-sized siblings, The Hills features a full accouterment of golfing facilities, including a clubhouse, practice range and short game area, TaylorMade Fitting Center and on-range golf academy, indoor golf simulator bays, and the Promontory Club's 18-hole putting course Cascade Greens.

The Hills course is scheduled to open the first week of August 2023, with a member preview running throughout July.

Additional course information

As noted with The Hills facilities, each golf course has its own clubhouse, golf shop, practice areas, and staff, making for three truly unique experiences. The clubhouses are architectural marvels that will impress just as much as the on-course experience.

Should you find yourself famished after a round on the links, the world-class food offerings at each course are a proper ending to an unforgettable day. Lending itself to the more relaxed resort atmosphere of the Canyon Course, the Dye Clubhouse features the Hearth Grille and mouth watering menu specializing in classic comfort foods. The Nicklaus Clubhouse boasts the Asian-inspired Peak Restaurant and Lounge. The Hills Clubhouse will host the Sage Italian Restaurant.

Rates for those accompanied by a Promontory Club member are $200 for the Dye and Nicklaus courses and $150 for The Hills course. Unaccompanied rates are $400 regardless, of course, and require using a forecaddie.

When to go

As with any mountainous golf retreat, the window of opportunity is short but glorious. The Promontory Golf Club season officially opens on June 2, 2023, at the Dye Canyon course. A week later, on June 9, 2023, play starts on the Nicklaus Painted Valley course. As noted, The Hills will open its inaugural season on August 4, 2023.

Barring significant weather delays, the play runs for four months, closing on the Dye course on October 9, 2023, and on the Nicklaus and Hills course on October 17, 2023. 

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