By Ann Wycoff
Welcome to the good life on and off the greens.
There’s no end to family fun and adventures in nature while in Park City and the surrounding areas. This beautiful pocket of Utah with its craggy peaks, alpine lakes, serpentine streams, silent forests, horse-dotted farms and emerald fairways has long been drawing families into its fold.
Gorgeous golf communities can be found sprinkled throughout the mountain and valley landscapes, which offer stunning primary and secondary homes, along with luxurious lifestyles, a defined sense of community, and family legacy. A golf course can be a playground for multi-generations and a perfect genuine way to spend the day with loved ones. In particular, families can share quality time together and create memories while teeing off or sinking that putt. Beyond the fairways, these local four-season communities offer a wealth of recreational and social activities for every age and member of the family.
Set in the beautiful backcountry along a private stretch of the Upper Provo River, this exquisite community is a world-class family destination. Spanning 6,700 acres, Victory Ranch has everything from custom golf cabins to mind-blowing estates, a meandering Rees Jones-designed golf course with dramatic views and a riverside restaurant. Massive conservation easements ensure enjoyment for future generations. The resort’s newest amenity,The Post, features a pool, gym, gourmet dining, retail store and a full-service outfitter center.
“The Victory Ranch lifestyle is all about escaping from the everyday and enjoying an endless array of recreation and relaxation every season of the year. It’s a place for families and friends to come together amidst the great outdoors, pursue new adventures and create memories that will last a lifetime,” says general manager/COO Jim Goodman.
This wilderness paradise is home to 22 miles of private trails for mountain biking, hiking, skate skiing, and snowshoeing; exceptional fly fishing, upland bird hunting, clay-pigeon shooting,
backcountry yurt glamping, ATV exploration, horseback riding, pond fishing, and stand-up paddling. Kids love family movie night under the stars, cooking classes, arts and crafts, pizza
nights, fly-tying clinics, yoga by the river, family golf tournaments, and more. In the works, the Barn will host tennis and paddle tennis courts, a swimming pool, restaurant, state-of-the-art fitness center and luxury spa.
This sprawling eleven-square-mile property boasts striking contemporary and mountain architecture, epic views, Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus golf courses, lavish clubhouses, custom homes, haute cuisine, and amenities galore.
“Promontory is the ideal family golf club. First, we have two of the highest ranked courses in Utah. Th e Dye course is family-friendly with six sets of tees for the beginner to scratch golfer. Th e Promontory Golf Academy off ers junior clinics and tournaments, and we have eight amazing clubhouses from the “Kids-Only” to the Shed. Promontory amenities are second to none, with amazing activities for the whole family all year long,” explains Tom Rogers, Director of Golf.
Beyond the top-notch tennis facilities, spa, fi tness center and pools, there’s an equestrian center and outfi tters cabin for hiking, fi shing, birding, snow sports and more. At the Kid’s Cabin, summer camps include fashion design, sports, photography, and birding camps, just to name a few. Th e 16,000-square foot Shed Clubhouse is a recreational dream with a massive movie theater, bowling alley, billiards, arcade, art classes, concerts, karaoke, a basketball arena, and amphitheater. A beach club with an infi nity pool, sand-trimmed lake, and amphitheater for live music is on the horizon for 2017. promontoryclub.com
This four-season, family-oriented community stands out for its breath-taking red rock landscape in Heber Valley. Handsome mountain homes, from state-of-the-art turnkey cabins and cottages to magnifi cent custom estates, deliver dramatic views of the horse-dotted countryside and snowy peaks of the Wasatch Mountains. Along with a spectacular Jack Nicklaus 18-hole course and par 3 Golf Park, Red Ledges features the #1 rated Jim McLean Golf School, the Cliff Drysdale Tennis School, a relaxing spa and fine dining.
“Red Ledges is the ultimate family golf facility. Our 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course has at least five tee boxes on every hole so everyone in the family can play the golf course at a yardage that is appropriate for them. New for 2016, we are opening up our Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Park that will include 12 par 3 holes with yardages ranging from 66 to 182 yards. This will be the perfect place for the family to enjoy a couple hours of golf together,” says Jon Paupore, Head Golf Professional.
Members love the heated year-round pool and fitness center with Pilates and yoga classes. The equestrian program offers trail rides, horsemanship, riding lessons, and wagon rides and barbecues with their resident Clydesdales. Trails for hiking and riding meander through a 400-acre parcel of preserved wilderness and unspoiled nature, ideal for spotting wildlife. Red Ledges’ new Kids Cabin offers foosball, shuffleboard, ping pong, movie nights, and more. Both the Drysdale Tennis School and McLean Golf School off er summer camps for aspiring young athletes, while the main clubhouse hosts weekly events for families, such as date nights with planned activities to entertain the children, stitch-and-chat groups, a book club, and golf tournaments. redledges.com
At this sprawling golf community, architecturally-striking homes dot the rolling hill landscape, overlooking the Mark O’Meara-designed, 18-hole, championship golf course. Challenging yet playable for all skill levels, Tuhaye’s remarkable course invites golfers to pause and behold the surrounding natural beauty. Mesmerizing views of the Uinta National Forest, Jordanelle Reservoir and Mount Timpanogos, winding streams and blankets of wildflowers unfold at every turn. Ownership at Tuhaye also means membership at the Talisker Club, which has several spectacular outposts.
“At Talisker Club, members receive private and unique experiences. Whether golfing at Tuhaye, spending cherished moments together at the 4th of July holiday party, swimming at the pool, skiing or enjoying their favorite meal at the Clubhouse, these experiences all contribute to making memories for families and friends for generations to come,” says General Manager Brian Straight.
Families can hike through aspen groves, mountain bike on single-tracks through meadows, or horseback ride high up on Empire Pass. Th ere’s archery, horseshoes, a kids’ camp, naturalists
for wildlife exploration, and adventure guides for trout fi shing. Talisker also owns a private boat for aft ernoons of waterskiing, wakeboarding, wakesurfi ng or tubing on the Jordanelle. Th e Tower Club, mountainside at Deer Valley, is a fun-fi lled destination with its fi re pits, arts and craft s at the kids’ club, a fi tness center, a spa, and fi ne dining and hiking with skiing right out the door. Th e club at Tuhaye features a pool and a water slide, a chic Moroccan-style spa, tennis courts and gourmet dining.
Thee Hideout Canyon Master Planned Development has gorgeous single-family custom homes, and lots with unrivaled views of the Jordanelle Reservoir, Deer Valley Ski Resort and towering Mt. Timpanogos. An easy 10-minute drive to Park City, Hideout Canyon is tucked into the wilderness and off ers year-round outdoor recreation. Th e community has access to Outlaw Golf Club, an uncrowded hidden gem carved into the gentle eastern slopes of the Jordanelle foothills. Th is public challenge course, designed by William Howard Neff , mixes par 3s and 4s, perfect for families wanting to play golf without having to dedicate four or five hours. Golfers enjoy elevation changes, rolling terrain, water features, family friendly forward tees, bent grass greens, and panoramic alpine and Jordanelle reservoir views. “Small fry” golfers will enjoy chance encounters with wildlife like elk, moose, deer, fox and hawks. hideoutcanyon.com
Village on the Green
Located in the quaint Swiss-inspired town of Midway, this family-friendly community boasts mountain single-family homes and lovely townhomes that border the Homestead Resort and Crater Springs Golf Course. Families can enjoy the historic country resort and its many amenities, along with nearby recreation in Wasatch Mountain State Park. Crater Springs Golf Course is a family-friendly, par 72 Championship course with five sets of tees for every skill level. Designed by Bruce Summerhays, the course winds through the tranquil countryside with the Wasatch Mountains as a backdrop. The course takes its name from the iconic Homestead Crater — natural hot springs, viewable from the course. villageonthegreenmidway.com
In the Swing
– More fabulous places to golf
Park Meadows Golf Club
Th is popular private club in Park City off ers social, dining, and golf memberships. Th e 18-hole, Scottish links-style course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, charms with its wooden bridges and waterways, and panoramic mountain views. Along with a first-rate fi tness center and swimming pool complex, the rustic-elegant clubhouse off ers upscale dining and more dreamy views. parkmeadowscc.com
Jeremy Ranch Golf Club
Th is private club off ers a wealth of social events at its beautiful glass-box clubhouse and exceptional golf on a championship course designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay. Set in the high foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, the gently rolling Par 72 course offers soul-stirring views and diverse challenges, with the East Canyon Creek winding its way through 10 of its 18 holes. thejeremy.com
Wasatch State Park Golf
Golfers can opt to play the Lake Course, with its tree-lined fairways, eight lakes, and pond hazards populating the gentle terrain; or the Mountain Course, a true beauty that follows the contours of the Wasatch foothills with exciting elevation changes and close encounters with wildlife. wasatchgolfcourse.com
Th is new course, designed by Gene and Casey Bates, serpentines through the mountain resort and delivers dramatic peak and valley views. Th e course features bluegrass fairways, bent grass tees and greens, 550 feet of elevation change, exposed rock hazards and native sagebrush accents. Hole 18 off ers an exciting challenge with its island green surrounded by the Willow Draw Stream. parkcitymountain.com
Soldier Hollow Golf Course
Set above pastoral Heber Valley, this striking golf complex offers two 18-hole Championship courses in the Wasatch Mountain State Park. Th e Gold Course meanders along the foothills with challenging elevation changes and lovely native vegetation, while the slightly tamer Silver Course boasts a parkland-style-design, with wider fairways and off -the-charts views of Mount Timpanogos. soldierhollowgolf.com