PARK CITY, Utah -- A golf boom before the 2002 Winter Olympics gave this ski haven a nice collection of golf courses, although most are private. Locals affectionately call Park City Golf Club the "muni" because of its affordable green fees and low-key vibe. Non-residents might pay up to $65 in the peak of summer, while locals pay half that price.
The 6,622-yard course is located right near the charming downtown with nice views of the surrounding hillsides and ski runs. William H. Neff (middle name Henrichsen) built the first nine holes in 1963 before it was expanded to a full 18 in 1973 by his protégé, a man also named William H. Neff (but they're not related). Another William Neff (Jr., this time) updated the 18th hole in 2003, creating a tough finishing par 5 that doglegs left to a green guarded by a pond.
Water comes into play on nine holes, including six on the front nine. Tall trees and pines tend to crowd the narrow fairways; thankfully the surrounding homes and condos do not. A nice elevation change reveals the elevated 14th green and 15th tee, crucial pieces of two strong par 4s.
After golf, head into town for dinner and drinks at the High West Distillery, the first legally licensed distillery in Utah since the end of Prohibition.