Old Works

4.2254941176 4.2 stars from 5 (25)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7705 yards
  • Slope: 136
  • Rating: 76.1
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice hole: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Singles allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Slag 72 7705 yards 76.1 136
Gold 72 7211 yards 73.8 129
Copper 72 6776 yards 71.9 125
Limestone 72 6144 yards 68.2 120
Limestone (W) 72 6144 yards 74.6 135
Brick 72 5348 yards 65.1 105
Brick (W) 72 5348 yards 70.4 124

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 25 Reviews
5 stars:
16
4 stars:
7
3 stars:
2
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

23 out of 24 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Great for a bucket list/top 100 pick   Challenges include bunkers  

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"Old works golf"


Ron3166867's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2017
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Reviewed on

Great layout, only 17 holes open due to erosion, no reduced rate, the temporary green was just cut in the fairway and not good!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great track, interesting features..."


sorenj's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Idaho Advisor
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/05/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The signature element of Old Works is the black slag bunkers, and you can’t miss them when you are on the course. In fact to me, at first, they kept appearing to be water rather than traps. Fortunately, they don’t play like water if you find yourself in one (as I did on two occasions). While they don’t play exactly the same as a standard sand bunker, I felt they played true and had no problem with them. My best shot of the day was arguably a 7 iron from 174 out of a fairway slag waste area where I had absolutely no problem picking the ball clean off the glistening black surface.

Beyond the traps, there is some good golf to be played at Old Works. I think the course probably plays a bit tougher later in the year when some of the grass gets a bit thicker in the rough areas (which benefitted me on a day I wasn’t as precise as I’d like to have been off the tee). However, the Nicolaus course winding through an EPA super-fund site still presents plenty of challenge and there are tee boxes available for every ability. As you play the upper portions of the course, don’t miss the ruins of the “Old Works” themselves; it’s pretty cool climbing from the 5th green to the 6th tee box through the brick foundations of what was once a bustling industrial complex.

This track has a links feel to it, without many trees or a lot of water (although the bunkers lulled me to sleep and when I first looked at the one pond on the course, I thought it was a fairway waste area). There is a creek running by the clubhouse which you will cross a couple of times (more depending on which tees you play), but it really does not come into play very much. There is a bit of elevation change and some tricky angles and hazards. While Old Works has some holes that can be scored upon, it also has a few that will take a stroke (or more) away from you for an errant shot.

The view from the tips on #1 is worth taking in, even if you don’t play back from back there. It is opposite the creek from the other tees and we didn’t even see it until we were heading to the parking lot after our round. You fire over the creek (with a decent carry) into a relatively small visible landing area. It left me wishing, at least for that hole, I had played all the way back.

The staff at Old Works was nothing short of wonderful; friendly, helpful, and eager to chat about the course for which they clearly have affection. It is also well maintained by a grounds crew that, despite me being first off in the morning, managed to be largely invisible as we made our way around the grounds. Pace of play was brisk when I started off and as far as I can tell stayed that way as the morning went on.

I would certainly play Old Works again and recommend it based on more than just the novelty of the black bunkers. Without them this course would be more than worth your time (with them, it’s even better).


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Old Works"


hoofnipper's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is a very beautiful setting in an old mining town with challenging holes. Fun for anyone. Pace of play was excellent. Fairways were a bit soft, greens are small and will challenge anyone my


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Very interesting but playable course"


Ekl57Kml63's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/25/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in good condition. Fairways were excellent and greens good. Challenging but playable for all skill levels.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Bad greens"


u000002965300's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/22/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

Greens in atrocious condition for $95.00 green fee.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Fair & fun course"


Scrapiron's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/30/2015
Previously played

Reviewed on

This is the best Nicklaus course I've played out of 6. Generous fairways but trouble if you miss them. Greens have lots of slope yet they are not impossible. A mix of a few hard holes (10 & 11), some intermediate difficulty and a few easy holes. Lots of black slag bunkering but room to miss them. This is a must play course if you are anywhere in the area. The price is fair too .


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Old Works GC"


David1684852's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Alberta Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2015
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

This course has been on my "gotta play it" list for a couple of years. So on my way back from attending the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay, I took a big detour to scratch that itch. Old Works was everything I had anticipated it to be...friendly service, superb conditioning, upwards of 5 tee boxes on most holes, wide open fairways, elevation changes, fantastic bunkering, great routing, expansive views, large rolling greens and for an opportunity to play a Jack Nicklaus course, it is very affordable. Take advantage of their play all day offer. Old Works is definitely a course that is worth the drive to play.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Amazing views"


Kygrace's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/06/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable. They highlight hole playing in a few minutes. Fairways were like playing on carpet. Great shape all around. Played in unbelievable winds. So strong they impacted putting. Beautiful views throughout the course. Challenging but not too difficult for an average golfer.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 11/25/2014

Thank you for your great review Kygrace! Hope it's not so windy if you are able to visit again! -Ryan


"Fabulous Course"


zaralogan's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/22/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a beautifully groomed course, in excellent condition and fun to play. The facilities are first class and the staff is most helpful. Would recommend this to anyone.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 11/25/2014

Glad you had fun zaralogan! Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. Hope to see you again soon.


"A real surprise !"


Cclements52's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/02/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course, I would rate it one of the better courses in USA .


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course,but slooooooowww"


Greg331golf's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/27/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Saturday couldn't have been better, except for the damage on the right side of #6 that I had to putt through(no g.u.r.). Sunday there was a problem on #3 when a lady walking the trail above the golf course had loose dogs that tore the leg off of a baby deer. She did and said nothing! A member of my group got the dogs off of the fawn and it hopped across the fairway on 3 legs. It was disturbing and messed up my friend's round. When we got to #10 there were 2 other groups waiting to tee off. We went back to the pro shop and were told that there was no Marshall. The young lady was very friendly and called the asst. pro off of the course. He came and told us that all the groups were on time and that we were 5 minutes ahead. That was as frustrating as the 30 minute wait on #10 tee. Is 5 hours the norm? Besides all that I would recommend the beautiful gem that Mr. Nicklaus did a spectacular job on.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great views"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was great. We played at 8am the green sprinklers were in every hole had to wait to putt


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great greens and fairways"


Luke3254800's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/18/2014
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A little chilly for mid June with fresh snow on mountains but beautiful anyway


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Mother Nature Stayed Her Hand Just Long Enough"


tommyphils's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2014
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

A substantial snow storm on I-15 had me worried that I would not be playing this headliner on my golf vacation late on a Tuesday p.m. It was still chilly (June 17?), but the skies cleared long enough to get in 18 at this absolute jewel. It was everything I had hoped, and much more. Why Nicklaus chose this somewhat offbeat location is a mystery, but I cannot question his results. Brilliant! The conditions are up to Jack's standards, but the unique mining features elevate it beyond any other Nicklaus course I have ever played. The history piques my interest based on my family's mining heritage . The lack of fairway bunkers made this less punitive than others of his design, but much more fair. The black slag bunkers are very cool. One of my all-time favorite courses. I could play it for a week. Hopefully next time.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"grear black traps to stay out of"


u000007127596's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/20/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

An affordable nicklas course everyone needs to play. A historic smelting town and an excellant example of reclamation.


Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"The sand was very interesting but fair to play from."


Skkundel's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/24/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We enjoyed learning about the backround of the course and the unusual SAND!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course made from former mining aftermath!"


ddiel79's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/21/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played Old Works several times and always find it challenging and fun! The Troon Golf Staff was excellent. Anaconda is a good place to visit as there are three courses in the area.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Best Course I've Played"


masnyder's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/20/2013
First time playing

Reviewed on

Absolutely Amazing. Could stop there but this course is a must play. Outside of Butte, Montana, this course offers a truly unique golf experience. From the practice facility with a 3 hole practice course (all included), to the black sand, and the rugged terrain that surrounds the course Old Works is the best Golf Course I've ever played.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great"


u000002082344's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/11/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Been wanting to play this course for several years. Weather was an issue on another visit, but this time I hit it right and it was well worth the visit. Hope I get through here again someday.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"black "sand" is different"


jmp1963's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/8/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is a little difficult to find. Nice views. Greens were quick.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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