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4.5
Pace
4.4
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4.8
Pace
4.8
Amenities
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4.9
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4.8
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4.6
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7040
Slope 135
Rating 73.0
Type Resort
Midway is in a secluded valley between Heber and the Wasatch Mountains. The area has become popular as a recreation destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Along with the fishing, camping and water recreation available, golfers are provided 54 holes of mountain style golf located on two courses: the Homestead Golf Course and the Wasatch Mountain State Park Golf Course. The Homestead Golf Course is one of the facilities of the Homestead Country Resort which also includes lodging, restaurants, swimming, horseback riding, tennis, snowmobiling and even scuba diving in a volcanic crater. Although it is a resort owned and operated golf course it is open to the public. Upon arriving at the Homestead as a non-resort guest drive to the left side of the parking lot and look for the bag unloading area. An attendant will load you bags onto a cart and you can drive the short distance to the clubhouse. The Homestead course was designed by Senior PGA Tour player Bruce Summerhays who lives in the area. With countryside property overlooked by 10,000 foot mountains he had a very scenic canvas to build upon. The finished course winds past red barns and meadows, up and down hills and across streams and gullies. Although the Homestead does not have the extreme vertical changes in height seen on several mountain courses in Northern Utah, most of the other elements are there. Fairways and greens are bordered by thick trees and vegetation that will swallow poorly hit balls that miss the grass. Rocky creeks, marshes, waste areas and property fences are other hazards the golfer will face. It's just too bad the course was not able to incorporate one of the hot pot craters in the area as a greenside hazard. When playing the course for the first time, it is important to take a bit of local knowledge with you. Because of the rolling terrain and some sharp angles in the doglegs there are hidden hazards and several blind placement shots to negotiate. If no one in your foursome is familiar with the course be sure to pickup the single page Homestead Golf Guide in the Pro Shop and refer to the course layout printed on the scorecard. The first hole is a sharp dogleg par 5 that gives players the first taste of the course knowledge that is required. From the tee box the first shot's target is a bit undefined and requires a quick read of the golf guide which says to aim for the right bunker. Then again on your second shot beware of a partially hidden water hazard bisecting the fairway in front of the green. Hole number 4, an uphill par 4, is memorable because of the scenery in the background and the wooded hillside to the right -- the sloped fairway creates the illusion that you are hitting straight up into the mountains in the distance. Remember that if you slice it into the trees it's allowable to drop out because it's considered a lateral water hazard. Hole 5 is a sharp dogleg par 5 which brings you back down the hill from an elevated tee. It's a strong hole that is somewhat ruined by an ugly dirt and weed area in the out of bounds corner of the dogleg. The hardest fairway to hit on the front 9 is hole number 6. The par 4's length requires a big stick from the tee. The landing area looks very narrow from the tee box as the fairway is lined by tall, mature trees and the left side has a stream running the entire length. One bailout area is the parallel 7th fairway but this option leaves a long blind second shot to the green. The back 9 starts out fairly straight forward with two moderate length par 4s. Then the par 3 number 12 offers a short dangerous downhill tee shot to a green surrounded by all kinds of trouble -- it can be an easy birdie or double bogey. Number 13 is a fun short par 4 that can be very challenging. The pin is hidden around the right dogleg from the tee and a straight lay-up shot of about 200 yards is all that's required to hit the island fairway. Go left, long, right or short and you will probably end up in the water or someone's backyard. The course finishes up with the best hole. Number 18 is the longest par 4 on the course and has very demanding first and second shots. The tee shot is from an elevated ridge through a window of tree branches and willows to a narrow curved fairway. Go too far right and you're dead in the trees, stream or out of bounds. Too far left of the fairway and a blind lay-up shot may be your only option. Even from the fairway, the second shot is long and uphill to a green guarded by huge trees growing out of the middle of a large sand bunker. Overall the course is fun, challenging, beautiful and the staff is extremely friendly and helpful, but it's hard to find anything that sets the golf course itself apart from other mountain courses that spoil us like Wasatch Mountain and Mountain Dell. The grounds around the clubhouse and practice facilities are well manicured and maintained but the rest of the course is about equal to other public courses in the area. If your golf dollars are limited you may find a better value elsewhere, but if resort type amenities like bag drop-off service, full service restaurants and exclusivity are important to you then you will enjoy what the Homestead has to offer.
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Crater Springs Golf Club (formerly Homestead)
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7040 yards 73.0 135
Blue 72 6525 yards 70.5 126
White 72 6025 yards 68.8 121
Red (W) 72 5091 yards 68.8 118
Scorecard for Crater Springs Golf Course
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 73.2/146 548 187 394 383 600 447 538 251 411 3759 384 373 148 380 197 418 374 559 448 3281 7040
Blue M: 71.1/133 518 176 342 365 574 424 494 235 400 3528 352 362 142 370 153 360 354 501 402 2996 6524
White M: 68.8/128 472 148 326 353 546 377 480 201 374 3277 330 323 131 306 143 320 339 501 387 2780 6057
Red W: 67.8/129 442 114 253 281 526 315 455 110 282 2778 293 283 101 245 121 280 238 410 342 2313 5091
Handicap 9 17 13 11 1 3 7 15 5 10 14 18 8 16 6 12 4 2
Par 5 3 4 4 5 4 5 3 4 37 4 4 3 4 3 4 4 5 4 35 72
Handicap (W) 5 17 13 11 1 7 3 15 9 10 8 18 14 16 6 12 4 2

Course Details

Year Built 1990
Fairways Bluegrass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season April 1 to October 31
Architect Bruce Summerhays

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Reviews

4.5
96

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Patio Dining 8
Drinks 7
19th Hole Scenic Views 5
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 15
Bunkers 13
Forced Carries 12
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 17
A Weekend Splurge 12
Entertaining Clients 10
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 20
At a Resort 12
Near Local Attractions 6
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Played On 07/31/2018
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
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Great course. Needs more drinkable water on the course
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On 07/31/2018
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On 07/20/2018
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Texas Advisor
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Best of Class in Golf Resorts in Utah!

We played in nearly perfect morning conditions from the Blue tees at 6,524 yards 71.1/133. Crater Springs Golf Course is the resort course for the venerable Homestead Resort. It is the perfect amenity in this mountain side location. The resort is manager by one of the all time greats of resort management, Paul Christensen, who made our round happen at last minute. Crater Springs is named due to the thermal springs in a crated located on property. The course is routed up the mountainside then down through a flat land that used to be marshes. The course is the perfect resort course in that the there is a tee for everyone. The fairways are wide and the greens hold. Bunkering is not ridiculously hard. The course conditions were fantastic. The course gets a lot of rounds played and the team maintains excellent form. I recommended a couple of nights stay at the Homestead. Play the resort course and maybe one or two of the local state park course close by (Wasatch Mountain and Soldier Hollow). Easily the top resort choice in the State of Utah!
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On 07/02/2018
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good course in a great location

Today was the 3rd time in the past 6 years we have played the course. We are vacationing in the area. The course has a nice layout and is in good condition especially the greens. High recommend playing this course.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Good
Played On 07/02/2018
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Course

Scheduled a Tee Time the weekend before the Fourth of July. The resort was crowded however Tee Times were on schedule. Course was great and staff was friendly. The Pro Shop has great golf attire.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On 06/19/2018
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On 06/13/2018
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Good
Played On 06/03/2018
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On 05/21/2018
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Challenging course, excellent experience

I play Crater Springs a few times every year because it tests a golfer’s skill; a beautiful course with varying degrees of difficulty that will have you use every club in your bag; already looking forward to my next round to see if I can conquer it.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On 04/28/2018
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Georgia Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fun course with beautiful valley and mountain views

This was the first time I played this course and this course was very good condition (especially for early spring golf). The greens were in excellent condition and were firm, and smooth. It was a challenge to get a ball to stop on the greens due to their firmness. The fairways were excellent especially since it was early spring and the grass has not yet fully grown in.. The few not-so-great things were the bunkers. The bunkers were not too great. Due to early spring, it appeared the course maintenance crew has not yet been able to work over the bunkers and get them in top shape. I was in a couple fairway bunkers and a couple greenside bunkers and every single bunker I hit out of there was little sand and the bunkers had not yet groomed and edged. Overall, I really liked the course and the conditions (other than the bunkers) were great. The staff in the pro shop was very friendly and accommodating. The course offers spectacular views of the Heber valley as well as the surrounding mountains. The scenery is awesome, especially on holes 3, 4 and 5.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent

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