Crater Springs Golf Course

4.4840941176 4.5 stars from 5 (93)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7040 yards
  • Slope: 135
  • Rating: 73.0
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Simulator: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 93 Reviews
5 stars:
43
4 stars:
44
3 stars:
5
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

90 out of 93 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive at a resort near local attractions   Great for wildlife/ scenic views a weekend splurge entertaining clients   Challenges include water hazards bunkers forced carries   Great for patio dining drinks  

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"Good course in a great location"


bjmerlin's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/02/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/02/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/19/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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



u111239354's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



duke22's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Challenging course, excellent experience"


edmondragon's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Fun course with beautiful valley and mountain views"


RettJ's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Georgia Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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.


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


"Off the radar"


klytle1010's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Has to be one of the nicest public facilities in Utah. Wasn’t expecting much because it was April but the course was already in nearly perfect condition. Layout is amazing with incredible mountain panoramas on nearly every hole. Can’t wait to return.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great early season round"


edmondragon's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/15/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Crater Springs is a course I play a few times each year because it is a great challenging course that requires focus and skill; the staff was very friendly and helpful; the course was in very good condition for being open for a very short time in the early spring season; I look forward to anither round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Fantastic golf course to play."


u574006857's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/09/2017
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Reviewed on

A gorgeous golf course, well maintained, perfect conditions from the tee box to the green. I will play this course again and again. THANK YOU


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Worth The Drive!"


Sonoraman6's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I booked this tee time the same morning I played and I'm glad I made the 45 minute drive up the mountain. What a beautiful setting! Course is in great condition, especially for late summer. Weather was perfect. If there is one piece of advice, I would recommend putting your driver away on the back, except for one par 5. Friendly staff puts the cherry on top. Enjoy!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Course- A Top Notch Course"


TRburt's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Beautiful course. Great Course for all levels. This time we played we had a group that was quite slow in front of us. Other times I played this course the play time was adequate. Tee markers could have been moved around the tee box more often because of divot wear but the rest of the course was in great shape.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great course"


edmondragon's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/27/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Crater Springs is a course I must play a few times each year because it is an excellent course. The only issue I have ever had was when a group hit into us while on the green, and the marshall told us to speed up because the group behind said we were slow after I told the marshall their ball flew about a foot away from the head of one of our group members.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Difficult, fun course"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/26/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played this course two days in a row; staff was very friendly until we told the Marshall about a 3-some who hit into us in the green without a 'fore' call; thereafter the Marshall hounded our 4-some about playing too slowly; he excused the issue by asking us to play faster but said nothing about proper golf etiquette


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000001020619's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/25/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We had a great time playing this beautiful course and enjoyed seeing deer on the course. There were a couple quirky holes (blind shots) and 18 ate our lunch, but we had a wonderful time. Staff was extremely friendly. We would definitely recommend this course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"golf"


u00000565435's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/25/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great golf course , the weather was hot with calm conditions but the fairways were too damp from watering.

This is one of my favorite courses in the Heber area along with Wasatch Lake Course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Beautiful Course"


u00000784275's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/20/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

From the stunning mountain views to the beautiful greenery, this course is just amazing. You have animal life and waterfalls. The course is also a little challenging but worth all the work.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



Mandal44's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/01/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Average Golf Course"


AZGolfCoach's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Crater Springs is an average daily fee course. The layout is pretty, but the holes have very little character. The course maintenance is not outstanding, bunkers require attention. The speed on the greens was inconsistent. Several fairways were overwatered, with wet spots evident. The grill is in a converted trailer. The pace of play is a bit slow, 4:20 for an early Sunday morning tee time. The price to play was the most attractive aspect. I would play again only if the two muni's in the area are booked.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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