Gladstan Golf Course
Gladstan Golf Course is located in Payson which is about about 1 hour and 15 minutes south of Salt Lake City. It is built in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountain and offers a great taste of Utah mountain golfing.
Since the course is just over an hour away from Salt Lake City, it is not as busy as other mountain courses in Northern Utah. This keeps Gladstan one of the best kept secrets in the state. But, as more people play find out about it and the metropolitan area expands Gladstan is becoming more and more popular.
The opening holes numbers 1 to 6 on the front nine and the closing holes numbers 16 to 18 on the back are more traditional in design as they were built on terrain that is fairly flat. The main hazards on these holes are two large ponds and out of bounds areas.
In contrast, the stretch of holes from number 7 to 15 are cut out of the natural vegetation and uneven land. These holes cross hillsides, wander through canyons, shoot down steep slopes and cut through forests. Elevated tees, ravines and waste areas all come into play.
Numbers 7 and 8 are short target-style holes that require accuracy. Number 7 is a very short 329 yard par 4 that can easily produce a bogie or worse. A tee shot that is too far left or long will be lost or unplayable. Even a bad second shot to the elevated green is dangerous because of the surrounding vegetation.
A precise tee shot is also required on the short par 3 number 8 as the small green literally has thick waste areas guarding every side. Landing short of the green and rolling on is the only way to be safe.
Don't get too relaxed at the turn as hole number 10 requires a forced carry down a steep hillside and over a strand of tall trees. Course knowledge, course maintenance and shot execution are all required to setup a good approach shot to the green.
Because of the its intimidating tee shot, the signature hole is number 12. At less than 300 yards the par 4 would never get an ounce of respect if it wasn't for the deep ravine between the tee box and the fairway. The carry is only about 150 yards from the back tee but when it's your turn to hit it looks like 300 yards.
Because of the distance between green and tee on several holes, a cart is recommended for all but the best in shape. The forced carries required on the back make the front nine better for beginning golfers. The course is in Utah County which is dry on Sundays so bring your own beer.
Gladstan is very interesting and fun to play and offers challenges that can be overcome with accuracy and bravery. For the price Gladstan is an exceptional value for your golfing dollar.
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|Blue M: 70.5/129||435||185||415||493||400||160||398||520||336||3342||400||311||270||190||560||413||415||180||513||3252||6594|
|White M: 67.4/122||423||162||400||459||385||150||380||480||317||3156||378||285||265||170||546||385||400||160||495||3084||6240|
|Gold M: 65.1/117 W: 70.2/131||400||120||373||409||361||126||373||411||279||2852||353||240||239||155||415||343||370||144||469||2728||5580|
|Red M: 63.0/110 W: 67.8/124||340||100||332||380||342||103||332||360||262||2551||294||200||227||122||400||317||356||123||412||2451||5002|
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Fatty at pro shop
He's the worst help I've ever had at a golf course, tells me the course is booked out when the course has no one out on it. Probably want to go home early.
Always fun & challenging
Gladstan GC is one I enjoy playing several times a year with hopes of conquering its various challenges; once again I leave defeated but believing I can overcome the diversity of course layout and terrain; the course was in great shape and as busy as ever on this Father’s Day outing; the staff are welcoming and friendly with great customer service; we were partnered with two singles who were playing this course for the first time which made the round even more fun because it allowed us to really concentrate on how each hole is unique and challenging; another fantastic round that keeps me wanting more; I would recommend this course to all golfers intermediate and above due to the layout challenging greens.
top 3 course in Salt Lake Valley
I played this course for the 2nd time a few days ago. I liked the course the first time I played, but after playing it a 2nd time I am moving it to a top 3 course in the Salt Lake area, maybe all of Utah. It's awesome. The greens and fairways are in perfect shape, and hole #14 is by far the most scenic hole in Utah outside of St. George.
Excellent course, fun experience
It was great that Gladstan GC was open during this COVID-19 situation as it allowed my golf buddy and I a chance to get outside; staff was very friendly, and the course was in very good shape; hope we can play again soon.
I visit different courses throughout Utah every year, and Gladstan is my favorite. The back 9 has so much wildlife, and the views are amazing! A very relaxing and rewarding way to spend the day.
What a view
Breathtaking views from most of the holes. Steep grade change on paths. Greens and fairways are beautifully maintained.
beautiful fall folliage
Though windy and a bit cold the course was in great condition. The fall foliage of yellows orange and reds was spectacular.
Course is in great shape. Play was slow due to a company 4 man scramble that morning
Beautiful course and a beautiful day, great to be out on a day like this. Great views of the valley and Payson, UT. I'll be back.
Gladstan Golf Course was a nice surprise. It's a little far south if you're in the Salt Lake area, but I think it's worth adding to your list as a course worth doing from time to time. The best part was that the fairways and greens were in great condition.
Excellent course and experience
This is a course that is on my annual play list every year, at least a couple of times each year. I would suggest it to all players of intermediate level or better.
Fun Course great shape
I have always enjoyed playing this course!
Course is in great shape!
Beautiful, challenging mountain course
I try to play this course as many times as I can despite the hour long drive because it challenges every skill level in a well designed, strategic layout. I would recommend this course to every golf enthusiast.
I was surprised at how well the course played. It seemed like facilities were well-maintained, and I look forward to playing it again. One of the prettier courses in Utah.
Fun course to play. Great views throughout!
This is one of my favorite courses to play in the area. I love the back nice especially. It's up in the mountains I always see a bunch of deer and you never know what other kinds of wildlife you may see. The views are fantastic throughout. The course is well maintained and has plenty of elevation changes as well as left and right doglegs. A good course for any level player.