Championship at East Bay Golf Course
East Bay is in Provo about 1 hour south of Salt Lake City. The course is located on the Novell/Word Perfect campus which explains why there is an executive course in addition to the regular 18 hole course.
One word describes the hazards at East bay -- water. Water comes into play on almost every hole and there are several forced carries. This can be one of the most challenging (and frustrating) courses in the area if you're not hitting the ball straight. It's possible to empty your ball bag on this course on a bad day.
Past experience has shown that the course's cleaning plan follows the following schedule: in the spring the course is cleaned up and put into shape for the annual Novell Provo Open. This is a big deal in Provo and for the past several years this event has included a 9 hole skins game featuring 4 Utah PGA tour pros - Mike Reid, Jay Don Blake, Dan Forsman and Keith Clearwater. Once the Open is over at the end of May the course is let go and A LOT of trash accumulates in the numerous ponds and marshes.
Favorite holes are number 4 and number 10 (now some other number because the back nine was reordered during 1997). Number 4 is a par 4 which requires a blind tee shot over a marsh. Too short or left and you're dead in the marsh, too far right and you're either wet or are faced with a long second shot. Number 10 (maybe 12 now) is a par five that offers several ways to attack, all of them dangerous. If you go for the green in 2 you have to carry the entire length of a pond. To lay up you have to hit a narrow fairway and risk going too far through and out of bounds.
They don't sell beer so bring your own -- from another county if it's Sunday. Because of the local religious influence this is a good course to walk onto without a tee time on Sunday, at least once the Open is over.
|Yellow (W)||72||5041 yards|
|Black M: 71.8/130||527||423||183||480||442||434||205||452||578||3724||418||181||507||541||206||414||517||139||441||3364||7088|
|Blue M: 69.0/121||502||410||160||417||351||381||167||416||524||3328||398||163||488||520||193||389||500||123||421||3195||6523|
|White M: 67.4/117 W: 72.4/127||450||372||138||352||328||362||145||391||498||3036||366||140||446||471||168||364||468||105||370||2898||5934|
|Gold M: 63.1/103 W: 67.0/110||407||331||105||305||294||312||116||346||442||2658||267||105||398||363||156||317||391||90||296||2383||5041|
Not for Beginners
Lots of water. I’m somewhat of a beginner. Though I’m not terrible, I lost 6 balls on 9 holes simply due to the amount of water on this course. If your shots aren’t right on line it’s common for a one hop out of bounds. Tough for beginner golfers.
Great for practice with friends
If you're looking for a serious course to master your skills, this one isn't quite that. I like to call it the sandlot version of the Championship course. You can't beat the price but still, for a few dollars more, you can go and play holes that will lead you to the next hole instead of being lost in a field of grass scratching your head about where to go next.
Great to take little kids to get some practice but this isn't your place if you want a more organized tee shot with distance markers.
Water on left and right
only thing wrong with this course is it needs a new club house bad!! On the plus side they have been reintroducing new sand all over the course greens are smooth and quick best grounds crew in the valley use caution on tee shots as a hook or a slice will lead you in the water there are 14 of the 18 holes that have water running typically down one side or the other of the fairway bring a few extra balls if your not the straightest shot a few risk reward holes and almost all Par 5's are reachable in 2 with a solid tee shot fairly flat so easy to walk
A true golfers golf course. Love the wildlife. Clubhouse could use a renovation. Staff is extremely helpful.