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About

Holes 18
Type Municipal
Par 71
Length 6769 yards
Slope 128
Rating 70.0

Old Mill is the newest of the Salt Lake County managed golf courses. In fact, it has only been open for play since about May 15, 1998. It has had a very favorable reception from local golfers and the media which will keep it very busy this summer.

The clubhouse is on the mountainside overlooking the course. Great views of the valley from point of the mountain to downtown contribute to the overall golf experience.

The course, clubhouse, facilities and fees are a step up from the other county courses. Apparently, golf's increasing popularity have given Salt Lake County management the excuses needed to include a few added amenities and increase green fees. Bag drop-off service and a decorative flower garden that spells out the name Old Mill are the main features that differentiate the Old Mill from other area municipal golf courses.
The land the course was built on was an old gravel pit on the mountain slope between Wasatch Boulevard and the freeway. The majority of the course is laid out on rolling mounds and hills devoid of tees. From a distance the course appears to be fairly flat, but this is an illusion. The fairways have been sculpted for hole definition and to provide landing area options. Looking down some fairways you wonder if the architect designed them to resemble the waves and contours of Godzilla's back. From the tee it becomes important to pick a target and then choose the right club. Hitting the fairway is not enough on many holes as bad tee shot placement can leave uneven lies and blind second shots.
The greens were designed to provide a wide variety of easy to more difficult hole positions. Some greens are built in bowls or include mounding that funnel shots onto the putting surface, but severe undulations and multiple tiers still allow the possibility for 3 putts on the wrong side of the green. Putting could be especially difficult if the pin placements were tricked up by the course.
There are a variety of hazards on the Old Mill course to defend against a good score. On the front nine the natural rough and sand bunkers can catch and swallow miss hit balls. The natural rough is a mixture of blue wildflowers, grass and weeds that can leave anything from a clean lie to a lost ball. Most of the sand bunkers are deep and one on hole number 6 is played as a waste area.
The back nine introduces two ponds, a winding stream and a forest to the hazard types. The ponds come into play on holes 10 through 13 by either guarding the greens or adding danger to wayward tee shots. Hole number 11 is short but requires a straight shot to the fairway and an intimidating second shot that must carry a pond to reach the green.
One of the most talked about features of the Old Mill is the dramatic change of scenery the course takes on the last four holes. In complete contrast to the open and treeless terrain of the first fourteen holes the course finishes by cutting its way through a thickly wooded corner of the course property. With the narrow fairways and crisscrossing streams you may think you have made a wrong turn and teleported to Mt. Ogden or Hobble Creek Golf Course.
On the last three holes it's hit the grass or die as balls that disappear into the trees and oak brush bordering the fairways and greens are rarely found. Hole 16 requires a bit of "local knowledge" because it is a short par 4 dogleg. A lay-up with an iron into the dogleg's corner is the safe shot as anything further is blind and must clear some tall trees.
Hole number 18 is the most difficult on the course for several reasons -- it's long, narrow and has a stream crossing the fairway about 220 yards out from the blues. A lay-up is the safe play but leaves a long second shot to the green. A full drive must carry the water and still stay on the short grass.
Overall, the fairways and greens are in excellent shape as the grass has grown in very well for a new course. Walking is allowed but be aware that several long and uphill green to tee treks are required.
Old Mill is a great addition to the collection of public courses in the Northern Utah area. Although it's not one of Northern Utah's signature mountain courses (except the last 4 holes), golfers traveling to Utah will not be disappointed. Local golfers should definitely add the Old Mill to their list of must play courses.

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 71 6769 yards 70.0 128
Blue 71 6303 yards 68.1 122
White 71 5984 yards 65.5 116
White (W) 71 5984 yards 70.7 132
Red (W) 71 5618 yards 68.3 115
Green (W) 71 4744 yards 64.1 113
Scorecard for Old Mill 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: 69.9/125 453 383 158 556 176 510 343 393 433 3405 463 367 188 433 537 413 203 377 383 3364 6769
Blue M: 67.3/121 427 363 110 543 150 490 313 376 413 3185 443 340 173 403 506 400 180 356 317 3118 6303
White M: 65.5/117 403 343 104 533 133 476 303 360 387 3042 417 320 163 383 473 383 160 343 300 2942 5984
Green W: 68.3/115 340 333 98 507 127 443 283 333 370 2834 383 313 153 367 463 366 146 330 263 2784 5618
Red M: 64.1/113 310 280 87 423 110 377 217 250 330 2384 300 267 133 323 394 297 113 270 263 2360 4744
Handicap 6 14 18 4 16 10 12 8 2 1 17 15 5 3 9 7 13 11
Par 4 4 3 5 3 5 4 4 4 36 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 4 35 71

Course Details

Year Built 1997
Fairways Winter Rye Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round. Weather permitting.
Architect Gene Bates

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $14
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

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3.6
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Great Views on County Course

Course was in great shape considering how popular this course is. Bunkers could use more sand. Wonderful views of South Salt Lake Valley. Front nine pretty open and forgiving. Changes character at hole 15. Location is very convenient for most living south of the city.

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Fun course. Plays harder than ratings. Mid handicaps can get in trouble quick and post some high scores. Great staff. Expensive 19th hole.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
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Average weather
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Course in great shape for early in the season

Old Mill is in great shape for this early in the season. greens are in good shape and the fairways are in good shape as well. Really nice shape for late February.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Great location

This place gets tons of traffic it is by far the most heavily played course in salt lake. Awesome layout 15-18 are a real test from the back tees. Greens speed here is always moderate never fast.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

Minus the staff/crew, the course and view are worth it.

One of the more scenic courses, and one of the most unforgiving as well. The course sits on the side of Mt. Olympus of the Wasatch Mountains, which provide completely gorgeous views of the Salt Lake Valley. However, this layout makes the course uncompromising and the thief of many of your errant balls. Some holes have fairways that are only a few meters wide at points, thick forests, tees almost one hundred feet above the fairway, and others have you teeing off around the mountain blind.
However, the unique challenges of the course were almost completely overshadowed by the absolutely grounds crew. Three times while preparing to tee off, the same man approached and proceeded to mow the very tee box that I was standing on. He didn't stop, move to another hole or even wait for me to hit. Not only was this dangerous, but the most inconsiderate thing that I have ever experienced on a golf course. This all but ruined our experience with the course. The staff seemed relatively indifferent from the beginning, so I didn't bother complaining in person. I will recommend this course only because of the unique and massive challenges it presents along with its unprecedented scenery.
It's too bad SL County can't hire even a mediocre staff/crew to operate and maintain it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
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