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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 6968 yards
Slope 141
Rating 72.5
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship Black 72 6968 yards 72.5 141
Championship Blue 73 6769 yards 71.8 137
Middle 72 6294 yards 69.4 129
Middle (W) 72 6294 yards 74.4 139
Resort 72 5946 yards 67.7 125
Resort (W) 72 5946 yards 72.8 136
Forward (W) 72 5380 yards 69.6 127
Scorecard for Trail Creek
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 71.8/137 538 358 401 159 544 143 449 291 440 3323 189 417 363 372 361 382 553 180 528 3345 6668
White M: 69.4/129 510 342 390 148 495 113 407 262 422 3089 174 390 354 353 354 364 530 164 508 3191 6280
Yelow M: 67.7/125 486 340 382 129 459 97 375 239 394 2901 164 358 334 308 349 347 483 147 498 2988 5889
Red W: 69.6/127 428 293 185 112 388 69 302 213 352 2342 110 321 332 243 339 330 402 127 464 2668 5010
Handicap 3 15 11 9 13 17 5 7 1 18 6 4 8 14 2 12 16 10
Par 5 4 4 3 5 3 4 4 4 36 3 4 4 4 4 4 5 3 5 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1937
Fairways Blue Grass
Greens Blue Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/15 Closed: 10/31
Architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (1980) Gary Linn (1980) Donald Knott (1980)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range 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 Proper golf attire is required.

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5.0
2 Reviews (2)
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Handicap 5-9
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Cold weather
Used cart

Nice, tight, well defended course

Playing the first hole at the Sun Valley Resort's Trail Creek course I was skeptical about the $120 I had just shelled out for my round. Flat, straight and not very well protected (and only 520 yards for a par 5), I was really concerned this track was going to be a blow-through. Those thoughts lasted exactly 1 hole.

It turns out the first hole is a nice warm up for what proves to be a fairly demanding course. It won't eat you alive as long as you stay relatively straight and it's easier to find balls that drift into the trees than I would have imagined (I'm speaking from experience here); but the challenge is legit.

The fairways are relatively narrow, made even more so because so many of the landing areas are in curves in the course making precision even more of a premium. Most of the greens have either bunker or water protection from the angle you are most likely to approach from. The exceptions that I recall being 1 and 3; the former being the warm-up hole I described before and the latter being a hard dogleg that requires a 200+ approach over trees from almost anywhere on the fairway (a perfect shot will give you around 200 without trees, but there is significant risk in that shot).

I played from the blues and I found the 71.0/134 rating/slope to be about right. I struggled a bit more than I'd like to but I'm playing more to slope than rating right now, so that makes sense. From what I saw, if I had been striking the ball a bit better, the course can be attacked.

My favorite hole was either the afore mentioned third, or the par 3 17th (225 yards of elevated tee goodness... and scenic beauty). seventeen plays to about 2 clubs (maybe a club and a half) downhill and I wound up leaving a well struck 7 iron just short of the green.

The greens at Trail Creek are, I think, the toughest I have played in Idaho. I didn't have a lot of trouble inside 6 feet, but everything further out was a challenge (part of this may have simply been my poor approach game... I left myself with a lot of putts that required covering the entire green).

They had snow the day before I was there so the bunkers were a little thick, but you can tell they are regularly well maintained and still played pretty fairly even with some snow still in the shadows of some of them. The rest of the course was in nearly pristine condition and was an absolute pleasure to play.

Thee closest thing to a complaint I have is that my wife and I drove up from Boise for our anniversary and had booked a tee time for just us to celebrate it together. Because of the uptick in weather (from snow Monday to 60 degrees and sunshine Tuesday) they wound up having a lot of people trying to get on and they paired us up with another twosome. The guys we played with were great and it worked out okay; however, driving three hours to find out that our solo tee time was now double booked was a little disappointing given that they knew about it being a special round for us.

That aside, though, the clubhouse and course staff were all welcoming, pleasant and helpful. Our overall experience was great and completely validated spending the money I had, ever so briefly, worried I might have wasted.

As an aside, we had a very nice meal in the restaurant before we played, if you have time I recommend it. Both the food and the prices were quite good.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Stunning views, challenging course

The key to this course is to play a tee that matches your ability. Its not smart to try to overpower this course with lenth. It's all about target golf and distance control.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent

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