Wasatch State Park - Mountain golf course
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Wasatch State Park - Mountain golf course
In the 1997 NBA finals, Michael Jordan was quoted as saying the Mountain Course at Wasatch State Park in Midway, Utah was his favorite golf course. Brian Oar/Fairways Photography
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White Clouds at Sun Valley Resort - Idaho
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White Clouds at Sun Valley Resort - Idaho
While this track is only nine holes, White Clouds at Sun Valley in Idaho is spectacular with seven of the holes playing along the ridge lines and offering jaw-dropping views. Brian Oar/Fairways Photography
Raven at Three Peaks golf course
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Raven at Three Peaks golf course
In Colorado's Summit County, Raven at Three Peaks is a Mike Hurzdan and Dana Fry-designed course that epitomizes the meaning of "high" flying. Set at an altitude of 9,000 feet, the ball hangs in the air forever. Brian Oar/Fairways Photography
Tamarack Resort - Osprey Meadows golf course
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Tamarack Resort - Osprey Meadows golf course
Robert Trent Jones created a serious masterpiece at Osprey Meadows, about 90 minutes from Boise, Idaho, at the Tamarack Resort. Brian Oar/Fairways Photography
Sun Valley Resort - Trail Creek golf course
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Sun Valley Resort - Trail Creek golf course
Idaho's Iconic Sun Valley Lodge is certainly a well known winter escape for Hollywood elite, but the Robert Trent Jones-designed Trail Creek is a complete joy to play. Brian Oar/Fairways Photography
Brasada Canyons golf course
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Brasada Canyons golf course
Brasada Canyons at Brasada Ranch, just outside of Bend, Oregon, is a bit of an unknown in the area, but the golf course is excellent, and the accommodations top notch. Brian Oar/Fairways Photography
Coyote Moon Golf Course
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Coyote Moon Golf Course
My personal favorite designed by Brad Bell, Coyote Moon Golf Course in Truckee, Calif. is an adventure and too much fun! Brian Oar/Fairways Photography
Old Greenwood golf course
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Old Greenwood golf course
Old Greenwood offers a gorgeous Jack Nicklaus Signature design, which is one of the favorites in the Truckee, Calif. area. Brian Oar/Fairways Photography
Soldier Hollow Golf Course
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Soldier Hollow Golf Course
Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Heber, Utah offers 36 holes of top quality golf. It's another wonderful Gene Bates design and hosted the 2012 U.S. Public Links Tournament. Brian Oar/Fairways Photography
South Mountain Golf Club
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South Mountain Golf Club
Ninety percent of the courses in Salt Lake City are municipally owned, including South Mountain Golf Club. The munis offer some pretty solid golf courses for very inexpensive rates. Brian Oar/Fairways Photography

Behind the lens: Great golf courses in Western U.S. ski towns, from Utah to Colorado

As fall quickly approaches, and the golf season is winding down for some of us, it's time to catch the high-flying tee shots and gorgeous fall colors, and hit up some good, old, mountain-style golf.

What many forget -- or may not even know -- is some of the best mountain golf destinations are ski towns, which offer incredible golf courses of ultra high-end caliber but also the best $40 mountain munis you'll ever play.

In a few mountain destinations in the West, it is entirely possible to ski and golf all in the same day. It is not uncommon to ski knee-deep powder or fresh groomers in the morning, then play an afternoon round in warm, sunny conditions. If you can catch this phenomenon in Salt Lake City, Utah, or even Lake Tahoe and Reno in Nevada, you can have it all in one day!

Many of us are complete golf nuts, and we will play as much golf as possible -- even when the weather gets crazy or turns cold, and we dust off our skis. I have experienced ski town golf in total whiteout blizzards in Lake Tahoe in June, only to finish the round in blue-bird 70 degrees and sunny conditions.

While there are many great locales for mountain golf, I have compiled a collection of some of my favorites in the West.

Brian Oar is well known as one of the top golf course photographers in the world. Since 2002 he has been traveling the world shooting and writing about interesting golf destinations, and has photographed some of the top courses in the world. He is also a veteran of the GolfWeek's Best panel of course raters and helps create the annual top 100 courses and best-of-state lists for GolfWeek Magazine. In 2014, Brian won the prestigious "Golf Photographer of The Year" award from the International Network of Golf -- the golf industry's media awards -- for his exceptional imagery in GolfGetaways Magazine.- You can find Brian online on his website, BrianOar.com and social media on Instagram @brianoar and Twitter @BrianOarGolf.
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