A country setting, opened in 1966. Great layout, especially good for the beginner and intermediate as it offers variety on a relatively flat landscape.
East vs. West. No, we're not talking about the opposing sides of a college football all-star game. Nor are we discussing the Cold War, which American coastline is better or two high schools in Salt Lake City. Instead, we are talking about golf in and around the city of Bountiful.
You see, there is this friendly little rivalry between golf courses on the east side of I-15, like Bountiful Ridge and Eaglewood, and the one on the west side -- Lakeside Golf Course. The east side courses -- probably more well known and definitely more affluent -- can claim stunning vistas, as they are on the bench areas of the mountains. The west side courses are in
Those vistas, however, might be a bit overrated, Lakeside pro Mike Bicker says. "They have a view of the Great Salt Lake and the oil refineries," he said. "We have a view of the Wasatch Mountains."
That's not all Lakeside has going for it. The course, which is about 30 years old but was re-laidout in 1993, is a challenge for any level of golfer. The reason? Water -- lots and lots of water. The drink comes into play at Lakeside on 14 of 18 holes. Bicker likes to point out that one can hit in water or out-of-bounds on every hole. He's not kidding.
Number one, a 490 yard par 5 from the middle, or white tees, looks simple enough. An errant drive to the left, though, will find trouble -- a fairway bunker.
Water comes into play for the first time on number three. A long drive can find the front of a left side pond. On six and seven, there are ponds guarding the right side of the fairway. And the fun has only just begun.
If one escaped the front nine relatively unharmed, take a break before crossing the street to the back nine. You'll need the renewed energy. That is because Lakeside has its own version of "Amen Corner," the infamous three hole stretch at Augusta National. Coincidentally, it's the same three holes -- 11, 12 and 13.
Hole 11 is a 113 yard par-3 from the whites. That sounds short, but about 90 of those 113 yards look like they came straight out of central Florida -- it's a swamp. The green is large, so if the pin is placed in the back, all the better, as you can hit a club or two extra to safely carry the water. The hole plays extra tricky when the pin is in the front of the green, though.
The next two holes have ominous markings on the cartpath asphalt. Next to the white tees, it says, "230 yards to the wetlands," on No. 12. The swamp that guards the 11th green extends into the fairway on the par-5 12th hole and par-4 13th hole, creating a strong need for discipline and club management. A driver off the tee on either hole, especially No. 13, can get you in serious trouble.
"That little stretch," Bicker said, referring to 11-13, "takes its toll on golf balls."
The three finishing holes are the prettiest on the course. The 155 yard par-3 No. 16 is beautiful, with weeping willows surrounding a pond behind the green. The last two holes also have water around the green. "Eighteen is usually regarded as the hardest hole," Bicker said.
The wet spring put the grounds in excellent condition. Of course, with all the ponds and water hazards, one gets the feeling Lakeside could take care of itself even if there was no rain for an extended period. It could simply irrigate.
Long time golfers may remember a this course under a different name. Previous to 1993 it was a 9 hole course called West Bountiful and nicknamed "The Sponge". But when the second 9 was added so was additional drainage. Now the course is well maintained and always playable.
The relaxed, laid-back feel of the course is one its best traits, Bicker said. "We are friendly and we have an open atmosphere. We get a lot of juniors and seniors out here."
Those juniors and seniors, along with many other Northern Utah golfers, know that great golf can be found in Bountiful no matter which direction you head.
|Golf Season||Open: 4/01 Closed: 10/01|
|Metal Spikes Allowed||No|
|Driving Range Available||Yes|
|Rental Carts Available||Yes|
|Rental Clubs Available||Yes|
|Tee Times Welcomed||Yes|
|Price Range Weekdays||$25|
|Price Range Weekends||$25|
|Credit Cards Accepted||VISA, MasterCard Welcomed|
|Red (W)||71||4895 yd.||108||66.2|
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