Crater Springs Golf Course
Midway, Utah 84049
Phone(s): (435) 654-5588, 1 (888) 327-7220
Midway is in a secluded valley between Heber and the Wasatch Mountains. The area has become popular as a recreation destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Along with the fishing, camping and water recreation available, golfers are provided 54 holes of mountain style golf located on two courses: the Homestead Golf Course and the Wasatch Mountain State Park Golf Course.
The Homestead Golf Course is one of the facilities of the Homestead Country Resort which also includes lodging, restaurants, swimming, horseback riding, tennis, snowmobiling and even scuba diving in a volcanic crater. Although it is a resort owned and operated golf course it is open to the public.
Upon arriving at the Homestead as a non-resort guest drive to the left side of the parking lot and look for the bag unloading area. An attendant will load you bags onto a cart and you can drive the short distance to the clubhouse.
The Homestead course was designed by Senior PGA Tour player Bruce Summerhays who lives in the area. With countryside property overlooked by 10,000 foot mountains he had a very scenic canvas to build upon. The finished course winds past red barns and meadows, up and down hills and across streams and gullies.
Although the Homestead does not have the extreme vertical changes in height seen on several mountain courses in Northern Utah, most of the other elements are there. Fairways and greens are bordered by thick trees and vegetation that will swallow poorly hit balls that miss the grass. Rocky creeks, marshes, waste areas and property fences are other hazards the golfer will face. It's just too bad the course was not able to incorporate one of the hot pot craters in the area as a greenside hazard.
When playing the course for the first time, it is important to take a bit of local knowledge with you. Because of the rolling terrain and some sharp angles in the doglegs there are hidden hazards and several blind placement shots to negotiate. If no one in your foursome is familiar with the course be sure to pickup the single page Homestead Golf Guide in the Pro Shop and refer to the course layout printed on the scorecard.
The first hole is a sharp dogleg par 5 that gives players the first taste of the course knowledge that is required. From the tee box the first shot's target is a bit undefined and requires a quick read of the golf guide which says to aim for the right bunker. Then again on your second shot beware of a partially hidden water hazard bisecting the fairway in front of the green.
Hole number 4, an uphill par 4, is memorable because of the scenery in the background and the wooded hillside to the right -- the sloped fairway creates the illusion that you are hitting straight up into the mountains in the distance. Remember that if you slice it into the trees it's allowable to drop out because it's considered a lateral water hazard.
Hole 5 is a sharp dogleg par 5 which brings you back down the hill from an elevated tee. It's a strong hole that is somewhat ruined by an ugly dirt and weed area in the out of bounds corner of the dogleg.
The hardest fairway to hit on the front 9 is hole number 6. The par 4's length requires a big stick from the tee. The landing area looks very narrow from the tee box as the fairway is lined by tall, mature trees and the left side has a stream running the entire length. One bailout area is the parallel 7th fairway but this option leaves a long blind second shot to the green.
The back 9 starts out fairly straight forward with two moderate length par 4s. Then the par 3 number 12 offers a short dangerous downhill tee shot to a green surrounded by all kinds of trouble -- it can be an easy birdie or double bogey.
Number 13 is a fun short par 4 that can be very challenging. The pin is hidden around the right dogleg from the tee and a straight lay-up shot of about 200 yards is all that's required to hit the island fairway. Go left, long, right or short and you will probably end up in the water or someone's backyard.
The course finishes up with the best hole. Number 18 is the longest par 4 on the course and has very demanding first and second shots. The tee shot is from an elevated ridge through a window of tree branches and willows to a narrow curved fairway. Go too far right and you're dead in the trees, stream or out of bounds. Too far left of the fairway and a blind lay-up shot may be your only option. Even from the fairway, the second shot is long and uphill to a green guarded by huge trees growing out of the middle of a large sand bunker.
Overall the course is fun, challenging, beautiful and the staff is extremely friendly and helpful, but it's hard to find anything that sets the golf course itself apart from other mountain courses that spoil us like Wasatch Mountain and Mountain Dell. The grounds around the clubhouse and practice facilities are well manicured and maintained but the rest of the course is about equal to other public courses in the area.
If your golf dollars are limited you may find a better value elsewhere, but if resort type amenities like bag drop-off service, full service restaurants and exclusivity are important to you then you will enjoy what the Homestead has to offer.
Golf course details
- Holes: 18
- Designed by: Bruce Summerhays
- Public/Private: Resort
- Year opened: 1990
- Golf Season: April 1 to October 31
- Guest Policy: Open
- Tee times welcomed: Yes
- Fairways: Bluegrass
- Greens: Bent Grass
- Pro in house: Yes
- Driving range: Yes
- Rental clubs: Yes
- Rental carts: Yes
Green fees price ranges
- Week days: $30 - $40
- Weekends: $35 - $45
- Tee times from $27 - Check prices
- Metal spikes allowed: No
- Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.
- Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Length, slope and rating for each tee