Homestead to renovate golf course
March 27, 2012
Spring is fast on the heels of winter, and with the warming weather comes the return of the other outdoor sports the area has to offer. And golfers can rest assured; more features are on the way for the season.
The Homestead Resort golf course in Midway will treat guests to a new name and new look this summer. The resort’s course was formerly known as Homestead Golf Course, but has been renamed to Crater Springs Golf Course after the popular hot springs that is inside the property.
"We want to become a premiere golf course in Utah," said Tonya Olpin, director of marketing for the resort. "The course is absolutely beautiful and these additions will add even more to what we already offer."
The course was originally built in 1989 and the renovations scheduled to begin in early spring will be the first significant improvements since it first opened.
The largest changes to the course will be added water features, including streams and fountains, realignment of the tee boxes and the name and logo updates. The water features will use the natural mineral water from the nearby crater, adding a stream that allows it to run from Fanny’s Pond past the 10th tee to empty into ponds that will be constructed between the 9th and 18th greens. From there the natural mineral water will cascade down, with the main addition being a waterfall that empties into the two ponds in front of the two greens.
"The significance of water feature is pretty large," Olpin said. "We haven’t seen any official renderings yet but know we’ll have to go through and re-pipe a lot of area to pull it off."
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The new name and logo are officially launching at the end of the month, and renovations are anticipated to be complete in the first half of the summer. Changes to the course follow winter-long renovations to the resort itself, including updated rooms and guest services. Homestead is located between Park City and Sundance, a 45-minute drive from Salt Lake City. With over 500 rooms, the resorts have been designed to celebrate the American tradition and the area’s Swiss heritage.
"We’re thrilled to show off our ‘new’ course," said Chris Briscoe, director of golf, in a press release. "We believe we already possessed one of the finest and most challenging golf experiences in the state of Utah and now it just got better.
"As the water features are added throughout the summer, Crater Springs will offer the golf enthusiast a complete golfing experience, complete with driving range, putting and chipping green, pro shop, Fanny’s Grill and Patio and refreshed guest lodging rooms, making Homestead Resort one of Utah’s great establishments."
The current 18-hole course measures 7,017 yards in length, offering everything from tournaments and banquets to driving a bucket of balls from the range. Golf carts even come complete with GPS trackers.
"Homestead is 126 years old," Olpin said. "These renovations help us take a place where people made great memories in the past and making it so that new generations can do the same."