New Outlaw Golf Club opens in Hideout Canyon
July 26, 2011
Nestled comfortably within the small community of Hideout on the east side of the Jordanelle Reservoir is a new public 9-hole golf course complete with rolling hills, sharp greens and dynamic views.
The Outlaw Golf Club, which opened just a little over two weeks ago, features a challenge course, a compilation of par threes and fours that can appeal to a golfer of any stature.
Bob Martino, who has lived in Hideout for the last five years, is the golf course manager at Outlaw. Now, three years after breaking ground, the course plans to affirm its niche in the local golfing community.
"With the setting that is out there, it’s always been a plan to have a golf course," he said. "It’s such a beautiful setting. We always thought people would love playing golf with that view."
Martino said the development of the course progressed a little more slowly than expected due to the lagging economy. It could have opened a year ago, but would have dealt with a plethora of premature issues. Since its opening, the course is encountering some minor glitches, but that is to be expected, he said.
"We figured, ‘You know what, we’ll just let the course mature another year,’" he said looking back to last year. "Now that we’ve been open, it’s been very quiet and we’ve just been working through the typical opening issues."
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The appeal, Martino said, should be the versatility offered at Outlaw.
"The idea was to make it more of a family-oriented-type golf experience, not just a typical private club," he said. "This is set up where it has all different types of tees. The ideal golfing client is a family.
"It’s a little different type of golf experience. With the demand for golf here in the summer, and the lack of availability to the general public, we thought it’d be a good fit."
Martino said if golfers simply want to get away from the office for an hour or so, they can play a few holes and get back to work.
"It’s not an all-day venture," he said. "You can go out and experience it on your schedule."
The challenge course sports par threes from 65 yards to 265 yards, and par fours as long as 465 yards. According to Martino, a challenge course provides golfers an opportunity on each hole to practice something specific if they so desire.
Asked why they decided to choose a challenge course setting, Martino said it’s a facet of the game that is growing within the golf community. More people want to be challenged by different types of courses, he said.
"You can go out and experience quality golf and pick the level of play," he said. "If you want to be out there and play more difficult, go further back.
"You’re still not giving up the challenges that nice greens present; there are a lot of different breaks and so on. In addition to that, there’s a lot of variety that should be enjoyable to all different levels of play. Your main focus should be working on your game. Eighty percent of your shots are taken within 100 yards of the hole."
He said the course layout took advantage of the topography of Hideout.
"It’s easier to build a course in the middle of the desert where it’s real flat," he said. "We took advantage of this and tried to make it a beauty."
Once some of the opening-month kinks are worked out, the course will have a short-game clinic area and classes taught by the course pro.
Martino said there have been golfers on the course since its quiet opening a couple weeks ago. He said Park City High School golf coach George Murphy has been out to play the course and told Martino it’d be a prime place for his players to practice on.
"It’s great for up-and-coming players that really want to work on their golf game," Martino said. "Golf’s a funny game; it seems like no matter what, at the end of the day, you’re worried about how you shot. This will help people play the game longer."
The price for nine holes at Outlaw is $25, plus an additional $10 for a cart. For more information on the new Outlaw Golf Club visit http://www.outlawgc.com or call (435) 901-4227.