Utah course debuts ‘Golden Bear Tees’

Utah course debuts ‘Golden Bear Tees’

Red Ledges championship course can be played at just over 3,700 yards.

June 12, 2018
GCI Staff
Course News
Following its mission to provide enjoyable golf experiences for everyone who picks up a club, Red Ledges has unveiled a new set of easily manageable “Golden Bear Tees” on its Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course.

Red Ledges is already home to the first Jack Nicklaus Signature 12-Hole Golf Park, comprised of par 3s from 60 to 180 yards, laid out in a “park atmosphere” that offers plenty of room for playing soccer, tossing Frisbees, walking the dog and other outdoor activities.

The Golden Bear Tees — strategically designed into the fairways — play to a total of just over 3,700 yards, an average of 206 yards per hole, and are designed to encourage new golfers, juniors, and those with slower swing speeds to enjoy the championship course. They also allow golfers to play all 18 holes in far less time than from the four sets of regulation tees.

“To add to our success with the Golf Park, the objectives with the Golden Bear Tees are to develop new golfers, promote options for faster play, and have more fun on the championship golf course,” said Derek Butts, the PGA head golf professional at Red Ledges. “The new tees make it more playable and give more players an opportunity to reach the green in regulation on the par 4s and 5s, or for better players to get around faster.”

The “new” course has been rated, so golfers can play with their handicaps and post scores. Butts, who also is lead master instructor at the Jim McLean Golf School at Red Ledges, developed nine-hole Golden Bear Tee Challenges to encourage improvement, reward players who lower their scores through the season, and recognize the lowest men’s and women’s net score.

Debuting in 2009, the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at Red Ledges enhanced the mountain golf experience. Nicklaus' classic risk-reward design style challenges golfers of every level and provides a world-class experience. The 7,569-yard routing engages extraordinary red rock cliffs and elevated ridges that reveal stunning vistas of the surrounding mountains.

Incorporating and accentuating the dramatic landscape, the course is routed through three distinct settings: over wide, rolling meadows; dropping into Red Rock cliff bands; and climbing rugged mountains. With no two holes alike and more than 700 feet of elevation change, golfers will face a wide variety of shots.