Promontory, The Ranch Club
Site: Park City, Utah
This short, par-60 course will become the third course at Pivotal's landmark
Promontory Community located in Park City, Utah. Promontory has received
numerous awards for its creative land plan and world-renowned architecture.
Our work began with numerous visits and hikes across the slopes of this
aspen and oak covered mountain slope. In siting the course we endeavored to
preserve natural terrain and carve the course gently into the ravines and
valleys which form the western edge of the Promontory development.
In describing the layout, Promontory literature says, "Golf course architect
Forrest Richardson, known for his minimalist approach, classic style and
innovative greens, has created a fun-packed 4,000-yard, par-60 layout."
"It¹s an amazing site," comments Richardson. "It is pure golf, with natural
ridges and valleys. Our goal was to set the holes into the terrain without
much heavy equipment." Richardson¹s latest work, The Links at Las Palomas
(Puerto Peñasco, Mexico) opens in May. Although a totally different
landscape, the Promontory¹s vast open space and native Utah scrub brush is
being preserved as part of the design, just as it was among the natural sand
dunes of Rocky Point. "We will be building the golf course with kid gloves,"
he notes. "The rules are very simple — the natural vegetation is an key part
of each hole on the course. We¹re not building holes as much as we are
Among the holes will be four par-4s, 13 par-3s and one very demanding par-5.
Richardson¹s thought was to mix short holes with long ones, prompting every
club in the bag to be used. Even though short, the course can become quite a
test if the back set of tees are used. No. 6, the par-5, will play well over
600-yards to a secluded green. And, if that¹s not enough of a challenge,
there are par-3s which can be stretched to more than 240-yards. Of course,
there are also some as short as 100-yards.
A unique aspect of the course is its trademark "Short Cut Hole." This
drop-shot par-3 (an extra hole) will play downhill more than 100-feet,
allows players to take a "short cut" from the 5th green to the 16th tee. The
result is a special 9-hole layout that members can play in a little more
than an hour.
But, the hallmark of the course is how the holes come together for every
type of player. "It¹s going to be just as much fun for my 10-year-old
daughter as it will be for my scratch handicap cousin," Richardson says.
When asked what description he might give the course, the quick response is
"fun." Richardson makes it a point of describing the excitement of par-3s.
"Every time you step to the tee you have a chance at a hole-in-one," he
notes. What better fun than having a series of these chances — 13 of them!