Gladstan Golf Course
Gladstan Golf Course is located in Payson which is about about 1 hour and 15 minutes south of Salt Lake City. It is built in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountain and offers a great taste of Utah mountain golfing.
Since the course is just over an hour away from Salt Lake City, it is not as busy as other mountain courses in Northern Utah. This keeps Gladstan one of the best kept secrets in the state. But, as more people play find out about it and the metropolitan area expands Gladstan is becoming more and more popular.
The opening holes numbers 1 to 6 on the front nine and the closing holes numbers 16 to 18 on the back are more traditional in design as they were built on terrain that is fairly flat. The main hazards on these holes are two large ponds and out of bounds areas.
In contrast, the stretch of holes from number 7 to 15 are cut out of the natural vegetation and uneven land. These holes cross hillsides, wander through canyons, shoot down steep slopes and cut through forests. Elevated tees, ravines and waste areas all come into play.
Numbers 7 and 8 are short target-style holes that require accuracy. Number 7 is a very short 329 yard par 4 that can easily produce a bogie or worse. A tee shot that is too far left or long will be lost or unplayable. Even a bad second shot to the elevated green is dangerous because of the surrounding vegetation.
A precise tee shot is also required on the short par 3 number 8 as the small green literally has thick waste areas guarding every side. Landing short of the green and rolling on is the only way to be safe.
Don't get too relaxed at the turn as hole number 10 requires a forced carry down a steep hillside and over a strand of tall trees. Course knowledge, course maintenance and shot execution are all required to setup a good approach shot to the green.
Because of the its intimidating tee shot, the signature hole is number 12. At less than 300 yards the par 4 would never get an ounce of respect if it wasn't for the deep ravine between the tee box and the fairway. The carry is only about 150 yards from the back tee but when it's your turn to hit it looks like 300 yards.
Because of the distance between green and tee on several holes, a cart is recommended for all but the best in shape. The forced carries required on the back make the front nine better for beginning golfers. The course is in Utah County which is dry on Sundays so bring your own beer.
Gladstan is very interesting and fun to play and offers challenges that can be overcome with accuracy and bravery. For the price Gladstan is an exceptional value for your golfing dollar.
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|Blue M: 70.5/129||435||185||415||493||400||160||398||520||336||3342||400||311||270||190||560||413||415||180||513||3252||6594|
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|Gold M: 65.1/117 W: 70.2/131||400||120||373||409||361||126||373||411||279||2852||353||240||239||155||415||343||370||144||469||2728||5580|
|Red M: 63.0/110 W: 67.8/124||340||100||332||380||342||103||332||360||262||2551||294||200||227||122||400||317||356||123||412||2451||5002|
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Prefect Fall day for Golf at Galdstan Golf Course. First time playing this course. An interesting layout with more than a few dogleg holes and with scenic mountain views. Only complaint was pace of play 5 hrs for the round and no improvement even after a another group said they mentioned it to a marshal on the course.
Tale of Two Sides
We were first timers at Gladsyan. The front nine is nice. But, unremarkable. The back nine is awesome good with many great holes. Anyone who has played the course knows this.
One suggestion. Put up signs at the clubhouse that point to Hole #1 and Hole #10. Seems kind of basic. Not everyone is there for their 50th round.
If you can only do nine be sure to do the back up into the canyon. Such a fun course, it’s in great condition and we flew through our round.
Had a great time. Pace was good, course was not crowded, weather was perfect. Really had a good time. Only issue is that the on-line booking is not flexible with regarding to who is taking a cart and who is walking. All green fees were based on renting a cart.
Beautiful setting for a golf course.Good elevation changes.Excellent greens and fairways
I have played this course in the past and never tire of it. They do a great job keeping the fairways cut and the greens are well maintained as well. Beautiful setting for a golf course. The staff were very helpful too.
I always love playing here it’s a beautiful course and the staff are amazing. This round was troubling because of how slow the pace of play was and there was no course Marshall to keep things in check.
Another great round
Gladstan GC is a favorite course for our golf group that we would definitely play more often if it were closer to SLC; the clubhouse staff is always welcoming to us as GolfPass/GolfNow members which isn’t always the case at a few courses; the courses was in good condition considering the drought that we experienced, and there were a few areas that were affected but still playable, including the greens; the only real issue was pace of play which resulted in a very slow round with five groups congregating on home #4 and waiting often on the tee boxes and fairways on both the front and the back nines; however, we enjoyed the round and really enjoy the layout and challenges; we will return!