The Links At Overlake
|Red (W)||72||5361 yards||69.2||117|
|Black M: 74.9/131||400||380||427||544||406||197||592||225||441||3612||432||556||200||449||213||409||424||455||507||3645||7257|
|Blue M: 73.1/123||360||337||400||507||382||160||576||192||428||3342||368||518||178||418||172||390||407||424||480||3355||6697|
|White M: 70.7/121 W: 71.7/123||346||289||354||478||360||148||524||172||410||3081||329||491||159||363||137||352||394||380||453||3058||6139|
|Red W: 67.1/113||314||248||288||425||325||117||503||128||374||2722||282||451||131||330||107||310||340||313||375||2639||5361|
This was my first time playing here. I typically default to Stansbury Park, but not anymore. What a fantastic course this is! It's clear the money goes to the course, maintenance, and playing enjoyment.
1st impression was concern, because of the road leading to the "clubhouse" is essentially a single lane farm road quickly paved over. That leads to a gravel parking lot. The clubhouse building looks like a double wide modular, and the surrounding grounds are quite bare. Inside, the staff is AMAZING! Very friendly and accommodating. There's a decent merch selection for such a small building. No snack bar, but some drinks and counter snacks are available.
The practice area is well maintained, open, and mimics the course conditions very closely. Newish range balls, and a wide, deep range. Bunker and chipping green, plus normal putting green.
Now onto the course...! WOW! For such a quiet, unknown course, the conditions were outstanding! Tee boxes were flat, full, and cut to a nice depth. Markers were easy to see from the path, and aligned perfectly with the hole layout. Fairways were soft, but still firm enough to get a good compression on the ball. Rough was cut long but manageable. The local grass beyond the rough is a black hole... Stay out of it at all costs! The bunkers were soggy from recent rain so no real comment on them. They looked good though. The greens were recovering from a fungus so there was some discoloration and a few bumps from that. They were very soft and receptive, even with long irons. They rolled very smooth and true, especially considering the fungus. I can't wait to play them once they're healed!
The layout is demanding. Links style, no trees, well positioned bunkers and water. Concrete paths run 90% of the track as well.
I would play this course daily if I could! It is absolutely worth the cost! Don't let the underwhelming clubhouse and parking lot detract you. This course is definitely a hidden gem. A must play course for sure!
Utah's Most Underrated Course is one of it's Best!
The Links at Overlake is located in the middle of Tooele Valley. Bordered by 10,000 foot high mountains on three sides, and open to the Great Salt Lake to the north, the valley is a high desert climate with sustained winds. Today's weather was perfect. 80 degrees with a 8 mph wind from the north under gorgeous blue skies. We played from the black tees, measuring a hefty 7,248 yards on the scorecard. I think we played under 7,000 yards as most of the tees were up in their boxes. Slope is 72.6/124.
We walked on to the course. It was disappointing to see so few cars in the lot as this course is fantastic. The staff is always genuine, friendly, and today asked what we wanted to pay. Great question. The going rate I answered. A great value!
The course is exceptionally conditioned given it's wind-swept location and high desert locale. The tee boxes are groomed and flat. The fairways a little dry as expected allowing for balls to roll. Too often I found my ball 30 to 40 yards ahead of where I thought I should find it. Good for the ego. The greens are a gem. No pitch marks, no weeds, no dry spots, pins cut in good locations, and most lines putt true. They are all sloped. There are several water hazards throughout the course. Not normal for a links course but necessary to keep this course hydrated.
Native grasses are OB and treated as lateral water hazards. Don't go too deep into looking for you ball. There are plenty of things that live in the high grass that can get you.
Today was a two club wind when playing into it. Otherwise, the wind was blowing sideways majority of the holes.
The range and the practice green are great. The pro-shop is a modular structure. There are drinks and snacks but the design is not meant to host you. Get what you need, get on the course.
Players who enjoy challenging golf will love this course. Only 40 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City, the pace of play is ten times better than what you will find in the Salt Lake Valley and the price is perfect.