Sun Valley Resort - Trail Creek golf course - No. 1
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Sun Valley Resort - Trail Creek golf course - No. 1
The first hole is new at Trail Creek golf course, thanks to the new location of the Sun Valley Resort clubhouse. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Sun Valley Resort - Trail Creek golf course - Bald Mountain
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Sun Valley Resort - Trail Creek golf course - Bald Mountain
Bald Mountain remains in view from most points on the Trail Creek golf course at Sun Valley Resort. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Sun Valley Resort - Trail Creek golf course - No. 3
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Sun Valley Resort - Trail Creek golf course - No. 3
The third green on the Trail Creek golf course at Sun Valley Resort is visible through a narrow chute of trees. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Sun Valley Resort - Trail Creek golf course - No. 4
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Sun Valley Resort - Trail Creek golf course - No. 4
The well protected, par-3 fourth hole plays downhill on the Trail Creek golf course at Sun Valley Resort. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Sun Valley Resort - Trail Creek golf course - No. 7
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Sun Valley Resort - Trail Creek golf course - No. 7
The par-4 seventh hole plays from an elevated tee to a narrow fairway on the Trail Creek golf course at Sun Valley Resort. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Sun Valley Resort - Trail Creek golf course - No. 3
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Sun Valley Resort - Trail Creek golf course - No. 3
The par-4 third hole plays from an elevated tee box at Sun Valley Resort's Trail Creek golf course. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Sun Valley Resort - Trail Creek golf course - No. 6
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Sun Valley Resort - Trail Creek golf course - No. 6
The par-3 sixth hole on the Trail Creek golf course at Sun Valley Resort requires a short, uphill shot. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Sun Valley Resort - Trail Creek golf course - No. 5
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Sun Valley Resort - Trail Creek golf course - No. 5
The par-5 fifth hole on the Trail Creek golf course at Sun Valley Resort is an uphill, dogleg left. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Sun Valley Resort - Trail Creek golf course - No. 14
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Sun Valley Resort - Trail Creek golf course - No. 14
The par-4 14th hole on the Trail Creek golf course at Sun Valley Resort plays steeply uphill to an elevated green guarded by bunkers. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Sun Valley Resort - Trail Creek golf course - No. 15
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Sun Valley Resort - Trail Creek golf course - No. 15
The par-4 15th on the Trail Creek golf course at Sun Valley Resort is a dogleg right that plays downhill from the tee. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Sun Valley Resort - Trail Creek golf course - No. 16 tee
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Sun Valley Resort - Trail Creek golf course - No. 16 tee
The par-5 16th hole on the Trail Creek golf course at Sun Valley Resort is a straightaway hole toward the mountains. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Sun Valley Resort - Trail Creek golf course - No. 16 green
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Sun Valley Resort - Trail Creek golf course - No. 16 green
Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed the Trail Creek golf course at Sun Valley Resort in Idaho. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Sun Valley Resort's Trail Creek golf course in Idaho

SUNVALLEY, Idaho -- Trail Creek is the original 18-hole golf course at the Sun Valley Resort in Idaho. It was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., though the front nine dates to the resort's opening years.

The golf course in its current form, redesigned by Jones with the addition of the new nine, dates to 1980 with one exception -- a clubhouse opened in 2009. It changed the routing to make the opening hole a new par 5.

Trail Creek plays just less than 7,000 yards from the championship tees, the longest of four sets. As the name implies, a stream runs through the entire golf course -- and it's in play on most holes. The back nine rates as a bit more severe than the older front, with a couple elevated greens and a par-3 17th of more than 240 yards. The golf course finishes as it begins, with a par 5, affording a last-chance birdie opportunity.

The new nine-hole White Clouds golf course, across the street from Trail Creek, complements the older golf course.

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.
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Sun Valley Resort's Trail Creek golf course in Idaho