When I was 10 years old, my grandpa was in town from Georgia. My dad took the day off work to go play golf at Hobble Creek. I tagged along and it was the first time I was ever on a golf course. Although I didn't play, it was still a memorable day. We stopped at a sporting goods store and bought a jr. set of clubs and I've loved the game ever since.
Hobble Creek Golf Course is one of those courses that I'm sure just about every Utah golfer tries to play at least once a year. I make it a point to get there every September when the leaves are changing colors. It is one of Utah's most popular and scenic courses. Hobble Creek Canyon sits above Springville, Utah and the golf course is integrated beautifully into this canyon. Hobble Creek runs through this canyon and helps present several challenging shots throughout the round. This course is one that challenges you with its demand for accuracy rather than its length, particularly the back 9.
The first hole is one of my favorite opening holes anywhere. The tee shot of this dogleg left is directed toward a mountain that is covered in red foliage during September. At the end of the fairway is a pond and down the left side are thick trees and a fence. This hole just sets the tone that it is going to be a gorgeous round of golf.
The front 9 is certainly easier and much more open than the back 9. Many of the back 9 holes are lined with trees and oak brush and missing the fairway by much can be death. A couple of the holes involve getting the ball deep down the fairway and then having to hit over Hobble Creek onto the green, with large trees demanding that your approach come from a certain angle. If you can hit those angles however, there will be some scoring opportunities due to the length of a couple of the holes. Ball placement is also quite important on the greens as some putts above the hole are lighting quick.
My only complaint about this course is that it is so heavily played that at times some greens are a little bumpy. Also, this isn't necessarily a complaint, but be warned that there is little to no cell phone coverage.
|Hobble Creek Golf Course|
|Hole #1 at Hobble Creek Golf Course|
|Approach Shot on #15 at Hobble Creek Golf Course. Springville, Utah|