Challenging, fantastic views, very well maintained and $30 for 18 with cart after 4pm!! If I lived in SLC I would be here twice a week!!
However, this place would not be great for beginners!
A word about the par number, the rating number and the slope number. All of them help golfers rate the difficulty of a course. The par is the most familiar. It's simply the number of perfect shots it takes to get to the green from the tee plus two putts. Par is the same for a 190 yard par three to a tiny island green or a 100 yard hole with a mammoth green. The rating is changed slightly. The easiest way to understand it is that it's the number of strokes a professional golfer would take to play the hole. The slope is the most interesting. Generally speaking, it's the number of strokes the United States Golf Association thinks their average golfer would take to play all 18 holes. Slope gives us normal golfers an idea of what we're up against on any given course. Average slope is 115. The slope for South Mountain is 130. It's hard. Many of the holes require a long carry to get from tee to fairway. There's a lot of elevation changes. It's got beautiful views and it's fun to play if you're good enough.
In my opinion, South Mountain is the best public course in Salt Lake County. It is a difficult trek, not for beginning golfers. The views are terrific, and the course is well maintained. The price is a bit steep, but what do you expect when you are playing the best public course in Salt Lake County?
South Mountain thinks way too much of itself. It's a county-owned course, but the staff seems to think it's a country club. And the prices show it. South Mountain charges about $10 more than all of its sister courses, but I'd play any one of them before making the seemingly endless trek to this place.
It's not that it's a bad course. It's not. It's just not any better than any of the others. It's not worth the drive to get there and especially isn't worth any extra cash. It's almost always windy. The course is mostly target golf, meaning there isn't a whole bunch of "grip it and rip it" going on at South Mountain. You'll only need your driver a few times if you play 18 holes.
I'm sure South Mountain has its share of fans, but I've just never met one. If someone else is paying, then go. Otherwise, save the gas, the time, the money and the aggravation and go almost anywhere else.
Beautiful place if you want a wedding. The staff was friendly and were fully involved at first when planning the wedding. The rep who assisted in the planning became more and more distant as the date came closer. The final payments were to be submitted 10 days before the ceremony but we were not able to get a hold of the coordinator until 4 days before the wedding! This made scheduling the set-up harrowing on our end. The pricing was resonable about $800 for a 4 hour event plus $2400 in food costs. they have a full service kitchen and a great array of entrees and apps. For service I give this Place 3 Stars. but the view and service of the day of made this a 4 star rating in my book. All in all everything went without a hitch.