New 9 holes under
construction April 2009 - Opening 2010
If you put the cross-hairs of a scope in the middle of the
state, you will be looking at a town called Ferron. It was once targeted
by stockmen who discovered that Ferron Creek was a bull’s eye of a natural
grazing drift between the Wasatch Plateau and the winter range on the San
Step forward a hundred years and with the completion of the Millsite Dam
and Reservoir it’s now targeted for some great recreation. Why all the
references to shooting, you might ask? Well, I’m trying to prepare you for
some good ol’ target golf!
The Millsite Golf Course is tucked beneath the dam, set on top the
plateaus, and every elevation in between. You shoot around Mancos Shale
cliffs on the low fairways and then near drastic drop-offs on the high
ones, only to be rewarded by some tightly placed greens. Don’t be too
quick to load your golf bag with only irons because those woods will still
come in play on plenty of holes on this Par 36, 3200 yard course. The
contrast from one fairway to the next will keep your interest throughout
the round. Along with the differences in elevation come the beautiful
contrast of colors, the greens of grass, sage and cedars are outlined by
the rich and warm tones of the Castle Country rock. Play a round in the
late afternoon and these colors only get better.
Scott Truman designed this course in 1988 and he took full advantage of
the tools Mother Nature gave. He used the winding canyons with the play of
shadows from the cliffs and on up to the bluffs where club selection is
critical for control. Circling breezes come into play throughout and just
in case that wasn’t enough, he made sure to incorporate the man-made dam’s
spillway between the 2nd tee box and fairway for a bit of a challenge.
Then again on the 7th, just beneath the massive 50 foot waterfall he
tucked in the green. Lining up your putt while this beautiful and
thundering waterfall excites your senses is a welcoming challenge. The
spillway runs from May to June and you can visit their web site www.millsitegolfcourse.com or call
for an exact schedule of the run off dates.
This course has all the amenities needed for a great golf day! There is a club
house with snack bar and a Pro Shop with apparel (including rental clubs if you
are unprepared), as well as a chipping area, putting green, and a teaching Pro
on staff. Although it is a 9 hole course, a re-round will definitely feel
necessary and will be anything but repetitious. Ground breaking for a new 9 is
scheduled in Spring of 08 with the completion in Spring of 09. I haven’t yet
seen the design of this next 9 but, if it’s anything like the first then it will
be a direct hit!