Park City Golf

The Best Town in America: Park City, Utah

park-city-utah-best-towns_fe“Know how I can tell that’s a local?” asks Dana Williams, the 58-year-old mayor of Park City, Utah, nodding toward a fit thirty-something guy in a flat-brimmed baseball hat. “The bandaged wrist.”

Park City feels like a Colorado ski town dropped into Utah’s 12,000-foot Wasatch Range, with one significant difference. Unlike Telluride or Aspen, it has a major city, Salt Lake, and an international airport 30 minutes away. Local love for Park City can feel a little over the top—it got two-thirds as many votes in our contest (5,179) as it has residents. To see if that affection was justified, I parachuted in for a 72-hour, Chamber of Commerce–led recon tour. What I found was a town that breeds the active lifestyle.

In winter, Parkites can access three world-class ski areas from town: Deer Valley, Park City, and the Canyons. Then there’s climbing, hiking, and camping in 500,000 acres of wilderness in the nearby Uinta Mountains, 370-plus miles of trails, a blue-ribbon trout stream (the Provo River), and an Olympic training center built for the 2002 Salt Lake Games. More than 100 Olympians still live here. There are also lax(er) liquor laws than elsewhere in the Beehive State—and Utah’s first distillery since Prohibition, High West.

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Park City Golf Guide

Park City, Utah and the nearby Heber Valley area officially joined the national golf boom trend leading up to the 2002 Winter Olympics. The well publicized games brought a ton of new opportunities to the once quaint little resort towns in Summit and Wasatch counties, located about 25 miles east of downtown Salt Lake City. The area now boasts 14 superb golf courses, all within 30 minutes of one of the finest mountain resort towns in the country.

With the exposure and clout garnered from the Olympic events, only few short years later, numerous top-name golf architects etched their imaginations, and creative signatures on the area. These fabulous new golf courses, private and public facilities alike, have propelled the Park City area into a burgeoning mountain golf destination.

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