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Hole # 6, Crater Springs GC, Midway, UT

Hole # 6, par 5, 600 yards

In winter and spring, snowboarders and skiers take to the hills in Park City, Utah for the best snow around. But the summer and fall months belong to golfers who love the mountain air and the fantastic golf nearby. Just 31 minutes from Park City, the Heber Valley awaits you and is home to the Crater Springs Golf Course in Midway.

When you drive up to the bag drop, you can’t help but notice the beehive sitting on the parking lot. It’s 12,000 years old and it’s a geothermal sink hole that is 65-feet deep. Look for the steel door then venture down the 55-foot tunnel to a pier where you will witness the bluest of blue water. It’s unreal and warm too.

Hole # 6 is a long par 5, dogleg right. Don’t try to cut the corners because there are villas lining the whole right side. Just take out the driver and hit it straight down the hill. If you let out a good drive, you will reach the corner or elbow where you can see the flag. If you are not a big driver, hit a 3-wood and go for it in three.

On your second shot, watch for the lake on the left. The fairway is pretty wide but choose a hybrid instead of a fairway wood. When you’re close to the green, choose your club wisely. I had 120 yards to the green and chose my 9-iron. I didn’t want to pull my shot into a long narrow bunker on my left so I favoured the right side. My ball stopped short of the pin and I had a 16-footer for a birdie. Two putts later and I was in for a par. This was a great hole to play at Crater Springs. A good tee shot with a solid hybrid makes all the difference.