Golf Course Architect Forrest Richardson, with design partner Jeff Danner, has crafted an exciting design concept for Promontory’s third golf course, The Hills. With a full 18-hole experience, this unique course with all par-3 holes inspired by some of the greatest holes in golf across the globe will appeal to players of all skill level. Three of the new holes on The Hills Course play over 200 yards from the tips.
The Hills was designed with the ultimate in water conservation and environmental sustainability in mind. Crafted into the natural topography with surrounding sage and boulder outcrops, The Hills course consists of just 30 acres of total turf, with 15 acres on the tees and greens plus another 15 acres for the range, golf academy and practice areas. The new Hills Course, Golf Academy, and 18-hole putting course will usher in a new era at Promontory.
A Message from the Architect:
“Fun” is the operative word to describe Richardson and Danner’s objective. Each hole has its own personality. Each tee shot an incredible view. Each time you step up to the tee it’s yet another chance for birdie or even the holy grail — an ace. With diversity in yardage among the holes (75-yards to nearly 240-yards), The Hills is a trek across ancient fields where lava flowed slowly across the terrain depositing the various rock formations and crumbly ground that is now home to our third golf offering. Native sagebrush defines the landscape, now joined by clusters of trees and flowering shrubs. The landscape looks wide open, yet the premium is on accuracy as each hole unfolds.
The Hills Course pays homage to the priorities set forth by Golden Age Golf Architect, William Flynn. “Accuracy, carry and length,” according to Flynn — and in that precise order — are the true hallmarks of any great golf design. At The Hills this is presented in ideal format: 18 one-shot holes that play out toward the south and then return along the same, basic path. It is akin to The Old Course at St. Andrews, yet each hole at The Hills features its own green, with no two alike. Accuracy is key. Carry — that ability to overcome patches of sage and the occasional bunker — comes next. Finally, is length — important to some degree —but not a requirement to achieve scoring success. This is the secret to mastering The Hills … Accuracy, Carry and Length. Remember those, and in that specific order, and your day will be fun, memorable and filled with smiles.