When Francis Najafi, Promontory’s developer, commenced his real estate search nearly 25 years ago, he was keen on securing the perfect tract of land to create a private multi-generational mountain community. Exquisite architecture, unparalleled amenities for every member of the family and exceptional mountain golf were among the top priorities. Promontory Club already boasts two championship golf courses, The Pete Dye Canyon and Nicklaus Painted Valley courses, with their respective golf clubhouses and practice facilities. But Najafi is not done.
Promontory’s third course, The Hills, is opening Summer 2023 and will usher in a new era of golf at Promontory. Fun and enjoyable for all, The Hills is a full 18-hole experience with all par-3 holes. Along with the new course, you’ll find several signature amenities, including The Hills Golf Clubhouse with Sage Italian Restaurant and outdoor patio as well as four indoor golf simulator bays with state-of-the-art Trackman technology. Cascade Greens, Promontory’s 18-hole putting course was creatively inspired by the famous Himalayas at St. Andrew, and is complemented by a full practice facility and on-range Golf Academy complete with multiple hitting bays and a TaylorMade Fitting Center. The Hills, with its well-appointed amenities, will become Promontory’s new center of golf instruction for its members.
Promontory engaged award-winning golf course architect, Forrest Richardson to design its third course. Read along for the architect’s unique insight into the creativity and inspiration behind each hole at The Hills (and just maybe gain a little playing advantage while you’re at it).
Hole 1 – Handshake – 150 Yards
The view to Bald Mountain is more than just a view — it’s your general line of play as you begin your round. The straight-forward aim becomes more challenging with the bumps and moguls sprinkled across the approach. A good plan is an entrance slightly from the left as the green will not hold any shot that may be headed to the right. Running the ball up from the left is most always better here than gambling with the aerial shot that can easily run off the right or back. From down below to the right of the green, your recovery will require a well-played lob shot to a green you’re sure not to see. Named for its rather kind and hospitable ‘introduction,’ Handshake only poses a problem when you try to take on more than necessary. Play it cool.