Trail Creek Course Challenges Every Level of Golfer

Sun Valley golf was most recently recognized by GOLF DIGEST as one of the top 75 resort courses in North America. Sun Valley's signature course, Trail Creek, promises to  provide a challenging round of golf for every level of player. Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed this traditional alpine course in 1980 with a full compliment of stream carries and ominous bunkers well positioned to catch the errant shot. Play crosses the beautiful Trail Creek seven times on the front nine alone!

Coupled with fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and ever-present crystal blue skies, you will find a round of golf on the Trail Creek Course a well-earned addition to any golf resume.

 

Hole 1 - Par 5

Hole 1
Yardage
Pro N/A
Championship 530
Middle 510
Resort 482
Handicap 5

Forward 424
Handicap 3

 

Pro Tips

This opening par 5 requires an accurate tee shot between the fairway bunker and the trees on the left. Longer hitters can reach this green in two, but the lake on the left, the hazard on the right, and the two large greenside bunkers make it a daunting task.

Hole 2 - Par 4

Hole 2
Yardage
Pro N/A
Championship 363
Middle 345
Resort 345
Handicap 15

Forward 296
Handicap 15

 

Pro Tips

Accuracy is the number one goal on this short par 4. Most players will choose a long iron or fairway wood to ensure balls avoid the trees. Distance control on the second shot is key as the green is long, narrow, and protected by two large bunkers.

Hole 3 - Par 4

Hole 3
Yardage
Pro N/A
Championship 446
Middle 434
Resort 334
Handicap 1

Forward 297
Handicap 11

 

Pro Tips

Longer hitters can take the risk of carrying the left corner of the dogleg and have a short iron into the green. The safe play off the tee is to the right of the dogleg which leaves a long approach to the green. Be careful with out of bounds long through the fairway when deciding what club to hit off the tee.

Hole 4 - Par 3

Hole 4
Yardage
Pro N/A
Championship 160
Middle 133
Resort 133
Handicap 13

Forward 115
Handicap 9

 

Pro Tips

This downhill par 3 will again require careful club selection as swirling winds can play havoc with short iron shots. The green is protected short by the rushing Trail Creek and long by a large bunker.

Hole 5 - Par 5

Hole 5
Yardage
Pro N/A
Championship 559
Middle 506
Resort 466
Handicap 9

Forward 399
Handicap 13

 

Pro Tips

The tee shot should favor the right side of the fairway on this reachable par 5 that doglegs to the left. Longer hitters can challenge the mounds and trees on the left to leave a shorter approach shot. This large green is protected by two bunkers short and long on the left.

Hole 6 - Par 3

Hole 6
Yardage
Pro 148
Championship 120
Middle 107
Resort 107
Handicap 17

Forward 94
Handicap 17

 

Pro Tips

This short par 3 plays uphill and normally has a left to right crosswind. Tee shots should be left and below the hole as the green slopes severely from back to front. If the pin is up front don’t get greedy because the worst mistake is short.

Hole 7 - Par 4

Hole 7
Yardage
Pro 460
Championship 412
Middle 385
Resort 342
Handicap 3

Forward 307
Handicap 5

 

Pro Tips

Enjoy the views on this breathtaking par 4, but don’t loose focus on this difficult tee shot with a forced carry over Trail Creek and hazards down both sides. The approach shot should come from the right side of the fairway to a well protected green.

Hole 8 - Par 4

Hole 8
Yardage
Pro NA
Championship 312
Middle 280
Resort 257
Handicap 11

Forward 233
Handicap 7

 

Pro Tips

This is a classic risk/reward par 4. Longer hitters can attempt to drive the green over the trees to a small, well protected green. The safe play is to aim at the center of the fairway and leave a 75 – 100 yard approach shot.

Hole 9 - Par 4

Hole 9
Yardage
Pro 443
Championship 416
Middle 397
Resort 397
Handicap 7

Forward 351
Handicap 1

 

Pro Tips

A generous landing area is provided on this beautiful par 4. The tee shot should be played between the two fairway bunkers. Don’t let the stunning views of Baldy and Clubhouse distract your approach shot, short is the only place to miss.

Hole 10 - Par 3

Hole 10
Yardage
Pro NA
Championship 197
Middle 164
Resort 164
Handicap 8

Forward 110
Handicap 18

 

Pro Tips

This signature par 3 normally plays into the wind, don’t be afraid to take an extra club to ensure carrying the lake. The safe play for all pin locations is the middle of the green. Bunkers penalize long tee shots on both sides. Par is a great score.

Hole 11 - Par 4

Hole 11
Yardage
Pro 437
Championship 415
Middle 377
Resort 377
Handicap 4

Forward 324
Handicap 6

 

Pro Tips

This dogleg right par 4 requires a well placed tee shot to have a good look at the green. The fairway bunker or just right of it is a good target. Come too close to the trees on the right and the second shot becomes more difficult. The green is large, make sure your approach is well placed or you will be left with a lengthy putt.

Hole 12 - Par 4

Hole 12
Yardage
Pro NA
Championship 374
Middle 359
Resort 359
Handicap 18

Forward 340
Handicap 4

 

Pro Tips

Long hitters can carry the bunker on the left which will leave a short approach in, but the safe play is to lay-up between the fairway bunkers. This will leave a good look at the green with a mid-iron for the second shot. Be careful of the out-of-bounds to the right, which can come into play.

Hole 13 - Par 4

Hole 13
Yardage
Pro NA
Championship 388
Middle 352
Resort 310
Handicap 16

Forward 310
Handicap 8

 

Pro Tips

Tee shots should be aimed down the right center of the fairway. Don’t let the tee box on this hole set you up towards the creek and trees down the left side. Take an extra club on the approach shot to this elevated green. The two tiered green is deeper than it appears, make sure to check the pin location.

Hole 14 - Par 4/5

Hole 14
Yardage
Pro NA
Championship 382
Middle 367
Resort 367
Handicap 2

Forward 347
Handicap 12

 

Pro Tips

Accuracy is the number one goal on this short par 4. Most players will choose a long iron or fairway wood off the tee to ensure the trees and out of bounds are avoided. Make sure the second shot is not missed in the bunkers short and right. The green is severely elevated and deep, slightly long is the preferred miss.

Hole 15 - Par 4

Hole 15
Yardage
Pro NA
Championship 407
Middle 367
Resort 367
Handicap 2

Forward 347
Handicap 12

 

Pro Tips

This slight dogleg right par 4 puts an emphasis on accuracy. Tee shots should be played just inside the fairway bunkers and leave an approach shot around 100 yards. Once again the green is deep, but pinches in around the bunkers right and left.

Hole 16 - Par 5

Hole 16
Yardage
Pro 562
Championship 534
Middle 508
Resort 484
Handicap 12

Forward 347
Handicap 12

 

Pro Tips

The generous landing area on this par 5 finally gives players a chance to grip it and rip it. Longer hitters can reach the green in two, but the approach shot to this long, narrow green must be precise. Avoid missing right on this hole at all costs.

Hole 17 - Par 3

Hole 17
Yardage
Pro NA
Championship 244
Middle 180
Resort 158
Handicap 6

Forward 135
Handicap 16

 

Pro Tips

The longest and toughest par 3 on the course requires an excellent tee shot. Make sure approach shots end below the hole because this large undulating green slopes severely from back to front. Like most holes, short is the only good miss.

Hole 18 - Par 5

Hole 18
Yardage
Pro NA
Championship 529
Middle 515
Resort 480
Handicap 10

Forward 470
Handicap 2

 

Pro Tips

This dogleg left par 5 requires a tee shot that shapes right to left. Longer hitters should favor the left side of the fairway as they can easily hit through the dogleg. Players must choose an accurate club on the approach shot to this large green protected by three bunkers and out of bounds to the left.

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