Out on the course at Crater Springs Golf at the Homestead Resort you get the feeling of being a part of something special.
The story of Crater Springs Golf Course starts with one of Utah’s very own PGA champions Bruce Summerhays. Since 1994, Summerhays has been competing, and wining, on the Champions Tour, the tour for senior players. Winning just over $9 million in prize money, you can definitely consider Summerhays a champion.
Before his days out on the Champions Tour, Summerhays was the head golf pro at Wasatch Mountain State Park. During a successful career as a golf pro he was approached by the folks at the Homestead to design and build Utah’s first true golf resort. To this day Crater Springs still remains Utah’s only true golf resort with ownership and management run by the Homestead Resort. No other course in Utah can make that claim.
Summerhays had the challenge to make the course playable, fun, and interesting with about 30 percent less land to use than other traditional courses.
Inspiration for the golf course design came from some of the most popular places in golf including replica greens from Cypress Point Golf Course. More recently Crater Springs has incorporated more natural elements like water features that are fed by the Crater; where water comes from 2miles below the earth surface heating the mineral water before it makes its way to the course.
Over the years many thousands of players have hit the links at Crater Springs. But maybe no other champion has been more hallowed or revered than boxing great Muhammad Ali, and even he has played here. Ali came to the resort for a charity event hosted by Utah Senator Orrin Hatch in the mid-1990s and the same spirit of charity still continues at the course.
This year Crater Springs is introducing Fast Play Tuesdays tournaments. Each Tuesday throughout the summer the Crater Springs will host scramble tournaments for only $35 a person. Come in teams or come alone to be placed in a team. But the best part of Fast Play Tuesdays is that a portion of the proceeds will go to support a good cause or charity.
Built by Champions, played by the Champ, and championing for good causes the Crater Springs Golf Course really is something special.