Big Mountain Golf Club
Get acquainted with Big Mountain Golf Club’s dual personalities
Ever heard of a golf course with a changing personality? Look no further—check out Big Mountain Golf Club in Montana.
Built in 1996, Big Mountain has an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Andy North (U.S. Open champion) and Roger Packard. The designers managed to incorporate two unique land types to impress golfers.
Patrick Clary, PGA head golf professional at the club, said the course boasts two contrasting sets of nine holes.
“A Scottish links-style is featured in the layout of the front nine,” said Clary. “The back side of the golf course is treed and is down by the river.”
Clary added that the back nine is a more resort type of layout that follows the scenic Stillwater River.
“Basically it is a combination of links golf, native grasses and rolling fairways,” said Clary, “and a very lush and green back nine.”
Players of all abilities are welcome at Big Mountain, Clary said.
“It is a good golf course for the beginning golfer yet challenging enough for the professional,” he said. “My favourite thing about this course is that it makes you feel like you are part of the scenery and out in the wilderness.”
Cary said the abundant native grasses, the towering Ponderosa pines and the scenic river make a great combination for a good game of golf.
“Big Mountain Golf Club is known for having the best greens in the state of Montana,” said Clary. “It is always in immaculate condition and very accessible to any and all golfers from all surrounding regions.”
Clary's favourite hole is No. 15, with its natural surroundings and the challenges it offers.
At Big Mountain, members, pass holders and guests are offered a state-of-the-art practice facility—and with instruction from the golf professionals if desired, golfers have every opportunity to improve their game.
Five different target greens at five different distances—and a variety of putts, a bunker and a short game practice area—ensure that there is no unfamiliar territory out on the course. If you need more tips, check out the course website; every hole is featured with tips on how to play the hole and what to beware of.
There is nothing left to be desired at Big Mountain. The Deli is the course's sandwich shop, offering all that the hungry and thirsty golfer may need; in addition, the latest golfing equipment and clothing is available at the pro shop. And there is even more golf—Eagle Bend Golf Course is Big Mountain's sister club, so it is not unusual for players to check out both courses.