Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects is creating its first 18-hole layout and practice facility in Utah for the new luxury residential-resort community of Three Bridges.
The site is on 530 rolling acres of former cattle-grazing land in Salem, about 15 miles south of Provo along the western edge of the Wasatch Mountain range.
The course will start with five holes routed through pastureland, with the next 13 holes laid out on varying terrain that includes foothills, ravines, and forests.
According to Robert Trent Jones II, COO of RTJII, the owners want to emphasize “fun” for all levels of golfers. “Knowing this community is geared to families, we created great flexibility in the positioning of teeing areas and welcoming fairway corridors for the beginning golfer, while creating exciting challenges for the seasoned player” Jones said.
Construction will begin in the spring, with the first nine holes and driving range expected to open by spring or summer 2025, along with a temporary clubhouse.
Senior Project Architect Mark Voss said, “We are routing the course to present the rugged landscape, elevation change, and scale of the site to both intrigue and entertain players.”
Other design elements for Three Bridges include free-form tees matching the variety of angles and elevation change; heavily contoured greens; bunkering that pays homage to the rugged landscape, including elongated “scar” bunkers; and clean edges along areas of play, while backside or offside edges are more natural.
The larger real-estate development project includes 413 residential lots of which 206 are available for custom residences, a five-acre paddle and deep-water surf lake, beach club, a 200-room luxury hotel, indoor and outdoor pickleball and tennis courts, resort pools, four miles of paved and unpaved hiking and biking trails, fitness center, spa, and an event venue.
The project is being developed by Real estate developer High Ground Development.
Featured image courtesy of the Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects.