Bonneville Golf Course. The city's oldest 18-hole public course, only ten minutes from downtown, was designed by William Bell and opened in 1929. Bonneville presents a satisfying test of skill with its wooded, hilly landscape and tight fairways, but is not a huge challenge and offers a pleasant walk with stunning mountain views. The greens are well kept, with putts breaking toward the valley. 954 Connor St., East Side, Salt Lake City, UT, 84108. 801/583–9513. www.slc-golf.com/bonneville.html. $37. 18 holes, 6872 yards, par 72.
South Mountain Golf Club. A championship public course and spectacular scenery await you 30 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City at the South Mountain Golf Club. It's a mountainside course, so there are elevation changes, twists and turns that call for every kind of shot —but above all accuracy—and undulating greens that present a good challenge. Choose from five tee boxes that allow for players at all levels. The course hosted the 1999 Utah Open. 1247 E. Mike Weir Rd., Draper, UT, 84020. 385/468–1480. www.slco.org/slcountygolf/cSouthMountain/. $22 for 9 holes Mon.–Thurs., $24 Fri.–Sun., $30 twilight; $42 for 18 holes Mon.–Thurs., $47 Fri.–Sun., $35 twilight. 18 holes, 7080 yards, par 72.
Stonebridge Golf Club. Stonebridge Golf Club is a five-minute drive from Salt Lake International Airport. The links-style course, designed by Gene Bates and Johnny Miller, offers 27 holes amid beautiful scenery. Water hazards come in the form of lakes and streams, and there are plenty of bunkers, but fiarways are wide and four sets of tees cater to a range of abilities. 4415 Links Dr., West Valley City, UT, 84120. 801/957–9000. www.golfstonebridgeutah.com. $21.50 for 9 holes walking, $28.50 riding; $43 for 18 holes walking, $57 riding (reduced rates for Utah residents and members of the military). 27 holes, 7200 yards, par 36.
Wingpointe. This Scottish links–style course, adjacent to Salt Lake International Airport, is loved by the golf magazines that hand out awards, regularly figuring within the top five of the state's courses. Golfers seem to like it too, in spite of the inevitable noise from above as planes fly in and out. It is set out on a rolling landscape of native grass and wildflowers and has a good sprinkling of bunkers and water hazards that call for a good degree of accuracy. The challenging course is often still green when there's snow in the surrounding mountains. 3602 W. 100 N, Airport, Salt Lake City, UT, 84122. 801/575–2345. www.slc-golf.com/wingpoint.html. $18 for 9 holes; $35 for 18 holes. 18 holes, 7185 yards, par 72.