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The latest addition to the Utah golf scene is the Logan River Golf Course, situated in the southwest part of Logan on - guess where - the Logan River.

The river meanders through the course but doesn't come into play much. What does come into play are wetlands with their high grass, wildflowers and cattails.The layout was designed by prominent California golf course architect Robert Muir Graves. It has plenty of interesting holes and is in beautiful shape for such a new course. However, it suffers from the same malady as many new courses these days - too fancy for its own good.

The average golfer just doesn't care for "target golf" with narrow fairways and small landing areas. While the average golfer doesn't have to leave the driver in the bag on most holes, for a better score it might be good idea.

The first hole is a good example. Just 254 yards, it's almost drive-able for many golfers. However, the par-4 features rough on the left and a large lake on the right that likely gobble up plenty of balls off sliced drives.

The 485-yard No. 7 hole will confound the first-time golfer. From the tee you might think you're on one of those British links. Once you figure out a landing area to hit to, the second shot widens out on the dogleg left hole.

The back-nine holes don't feel quite so constricted, but if you're a beginning golfer who likes to roll the ball off the tee, you'll be out of luck on several holes that make you clear the bulrushes.

Head pro Jeff John, acknowledges the course is "a little tight" and says it's premature to criticize the course because it's so new.

"This course wasn't designed for everyone to hit a driver on every hole," he said. "But we'll cut back on the long grass and change a few things."

John said he's had some complaints, but added that a lot of golfers have raved about the course.

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Logan River Golf Course

Location: 550 West 1000 South, Logan

Head Professional: Jeffrey John

Designer, Year Opened: Robert Muir Graves, 1993

Cost: $8/$14, carts $9/$16, range $2/$3

Reservations: 750-0123, one week in advance

Easiest time to get on: Monday mornings, weekday afternoons

Course Record: Will be established at first official tournament Aug. 15