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GOLF COURSE IN MORGAN HAS SENSE OF ADVENTURE TO IT

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Ask someone about the Round Valley Golf Course and you'll likely get a response like "Round Valley? Isn't that somewhere in southern Utah?"

Not even close.Most folks would surprised to find out Round Valley is a challenging, 18-hole layout located within an hour's drive of Salt Lake. So where is it?

Try Morgan, which is about 30 miles due north of Salt Lake the way the crow flies. But the fastest way from Salt Lake is up I-15 and Highway 89 to just south of Ogden, then 15 miles east on I-84. It takes five or 10 minutes longer to go east on I-80 past Coalville and turn west on I-84.

Because of its somewhat remote location, Round Valley hasn't yet been discovered by Joe Q Golfer.

On weekdays, 90 percent of the clientele comes from the Ogden area and Morgan. However on weekends, the majority of golfers are from the Salt Lake area. Then there are the golfers from Corpus Christi, Texas, like the one I was paired with last week.

The course gets its name from the valley in which it sits with mountains on all four sides. The best view is to the west where you see the snow-capped Wasatch Mountains this time of year. Small foothills surround the course on the north, west and south sides.

The front nine, built 25 years ago, features large greens and a lot of 25-year-old pine trees. The best holes may be the 375-yard 3rd hole, which curves left around a large pond and No. 9, a straightaway par-5 that stretches to 575 yards from the blue tees. The par-3 6th over a pond with rock cliff directly behind it, is the most picturesque.

The back nine, which opened in the fall of 1992, is different than the front, with smaller greens and tighter fairways. It's fairly flat, built on old farmland with a large lake that comes into play on both 13 and 14.

There is only one par-4 on the first seven back nine holes and if you look ahead on your card, you may be licking your chops at the last two holes, which measure 316 and 328 yards. Big mistake.

The 17th is a right-angle dogleg right that isn't worth the gamble to cut the corner. An iron off the tee will suffice for many.

The 18th, on the other hand, requires a long and accurate tee shot or else it's nearly impossible to hit the elevated green that jogs left at the last minute, in two. What a way to finish.

One of the biggest problems with the course is the condition. It was filled with dandelions the day I played and some of the fairways, particularly on the new nine, are spotty in places. Also many of the tees were quite dry and divot-filled. That's what happens at an understaffed small-town course.

Still the course has potential to be an nice alternative for the more adventurous golfer who likes to get away from the crowded city courses.

*****

Additional Information

ROUND VALLEY

Golf course

Hole Par Yards* 1 4 388

2 3 146

3 4 375

4 5 500

5 4 359

6 3 137

7 4 371

8 4 370

9 5 527

OUT 36 3173

10 5 159

11 3 159

12 5 527

13 4 400

14 3 160

15 5 537

16 3 164

17 4 316

18 4 338

IN 36 3010

TOTAL 72 6183

*Middle tees

DIFFICULTY 3

LAYOUT/SCENERY 3

ENJOYABILITY INDEX 3

(5= highest rating, 0=lowest)

LOCATION:

1442 Round Valley Road

Morgan

HEAD PROFESSIONAL:

Dennis Peterson

COURSE DESIGNER /YEAR OPENED:

Mark Ballif, 1969

Ray Bergh, 1992

COST:

$7.50/$15, range $2/$4

carts $8/$16

RESERVATIONS:

829-3796, Monday for following Friday-Sunday; 6 days in advance for weekdays.

EASIEST TIME TO GET ON:

Mondays, midday

COURSE RECORD:

Tom Bashford, 66

(competitive)