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COURSE IS BLAND BUT PLAYABLE

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If there were such a thing as a generic golf course in Utah, West Jordan's Mountain View might be the closest thing to it. It's the vanilla ice cream, the white bread of Utah golf courses. You can play a round on Tuesday and by Wednesday, you'll be hard-pressed to describe more than a couple of the holes.

The course is as flat as a pancake, has wide fairways, huge greens and very few hazards.But all of the above isn't necessarily a negative. The course is very playable. Besides wide fairways, the rough is cut short enough that you can easily hit out of it and you won't lose your ball. In fact, Mountain View might be the hardest course in the state in which to to lose a ball. There is little water on the course and only one pond presents much possibility of a lost ball.

Built on old sugar beet fields, Mountain View opened in the summer of '68, although all 18 holes weren't opened until the following summer. It was the third and last Salt Lake County course built before Riverbend opens later this summer.

When the course was just a few years old, dozens of spruce trees suddenly died off, choked to death by nylon cords wrapped around the roots. While the course has a few large trees, there are several brand-new trees lining the fairways, giving Mountain View the look of a fairly new course.

Perhaps the most memorable hole is the 9th, a dogleg left par-5, which offers a beautiful panorama of the Wasatch Mountains to the east. The 4th and 11th are tough par-4s from the blue tees as is the par-3 16th.

While Mountain View might not be a difficult layout, you'd better be a good putter or your strokes will add up in a hurry on the humongous greens. The greens average 8,000 square feet, but some are as large as 12,000.

From the blue tees, the course can be quite competitive at 6,694 yards. However the red tees don't offer much relief for ladies and beginners at 5,802 yards. Most modern courses offer more than 10 of 15 yards advantage for the red tees.

As for the name, it might seem a misnomer for a flat course out in the middle of Salt Lake Valley. But when you get on the course you'll appreciate the name more. Without a lot of tall trees, you get nice views of the mountains from the east, north and west. When you hit the back nine, you'll even get a view of Mt. Timpanogos.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Mountain View Golf Course

DIFFICULTY

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LAYOUT/SCENERY

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ENJOYABILITY INDEX * *

(5=highest rating, 0=lowest)

HOLE PAR YARDS*

1 4 358

2 3 134

3 4 340

4 4 391

5 5 512

6 4 382

7 4 325

8 3 120

9 5 465

OUT 36 3027

10 5 471

11 4 389

12 3 136

13 5 497

14 4 367

15 4 396

16 3 139

17 4 360

18 4 401

IN 36 3156

TOTAL 72 6183

*Middle tees

LOCATION:

2400 W. 8660 South, West Jordan

HEAD PROFESSIONAL:

Alan James

COURSE DESIGNER/YEAR OPENED:

Bill Neff, 1968

COST:

$7.50/$14, Srs. $5, Jrs. $4, carts $8/$16, range $2/$3.50

RESERVATIONS:

255-9211, Mon for Tue-Wed, Wed for Thu-Fri, Thu for weekends

EASIEST TIME TO GET ON:

Weekdays noon-3 p.m.

COURSE RECORD:

Mark Owen 61