Location: 3003 N. Thanksgiving Point Way, Lehi

Directions: Exit I-15 at Alpine exit. Follow signs approximately 1/2 mile west to golf course.

Head professionals: Mark Whetzel, Joe Ruggiero

Superintendent: Robert Parrish

Course designer: Johnny Miller

Year opened: 1997

Cost: $58 to $78 with cart, depending on day of week. After 3 p.m.: $38 -$48. Senior rate is $48 on weekday.

Reservations: 768-7401, 14 days in advance

Easiest time to get on: Weekdays 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., weekend afternoons

Course record: Mike Weir 64, Steve Sneiter, Jimmy Blair 64 (competitive)

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Course description: Six years ago, a barren piece of property along the Jordan River was turned into a pristine golf course, thanks to Thanksgiving Point owners Alan and Karen Ashton and course designer Johnny Miller. It has already been the site of several big tournaments, including the Western Club Professional Championship last fall, the Champions Challenge for five years and the Mens State Amateur which begins today. The course covers a lot of ground, stretching more than two miles north to south. The course starts north and makes a circle coming back to the clubhouse, while the back nione is just the opposite, starting south and circling back to the clubhouse. Like other Johnny Miller-designed courses, it has many bunkers and undulating greens that are difficult to putt. The course is nearly impossible for average golfers from the back two tees, but manageable from the front two tees at 6,344 and 5,838 yards.

Holes to remember: The 166-yard par-3 No. 4 hole is the best hole on the front nine. The downhill shot to a two-level green guarded by bunkers, is a fun one and the right club selection, which depends on the prevailing wind, is vital. The No. 12 hole is a pretty hole, a dogleg left over water, which makes the golfer decide how much to cut off on the drive. Too much and youre in the water, too little and youre through the fairway with little chance of hitting the green in two. The par-3 17th, which can stretch to 250 yards from the back tees, could decide a lot of matches at the State Amateur.

— Mike Sorensen