Saturday, June 12, 2010

Lander Golf Club

Normally I don't like to go golfing if there is a chance of thunderstorms, but since thunderstorms were forecast for our entire week here at Lander, Wyoming, we decided to give it a try.

Lander Golf Club is a municipal golf course and the only game in town, other than a semi-private golf course in Riverton which is 25 miles away.  Lander's golf course is an eighteen hole course with the first nine being a tree lined, carefully mowed course and the back nine being a newer, rougher, still undergoing work links style course.
Denny played the blue or longest tees at 6574 yards with the course rating/slope of 71.5/129.  I played the red or senior tees at 5191 yards with a course rates/slope of 69.6/127.  Conditions were a little rough on the course although the fairways and greens were being mowed as we played.  I think the delayed spring had a lot to do with the course condition.  I must say the staff was very friendly and helpful, even putting a cart cover on our golf cart knowing the rain was inevitable.
As evidenced by the photos, we were practically the only people on the golf course, which allowed us to take the time to look for lost balls in the creeks and rough and to take practice shots when our first attempts were ugly.  And there were a few of those also.
The scenery was a bit distracting also; this view from the eleventh hole shows the Wind River Mountains in the distance.  Certainly the course was convenient to us from the campground--we pulled out of the campground, turned right, drove a half block, turned right and followed the driveway to the clubhouse.  On the tee box of the ninth hole, you not only are making the turn, you could walk down to your rig for lunch.  That's us in the middle of the picture, partially hidden behind the tree.  Hi Beast!
I have to say that this is the most expensive golf course we've played in a lot of years (like since Hawaii in 1992?), especially considering the condition of the golf course itself, however it is a challenging golf course and we enjoyed our round.  Despite the rain, despite the roughness of the back nine, despite the occasional ugly, ugly golf shot.  Yep, had fun.

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