Easy Access to Quality Courses Makes Golf Popular in Wyoming

With approximately 70 golf courses across the state, it's easy to see why Wyoming is known as a great place to hit the links. Most of Wyoming's golf courses are open for public play.

Kevin Litwin
On Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 09:01

With approximately 70 golf courses across Wyoming, it's easy to see why the state  is known as a great place to hit the links.

"There's not a lot of overcrowding, and you can play a number of golf courses in Wyoming for an affordable price,” says Kyle Nuss, executive director of the Wyoming State Golf Association. “There also aren't a lot of fully private courses, so you can play the majority of them without knowing a member.”

The state features a variety of nationally known courses, such as The Powder Horn Golf Course, Three Crowns Golf Club, Riverton Country Club and Bell Nob Golf Course, all of which are open for public play.

Residents and visitors can also take advantage of golf resorts in the state, including the Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club that includes the Shooting Star course – named one of Golfweek's Best Residential Courses and Best Modern Courses in 2011, as well as the Teton Pines Country Club and Resort.

Private courses, including Old Baldy Golf Course at Old Baldy Club in Saratoga, also contribute to the variety of options available. One of Wyoming's most popular courses, Old Baldy opened in 1964 as a place where members could enjoy a round of golf without making a tee time. Today, the tradition still holds, and golfers are free to play whenever they like. 

Thanks to the quality of its courses, the state hosts a number of golf tournaments each year that attract some of the region's strongest competitors.

"Every year, we have our Wyoming Amateur Championship, which will be played for the 90th consecutive year in 2012,” Nuss says. “The Wyoming Open is another tournament that's been played a long time, and it takes place in Cheyenne. The Saltwater Classic Pro-Am also draws a pretty good field of professionals.”


Kevin Litwin is the author of Crazy Lucky Dead and a freelance feature writer with a career spanning more than 20 years.