Gillette is where the deer and the antelope and the golfers play. Sometimes all in the same place.
The striking scenery and abundant wildlife that characterize Gillette can be found on the golf course as well. Gillette has only one 18-hole course, but it is a picturesque facility that has made multiple appearances on Golfweek magazine’s annual list of the best public-access courses in Wyoming.
Bell Nob Golf Course
Located less than five miles west of the heart of downtown Gillette, Bell Nob Golf Course is popular with humans and animals alike. And we’re not referring to birdies and eagles. It is not uncommon to see antelope, mule deer and other curious four-legged creatures wandering along the periphery of the course and spying on the action.
The par-72 municipal course was built in 1981 and measures 7,024 yards in length from the back tees. It is a links-style course with open fairways and large, fast greens. Sand bunkers and trees guard most of the greens, and water hazards come into play on three holes. A few of the holes cut through the edge of a nearby residential community, but for the most part golfers at Bell Nob are surrounded by the peaceful Wyoming outdoors.
Since 2005, Bell Nob also has offered a nine-hole par-3 executive course, a layout ideal for golfers who only have a couple of hours of free time and cannot play a full 18 holes.
Bell Nob usually is open April through October, though that can change depending upon weather conditions. Greens fees are $35 for 18 holes and $25 for nine. Cart rental is $15 for 18 holes and $10 for nine. Season passes are available for individuals, families, junior golfers and corporations.
Gillette Golf Club
Another nine-hole offering is the Gillette Golf Club, which opened in 1969 and is located barely two miles southeast of downtown. This par-3 course, which has undergone significant improvements in recent years, is considered more difficult than it looks. There are narrow fairways, challenging rough and small greens throughout the course. Water comes into play on the final three holes, giving golfers an additional challenge down the stretch.