Golf Pemberton - Meadow's at Pemberton Feature
Pemberton is home to two championship level 18 hole golf courses. The two courses actually neighbour each other both lying at the base of Mount Currie where they offer spectacular views of the mountainscape and Green River. The Meadows at Pemberton and Big Sky Golf both offer very different styles of play, but both courses provide an amazing backdrop and wonderful golfing memories.
This blog is a two part series on both Pemberton courses. Read up below on the evolution and playability of The Meadow at Pemberton Golf Course.
The Meadows at Pemberton
Long dubbed the 'locals course', the Meadows at Pemberton combines affordability with playability. The front 9 was originally designed and sculpted by local farmers looking for a new summer activity during the summer months. Since it's original inception a brand new clubhouse and back 9 has been constructed to turn the facility into a top-notch golfing destination.
As a result of renovations, the course turned into a tale of two 9's. The front 9 is very wide open and only protected by a number of lakes that can claim wild tee shots. Often referred to as the scoring 9, the front allows players to be a little wild off the tee but demands precise follow-up shots in order to score well. The front 9 is also guarded by two long par 3's well over 180 yards each from the tips. Par is a great score on these two holes. Scoring opportunities are a plenty on the front with holes 1, 3,5,7 & 8 great opportunities. Speaking of hole 8, the 8th is The Meadow's signature hole. The hole is only 287 from the back trees. However an island green forces you to make the decision to lay up or go for it. This beautifully simple hole should be an easy par, but if the wind is up its usually straight into you, making the small island green hard to find.
After the openness of the front 9, guests are often shocked to see how tight the back 9 is. Carved out of a forested woodland the back 9 requires straight tee shots in order to avoid the many wooded areas. Trees are in play on every tee shot, so parking the driver in the bag on the back 9 is never a bad idea. The back is also home to possibly the easiest hole on the course, the par 5 - 10th and the hardest hole the par 4 - 12th. The 12th is a sharp dogleg left, requiring players to lay up far back at the dog leg, or cut the corner / bend their shot left to gain some more length. Finding the fairway is the easy part on this hole, it's finding the elevated tee that gives players headaches. Any shot not on target will bounce off this saucered green, often into the long grass off the sides and back. A rule of thumb for the back 9 - If you keep it straight off the tee you can score well but anything wild be prepared to go bush-whacking.
Why the Meadows at Pemberton?
Between the two golf courses, The Meadows at Pemberton is the more affordable option. Expect to pay in the $50 - $60 range during the day & on weekends. Prices drop significantly after twilight. The first price drop starts at 2 PM, $29 weekday, $39 weekend, second price drop after 5 PM, $19 weekday, $25 weekend.
The Meadows also offers a more relaxed environment. Translation, this is a great place for beginners of the game and people who like a little more flexible playing schedule. While colored shirts are encouraged, they're not required at the Meadows. Whereas you would not be able to play Big Sky without proper golf attire.
Check in next week to read up on a feature on Big Sky Golf.
Looking for affordable Golf Packages?
The Pemberton Valley Lodge is offering a great deal on stay and play packages for The Meadows at Pemberton and Big Sky Golf Club. Head on over to our summer deals page and check out the saving you can earn.
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Posted: Monday, July 27, 2015