Just as the Mountain
West golf season moves into full swing, Alpine Country Club has finished numerous golf course enhancement and renovation

Bunker renovations and
modernizations, new cart paths, and an enlarged and improved existing practice
range and putting green are among the projects at Alpine, which is located in Highland,
Utah, about 30 miles south of Salt Lake City. John Fought Design oversaw the
project and Duininck Golf was the contractor responsible for construction. The
William Neff Sr.-designed course opened in 1959, one year after the club was
chartered and organized. 

Modernization of the
course’s bunkers included rebuilding bunkers using the Better
Billy Bunker method, which provides a
technically advanced drainage and liner system while providing optimal
playing conditions much deeper into the life of the bunker. Fought oversaw the repositioning of select
bunkers, eliminated trees in problem areas, and added new tee boxes on holes 5,
7, 9, 12 and 14.

“The bunker renovation
has really improved the look and design,” superintendent Jake Ebner said.
“Having the Billy Bunker liners will give our members more consistent bunkers
and greatly extend the life of the white sand. We have very rocky soils at
Alpine and have dealt with a lot of rock and soil contamination in the
past. The new liners will also double the life expectancy of the bunkers.”

Alpine’s practice
range tee area and practice putting green were expanded to accommodate the
club’s growing membership, while allowing for the use of drivers/woods from a
new matted hitting area. The practice range tee area was expanded to 22,000
square feet — an increase of 37 percent — leveled and re-sodded. A new
TurfHound artificial tee surface was also added to the back of the practice tee.
The new 8,000 square-foot practice putting green is 78 percent larger than the
previous green.

New and improved
brushed concrete cart paths were also added throughout the facility and
strategically re-routed to better accommodate golfers.

Alpine Country Club is
managed by Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon.