Utah’s oldest public golf course Nibley Park is one of three nine hole municipal courses operated by the City of Salt Lake. Opened in 1922 the parkland style course offers some of the most scenic views of the Watasch Mountains from its’ treelined fairways. Even though Nibley Park is lacking in length, it challenges beginners to scratch golfers demanding accurate shots to score well. The finish hole offers a fantastic view of the mountains and will challenge the moxie of most golfers.
Men’s Tees Par 34/68 (rating/slope)
- Blue 2895/5790 yards (67.1/120)
- White 2682/5364 yards (64.5/109)
Women’s Tees Par 36/72 (rating/slope)
- White 2682/5364 yards (67.8/110)
- Gold 2341/4682 yards (64.5/109)
Course Scorecard: click here
Course Designer: Harold Lamb
Course Record: 26 (9 holes)
Nibley Park is open year around, as long as the course is free of snow.
Green Fees (9/18 holes)
- Regular- $12/24
- Senior- $10/20
- Junior- $7/14
Seasonal Pass Information: click here
Rental Fees (9/18 holes)
- Cart (no GPS)- $6.5/13
- Low End Rental Clubs- $7/14
- High End Rental Clubs- $15/30
- Pull cart- $2/4
Range Fees (Limited Flight Balls)
- Small bucket- $4
- Large bucket- $7
Located adjacent to clubhouse Nibley Park’s driving range is the over 100 yard wide and can accommodate the largest number of golfers of any SLC course. The all grass range offers a good hitting surface from which to practice from and there is a decent amount of shading from the sun during the morning hours. At its’ maximum length the range is only 270 yards and thus golfers must use limited range flight balls which tend to be less than accurate in ball flight.
Nibley Park has two small putting greens for practicing. While the greens can become quickly crowded, they are representational of the conditions on the course and tend to role true.
A small chipping area is located on the eastside of the clubhouse.
A conveniently located course in central Salt Lake City, Nibley Park is a parkland style golf course with some of the most scenic views of the Watsach Mountains of any of the Salt Lake City courses. Nibley’s design and it’s mature treelined fairways offer a simplistic yet challenging golf experience. Conservatively playing this course which is only 2895 yards from the tips should result in golfers scoring well. However, Nibley demands accuracy from those enter it’s friendly confines and punishes those who are less than accurate off the tee or on approach shots. Arguably 2 of the course’s 3 Par 3′s poise the greatest challenge for golfers on all levels, while the remainder of the course is a case of risk reward for longer hitters.
One important note for individual’s easily distrurbed by automobile traffic: Nibley Park is surrounded on three sides by city streets, with traffic noise coming into play on 5 of the 9 holes.
Course conditions at Nibley Park can vary during the season, but overall tend to be average for a municipal course. The tee boxes, fairways, and bunkers are typically in good condition. The greens tend to run on the slower side and can, at times, be slightly beat up after periods of heavy play.
While carts are available (no GPS), the short/flatness of Nibley Park makes the course ideal for walking. The treelined fairways and scenic views combine to make the course a pleasant stroll.
Nibley Park is largely known as a beginner to intermediate golfer’s course, but is redeeming for golfers on all levels.
Playing times at Nibley Park depend entirely on the amount of traffic present and varies easily between 1.5 and 2 hours (for 9 holes).
Staff, Amenities, etc.
The staff at Nibley Park is largely professional and friendly. The Pro Shop is stocked to handle any last minute golfing accessory and equipment needs.
A small cluhouse has a bar/grill with a limited indoor/outdoor seating. The food menu is limited with food of average quality. Beer is available (hard liquor is not) as well as a variety of non-alcoholic beverages.
There is no beverage cart service at Nibley Park
Hole #1- A dogleg left around the driving range, the opening hole is best played with a tee shot just past the 150 yard marker. Longer hitters with a controlled draw can be aggressive and go for the green off the tee (a 320 yard shot from the back of the tee box). Green slopes gently from back to front.
Hole #2- A creek cuts across the fairway around 75 yards short of the 2nd green. Golfers laying up off the tee should plan on leaving themselves an approach shot no shorter than a 110 yards.
Hole #3- The most difficult hole on the course demands a long tee shot back over the creek into a green that is usually partially obscured. A bunker and trees will punish errant shots to the left, while the hole is open to the right. Green has small amount of undulations. Par is a good score here.
Hole #4- Nibley Park’s easiest hole is the shortest Par 4 on the course. Longer hitters going for the green off the tee will have to contend with the trees that surround the approach, while all others can simply play to a comfortable approach shot range. Green slopes from back to front and has a false front.
Hole #5- While the only Par 5 on the course is a merger 453 yards from the tips, the creek that crosses the fairway 100 yards short of the green and also protects the left side of the approach makes the hole play tighter than its’ distance. Place your tee shot along the left side of the fairway for the best approach a green which has the most undulations on the course.
Hole #6- Nothing complicated about the 6th hole at Nibley Park. Place your drive in the fairway and par or better should be easily obtainable.
Hole #7- The same creek from the 5th hole crosses the Par 4 7th around 110 yards short of the green. The smart play is to lay back off the tee and play to a comfortable approach shot distance.
Hole #8- Another long Par 3 which is simplified by the largest green on the course. Although distances can be somewhat tricky when hitting into the wind, finding the green off the tee should guarantee most golfers walk away with a par or better.
Hole #9- Nibley Park’s signature hole, a visually challenging Par 3 over the course’s only lake, provides a pictusque view of the Watsch Mountains. Accuracy is a must here as balls short will get caught up in the front bunker, while longer shots can easily end up on the 1st hole or practice green. The green slope from back right to front left.
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