Located on the back side of the Teton Mountain Range and just north of Victor, Idaho is Teton Reserve, an 18 hole Hale Irwin designed course. Open to the public, Teton Reserve expansively saunters thru the tall grass of the flat valley floor with a challenging and atheistically appealing design. During the prime season the course’s greens are typically in impeccable condition, making it not only a great golf experience in the Teton/Jackson area, but a exceptional value for a public course.
Men’s Tee Par 72 (rating/slope)
- Black 7426 yards (74.1/130)
- Gold 6718 yards (71.1/125)
- Silver 6016 yards (68.1/121)
- Bronze 5124 yards (64.4/104)
Women’s Tee Par 72 (rating/slope)
- Silver 6016 yards (73.5/133)
- Bronze 5124 yards (68.9/123)
Scorecard: click here
Course Designer: Hale Irwin
Course Record: unavailable
Typical Playing Season
- Mid-May thru Mid-October
- Prime Season- July and August
Green Fees (9/18 holes)
- Mon thru Thurs- $35
- Fri, Sat, Sun- $45
- Twilight Everyday (3pm)-$28
- Single- $655 (cart included)
- Family- $1095 (cart included)
- Cart (no GPS)- included
- Clubs- $20
- Small- $5
- Large- $8
The 500 yards deep and expansive the all grass driving range is set up in a southerly direction, meaning the golfers will have to deal with head or right to left winds (when present). There are an adequate number of accurate distance and visual targets making the range excellent for extend practice sessions or short warm ups.
Putting Green and Bunker
A large putting green is located next to the range that can accommodate multiple golfers. The green is flatter than the conditions found on the course, but is nonetheless representative of the speed. Neighboring the green is a large practice bunker with multiple pins for fine tuning one’s sand game.
Design & Layout
There are many aspects of Teton Reserve that make the course not only a hidden gem in the Teton Valley, but an exceptional golfing value for those seeking a more professional quality experience. U.S. Open winner Hale Irwin’s design weaves through the natural landscape offering it’s own beauty while not overwhelming the natural beauty of the area. A reasonable mixture of hard pressing and manageable greens keep one engrossed even when a hole’s overall designed isn’t necessarily an original one.
The one negative of Teton Reserve is the current layout where the clubhouse is placed on the course’s fringe and the starting, stopping, and practice areas are a few minute cart ride or lengthy walk away. This can be somewhat confusing for first time visitors, is highly inefficient, and frustrating for those looking for or needing refueling half way through their rounds. Additionally, the course is completely open to the elements, meaning the there is little reprieve from the southwesterly winds and rains that can be present.
Tee boxes & Fairways
From tee and through the fairways conditions at Teton Reserve are good with level/open tee boxes and subtly sloped fairways that only once in a while provide the golfer with a thin lie. Bunkers are in solid condition.
The greens at Teton Reserve are the highlight of the course offering a smooth, quick, pure, and borderline professional experience. The slightest of errors will leave putts short and others sliding past the cup.
Hazards & Etc.
Water comes into play on only the 12th hole at Teton Reserve, making the majority of course’s dangers native area hazards or OB. Overall, the course is fairly forgiving of errant shots.
The expansiveness of the course and the slightest of delays can lead to 4 hours rounds feeling more like 5 hour plus affairs. That said when using a cart, golfer should expect round of 18 holes to range from 3.5-5 hours.
Patrons of the course are a mixture of local valley residents, travelers through the area, and tourists from Jackson who are seeking a value golf experience. Playing levels consequently run the entire gambit from beginners to low handicappers.
To Walk or Ride
The relative flatness of Teton Reserve’s design makes the course an exceedingly walkable one. However, the shear distance that golfers have to walk from the clubhouse to the 1st and 10th tee boxes (as well as the practice area) and the distances between greens and tee boxes makes this a cart preferred course.
Staff, Amenities, Etc.
The staff at Teton is largely professional and friendly and the Pro Shop is stock to handle your basic golf equipment needs along with a solid selection of gear.
A full service restaurant and bar is located in the clubhouse, including a small snack bar for fueling up prior to or half way through your round.
At this time there is no beverage cart service at Teton Reserve.
Local Points of Interest for Visitors
Grand Teton Brewing Company
One’s of America’s great breweries, Grand Teton is located a short drive south of the course in Victor. Using water sourced from the Teton Mountain’s, the brewery has an array of regular and seasonal selections that will make even the pickiest of palates happy. Be sure to try any of their Cellar Reserve Series beers, especially if they are available on tap in the pub. (Click here to visit Grand Teton’s website and here for directions).
Big Hole BBQ
Hungry after the round and headed down to Grand Teton Brewing? Stop at Big Hole BBQ and enjoy some phenomenal food. A locals eating and watering hole, this joint has solid to exceptional bbq and the fish tacos rank right up there with those found in San Diego. (Click here for directions)
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