Located in central Wyoming and built in 1997, the Links Course is the newest addition of Caper GC’s 27 holes golf complex. Misleadingly labeled “Links” nearly half the holes have minimal links characteristics and significant elevation changes making the layout more of a highland or hill style. The course also contains two of the most ill-conceived holes ever played, diminishing the overall experience of the Links Course and making it the least compelling of the layouts found at Casper GC.
2120 Allendale Boulevard
Casper, Wyoming 82601
Casper Golf Course Website
Men’s Tees Par 36 (rating/slope)
- Blue 3313 yards (35.4/118)
- White 2950 yards (33.2/108)
Women’s Tees Par 35 (rating/slope)
- Red 2696 yards (35/118)
- Gold 2346 yards (33/110)
Scorecard: click here
Course Designer: Keith Foster
Typical Playing Season
- April thru October
Green Fees (9/18 holes)
- Regular- $16/26
- Junior- $10/15
- Adult (19 years of age and older)- $500
- Adult (after July 1)- $325
- Youth (13-18 year of age)- $250
- Child (12 years of age and under) $125
Rental Fees (9/18 holes)
- Cart Rental- $16/28
- Rental Clubs- $15/30
- Pull Carts- $2
- Small bucket- $4
- Large bucket- $7
- Season & Half Season Passes Available
Casper offers a three tiered mostly all grass driving range with a maximum range of just over 300 yards. Since the range faces into the prevailing wind practice or warm-up sessions consistently have to deal with the area’s disruptive winds. Nonetheless the range has good targets for aiming and antelope are often found wandering through the range.
A moderately sized putting green is located on the north side of the clubhouse and is able to accommodate multiple golfers. The green conditions are fairly representational of conditions found on the course, but less than ideal for extended practice sessions.
Design & Layout
The newest addition to the City of Casper’s main golf course, the Links Course is an ill-named, ill-conceived, and least compelling addition to what would otherwise be a functional 18 municipal golf course. These nine holes are anything but the advertised “links style” course, with the first four holes designed around the highest point in the course that includes two of the most ill-conceived holes possibly ever encountered in America (2nd and 3rd holes) do mostly to their severe slopes. The remainder of the layout is mostly flat, only mildly achieving any semblance of an American or Scottish style links course.
Tee Boxes & Fairways
Both the tee boxes and fairways are generally in good order, though some fairways can show minimally amounts of ware and tear. The fairways of the 2nd and 3rd holes can particularly be problematic because of having to maintain a problematic design.
The newest of the greens found at Casper GC, those on the Links Course have the most slope and undulation. Still each green slopes back towards the front, providing only a moderate challenge and quickness.
OB or hazards comes into play on every hole on the Links Course, demanding fairly accurate tee shots on each hole in order to escape without penalization.
Mid-to-high handicappers tend to be the majority of patrons at Casper GC with at around 90% being regulars.
Playing times will vary depending on course traffic, but typically range between 1.5-2 hours.
To Walk or Ride
The fact that one must climb and descend the highest point of course twice makes this portion of Casper GC cart recommended except for those who appreciate a good hike.
Staff, Amenities, Etc.
The staff at Casper is cordial and professional, with a Pro Shop that is stocked to handle any last minute golfing accessory and equipment needs.
The clubhouse has a indoor restaurant/grill that goes by the name Caddieshack/19th Hole. The food menu is typical of most golf courses and there is a decent selection of beer, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages as well.
Beverage cart service is available at Casper during times of high traffic and there are water jugs located at multiple spots on the course.
Hole #1- This visually imposing open hole actually has a relatively easy tee shot. Dial back off the tee and find the left center of the fairway for a 150 yard approach shot to an subtlety undulating green that can be hard to find when hitting into a head wind.
Hole #2- The first of the Links Course’s ill-conceived holes, this short downhill Par 4 tempts golfers to go for the green or lay back off the tee. With trouble surrounding the green and a 45 degree-ish slope on the narrow fairway neither prospect is good. If laying up hit your tee shot on the left side of the fairway and pray it finds a green patch. Green slopes towards front right.
Hole #3- Again the green is a tempting target off the tee, but the hole is best played for a comfortable approach shot from the right/center of the fairway. No matter what, golfers will be hitting into the narrow of an elevated green that slopes back to the fairway.
Hole #4- The hazard dividing the fairway on this open Par 5 is roughly 160 yards from the green which means most golfers can grip it and rip it off the tee. Play for two shots without wind and three shot into a head wind into a slightly elevated green that slopes back towards the right.
Hole #5- Arguably the most difficult hole on the Links Course, this lengthy Par 3 demands that the golfer not only find the green but remain below the hole in order to score well.
Hole #6- Bunkers on the left and center of the fairway might distract some golfers. However, the lack of trouble on this hole to the right should allow most to be aggressive off the tee. Approaches to the green can be somewhat tight and again it is best to be short of the hole.
Hole #7- All the danger on the second Par 5 of the Links Course is on the left side of the fairway, so be aggressive to the right. Approach is subtlety downhill to the narrow of a green that is protected by water on the left and elevated mounds on the right. Being short is a good thing here.
Hole #8- Aggressiveness rarely pays off the tee on this short Par 4. Best to lay back to play for a 50-100 yard approach shot to a green that feeds severely to the middle left.
Hole #9- The finishing hole is all about finding the right distance off the tee. Missing long, left, or right will challenge even the best of golfers to walk away with an even score. Find the green, be below the hole, and walk away with par or better.
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