Constructed on the venue used for the cross country and biathlon competitions for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Midway, Utah is a 36-hole facility featuring the Gold and Silver courses designed by Gene Bates. The course is located approximately 50 miles from downtown Salt Lake City in the Wasatch Mountain State Park. The course also offers breathtaking views of the Heber Valley and majestic Mount Timpanogos.
The 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links will be the first-ever USGA championship contested in Utah. Seventeen holes from the Gold Course (all but hole No. 2) and one from the Silver Course (No. 11) will be utilized for the competition. Bates incorporated 150 bunkers into his design, with white silica sand brought in from nearby Idaho.
The Gold Course is a typical mountain or foothills course with significant elevation change throughout the layout and dramatic elevation changes within each hole. The vegetation on the course mirrors the surrounding native area vegetation, scrub oaks and native mountain valley grasses
While it hasn’t hosted a national competition, Soldier Hollow has been the host site for the 2006, 2008 and 2010 Utah State Amateur, the longest continuously held golf competition in the world. The event dates back to 1899 and was never postponed for World War I or World War II.
Remnants of the Olympic biathlon competition also remain today and the public can test its shooting skill on the course year-round. The facility is still utilized for cross country skiing during the winter months.