Dust Off the Sticks and Let’s Play Some Golf


Waiting for spring to arrive in Teton Valley, well, it sometimes requires some patience. But believe me; springtime in the shadow of the Tetons is well worth the wait. There’s also a darn good reason why the birds chirp and flowers bloom later here than in other parts of the country -it snows a lot here! If you happen to enjoy the great outdoors and have been to Teton Valley, you understand, and you undoubtedly speak of this place in hushed tones. It is truly nirvana. Winter storms consistently drop over 500 inches of Mother Nature’s best on our two neighborhood resorts, Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole. This year was no exception as both of these areas reported close to 600” at their snow stakes come the first of May. The smiles haven’t even begun to fade for the ski and snowboard aficionados in these parts.

However, the landscape almost appears to change overnight. Green grass has officially poked through the moisture rich earth and the trees are ready to sprout. The creeks are bulging and the whitewater rafts are coming out of storage. I’m so happy! This means a new and dynamic spring has arrived and our glorious summer is not far behind for everyone to enjoy, both the residents who call this spectacular valley home, and for all the visitors who come to play and stay with us over the next 5 months. We’ll all soon be playing outside and constantly wondering – what to do – what to do – what to do next!

For the golfers out there, including yours truly, there’s another reason to celebrate spring. The Headwaters Golf Club at Teton Springs Resort officially kicks off its season Saturday May 14th. Boy, do people ever work hard to get a golf course open, especially in Teton Valley. Every day for the past month I’ve watched the Headwaters staff attack their mission like a band of brothers fighting a common enemy. With their tractors lined up and armed with rakes and other tools of the trade, the proud men and women of Headwaters are spiffing up the fairways and smoothing out the greens.

The late Byron Nelson, one of golf’s most legendary professionals, and also one of the nicest men you’ll ever meet (I’ve had the pleasure), designed the Headwaters Course (actually two at Teton Springs, there’s a fun par 3 course here too). You will often see the term “award-winning” in the same sentence with Headwaters and it’s easy to understand why. This course is simply gorgeous and set in Teton Valley’s most spectacular landscape. It also appeals to golfers of all ability levels with its five sets of dedicated tee markers. So, whether you’re a scratch golfer, or a duffer like me, the joy is the same when playing Headwaters. There’s also an amazing pro staff standing at attention and ready to help get the kinks out of your swing, or, get you started with the basics. Matt and his staff will even play the course with you as part of the instruction. It’s relaxed and ever so pleasant at this facility; you’ll learn fast.

All golfers know that the key element to success in this game is keeping your head down and watching that silly white ball. Easier said than done when all you want to do on this course is take in the sights and sounds that surround you in virtually every direction; the lakes, the mountains and especially the resident bald eagle who often hangs on the 7th hole. It’s definitely not easy keeping your head down on this course.

Another thing golfers often complain about is how crowded golf courses are, especially the good ones. Not so here. Headwaters is a private club but here’s the great news. When you stay at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa you’ll enjoy many of the privileges usually afforded members only. It’s really nice not having to wait for the tee-box to open. It’s also a treat to stay at this property for a million other reasons, including the Stillwaters Spa & Salon, ponds and lakes for fly fishing, Headwaters Grille, heated swimming pool and hot tubs, fitness center, kids programs, hiking, biking and on and on. Golf is only one of the great pleasures to be found at this all-season resort!

Now, for the even better news (drum roll please!). There’s a “Swing into Spring” package available when the course opens on the 14th and valid thru May 26th that lets you play “unlimited Golf” and stay in a deluxe lodge room for only $85 per day per person.

The crazy rates don’t end there. The Lodge & Headwaters Club just unveiled their new “Stay & Play Package” which gives the golfer unlimited access, and even better yet, “Unlimited Play” on the Headwaters Course starting May 27 and this is good all summer long . Check out the dynamic details.

If you’re a golfer, or want to become one, there’s no time like the present with offers like these. Both are killer packages for the luxury accommodations at Teton Springs Lodge and to play one of the best courses in the Rocky Mountains. Trust me!



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