Believed to be the first private ski and golfing club in the world, The Yellowstone Club owns a spectacular expanse of land in the Big Sky region of Montana, with glorious mountain views and first-rate ski runs for members and residents to enjoy. Its golf course was completed in 2005, and designed by Montana favourite Tom Weiskopf, who also created the nearby Spanish Peaks layout.
The setting here is certainly magnificent, but the golf course is only open for 90 days a year and mostly played by relaxing residents so set-up to be a fun, scenic journey rather than a stern, strategic test of golf. The conditioning of the course is first-rate, and the outlooks and views of the surrounding mountains are quite beautiful, but design wise there isn't anything here from Weiskopf's top shelf. Plunging longer holes and par threes aligned toward distant peaks are probably the standouts, it quite possible to smash your opening drive in excess of 400 yards thanks to the thin mountain air and the dramatic fall from tee to 1st fairway.
A round at Yellowstone is an enjoyable and scenic escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life, this isn't a great course but it's a fantastic club for those who enjoy skiing and golf.