EDITOR’S NOTE: The second in an occasional series on regional golf courses.

It’s amazing what a few million dollars and some loving care can do for a golf course.

That’s all it took for the new Park Mammoth Golf Club in Park City to turn into a track area that golfers should put on their bucket list.

Park Mammoth in Edmonson County is the old Cave Valley golf course that was in disarray – a veritable goat ranch to use a golfer’s description – but is now a lavish, well-maintained course that any gamer can enjoy.

Since opening in April, Park Mammoth has been reviewed in Golf Course Architectureand was nominated for a golf summary prize for the best newly renovated course of 2022.

“We’ve had golfers from Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, New York, Louisiana and Georgia and of course Kentucky come here,” said Laura Behring, manager. general of the club. “When they finished their games, a lot of them were ready to play again.”

The Ross Design Group has redesigned the old layout, rebuilt the greens and added some very attractive albeit challenging bunkers. The fairways have been grassed to Tahoma 31 Bermuda which plays more like Zoysia. Expansive greens are bentgrass.

Park Mammoth only plays 6,215 yards from the back tees and can be shortened to 5,426 or 4,4664 yards.

Standing on the first tee and watching the style of links laid out with wide fairways might make it look like it will be a pitch and putt round.

There are several patches of native grass throughout the course that make club selection important, and the grab-and-rip mentality from the tee can be dangerous. The course has 10 strategically placed fairway bunkers that will catch an errant tee shot and make getting to the green more difficult. There are also 15 greenside bunkers, highlighted by the 12-foot-deep one guarding the left side of hole 15.

If you can miss those bunkers, the greens could be the biggest you’ve ever played and will add strokes to your final score if you hit the ball in the wrong quadrant. The 10th hole shares a green with the 13th and measures 14,500 square feet.

The day I played the course I found them quite fast with some interesting inclines. On a hole, a ball was placed on the upper level of the green, held in place by a putter. Once the club moved, the ball started moving and didn’t stop until it left the green.

Due to supply issues, there are not enough directional markers in the fairways, and this makes it confusing which line the player should take. However, Behring said the markers should arrive soon.

Because the course is so new, make sure you have a rangefinder when you go. The route is now available on all GPS applications.

“We’re on Golf Logix and 18Birdies,” Behring said. “We will ask Bushnell and Garmin to be added.”