Down in the valley and more convenient to Bozeman, there are three private membership courses. Black Bull is a first rate Tom Weiskopf designed track that was completed just prior to the real estate bust, which fell into and then was bought out of bankruptcy. The doc we bought our house from owns property at Black Bull. It is a fantastic links-style course with great sightlines up the valley, but its membership is limited to property owners – not a real option for yours truly.
|Bridger Creek, 4th Hole|
Cottonwood Hills Spring Ad
March 20, 2013: Sure enough, Cottonwood Hills opened its front nine on March 16, and then closed again for snow on the 17th and 18th. It will be on again, off again, for several weeks.
|Livingston Golf Course|
Across Bozeman Pass, 29 miles east is Livingston Golf Course. Situated along the Yellowstone River with panoramic views of the Absaroka and Crazy Mountains, Livingston Golf Course’s setting is one of a kind, making the golf experience that much more special. LGC is a 9-hole golf course, which offers two sets of tees for both men and women.
Note: I played Livingston in August. It's a basic back and forth nine-hole track on level ground along the Yellowstone River. The 9th hole is my favorite. It's a sharp dogleg left, offering an opportunity to cut the dogleg over trees across a fenced out of bounds pasture. Why my favorite? Because I finished there drawing a three wood drive over and around the dogleg, then lofting a sand wedge to the green about 15 feet above the hole and tumbling in a delicate downhill putt for birdie. It was fun.
West of Bozeman 31 miles lies the town of Three Forks, where the Gallitan, Madison and Jefferson Rivers join to form the Missouri River, and where the appropriately named Headwaters Golf Course is located. As it is deepest into the valley Headwaters is the driest and warmest course around, and therefore, most likely to be open in inclement weather. It is a short, 3000 yard, par 36, 9 hole course. When in Three Forks, we highly recommend the Iron Horse Cafe for lunch or dinner, delicious and affordable.