This weekend at Bonneville Golf Course, the Salt Lake City Open will get underway, and Jordan Gibbs may appear to be in the lead. The new Chief Pro on the course, together with a competitor, assist in choosing the pin placements. The professional presenter, Gibbs, a native of New Jersey who took over at Bonneville in March, claimed that “the majority of people in the field probably know the track better than I do.”
“The home courses option is not yet available to me.” Most of the 162 competitors who will be there on Saturday and Sunday will tell you how crucial the pitch on the Eastern bench is to their growth as golfers. “I’ve enjoyed playing here forever. We used to play here every night for free when we were in high school,” laughed Zach Johnson, the winner of the City Open.
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The head professional of Davis Park Golf Course, Johnson, continued, “It’s a treasure of golf in Salt Lake. When it comes to general golf, this location’s offerings are difficult to match. The first nine-hole course was constructed in 1929, and William P. Bell and William F. in San Diego later rebuilt it into an 18-hole course.
Bonneville is now a humming hub of public golf in Utah thanks to a pandemic-fueled boom that has seen a 25% increase in participation on city courses compared to the five-year average. According to Gibbs, the track saw around 85,000 nine-hole plays last year. He does, however, see merit in using the course to host prestigious occasions like the City Open and the Salt Lake City Buffs.
It’s crucial that Bonneville keep up the good work, he said. “We’d want to offer additional Utah Golf Association events all year round. Given where we are and our history, I believe that is a part of our duty as a Bonneville. Another champion might add to that history this weekend.
This week, Johnson commented, “It was good to drive and see your name on the sign. I didn’t think I would ever win it at my age. My career failed to achieve it, which was discouraging. I’ve always wished I could. To increase competition for this year’s portfolio of $5,000 for professionals and around $3,000 for seniors, the field was cut from 192 to 162 contestants.
Gibbs also projected that it might take 12 players below the required level to declare a winner this weekend. “You can put yourself in where you are and drive it pretty well here,” said Chris Moody, a two-time City Open champion. “It has the ability to score. 5s, you must tap without a doubt. Make a few sparrows then, but try to avoid making too many ghosts.
Johnson concurred, “There are a lot of sparrows.” However, there are some gaps where, with the wrong stroke, you could profit significantly. He warned that if the ninth hole of the third hole had the incorrect level of green, you might find yourself celebrating the number 6 on the scorecard. But having fun here is always enjoyable, he added. “It is always in excellent condition, but every year it seems to get harder. It is a unique location.