Old Works Golf Course -Old Works
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Old Works Golf Course -Old Works

1205 Pizzini Way, Anaconda,Montana,59711
Type: Public
No. Holes: 18
Detailed description

Old Works Golf Course, is a Public, 18 hole golf course located in Anaconda, Montana.

Old Works Golf Course opened in 1997. The golf course was designed by Jack Nicklaus.

The site on which Old Works Golf Course was built is rich in history. The site was the original location for the city's first copper smelter. After lying idle for nearly a century, it became a Super Fund clean-up site in 1983. In the late 1980's the idea of reviving Old Works with a world-class golf course became a dream of the community. Through exhaustive efforts to make the site safe, the course has become a reality and represents the first Super Fund clean-up site that has been put back into use. The course features multiple tees, which will allow players of all skill levels to enjoy the course. It is situated along Warm Springs Creek and mining remnants, such as huge piles of black slag, a by-product of the copper smelting process, lie against the hillsides. The slag is also utilized in bunkers, making for a dramatic contrast to the lush green color of the course. Native grasses have also been re-established along the fairways to blend with the area's natural environment.

Nicklaus incorporated many historic relics of the copper smelter, from the flue and oven remains, to fairways that border and wind their way between black slag. The slag a by product of the copper smelting process is also featured in all of the bunkers on the course providing a stunning contrast to white bunker sand found on other courses.

The Old Works features generous fairway landing areas bordered by native grasses with large undulating greens. Warm Springs Creek, once utilized by the smelting operation and now hosting a healthy population of trout, is negotiated a number of times during the round and adds character to the layout. Nicklaus also incorporated multiple tees each hole allowing the course to measure from 5,290 to over 7,700 yards offering a challenge to players of all skill levels. Par for the cours is 72.

The opening hole, a 451-yard, par 4, is a good example of the strategy and shotmaking players will need to score well. Avoid Warm Springs Creek along the entire left side of the fairway. Ideal positioning is to the right-center of the fairway leaving an open shot to the green.

The course is open from early April through the end of October, possibly into November weather permitting.