Whistling Straits (Straits)

Sheboygan, WI

Iron Horse Golf Club (Whitefish, MT)

Iron Horse Golf Club logo Golf Course Review by: Bill Satterfield

The Takeaway:  Grade B

Quick Facts

Designer:  Tom Fazio in 2000

Cost:  Private

Phone Number:  (406) 863-3100

Course Website:  Official Website - Visit Iron Horse Golf Club's official website by clicking on the link provided.

Photos:  See additional photos of Iron Horse Golf Club

Accolades:  Ranked 3rd in Montana on Golf Digest’s 2013-14 Best in State rankings.

What to Expect:  Montana is known for its Big Sky setting and stunning scenery, and none more impressive than the Whitefish area in Northern Montana located just outside of Glacier National Park. The area’s most impressive course was designed by golf’s most universally appealing designer; Tom Fazio. The mountain setting is framed by Fir and Tamarack trees, features fescue in the waste areas, and boasts views of Whitefish Lake from a handful of holes. Elevation changes exist throughout the course with the largest being the impressive 100 foot downhill drop from the 7th tee down to the green fronted by a pair of bunkers. The course features an excellent variety of hole lengths other than the pars fives that are all within less than 50 yards of each other. The bunkers are relatively deep and can prevent hitting approach shots directly to the bentgrass greens if your ball comes to rest anywhere near the lip of the sand edge. Iron Horse is a high end club where service and amenities are first class and thus the course boasts premium conditioning, two on course comfort stations, and optional caddie service. For a premium experience at a course that brilliantly balances challenge with fairness, few options in the Pacific Northwest rival the offering found at Iron Horse.

By the Numbers

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
I 71 7028 72.9 137
II 71 6506 70.7 134
III 71 6050 68.4 125
IV 71 5559 66.2 115
V (Women) 71 4795 66.7 118

Individual Hole Analysis

Signature Hole:  17th Hole – 364 Yard Par 4

17th Hole at Iron Horse Golf Club (364 Yard Par 4)
17th Hole at Iron Horse Golf Club (364 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 3:  16th Hole – 229 Yards

16th Hole at Iron Horse Golf Club (229 Yard Par 3)
16th Hole at Iron Horse Golf Club (229 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  18th Hole – 412 Yards

18th Hole at Iron Horse Golf Club (412 Yard Par 4)
18th Hole at Iron Horse Golf Club (412 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  6th Hole – 567 Yards

6th Hole at Iron Horse Golf Club (567 Yard Par 5)
6th Hole at Iron Horse Golf Club (567 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  5th Hole – 347 Yard Par 4

5th Hole at Iron Horse Golf Club (347 Yard Par 4)
5th Hole at Iron Horse Golf Club (347 Yard Par 4)

Bogey Beware:  14th Hole – 253 Yard Par 3

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