It doesn’t get any better than fall golf in Montana

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Updated: September 1, 2021

When it comes to playing fall golf, don’t forget about Montana. The weather might be changing, but golf is still on the forefront at places like Old Works in Anaconda and the Wilderness Club in Eureka.

• Old Works: Fall is the right time to play golf in Montana.  Old Works golf course in Anaconda is in great shape and will not be aerifying the greens in September.  Superintendent Todd Lupkes has developed a program that does the most aggressive maintenance when the course closes.  “We have developed a plan that leaves the course in perfect shape in the fall so the golfers can enjoy the entire season. “  

The clubhouse renovation project will begin in September, and will be finished before opening of next year in 2022.  A new fleet of golf carts, new golf balls for the range and a reseeding of the rough will await golfers at the beginning of the next season. 

Head Golf Professional, Zach McArthur, has seen the excitement begin to grow around Old Works both in the community and around the country at just the right time. “We’re receiving great feedback from our patrons and use that feedback to continue improving our operation. There couldn’t be a better time for a drastic facelift of the Old Works clubhouse that’ll provide an atmosphere for golfers and non-golfers alike to enjoy the facility year round.”

Old Works Golf Course, Montana’s only public Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, is unlike any other course you’ve ever played. The grounds that Old Works now call home were the site of Anaconda’s first copper smelting operation. After lying idle for nearly a century, in 1983 the grounds became a Super Fund clean-up site. By the late 80’s the idea of reviving the Old Works with a world class golf course became a dream of the community of Anaconda and ARCO. 

Old Works features five sets of tees ranging from the bricks at 5,300 yards to the slags at 7,700 yards. The Old Works is situated between Warm Springs Creek and the remnants of the lower and upper works smelting operation against the hill sides.  For rate information or to book your tee time, visit www.playoldworks.com or call (406) 563-5989.

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• The Wilderness Club in Eureka, Mont. has something for everyone. With the resort sitting on 550 acres of land, The Wilderness Club has golf, lodging, water sports and more. Designed by Sir Nick Faldo, the course has been ranked as the top golf course in the state of Montana and one of the top public courses in the country.  The Wilderness Club plays from 5,431 yards to 7,200 yards and features Ponderosa-lined fairways, waste bunkers, deep greenside bunkers and terrific views of nearby mountain ranges. But that’s not all.

 There are plenty of places for a stay and play deal at The Wilderness Club with cabins, cottages and suites. The cottages feature studio accommodations to two-bedroom units and other units that can host up to 24 people. And don’t forget about the hot tubs, expanded kitchens and mountain views.

 The Wilderness Club is the kind of place for a family vacation with its Family Sports Park that includes activities like beach volleyball, basketball, pier and an 18-hole disc golf course. The nearby Wilderness Lake is a non-motorized lake and has kayaks, canoes and paddleboards available for use. A waterpark features a 250-foot water slide and two saltwater pools.