The Old Works is a great Montana destination

Updated: August 3, 2020

If you find yourself driving on Interstate-90 to Spokane and Idaho, you might want to extend the trip a few hours or so to visit Missoula, Mt. You will be glad you did, as you make the turn into the Jack Nicklaus-designed The Old Works Golf Club in the town of Anaconda.

The Old Works is rated among the top 100 courses in the country and for good reason. Not only is the layout a great challenge but the history surrounding the course is rich. The land was once filled with ore and smelting plants dotted the landscape back from the late 1800s through the 1900s. The location sat idle until 1983 when it became a super fund cleanup site. In 1989, citizens formed a group to promote the construction of a world-class golf course on the site. The community, ARCO, state and federal agencies along with Nicklaus, broke ground on the course in 1994 and an award-winning course was born.

The Old Works, which is under new management from CourseCo, features bunkers filled with leftover slag from the copper smelting process, giving the course a unique look. The course plays 7,705 yards from the tips but features four sets of tees.