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The Highland Golf Course opened in 1962 and was designed by Utah's legendary golfer George Von Elm, of whom the street leading to the clubhouse is named after. George is best known for his 2 and 1 victory over Bobby Jones in the 1926 U.S. Amateur Championship at famed Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey. Sadly, George was never able to see the finished course after he lost his battle with cancer on May 1, 1961. George Von Elm was also responsible for designing two other Idaho courses, the Blackfoot Golf Course and the original nine holes at Sun Valley Resort.
Classified as a parkland layout, Highland is known for its hillside design, mature trees, and challenging par threes. But the most famous feature of the course is the modest sized greens that break much more than a non-local golfer would ever imagine. The old adage is "everything breaks to the city" which will never get you in much trouble if you follow. These greens give teeth to a course that is moderate in length (6500 yards) by today's standards, especially considering the course is located at 4800' elevation.
The grass types are typical for the area with bluegrass in the fairways and bent grass on the greens while the tree types range from different varieties of pine, Russian olive, poplar, elm, ash, and more. Five greenside bunkers are found on the course, all of which which appear on the front nine after the lone bunker on the back nine (hole #15) was filled in during the summer of 2017. The signature uphill par three 16th hole houses the course's only water feature; a pond off the front of the tee box that must be carried enroute to the green. The pond received a fountain, new tee box, and rock retaining wall in the fall of 2006.
Highland Golf Course has been manged by ForeGolf (Greg Albright, GM) since 2000 and the current head professional is Charles Clinton.