At Spanish Peaks in Montana, fairways meet the frontier

Tuesday November 4th, 2008
Hit it in the front bunker at the 180-yard par-3 15th and you're actually standing below the level of the pond.
Tom Breazeale

Montana's Big Sky country has long attracted rugged outdoors types, folks more likely to spend an afternoon swishing down a ski slope or enjoying the world-class fly-fishing. With the August 2007 opening of The Club at Spanish Peaks, Big Sky can now boast an upscale private golf community to rival its other enticements.

\nSpanish Peaks is located midway between Bozeman and Yellowstone National Park in southern Montana, on terrain so beautifully rugged that course designer Tom Weiskopf rode it on horseback to get a proper feel for it. He lassoed it brilliantly, carving a stunning 7,170-yard, par-72 layout.

\nAt a literally breathtaking elevation of 7,000 feet, the course plays shorter than its yardage. But Weiskopf dished out just the right amount of eye-candy par-3s, brawny par-4s and risk/reward par-5s. The gorgeous 180-yard 15th hole, with mountains standing sentry on the horizon, and the reachable par-4 17th, a trademark Weiskopf temptation, will linger long in your memory bank.

\nThanks to a rustic stone-and-timber motif, the development here enhances rather than competes with the environment. The 32,000-square-foot clubhouse has a mountain lodge ambience, with stunning views of the Spanish Peaks, along with a massive double-sided fireplace and a grand log staircase.

\nCabins, condos, homes and lots are available in eight different neighborhoods, either alongside fairways or in a ski-in, ski-out parcel that's connected via a private ski lift to the Big Sky Resort. But in summertime spikes and clubs replace ski boots and poles. One constant is the wildlife roaming here: moose, bears and elk. To borrow a line from Seinfeld, "They're real — and they're spectacular!"

\nBUYING IN
Lots start at $600,000; cabins from $2.2 million; condos from $2.15 million; custom homes from $2.95 million.
For more information call 877-995-3104 or visit spanish-peaks.com.

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