OLD WORKS GOLF COURSE
BLACK SLAG IN THE BUNKERS AT OLD WORKS GOLF COURSE
By Ken Liebeskind
Vacationers to Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks have a great golf course to play in the area, the Old Works Golf Course in Anaconda, MT, the only Jack Nicklaus design in the state and Montana's best course, according to Golf Week.
The Old Works Golf Course was built on an abandoned copper mine that is retained throughout the course, from the huge smelters, which can be seen at the first tee to deteriorating stone furnaces near the 3rd and 4th holes.
The Condor Sand Putter design
features a 50 degree loft and a sole
twice as wide as other sandwedges
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The five tee boxes at Old Works Golf Course are called Slag, Gold, Copper, Limestone and Brick and the holes have names, too, including Calincer, the 587 yard par 5 3rd, a dogleg right that plays uphill to a two level green; and Rail, the 206 yard par 3 13th that plays over a large water hazard.
The most compelling link to the old copper mine is the black slag that's found in the bunkers, a byproduct of the copper smelting process. Playing a sand wedge with a little bounce is preferable here. Take a little less sand and play firm through the shot.
A great club to use in Old Works Golf Course slag bunkers is the Condor Sand Putter from www.scientificgolfclubs.com. This is the club with the 50o loft with a lower center of gravity and extra wide sole plate that allows you to loft the ball out of traps at a lower angle than a traditional sand wedge and send it to the pin with the accuracy of a putter. Sand shots are typically the hardest shots to hit, but with the Condor Sand Putter they're much easier because you don't blast the ball out of a trap, you putt it.