The first cover of Utah Valley Magazine nearly 18 years ago featured Karen Ashton celebrating the opening of Thanksgiving Point, so let’s get into the weeds of Hole No. 18. BYU’s own Johnny Miller designed this beautiful course. No. 18 is a challenging 440-yard, par 4 finishing hole with a picturesque view of the clubhouse overlooking the green.
Many holes at Thanksgiving Point require a choice of risk vs. reward, and No. 18 is no exception. A conservative drive up the middle can easily find short grass, but then you’re left with a difficult long iron shot to an elevated green. The temptation is to take an aggressive shortcut to the right, but there is no room for error on this line as there is nothing but trouble between the tee box and the fairway. A big drive can leave you a simple short wedge shot to the green, but a slice will end up in the weeds, and may even be baptized in the Jordan River. It takes some faith to choose the right.