Old Works Golf Course, located in tiny Anaconda half an hour west of Butte, is a beautiful course set on the old copper smelting site.
Relics of the past are seen throughout this sweeping course that is a visual treat from beginning to end.
Our graphic above shows the Gold, Copper, and Limestone tees because they align with the familiar black, blue, and whites from your typical courses. However, course designer Jack Nicklaus — yes, him — wasn’t satisfied with providing only those options. He also provides the best players the opportunity to test their skills from a pro-style 7,705 yards from the aptly named Slag tees.
Hole 1 – Par 4 (416/424/451)
Hole 3 – Par 5 (532/555/587)
Hole 7 – Par 3 (190/215/238)
Hole 11 – Par 5 (546/581/597)
Old Works is unique and fun to play.
Black slag a feature throughout. All sand features are made of the slag – a by-product a copper smelting – which gives the course a unique look and feel. More pebbly than sand, it takes a little bit to get used to it. But hopefully, you’re not in it too much.
Rated as the #2 public golf course in Montana by both Golf.com and Golf Digest, Old Works features all of the aspects you normally expect from a premier course. Rolling fairways, finely maintained and undulating greens, punishing hazards, and sweeping views providing sense of place are all on display.
Overall, this course is a fine choice for anyone attempting to complete the Bars & Pars challenge. Or, for that matter, any golf lover who happens to wander in around these parts.