World renowned golf course architects Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley teamed up with 6 time major champion Nick Faldo to design a golf course that allows golfers of all levels to experience the amazing natural topography that the Tobacco Valley has to offer. Undulating fairways and greens will challenge even the scratch golfer. 3 man-made ponds and 3 natural lakes are a haven for thousands of Painted Turtles that call Wilderness Club home. Golfers will experience tree lines fairways, waste bunkers and deep green side bunkers to frame each shot. Spectacular views of the Canadian Rockies, Whitefish Mountain Range and Purcell Mountain Range can be seen from almost every hole. These mountain ranges along with Lake Kookanusa are natural weather blocks that protect Wilderness Club from some of the harsh Northwest Montana weather.
“I’ve been struck by the sheer vastness of the Montana landscape on each of my visits to the Wilderness Club, and now that our 18 holes have taken shape, I believe the style of course we have created perfectly compliments the awe-inspiring surroundings. The gently rolling topography and the sandy terrain, sprinkled as it frequently is by attractive pine trees, makes for an interesting mix of woodland and links-style qualities – and insures a truly diverse golfing experience. Our design is characterized by an array of strategic choices that will challenge, inspire and appeal to golfers of all abilities. With this emphasis on thoughtful golf and a design approach that has been extremely sympathetic to preserving the existing character of this wonderful sight. I’m confident that our completed layout at Wilderness Club will stand comparison with some of the most memorable courses in the country.” – Nick Faldo