Construction Underway on Moonlight Golf Course in Big Sky

Construction is continuing at The Reserve, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Mont. Despite a heavy snow year, the site is almost completely free of snow, allowing construction to resume.

“We could actually be playing it today, if it was finished,” said course superintendent Mike Wilcynski.

Wilcynski, who has extensive experience building and maintaining golf courses in Montana, said that the Moonlight course’s ability to shed snow is unusual in the northern Rocky Mountains. “The course primarily faces west, and mature vegetation is fairly sparse,” he said. “That opens the course to a lot of sunlight and great views. The result is that snow melts at the site very quickly. This course will most likely be playable from mid-May to mid-October each year.”

Wilcynski, who holds a degree in horticulture and agronomy from Montana State University in Bozeman, said earlier this spring that course construction is progressing on schedule. Sixteen of the course’s 18 holes have been cleared, most of the earthwork has been completed on the first six holes, two irrigation reservoirs have been completed and a custom sod blend for the fairways and roughs is currently being grown in northern Utah.

“We expect to start sodding the front nine in August, and we’ll also start construction on the clubhouse this summer. We should be playing some of the holes by late summer 2007,” he said.

The course and clubhouse are expected to open fully in 2008.

About Moonlight Basin

Moonlight Basin is a four-season resort company that has been nationally recognized for its environmental stewardship and commitment to careful development and protection of some of the most magnificent forest lands in the Montana Rockies. Offering rental lodging and vacation homes, fine dining, spa services, skiing and easy access to attractions such as Yellowstone National Park and seasonal activities such as fishing, horseback riding, hiking, and rafting, Moonlight Basin is also known for providing an extraordinary level of guest service.

In 2003 Moonlight Basin created the first new ski destination resort to open in the U.S. in more than 20 years. In 2005, Moonlight Basin teamed with Big Sky Resort to offer the Lone Peak Pass, providing America’s biggest skiing: two interconnected trail networks covering over 5,500 acres of skiable terrain via 23 lifts. Also in 2005, Moonlight Basin broke ground on the Reserve at Moonlight Basin, an 18-hole, championship Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course slated to open in 2007.