It was a strange feeling playing a hole without a flagstick, but it might have helped my game. Instead of taking aim at a pin, I had to hit toward the center of the green.
This was the case on the 8th and 9th holes at Linda Vista Golf Course. With high waters earlier in the year, Linda Vista is recovered from the flooding that affected Missoula quite well. Talking with Linda Vista’s Pro Charles G. Miller in the clubhouse before I went out to play, he gave me permission to go play the 8th and 9th holes even though they weren’t open to the public yet.
I set out on to play the par 29 Linda Vista Golf Course on a beautiful morning. Weaving its way back through the low meadow off of Lower Miller Creek Road near the Bitterroot River, Linda Vista plays to 1,815-yards with two par 4s and seven par 3s.
The opening hole at Linda Vista is a 350-yard par 4 that doglegs slightly right past a fairway bunker on the right corner of the hole. Trees and bushes line the left side of the rough along the hole before a turtleback green that sits protected by a pair of bunkers completes the whole.
One of the most beautiful holes at Linda Vista is the par 3 4th hole that plays 137-yards from the back tees. An over water tee shot awaits the player from the back tee where you must walk down a small corridor through the bushes to find an isolated tee box. The green on the 4th is a large surface with a deep bunker in front of the undulating green.
After making my way through the next few holes at Linda Vista, I crossed under the caution tape and went to the 8th and 9th holes that hadn’t been opened to the public yet. It was an interesting feeling on the 9th tee hitting back toward the clubhouse on the 145-yard hole protected by three bunkers and having to just take a guess at where the hole might be.
After finding the middle of the green with my tee shot, I found the hole located in the back-left corner of the green. Not being able to see the pin on the hole really changes the way you play golf. It might be an improvement for my game to just hit for the middle of the green and like I had to playing Linda Vista’s 8th and 9th holes.
Linda Vista Golf Course in Missoula is a great executive course that is a nice fit for people who don’t hit the ball too far off the tee, younger people learning the game, and for someone who wants to work on their irons and wedge game.
Thanks to Charles Miller and the staff at Linda Vista Golf Course for having me out to play this great course and letting me get the 8th and 9th holes in.