Montana Golf Experience
Our private, 27-hole championship course is forged from the dramatic Flathead Valley landscape. The three distinct nines accentuate the beauty of sweeping mountain ranges, water, and trees. From tee to green, we take great pride in our exceptional playing conditions and layout.Explore The Course
This par 4 hole is a challenging beginning to a round. An uncomfortable dogleg right requires players to make a tee decision between a safe layup to a lengthy approach shot or a riskier corner-cut attempt that pays off with a much shorter second shot. The smart play is to lay up to the bend of the dogleg, which leaves approximately 160 yards to the green. The green is two-tiered, and the difference between a front right and back left hole location is usually a club in length. There really isn’t a flat putt on the green. The 1st is a difficult par.
This rather long, uphill straightaway par 5 opens with a blind tee shot. Any chance for a long hitter to reach the green in two depends on the drive finding the fairway. Sand and thick grass bunkers lie to the right of the fairway, and if the drive lands here, a layup for the second shot will be forced, a shot that is made more difficult by the pond on the right. The 2nd's third shot is played into a plateau green with a false front, guarded by bunkers right and left. Once on the green, the putting surface is expansive and flat. Overall, it’s a comfortable par and a makable birdie. If the first hole presented a problem, this is a great opportunity to cancel the frustration.
One of the easiest par 4s on the course, this hole is relatively short with a generously wide fairway. The flat green is protected by bunkers on the left and the rear that rarely come into play. However, the obstacle to avoid is the collection area on the right that is closely mown and situated on a severe slope. Players should find this a gettable birdie and effortless par.
Remarkably, this is the only Eagle Bend hole without a bunker. It doesn’t need one. The lengthy, downhill par 3 includes a two-tiered green that’s situated on a left-to-right sloping hillside. The surrounding grass is always long and thick, enough to clearly convey the importance of hitting the green. Of all the course’s par 3s, a par is very coveted and satisfying on this hole. Putting is challenging, and club selection is at a premium, especially if the hole is cut in the upper tier of the green. If players can land their shot on the tier where the hole is located, they’re in a good spot. Otherwise, obtaining par is a challenge.
When stepping to the tee, players will quickly note the surrounding trees and rocky landscape. Players should lay up their tee shot to the bend. A shot straight down the middle of the fairway, 185-200 yards, leads to the perfect spot, leaving a short second shot to the green. The slight uphill approach always seems to play a club longer than the yardage states, and aside from the slippery front left corner, the green is relatively benign. Overall, the 5th is an unassuming hole that will eat your lunch if you can’t keep it out of the trees. Players must hit the ball straight, and they’ll feel this here more than any other Eagle Bend hole.
Opening from a beautifully manicured multi-tiered tee, the 6th is a relatively short par 3 that leads to a green that’s protected by multiple bunkers. Calculating the yardage can be tricky. The tee shot heads downhill, and players feel protected from the wind while standing on the sheltered tee. Yet the nearby lake’s prevailing crosswind moves from right to left. What isn’t felt from the tee often affects the flight of the ball once it gets above the treetops. Players need to calculate the downhill slope and the wind, which can be strong at times. Sometimes they cancel each other out, but it’s often a gamble. Once on the putting surface, staying below the hole is extremely helpful.
The 7th is a prime birdie opportunity if the opening shot is positioned in the fairway. The hole is a mild downhill, slight dogleg right, but its landing zone is protected by bunkers on the left and trees on the right. The difference between hitting and missing the fairway could determine a birdie or bogey on the scorecard. A successful drive will leave a short wedge to a very large, unguarded green that slopes toward the fairway. On the green, the most difficult hole location is the most distant. It’s best to stay below the hole. Be wary of an aggressive play that could land the ball in thick rough beyond the green. This hole also faces the prevailing wind from the lake, the same wind that complicates play on the 6th.
Rounding the turn after the 7th, this par 5 hole is usually situated downwind, with a slight uphill slant and dogleg right, opening to a generously wide fairway. A big drive can leave players with an opportunity to reach the green in two. The green is protected by deep bunkers both left and right, and the fairway hourglasses to a narrow approach. Getting hole high in two is not the challenge. The real problem lies in landing the ball on a green that is half the size of the prior hole. Plus, the green is marked by a ridge that essentially establishes two greens within one. Being on the wrong side of the ridge makes for a very difficult two-putt.
This long, straightaway par 4 is often considered the most difficult hole on the Eagle Nine. A big tee shot is needed to carry the ball over the crest of a hill. Large speed bumps cause trouble if coursing the right side of the fairway, so players will find significantly fewer obstacles if they are able to hug the fairway on the left. The challenging second shot is complicated by the sloping fairway, and learning how to navigate uneven lies takes lots of practice. The green itself is somewhat benign, but heavily protected. Its front right bunker probably sees more action than all others on the course. A par on the 9th is an extremely satisfying end to the first half of play. Head to Jack’s Shack for a celebratory drink before advancing to the 10th.
The Bear opens high on a plateau with spectacular mountain views, and the 10th is the first of three lifted holes. It’s one of the bigger par 5s on the course and sits with a dogleg left and two enormous fairway bunkers at its corner. If players can hug the left side of the fairway, they’re left with a prime second shot. If they choose to play it safe, shying away from the bunkers, they're adding significant length. A correct tee shot brings the green into range for the second shot, considered a getable birdie and potential eagle for strong players. Once on the putting surface, the green is long and narrow, protected in the front by a catcher’s mitt of a bunker that tends to gobble up a lot of balls. The 10th is a definite birdie opportunity.
The tee shot on this par 4 can be played one of three ways. The first is targeting the upper portion of a split, two-tiered fairway that’s divided by rough and bunkers. Depending on the wind, this might not be an option for many players. However, if the upper tier is reached, players have the best angle to the green with a short wedge and a birdie in the wait. The second option is bailing to the lower right tier that’s wide and generous, yet this presents the most unappealing angle to the green. The third option is laying up short of the fairway bunkers, leaving a medium to short iron shot. Very deep and surrounded by bunkers, the green has subtle breaks but is relatively flat and yields many birdies.
Last of the three plateau holes, the 12th is a long par 3 with a spacious green that is perched on one of the highest locations on the property. Some peekaboo glimpses of the lake were available on earlier holes, but the 12th yields the first beautiful view of Flathead Lake. What makes this par 3 tricky is the prevailing crosswind from left to right. Its green is fully exposed with no protection. On a calm day, this hole can bring a routine three, but on a windy day, players need to protect against bogey as best as they can. The green tends to be firm and is ideal for precarious hole locations that are fast with lots of tricky breaks. Players should be cautious of a three putt.
One of the most picturesque holes on the course, the 13th is a dogleg right, medium length par 4 that begins on the plateau and sees a big drop to the fairway below. Its right side is protected by cavernous bunkers that players should avoid at all costs. From the tee, a lone Ponderosa Pine stands left of the fairway on the hillside, and this is the aim point. A big drive rewards players with a short wedge to a long and narrow green that’s protected by a deep bunker on the right and a closely mown collection area on the left. Players stand a solid chance for birdie if they can reach the green in two, hole high. Birdie opportunities exist for players who can manage their approach distances correctly.
Another picturesque driving hole with views of the lake, the 14th is a long, downhill, straightaway par 4. Fairway bunkers protect the left side of the fairway, and a large expanse of thick and sticky rough lines the right. Length off the tee trumps accuracy on this hole. Players need to blast their first shot; otherwise, they’ll face a tough second. Favoring the right side of the fairway provides a better angle to the green, as it is protected on its left by water and a deep bunker. Once on the green, the putting surface is flat. A par is well earned and comes with great relief.
This is a short and innocent par 4. If players are driving the ball well, a driver off the tee will leave them with a flip wedge to the plateaued green. If they're not, a layup with a hybrid or fairway metal will do just fine. Hitting the fairway is of utmost importance. Two fairway bunkers need to be avoided, but overall, the fairway is plenty generous. An elevated green is protected by a steep-faced bunker in the front. The 15th yields many birdies; however, in order to score a three, players must be in command of their distance control with their second shot. It’s all about managing the elevation change on this hole.
The 16th is a long, hazardous downhill par 3 featuring a green protected by a front pot bunker and an expansive penalty area on the right. Players are wise to employ two strategies, depending on the hole location. If the hole is right, players should be very careful with club selection and yardage. Getting that first shot on dry turf, not necessarily the green, is the goal. A tricky up and down may be needed to save par, but that is far better than being drawn into the penalty area. If left, it’s still important to be careful with club selection, but overall, this scenario plays at least a half shot easier. Par on this hole is something to be celebrated. Birdies are rare. (If a ball does find its way to a watery grave, there’s a drop area approximately 100 yards from the green, where a bogey can hopefully be salvaged.)
Playing the most difficult on the back nine, the 17th has brought an end to many matches. The tee shot calls for a long iron or hybrid layup to a crowned fairway. Often this shot faces a prevailing left to right wind which pushes balls into the lateral penalty area, sinking the hopes of countless victories—especially so close to a round’s end when all is on the line. Finding the fairway is premium, but once reached, the job is not done. A short to middle iron is needed to negotiate the penalty area in front of the green. The green is easily accessible, yet the contours are not forgiving. This hole needs to be managed with surgical precision.
The final holes of many golf courses are so difficult that they often leave players with a sour taste in the mouth and a feeling of frustration. The 18th at Eagle Bend is not so. A relatively short and straightaway par 5, this hole frequently allows players to finish strong. The sole obstacle of this hole is the usual headwind coming off the lake, but players should still try to get one back and play it aggressively. The fairway is expansive as it gently snakes through the contours and around the bunkers. Distance off the tee is key. Birdies are abundant. Eagle is within reach.
The Osprey 1st is a short straightaway par 4, and the idea is to lay up to the fattest part of the fairway which, regardless of the wind, requires anything but a driver. If players are overly aggressive, they might end up in the water that flanks both sides of this hole, as the bubble shaped fairway narrows closer to the green. The green is deep and pitched from the back, sloping towards the fairway. Players should pay close attention to their second shot, as it typically requires a little more club than the yardage dictates. Overall, this is an easy, comfortable par, and opportunities to score abound.
The 2nd is a long par 3 that is made more difficult by the prevailing headwind. The expansive green is protected by bunkers in the front-left and back-right. Unfortunately, players may see a few big numbers on this hole. The objective is to get the ball on the dance floor, two-putt, and move on.
A short dogleg right par 5 with a narrow fairway, the 3rd is defended by thick, surrounding rough and bunkers at the corner that are no place to be. From the tee, it’s best for players to pick an aim point and commit to it. A big, accurate drive allows a chance of reaching the putting surface in two. The large green receives long second shots nicely, setting players up for an eagle attempt or an effortless birdie. Bunkers and collection areas protect the green and often snare second shots, forcing an up-and-down to score 4. There’s nothing too tricky on this hole, and it’s a fun one to play.
The 4th is a par 4 that will test the driving skills of even the best players. The fairway is narrow and protected by thick rough, trees on the left, and water on the right. If players find the fairway, it can be a routine par. If not, they will struggle. The green is large, affording many different hole locations that can also add to the unexpected complexity of the hole.
Considered the most difficult hole on the Osprey Nine, the 5th is challenging due to its length and the almost claustrophobic feel from the tee. A thick stand of trees lines the entire left side of the fairway, and occasional trees and water protect the right. Successfully finding the fairway is a must, and a good drive will leave players with a middle iron into a narrow and multi-tiered green. Par on this hole is well earned.
A scenic and tricky par 3, the 6th is situated on the banks of the Flathead River. The hole usually plays downwind yet still requires a long iron or hybrid to successfully carry the front bunker. The setting is very exposed to the elements, and the appropriate yardage can be tough to calculate. The green is protected by two large bunkers that see their fair share of action. If the cup is cut in the front of the green, players will find that the hole plays at least a half shot easier. Overall, though, the angles from the tee make the 6th a tough hole.
The 7th is a mid-length dogleg left par 4 that typically faces directly into the southerly wind. Water guards the entire length of the left side, and the right is protected by a pair of bunkers with water beyond. The line off the tee is a shot towards the two tall poplar trees in the distance. Players should aim to bite off as much as they can chew, but finding the fairway must be the priority. Played correctly, the second shot should be a short to middle iron into a large, circular green. There is essentially nothing difficult about the green—should be a routine two-putt for a well-played par.
Players should put on their birdie hats and be aggressive from the start of this hole. The 8th is a dogleg left par 5. As with the prior hole, water protects the left side of play, and a parked-out grove of trees flanks the right. If players walk the tightrope and carefully hug the left side of the fairway, they’ll be able to significantly shorten the second shot distance. A well-struck drive easily brings the green into play. Defended by bunkers on three sides, the green is relatively straightforward and yields many birdies and an occasional eagle.
The closing hole of the Osprey Nine is a short dogleg right par 4 with trees on the left and water lining the right from tee to green. The smart play here is to lay up to the bend in the fairway, distancing approximately 225-250 yards, which leaves a short iron into a shallow, loosely protected, elevated green. Players have a decent chance at birdie or a routine par, closing the nine with a solid finish.
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Ping, Callaway, TaylorMade, and Titleist headline the club department. Annual club demo days are conducted every summer. Men’s and women’s golf apparel is well represented by several brand names.
We carry all the essentials for your golf game, from Titleist balls to FootJoy gloves and so much more. Special orders are always welcome, too.
Eagle Bend offers golf programs for men, women, couples, and juniors, as well as a host of special golf events for players of all levels to deepen their love of the game. We hold several major golf events for members throughout the year including our Member-Guest and Club Championship, as well as fun competitions like our Red-White-and-Blue, Cherry Blossom, and World’s Hardest tournaments.
Eagle Bend has a full practice facility for warm-up prior to play or for individual practice time. A dedicated area for short game improvement is located on the south side, or opposite end, of this expansive space.
“One of our primary concerns at Eagle Bend was working with the environment to protect the natural setting of the golf course, and I think what resulted is both a beautiful & challenging golf course which blends very naturally with the environment.”
-Jack Nicklaus II