Highly respected Golf Digest writer Ron Whitten showcases St. George areas best and some hidden gems. Here are a few excerpts from the story!
“Bandon Dunes and Central Wisconsin aren’t the only enormous sand boxes of golf in America. In the southwest corner of Utah, in the shadow of Zion National Park, lies a sandbelt of rich, red, pulverized silica atop which half a dozen four-star golf courses have blossomed in the past quarter-century.
This is where a seam of the earth’s core once erupted in tremendous fury, before morphing into a glorious skyline of twisted, tilted towers of red rock and canyons of sandstone, their walls streaked with broad strokes of rust, umber and salmon, certain strata bleached white by saturated rain. The softest layers crumbled and eroded over time into a high desert of dunes and hollows so porous as to forgo the need for drainpipe beneath fairways and greens. The tandem communities of St. George, Washington City and Hurricane (pronounced Hur-a-kin) have served as a plentiful palette for a number of course architects, most of them from Southern California or Phoenix and well-versed in dealing with desert motifs.”
SOUTHERN UTAH IS A GOLF MECCA THAT HAS YET TO BE FULLY EXPLORED.
“Southern Utah is a golf mecca that has yet to be fully explored. The high altitude provides for thinner air, drier conditions and lots of carry and fairway roll. The area is playable much of the winter, and the prices are a fraction of Phoenix or Vegas. What’s more, that glorious backdrop of slanted rock that stretches across the horizon of every course is called the Pine Valley Mountains. Now that’s golf.”
Published in Golf Digest Magazine October 2018 – Click Here To Read The Story on GolfDigest.com