When you think of golf destinations, what comes to mind? Waves lapping along Pebble Beach? Scottsdale’s shifting sands? The azaleas of Augusta?
Here’s one state you may not have considered: Utah. Home to breathtaking national parks and picture-perfect settings for outdoor recreation, Utah also plays host to some can’t-miss golf destinations that stack up with the world’s best, often at a fraction of the price.
The next time you’re planning your next golf getaway, here are five reasons why you should consider the fairways of Utah on your itinerary.
1. There are so many courses to choose from
It would take a lifetime to tee off at all of the courses Utah has to offer. In fact, the St. George area, which has been called Utah’s top golf destination, has 10 courses in just a 40-mile radius. Beginners can attend the Golf Academy at The Ledges Golf Course. Take part in tradition at the St. George Golf Club course, a municipal course that has been open for more than 30 years. Experience some luxurious golf surrounded by the beautiful landscape at Coral Canyon. Or, take a dip in the heated resort pool at the Inn at Entrada before hitting their adjacent course. What’s more, all of these courses are located within a stone’s throw of one another.
2. Tee off year-round — no matter the season
If you’re from a part of the country that faces particularly harsh winters, you already know how it feels to miss out on great golf for the better part of the year. In Utah, though, with its beautiful year-round weather, you can hit a course of two, no matter what month it is. Average winter temperatures in the St. George can get chilly, but nothing a jacket can’t handle. And, with near-constant sunny weather in this southern part of the state means the golfin’ is good year-round.
3. Great golf at a great price
Championship courses in states like California, Florida and Hawaii can have rates that run in the hundreds of dollars, especially if you’re not a member of the club. For equally challenging — and scenic — courses at a fraction of the cost, Utah can’t be beaten. Rates are relatively inexpensive, with few courses charging more than $100, even during peak season. Come for the excellent rates, stay for the incredible views.
4. Pack your clubs and your camera
With five National Parks — and so many of its great golf courses located close to them — Utah provides some stunning sights, even from the fairways. You’ll want to stop in between holes and just take in the beauty of the scenery and landscape around you at some of its golf courses. Try teeing off at Sand Hollow, one of the nation’s consistently top-ranked courses, where you’ll golf among steep ridgelines, deep canyons and expansive elevations. Or, take a trip to Sky Mountain, a course surrounded by the cliffs of Zion National Park and the rims of the Pine Valley mountain range.
5. We’ll do all the planning for you
If you plan on visiting the St. George area, not only will you be blown away by the spectacular courses and challenging shots, but you can also take advantage of the complimentary service the St. George Tourism Office provides that will plan your trip for you. Create your own version of the Red Rock Golf Trail by picking and choosing the courses where you’d like to tee off. The system will automatically calculate golf green fees and hotel prices and give you a complete golf package rate. You can also request a golf trip planner, instead of using the online system. Planning a golf getaway to St. George’s golf courses has never been easier.
Planning your next golf getaway? Be sure to make a trip to St. George, Utah — the golfer’s paradise you might not have thought of. Visit our website to peruse our selection of courses or start planning your trip today.