While much of the East Coast has been pummeled with a plethora of snow this winter, snowbirds have enjoyed the variety of golf courses that make up Utah’s Red Rock Golf Trail in St. George. Located less than two hours from Las Vegas, St. George has been a popular winter golf getaway for RV-golfers for more than a decade, thanks in part to its mild weather and variety of golf courses.
According to Roxie Sherwin, Director of Tourism for St. George, the Red Rock Golf Trail is Utah’s only golf trail, which was formed in 2004 with eight quality golf courses.
“We started the golf trail to increase tourism to the area and to put St. George on the map as a golf destination,” said Sherwin. “The number of golf rounds has increased dramatically since the inception of the trail, which now includes 10 courses.”
The Red Rock Golf Trail includes the following gems:
Coral Canyon Golf Course – Set amidst the beauty and splendor of the southwestern Utah landscape, Coral Canyon uses the backdrop of Zion National Park as its framework. Measuring 7,029 yards, this par 72 offers scenic views of Bryce Canyon’s snow-capped pink spires in the winter and Zion National Park’s verdant springtime bloom. This fun course plays like a symphony.
Sand Hollow Golf Course – The Sand Hollow Golf Course experience includes 18 holes of championship golf as well as awalkable nine-hole links-style course. Framed by the native landscape, the 7,300-yard, 72-par 18-hole course takes full advantage of the region’s natural beauty. Flawlessly blended with the desert’s natural sand dunes and rock formations, the full-length 3,600-yard, par 36 course is home to the state’s largest greens and fairways.
Sunbrook Golf Course – Featuring 27 holes of golf, Sunbrook Golf Course is right in the heart of St. George. Golf Digest twice rated Sunbrook Golf Course as the best course in Utah. With the addition of the Black Rock Nine, Sunbrook is the only golf club in southwest Utah to feature 27 holes.
Green Springs Golf Course – A favorite among locals and visitors alike, the 18-hole Green Springs Golf Course features two holes that require shots over rock ravines. Throughout the par 72, 6,859-yard course, you’re treated to stunning backdrops of the 10,000-foot Pine Valley Mountain and Red Cliffs State Park Recreation Area.
The Ledges Golf Club – You won’t want to forget your camera when playing this scenic 18-hole course, which is seven miles north and 900 feet above St. George. With its impressive red rock backdrops, immaculately-designed greens, and picturesque views of Snow Canyon State Park, the par 72 Ledges Golf Club stretches to 7,145 yards.
Sky Mountain Golf Course – This city-owned public course features 18 holes of golf in one of the most scenic areas in the country. Sky Mountain in nearby Hurricane, UT, is unique with its rolling fairways and tabletop greens. Always in terrific shape, the par 72 Sky Mountain Golf Course measures 6,363 yards.
St. George Golf Club – This municipal golf course has been operated by the city of St. George for more than 30 years. This walker-friendly course features several challenging par 3s over water. The par 73 course measures 7,217 yards.
Southgate Golf Club – The front nine meanders along the beautiful Santa Clara River, while the back nine traverses the foothills of Tonaquint Mountain providing stunning views of downtown St. George with its red rock backdrop. This enjoyable par 71 measures 6,270 yards.
Dixie Red Hills Golf Course – This is the first golf course developed by the city of St. George, opening for play in the mid-1960s. A favorite of recreational golfers, Red Hills is a nine-hole, par 34 layout that meanders around the sandstone cliffs of “Utah’s Dixie,” and measures 2,733 yards. This course features hundreds of mature cottonwood, Mondale pine, and mesquite trees that provide the much-appreciated shade during St. George’s warm summer months.
Falcon Ridge Golf Course – Falcon Ridge Golf Course is another 18-hole desert gem on the Red Rock Golf Trail, and is just 40 minutes south of St. George in Mesquite, NV. Very much worth the drive, this par 71 measures 6,550 yards from the tips.
If you’re golfing more than once in St. George, make sure to ask about the CityCache Card, which offers discounts at the four city courses and other facilities in the area. Not to be missed is a visit to Tuacahn, a 1,920-seat outdoor amphitheater with an awesome backdrop of 1,500 foot red rock cliffs. Take in the panoramic beauty of St. George with an evening meal at Cliffside Restaurant, which overlooks the city. Do not miss a visit to Zion National Park.
For more details on this great winter golf getaway, visit www.redrockgolftrail.com. There are also nearly 900 RV spaces available in and around St. George and Zion National Park. For a complete list of RV parks, check out www.campgroundreviews.com
Rick Stedman is an avid golfer, RVer, and writer who lives in Yakima, Washington. Rick writes a weekly golf blog, “The 19th Hole,” which is published every Saturday at rvlife.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org