2020 Getaways Guide: Utah

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GETAWAYS | UTAH

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Sand Hollow Resort is the gateway to great golf.

Getaways - Sand Hollow

NOTHING HOLLOW ABOUT IT

Golfweek has ranked Sand Hollow Resort’s Championship course one of the country’s “Top 100 Resort Courses” every year since 2011 and the No. 1 “Best Course You Can Play” in Utah since 2009, and it’s easy to understand why. The front nine features red rock outcroppings, natural vegetation and indigenous sand bunkers—and then things get really interesting. Resort officials say most golfers drop their clubs and grab a camera before their first shot on the 10th hole. That’s followed by the 190-yard, par-3 11th, which according to Golf Digest, “is to step on the edge of the world.” The resort also features a pair of nine-hole courses, including the aptly named par-3 Wee Course. sandhollowresorts.com

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PARAGON OF VIRTUE

Day hikes, zip lines, rock climbing and rappelling—even photography opportunities are all part of the Paragon Adventures experience. Part of Sand Hollow Resort, guests can arrange a number of, well, adventurous activities that won’t require a sand wedge to enjoy. paragonadventure.com

HARD FOUGHT

Sand Hollow’s 7,300-yard Championship Course was designed by John Fought, continuing his legacy in Utah. After four years at Brigham Young University in Provo, Fought played on a U.S. Walker Cup team before eventually becoming a regular on the PGA TOUR. He won back-to-back events in 1979. sandhollowresorts.com

Sand Hollow

APRÈS GOLF

Featuring a wraparound deck with views of Zion National Park, The Grille is a perfect spot for a post-golf dining experience. A pre-round breakfast isn’t a bad choice either. sandhollowresorts.com/ the-grille

Getaways - Copper Rock

COPPER ROCK STAR

Located in the heart of Southern Utah in the town of Hurricane, about an eight-hour drive from Denver, Copper Rock is a recent addition to the Beehive State. Designed by Dale Beddo, the 6,823-yard par-72 course offers stunning copper cliffs and sweeping desert vistas. Before the novel coronavirus disrupted its schedule, the LPGA feeder Symetra Tour was slatedto play here in September. That’s not the course’s only connection to big-time golf—the head pro at Copper Rock is H. Myatt Green, Jr. He’s the son of World Golf Hall of Fame member Hubert Green, who won a PGA and U.S. Open Championship during his illustrious career. copperrock.com

Getaways - Bryce Canyon

BE AS BUSY AS A BEE IN THE BEEHIVE STATE

Colorado doesn’t have a monopoly on natural scenic beauty. Bryce Canyon National Park claims to have the largest concentration of Hoodoos (irregular columns of rock) on Earth. Bryce Canyon has four main viewpoints, all found within the first few miles of the park: Bryce Point, Inspiration Point, Sunset Point and Sunrise Point. nps.gov/brca

An ancient history museum inside a natural sandstone cave makes Moqui Cave a must-stop during a southern Utah excursion. A one-hour tour features dinosaur tracks, fossils and artifacts—along with one of the largest fluorescent mineral displays in the United States. moqui-cave.com

Getaways - Indian Village
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THE ANCIENT ONE

The preserved ancient village at Anasazi Indian Village State Park was one of the largest Anasazi (Ancient Ones) communities in Utah west of the Colorado River. Part of the ancient village has been reconstructed and visitors can go inside the L-shaped abode. A brief excavation period unearthed about 100 buildings, plus thousands of artifacts which are on display in the park’s museum. capitolreef.org

Singers
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ASTIR IN ST. GEORGE

While its 2020 Broadway season has been postponed because of the pandemic, there’s still plenty to do at the Tuacahn Center for the Arts in St. George. Still on the docket were concerts featuring tributes to The Beatles, Eagles and Abba. tuacahn.org

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This Getaways article was also featured in the Fall issue of Colorado AvidGolfer.

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