Sensational Climate Underscores Great Golf in Utah’s “Dixie”
After a windbreaker-suggested January, favored destination St. George is again boasting resplendent weather reports of high 60s to low 70s, ideal for shirt-sleeve golf, hiking, mountain biking, hot air ballooning, water sports, special events and exploring the region’s mind-blowing national parks.
Travel is so very much like golf in that the best results often come from hitting the sweet spot—which in this case is taking pleasure in a magnificent red rock countryside made even more compelling by southern Utah’s sun-kissed climate. Here are five reasons to put St. George in your immediate travel plans:
1. Who doesn’t relish a winter golf vacation? Go all in by booking multiple tee times on the Red Rock Golf Trail, an 11-course buffet of top-rated properties that are all located within a 40-mile radius. The celebrated offerings include Coral Canyon (above), Dixie Red Hills, Falcon Ridge (in nearby Mesquite, Nev.), Green Spring, The Ledges, Sand Hollow, Sky Mountain, Southgate, Sunbrook, SunRiver and St. George.
2. No matter your taste or budget, St. George delivers on quality accommodations ranging from luxury hotels to cozy B&Bs to au-naturel RV parks and campgrounds. If you perfer lüxe, overnight at extraordinary Sand Hollow Golf Resort near Hurricane, which offers gourmet dining and 27 holes of John Fought-designed golf, plus home-base convenience for exploring Sand Hollow Reservoir, Sand Hollow State Park Sand Dunes and other nearby wonders.
3. Another worthy golf option is the Johnny Miller-designed Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club. The Troon Golf-managed property, although private, is a privileged perk extended to overnight guests of the 40-casita Inn at Entrada (above), a boutique resort sited near the southern entrance of Snow Canyon State Park.
4. St. George embodies outdoor adventure. How about a never-forget hike to The Narrows or into Hidden Canyon, just two of Zion National Park’s more celebrated treks? Or how about a heart-stopping, 800-foot zip line ride across Green Valley Gap? Or taking an off-road Jeep tour that offers backcountry views of the region’s breathtaking red rock landscapes, Pine Valley Mountains, native wildlife and singular sunsets?
5. Plan your trip around the 26th Annual St. George Area Parade of Homes (Feb. 12-21). Featuring 28 new local homes which last year attracted nearly 31,000 people, the self-guided journey offers privileged access to impeccably designed and appointed residences valued up to $4 million. Then go see the preeminent Ironman 70.3 U.S. Pro Championship, which welcomes 2,500 athletes and 10,000 visitors to the area (May 7).
Vacationing golfers prize the online reservation convenience offered by the Red Rock Golf Trail, which specializes in trip planning, stay-and-play packages and insider’s information about the region’s world-class golf and tourism destinations. For more about St. George, click here.
Chris Duthie is a Durango-based contributor to Colorado AvidGolfer, the state’s leading resource for golf and the lifestyle that surrounds it. It publishes eight issues annually and proudly delivers daily content via www.coloradoavidgolfer.com.