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Golf Escapes Abound for a Quick Round or a Weekend Retreat

Spencer Sutherland

March 1, 2008

Winter’s almost over and it’s finally time to bring those golf clubs out of hibernation. Hidden under all that snow are dozens of outstanding Utah courses – ranging from affordable to exclusive – and they’re all waiting to be played. So the big question is, which tee is first? We’ve scanned the state and consulted the experts to find a few courses you shouldn’t miss this season. Hidden Gems Close, but not Too Close Talon’s Cove (Saratoga Springs) Located on the edge of Utah Lake, Talon’s Cove in Saratoga Springs is pleasantly out of the way without being inconvenient – just 35 minutes from either Salt Lake City or Provo. It’s a long course and can be a bit tricky when the wind is blowing off the lake, but it’s not too difficult that casual golfers can’t have a good time. At just $44 for 18 rounds, Talon’s Cove is a great deal. The cost-conscious should also note that United States Golf Association members can get 2-for-1 coupons for the course. Talon’s Cove was the site of the 2005 and 2006 Utah Open. Looking for a Challenge Wingpointe (Salt Lake City) You may be able to get your friends to quiet down while you step up to the tee, but it’s a bit more difficult to request the same courtesy from an airplane. Located adjacent to the Salt Lake International Airport, the incoming and outgoing planes overhead Wingpointe may be a bit of a distraction, but also create a truly unique golf experience. The planes, combined with the swirling winds, make it one of the toughest courses in the state. At just $22 for 18 holes, you can afford to sneak away from the terminal the next time your flight is delayed. Affordable Beauty Sky Mountain (Hurricane) If you want to feel like you are golfing in your own world, visit Sky Mountain in Hurricane. Nestled in the red rock mountains of Southern Utah, the breathtaking views may distract you from your game. Other unlikely hazards include the wild rabbits, birds or desert tortoises that may cross your path. Costing $54 for 18 holes, it’s the best value anywhere in Southern Utah. Don’t forget to bring your camera. Luxury A Day in the Mountains Wasatch Mountain State Park (Midway) Get out of the city and into the mountains for an amazing day of golf in Midway. Wasatch Mountain State Park offers two great courses, the-great-for-beginners Lake Course and the very challenging Mountain Course, named a “Best Place to Play” by Golf Digest in 2004. Both courses are known for their great views and wildlife. Book a room at a nearby bed and breakfast and stretch a day out into a weekend. A Timeless Classic The Country Club (Salt Lake City) Founded in 1899, The Country Club is one of the oldest private golf clubs in the Western United States. Thanks to a renovation in 2000, its clubhouse combines a classic feel with modern amenities. The 80,000-square-foot facility offers a formal dining room for weddings and other special events, two restaurants, and a fitness facility with a massage therapist and golf simulator. The course has hosted countless tournaments over its lifetime with guests ranging from golf great Jack Nicklaus to United States President William Howard Taft. Babe Ruth even took a few swings on the course. Private Luxury Entrada at Snow Canyon (St. George) If you’re looking for a warm weather getaway with all the amenities, head to Entrada in Snow Canyon. The Johnny Miller course sits at the foot of jagged Navajo and Kayenta sandstone cliffs near the mouth of Snow Canyon. You’ll be treated to a beautiful desert landscape set against a back drop of sand stone cliffs, rolling dunes and black lava beds. This private club also features a 13,000-square-foot sports and fitness center including tennis and volleyball courts and indoor and outdoor pools. The 22,000-square-foot clubhouse includes a golf shop, restaurant, lounge and ballroom.
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