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There’s something extraordinary about golfing in the desert. It’s an experience one maybe doesn’t usually imagine themselves in, but should not be overlooked. What better place to enjoy it for yourself than Southern Utah, with its stunning red rock mountains and gorgeous national parks?

There are a number of golf courses in St. George, Utah, each boasting breathtaking views and intriguing layouts amidst unique desert scenery. Whether you’re new to the game or a seasoned player, here are nine golf courses you’re sure to enjoy:

Sunbrook Golf Club

First up is Sunbrook Golf Club, which offers a great variety of holes for players of all levels. There are three courses at Sunbrook for a combined total of 27 holes. The Pointe is great for beginners, but is not without some challenges, including one hole bordering a desert cliff. The other courses, Woodbridge and Black Rock, are more difficult but fair. Sunbrook also features sand traps full of vibrant red sand, making for an interesting look next to the well-maintained fairways.

Dixie Red Hills Golf Club

Nestled among sandstone cliffs, Red Hills Golf Club is a treat to play. It’s only a 9-hole course, making it great for a quick game. Novices and pros alike will enjoy the scenery, shooting around boulders and cliffs. It also includes many trees, providing welcome shade during the warmer months. All of this makes for a popular course that books up quick, so be sure to get your tee time in early!

Southgate Golf Club

While not as challenging as some of the other courses in the area, Southgate Golf Course offers fun for everyone. The front nine runs alongside the Santa Clara River, providing water hazards to several holes. The back nine involves a lot of walking, but you’ll enjoy the views so much you’ll hardly notice. Southgate also has a driving range and learning center, with award-winning PGA professionals and instruction programs to help you up your game. For more information, click here.

The Ledges Golf Club

Located just outside of St. George, The Ledges is generally not very busy and has a number of perks. Their clubhouse is great for hosting events, they have a fantastic restaurant, views of Snow Canyon State Park, and vacation rentals located around the course for the perfect golfing vacation. The course itself is 18 holes, and well-maintained. Most of the course is challenging but fair, however Hole #15 is known for being one of the toughest in the St. George area. Start booking your stay or tee time here.

Green Springs Golf Course

If you’re looking for a challenge, look no further than Green Springs Golf Course. Located just ten minutes from St. George in Washington, UT, this beautiful course includes views of Pine Valley Mountain and Red Cliffs State Park. Don’t let the lovely sights lull you into a sense of security, because this course can be tough. Several of the holes are unforgiving, including the two signature holes, 5 and 6, which involve shooting over a ravine. Combined with a great price and well-maintained grounds, this course is sure to be a great time. Check it out!

Coral Canyon Golf Course

Conveniently located right off I-15 in Hurricane, UT, Coral Canyon possesses a great mix of holes for your enjoyment. With breathtaking views of Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park, this course is all about color and is built around natural land formations. They also offer individualized golf lessons, working with you directly on whatever parts of the game you desire.

Sky Mountain Golf Course

Named for its many elevated tees, Sky Mountain’s views can be so awe-inspiring you may find yourself distracted from the game more than once. Owned and operated by the City of Hurricane, this course is well-maintained and boasts panoramic views of Zion National Park and the Pine Valley Mountain Range. They also possess a driving range, instructors for lessons, and the nearby Sky Mountain Grill is great for a post-game meal. Click here for more information.

Sand Hollow Golf Course

The course at Sand Hollow Resort in Hurricane has everything you could want. With a driving range, a clubhouse containing gourmet dining and Pro Shop, and villas or rental homes for vacationing, this secluded resort makes for the perfect little hideaway off the beaten path. It also boasts two separate golf courses, the 18-hole championship course plus a 9-hole “links style” course for more casual games. The back nine of the championship course play along a ravine for a thrilling experience. For more info, click here.

Entrada At Snow Canyon Country Club

The last, but not least, of our list is a private country club, but guests of the Inn at Entrada are also welcome to the golf course there as well. If you’re planning a luxurious golfing vacation, this may be the place for you. Their 18-hole course is challenging, well-maintained, with an incredible layout built in and around black lava flows. Top-notch service and amenities, and regularly ranked among the top ten golf courses in Utah, Entrada may be exclusive but it is definitely worth it! To start planning your stay, click here.

Once you have decided on Southern Utah for your next vacation the first step to planning the perfect trip is figuring out where you are going to stay. Luckily, there seems to be a never-ending list of accommodations to make your trip a memorable one. You could try camping in Zion National Park or visiting one of the various RV Parks in the area. If you are anything like my family, you will want to spend at least a few nights in a hotel. There are several high-quality hotels in the St George area, from family and budget friendly to resort quality spots that are perfect for a romantic getaway. Here is a list of some of our favorite places to crash after a full day of adventures.

Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites

The Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites is an excellent hotel for a family vacation. Their prices are very modest without skimping on any of the commodities. This Hotel offers free WiFi and parking, a pool with excellent views, and a fabulous hot breakfast. Travelling with a pet? Crystal Inn allows you to bring your fur babies with you for a small fee. Reviewers frequently cite them as a relaxing, clean, and comfortable getaway.

Best Western Abbey Inn

The Best Western Abbey Inn is another perfect spot for family trips in the St George area. They are located right in the middle of town making for easy access to several downtown restaurants and stores. This hotel includes all the usual amenities and more such as, a fully operational business center, a convenience market and gift shop, guest laundry, bus and RV parking, an extraordinary pool area complete with an indoor hot tub and kids pool, and last but certainly not least, an exceptional free breakfast with an omelet bar, waffle maker, bacon, and other tasty items.

Wingate By Wyndham

The Wingate by Wyndham is an excellent spot for both personal and business travel. This hotel is right next door to a plethora of local restaurants and a large shopping complex. The hotel offers a free shuttle service to any location within a 5-mile radius of the hotel as well as a complimentary bike rental service making this the perfect hotel for anyone traveling without their own vehicle. This pet friendly hotel offers free breakfast and WiFi, a fabulous pool area, and complimentary viewing access to all Sunday NFL games.

Inn At Entrada

Tucked inside a gated golf community you will find the luxury resort Inn at Entrada. Located just outside of Snow Canyon State Park, this hotel makes for the perfect getaway with easy access to several nearby golf courses, Tuacahn Theater, or the world-famous Zion National Park. Amenities include an outdoor pool, spa and wellness center, family rooms, and of course access to the Entrada golf course (once

Inn on the Cliff

Inn on the Cliff is the epitome of a perfect getaway resort. Each room includes a private balcony, Simmons Beautyrest Plush Mattress, 50” HD Plasma Smart TV, and complimentary breakfast delivered to your room. Other amenities include: Netflix access, fitness center, outdoor pool and hot tub, refrigerator, and personal Keurig with your choice of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate. Recently ranked as number 7 on Trivagos “18 Spectacular Hotels You Must Add To Your Bucket List”, this hotel is sure to make your stay a memorable one.

 

Christmastime is a time full of tradition and wonder. Many families celebrate with food, music, gift-giving and other traditional activities that have been passed down from generation to generation. It is a time when people both young and old get together and share in the joyful sense of Christmas spirit. All these elements, and more, are reflected in the St. George Dickens’ Festival every winter.

It began in 2001 by some of the same people who founded the Dickens’ Festival in Salt Lake City. By now, the festival has been an ongoing tradition for over 30 years, and when you attend one yourself you can easily see why. Recreating the 19th century London of Charles Dickens’ stories, the festival is engulfed in an atmosphere that evokes the Christmas spirit in such a natural, yet thrilling way. Booths fill the Dixie Convention Center, arranged in narrow, winding paths to resemble crowded London streets. Vendors who run the booths are required to adhere to strict codes, to uphold the festival’s themes. The booths are all decorated to resemble Olde English shops, and those working inside them are dressed in period-appropriate costumes and speak in their best British accents.

Entertainment abounds at the festival, where music and laughter fill the air. A variety of performances can be viewed from two stages in the convention hall. Mini productions of Scrooge and Oliver play every night, as well as performances by local dance and music groups. There is also a number of actors in costume performing “street theater” as characters inspired by Dickens’ work, including orphans, pickpockets, Queen Victoria, Fagin, and Scrooge himself. Father Christmas is there all day each day, ready with a smile to hear your Christmas wishes. The same man has played the part for over 30 years, and his skill in the role is a big draw to the festival for many families. Beyond a visit with Father Christmas, there are a number of other activities to delight the children, including brass rubbing, candle dipping, costume dress-up, and one year there were even live reindeer to see.

Food is available through catering by the convention center, and a number of booths also sell sweet treats and delectable goodies. The smells coming from Mr. Bumble’s Buns are irresistible, thanks to the variety of cinnamon rolls offered there. Other treats commonly found include fudges, pastries, popcorn, and Pioneer Valley’s excellent selection of jams and syrups.

The booths provide a fun and thrilling shopping experience. Many of them contain handmade artisan items, such as beautiful soaps, hand-carved wooden objects, knitted or crocheted toys and clothing, and much much more. It’s a great place to find unique Christmas gifts for friends and family, and the variety of shops makes it easy to get something for everyone.

Held in the last week of November, in the Dixie Convention Center, the Dickens’ Festival is a wondrous experience. The music, entertainment, food, shopping, decorations, all set against the backdrop of 19th Century London, combine to form an atmosphere that is certain to appeal to your sense of Christmas Spirit. Make a visit to the festival this year, and it will surely become a new tradition for your family to share for years to come.

The stunning red rock landscape of St George, UT is where many of our staff call home. We love sharing our tips and tricks to anyone visiting the area. Whether they are passing through on their way to one of the many national parks in our area, or spending some time enjoying the many historic and geological sites right here in St George. One question our visitors frequently inquire about, is what local restaurants are our favorites. We all have different favorites, so be sure to ask your guide, but we wanted to share our top five restaurant choices here with you today!

Cappelettis

Cappelettis is an Italian bistro owned and operated by locals Andres & Lorena Cappeletti. Their menu was crafted from family recipes with rich Italian roots and an Argentine flare. The venue is warm and inviting, with a constant buzz of conversation. This restaurant is perfect for an evening date night. A couple of our favorite menu items are the Chicken Marsala, or the Gnocchi Bolognese. Desert selection varies by day, but if you get the chance we highly recommend the flourless chocolate cake. Wine selection is excellent, and the staff is attentive and helpful. Be sure to call in advance for a table, as they are often full in the evening hours. To view their full dinner menu click here.

Georges Corner

George’s Corner is a lively restaurant & pub that offers live music and historic artifacts of the St George area. The restaurant itself was once the primary gathering spot for locals to share news and escape the St George heat. This pub is the perfect spot to grab a burger with a side of sweet potato fries and discuss your adventures from the day. There is a full bar with special local brews. To view the full menu click here.

Bishops Grill

Bishops grill is a no-frills diner with delicious and hearty homestyle meals. Their very reasonable prices and all-day breakfast are what bring most families into this little small-town diner. This is the perfect place to bring your kids for an afternoon breakfast-for-dinner. We recommend the biscuits and gravy.

Bear Paw Café

The Bear Paw Café is a quant coffee shop known for it’s tasty breakfast and brunch. This café is an exceptional place for a family brunch. Their carefully crafted coffee’s and steamers and the perfect way to start your day. They have a wide selection of Belgian waffles and omelets that will sustain you through all your daily adventures. We highly recommend the French toast, it is a staff favorite. For more details on this little café click here.

Paula’s Cazuela

This original Tex-mex restaurant is perfect for your Mexican cuisine cravings. The owner, Paula, started cooking her Spanish-Native American hybrid’s for friends and family when she first came to St George. After word spread she started catering and eventually opened up her own restaurant. The restaurant has moved three times to accommodate high demand and is known as a local favorite. Paula’s Cazuela is nestled into the red rock near the “D” for Dixie. Be sure to try the homemade guacamole and Mexican Ice Cream. For full menu click here.