August 1, 2014

Dixie Red Hills Golf Course Review

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When naming a golf course, sometimes the obvious is the best way to go.  That’s the case with Dixie Red Hills.  Just look at the picture to the left – amazing, right?  Well, the real course lives up to the picture.  The actual red hills with jagged rock cliff sides are beautiful and stunning in person.  The course also boasts plenty of mature trees, and a sky that is usually bright blue.  The reds, greens, and blues combine to make an explosion of memorable, vivid color on God’s canvas that is Dixie Red Hills golf course.

The City of St. George finished building what was to become southern Utah’s first golf course in 1965.  Dixie Red Hills is only about a mile away from the city center.  St. George City for years offered amazingly cheap golf to local kids in the summer heat.  So, it’s not surprising to hear people say they learned how to play golf on the Dixie Red Hills fairways.  A whole generation of St. George kids now in their thirties, forties and  fifties gained a love of the links on this course.

In fact, Dixie Red Hills spawned the most successful Utah native ever to play the PGA Tour.  Jay Don Blake, who earned over $5.5 million dollars as a professional golfer, basically lived on the Dixie Red Hills golf course while growing up.  He still owns the course record.

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St. George Professional Golfer Jay Don Blake

St. George Professional Golfer Jay Don Blake

The 9-hole Dixie Red Hills Golf Course features 2,733 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 34. The course rating is 33.0 and it has a slope rating of 119.  It was designed by Ernie Schneider.

Schneider did a good job of leveraging the red sandstone surroundings.  He also incorporated the property terrain features to create a course that is more difficult than the distance would suggest.  However, overall most people consider Dixie Red Hills on the easier side, especially relative to some of the newer area courses.

Most likely you’ll remember 3 holes the most: #1, #3, and #6. The first hole is a short par four up a hill. It looks pretty easy from the tee box, but watch out, there’s a big red rock in the fairway right by the green that catches more than enough golfers by surprise.  Take note – the greens tend to be extremely fast.

Dixie Red Hills Putting GreenIn summary, Dixie Red Hills is a cheap way to get your golf fix.  If you have kids in your group, this is a good place to play.  It’s a relaxing course that’s great for walking.  In fact, while carts are available, we suggest you walk the course.  As these links are the most mature in southern Utah, there’s ample shade trees that line the course to provide a much needed break from the sun in the summer.  The course has an overall relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  There is a driving range, but it is small and not used that often.

Please leave a comment below and rate Dixie Red Hills.  Potential future golfers would enjoy hearing your take on what the course’s positives and negatives are.

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    Excellent bang for the buck. As a public course supported by taxpayer dollars, this is a surprisingly great course. No wonder it seems packed every time I want to shoot a round. Too funny about the “locals learn to golf here” in the review above – I have many St. George friends that started their love of golf on this course. I think they mentioned kids use to be able to golf here for like $2 or something crazy.

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    I grew up playing the Dixie Red Hills Golf Course. It’s the best course for young golfers to learn and have fun. It’s cheap, short, and easy to walk. I remember hitting 2 birdies in a row when I was 14 playing in a tournament on the short par 3 over the lake. I was playing from the ladies tees but come on, I was 14. Rory McIlroy may shoot a 27 on this 9 hole course but for kids or hackers it’s just the right size.

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    This is a fun short course for beginners, or for working folks in St. George trying to get in a quick 9 as a work break.

    This course has been around since 1965 and is well established with nice shade trees a meandering creek and one water feature. The driving range is smaller, but not heavily used and you play among the red rocks the entire time. It is an easy play and a lot of fun.

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