May 20, 2022

Kokopelli Golf Course Review

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kokopelli golf course near saint georgeKokopelli Golf Course in Apple Valley, Utah is named after a sacred figure to many Southwestern Native Americans.  The ancient Kokopelli was both a lover and a “trickster”.   The new southern Utah golf course is too.

*** Note:  Just months after being named the second-best golf course in the state, Kokopelli Golf Club in Apple Valley is now closed.  Apple Valley Mayor Rick Moser said he was sorry to see the course close, but said he understood that the economic situation was tough. He said he was hopeful that the course might reopen some day. ***

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The flow of the holes was designed to take advantage of the natural terrain. With five “tricky” holes playing along a jagged lava rock canyon, this is not only a test of skill, but provides a great visual look for some wonderful golf holes that you’ll “love”.  In addition, five holes play along a mountain side giving a a few holes a mountain course feel, with tough uphill shots.  There’s also some holes with big downhill elevated tee shots and risk reward options.

The remaining eight holes are a less dramatic without dominant natural features, but are they are still quite interesting with big white sand bunkers framing the playing corridors, along the rolling high desert landscape. kokopelli golf course in Apple Valley

Kokopelli is higher in elevation than its sister courses in St. George.  Therefore, the temperature is usually milder.  So, if you’re trying to decide where to play on what will be a blistering hot summer day in southern Utah, Kokopelli may be the way to go.

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This course was designed specifically with the intention of hosting a PGA Tour event.  We don’t believe that goal has been achieved as of the writing of this review.  The course appears to be fairly flat, but in reality it features different types of terrain throughout, making for a great test worthy of the “trickster” namesake Kokopelli.  The course has five sets of tees from 5,600 to 7,600 yards – it’s a challenging course.

Apple Valley is in southern Utah, not far from St. George.   Kokopelli Golf Club is roughly a 45 minute drive from on I-15 from St. George, north to the Hurricane exit SR 9, then east East. The course is about 7 miles of Hurricane on HWY 59 in a residential community that will be developed in the future.

Kokopelli is more than just a golf club, it’s also a vacation destination due to it’s location near two of Utah’s national parks (Zion and Bryce).  The marketing collateral for the Kokopelli Golf Club also claims the course is “in the midst of Grand Canyon National Park”, but that’s just the marketing guy being too aggressive trying to sell the course.  The Grand Canyon is due south in Arizona roughly a 100 – 150 miles or so from Kokopelli.

On the way back to St. George, you may want to stop in Grafton, the ghost town where they filmed Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.  It’s a fun little site trip.

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