November 19, 2017

Sky Mountain Golf Course Review

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Sky Mountain Hurricane UtahSky Mountain in Hurricane, Utah is another golf course near St. George that utilizes the native desert landscape well.  In a nice change of scenery pace, Sky Mountain also leverages more traditional mountain terrain and views as well.  So, don’t forget to bring your camera.

A course regular calls Sky Mountain a “a kaleidoscope of eye-popping art.”  We think that’s an apt description.

The Virgin River cut a fifteen hundred foot gorge along the northern edge of the course which adds another amazing layer of views to the already rich mix. Golfers find scenic features on just about every hole: jagged displays of deeply colored sandstone, streams of black volcanic rock overlaying the countryside, the granite face of Pine Valley Mountain and the occasional thousand foot waterfalls that appear during seasonal melts and following rainstorms.

Outside of the vistas, Sky Mountain is mainly known by golfers for two qualities:  it’s green fees are a great deal, and the course isn’t that easy.  Sky Mountain is one of the best golf values in the western U.S.  The game at Sky Mountain is rewarding. While the course is a challenge, dramatic shots from the elevated tees and table top greens will leave recreational golfers feeling like pros. Bring a full golf bag, you’ll need all your clubs.

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The Sky Mountain Golf Course opened its first nine in December of 1994 and the second nine a few months later in 1995. Course designer Jeff Hardin was hired due to his already having  several highly rated courses in Tucson and other Arizona locations under his belt.  Hardin was able to achieve a course layout with the strategic use of the natural desert terrain. Lava rock, sage brush, and sand provide out-of-bounds for some holes while thousand foot cliffsides do the job for others. Errant shots are not easily recovered on any hole.

Here’s what Fairway Magazine has to say about Sky Mountain: Sky Mountain Views in southern Utah

Sky Mountain Golf Course in Hurricane is one of the best values in the area. The golf course is very unique with its rolling fairways and tabletop greens framed by red sand and lava-filled desert surrounds. The incredible panoramic view from the many elevated tees makes focusing on the shot at hand challenging. This is especially true on the 1st, 5th, 17th, and 18th holes as you marvel at the striking beauty of the twisted red rock landscape that gives Sky Mountain its name. This golf course is always in wonderful condition and is a great reward for those willing to leave the beaten path. You’ll need all the clubs in your bag, but most importantly, don’t forget to bring your camera. Par: 72, Yards: 6,312, Rating/Slope: 69.9/115

Here’s what we’ll add to that excellent short description:

The course rolls and undulates, and you don’t realize the difficulty until your ball rolls off a fast green.  Yes, you’ll cuss some while you’re playing this course.  The putting greens on the front 9 roll very fast, and if you’re not careful, you’ll roll right off the green.  Hole 4 is the tricky.  The tee is below and the green is up a hill, and the hill undulates in several places. Most of the people kept hitting their balls into the middle of the fairway for Hole 5.  Once you make it on to the green, you have to be very careful because the green rolls downhill and if it goes off the side, you’ve got to trek down this hill and try to get it back up on the green.

Sky Mountain Discount Tee Times:  Book online Sky Mountain Tee Times here.

Make sure you make a reservation, or you may not be able to get on.  Enjoy Sky Mountain, but don’t swear too much or you’ll risk making the locals mad.  Oh, and leave course feedback in the comments section below.  Give your opinion, it counts!

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    Bring your camera. There can not be a more photogenic course. The scenery is fantastic. We took pictures from every tee box. Very popular, you need to get a tee time well in advance. One of my favorite courses to play in Southern Utah. It can be a tough course if the wind kicks up. Nearly every hole can be a challenge. You will not meet a nicer staff.

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    managed by Hurricane city but feels almost like a championship course. The green fees are cheap when you calculate the great views off hole 1 and 18. Watch out for the roadrunners, they may take off with your golf ball if you’re not careful. It’s rumored that Ernie Els played here.

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    When you go to Sky Mountain bring a handful of crappy balls that you don’t care about. There are a few holes with tee boxes overlooking a giant canyon. Tee one up and launch it into the canyon (just don’t let the marshals see you haha). You’ll never hit a longer tee shot in your life.

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  4. Great, great scenery. Great holes and friendly clubhouse staff and golf at a reasonable price is why this course a must when you’re in the St George area. You’ll know what I mean when you get there.

    Just West of the town of Hurricane and about 15 minutes from St. George you will find this course nestled among lava flows and beautiful red rock formations.

    The tees, fairways and greens can be very challenging with a lot of hills and valleys to play from. The number 5 tee offers some of the best vistas and photo ops I have ever seen on a golf course and I think my camera got more of a workout here than my clubs.

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