April 11, 2021

Southgate Golf Course Review

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Southgate golf course tonaquint hillsSouthgate Golf Course has gone through numerous changes since it was originally built in 1970.  Some of the major course redesign work was city planned to open up prime business commercial property on Hilton Drive along I-15.  Mother Nature unfortunately has also had her way with Southgate Golf Club a few times, and altered the course playing surface as well.

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The row of car dealerships adjacent to South Gate actually used to be part of the course grounds.  On the backside of the dealerships you can still see the old Southgate course maintenance shack.  The golf course gave up the land to facilitate an expanded St. George city tax base.

Floods over the years have done some major damage to Southgate Golf Club.  The grounds, especially the front 9 holes, are adjacent to the Santa Clara River.  In 2005 there was a major flood that decimated portions of the course.  In 2010 the floods happened yet again, and Southgate holes 1, 2, 4 and 9 suffered major damage – basically they were washed away under water.  The City of St. George has done an admirable job in patching up the course, but it takes a few seasons for a golf course to recuperate from major flooding.  Therefore, if you only have limited time during your St. George vacation, we suggest you play the other local Saint George, Utah courses first.

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southgate golf course bridge in 2010 flood

Southgate Golf Course bridge in 2010 flood

Southgate Golf Club is a public 18-hole, par-70, 6,100 yards golf course owned and operated by the City of St. George.   The Rating/Slope are 69.1/118 respectively.  Southgate Golf Club is conveniently located off of I-15 near the Bluff Street exit.  As it is city owned, the course fees are pretty cheap, which is a bonus.

You better like water if you play Southgate.  8 out of front 9 holes have either a pond or the Santa Clara River incorporated in the hole layout.  The back 9 is slightly longer than the front nine.  The holes are also straighter, which you may need to make up shots from all the balls you lost in the water in the front 9 holes.  The last 9 holes are set on the foothills of Tonaquint Mountain and have South Gate Golf Course Viewa nice view of the city of St. George downtown area.  The Tonaquint foothills use to be virgin ground, but are now filled with moderately priced town homes.

The favorite Southgate hole tends to be the newly remodeled par-four 7 hole. After a tee shot that must avoid the river on the right and out-of-bounds on the left, players must hit an approach shot over a lake to the green with two deep grass bunkers behind it and water to the right. You have to be accurate.

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