October 22, 2017

How Many Golf Courses Are There Near St. George, Utah?

St. George Utah in fallWhen Mormon leader Brigham Young passed through a small settlement in 1861 in what is now the southwest corner of Utah, he looked at the desolate landscape and made a prophecy.

“There will yet be built between those volcanic ridges a city with spires, towers . . . and homes with many inhabitants.”

If Young had been able to see further into the future, he might have added “and some amazing golf courses.”

13 Golf Courses in and Near St. George, Utah

The St. George proper now boasts 8 golf courses.  Washington City, Hurricane, and Apple Valley add an additional 5 courses to bring the sets of links number up to 13 for the area near St. George, UT.  And no wonder, the idyllic setting between the ridges, buttes, mesas and mountains that caught Brigham Young’s eye make for excellent golfing.

You can read reviews of St. George, UT golf courses and nearby St. George golf links.  A lot of the courses offer discount tee times for online booking as well.

“It’s turned into a little golf mecca,” said Colby Cowan, head professional at Sand Hollow Resort, whose 18-hole championship course is a stunning layout that opened in August 2008. Sand Hollow was No. 7 on Golf Digest’s list of the nation’s best new public courses for 2009. Golfweek lists Sand Hollow as No. 1 among Utah public courses. Coral Canyon, another St. George-area course, is No. 3.

High Per Capita Percentage of Golf Courses Per Person

As the population grew, so did the number, and quality, of the golf courses.  In 1992, St. George was a city of about 30,000 people. The population then shot upward, growing 61 percent in a five-year span, as the area became heralded as a great place in which to retire. In 2009, the metropolitan area of Washington County had an estimated 137,473 residents.

The St. George area can claim one of the highest ratios of golf courses per the population in the nation.

So, Young’s prediction came true. He sent some 300 families from northern Utah to settle the area and grow cotton and grapes and harvest silk for export. A town arose that Young named St. George. Historians aren’t sure whether Young was honoring George A. Smith, a prominent Mormon known as “the Potato Saint” because he had discovered that eating potato peels was a defense against scurvy, or Phillip St. George Cooke, a friend of Young’s who donated equipment to the early settlement.

Less than two decades later, the centerpieces of the town, complete with spires, were the St. George Temple and, a few blocks away, the St. George Tabernacle. Both are imposing structures to this day.