April 23, 2024

SunRiver Golf Course Review

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SunRiver Golf Course Saint George UtahYou should be able to nail all kinds of birds on the SunRiver Golf Course.  Golf birdies and actual real birds too.

Just joking about the real birds, of course.  Well, kind of.  Between the ninth and eighteenth holes in the center of Sun River is nice lake.   The lake at times is visited by flocks of migrating birds, which makes sense as it’s the only standing water for miles around in this desert terrain.  While the birds relax in the water, you need to make sure you hit your ninth hole shots over it.

What the heck.  Lets extend the bird metaphor even more.  SunRiver is part of an “active adult” community.  So, in theory you could also flirt with some birds of the human variety as well.  You know – a “cougar” is a human female around age forty and a “bird” is a good-looking woman above fifty.

Okay, forgive me for the bad bird jokes (maybe the link to save on green fees below will help you forgive me?).  On with the balance of the SunRiver Golf course review …

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Note: In October 2012 Sun River made some upgrades to their course including: repair of all 54 sand traps; addition of 12 new tee boxes; and repair of the irrigation system.

“The overall improvements have made SunRiver one of the finest golf destinations in Southern Utah,” said Neil Economy, SunRiver’s PGA Golf Pro. “Feedback from customers, so far, has been overwhelmingly positive, and SunRiver is now a premier facility in the local golf landscape.”

SunRiver 18-hole Golf Club is set next to the Virgin River and surrounding colorful rolling hills desert landscape.  The SunRiver golf course is at the southern-most tip of Utah.  It’s almost a long wood tee-drive away from the Utah/Nevada state line.  It’s even closer to the border than the Bloomington Country Club.  A new I-15 exit (“#2”) was recently completed that makes arriving at the course a lot more convenient.

Similar to Southgate Golf Course, Sun River was not treated kindly by the St. George flooding in 2005 and 2010.  Unfortunately, some damage was done to the course, but it has Sunriver golf course lake birds in southern utahalmost fully recuperated.  The course staff does a good job keeping the grounds in prime condition throughout the season.

SunRiver was designed with generous fairways and true greens and is friendly to players at varying ability levels. Four sets of tees offer a range of 4786 yards to 6704 yards for a par of 71.  The course rating is 70.6 and it has a slope rating of 117 on mainly Bermuda grass.  SunRiver has the only bent grass tees in southern Utah.  Designed by William H. Neff, ASGCA, the Sunriver golf course opened in 2000.

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The “tips” will pull some fine “tricks” on the low handicapper and overpower those who have a propensity to play from that one set of tees that are too long for them. The other sets of tees offer a very fair test of golf to everyone including juniors, seniors, ladies, as well as laid back golfers who like to move up a set of tees and enjoy the day.

SunRiver is a good course that doesn’t get as many kudos as other courses in southern Utah.  Perhaps that’s why SunRiver Golf Course is sometimes referred to as a hidden gem in the golfing oasis that is St. George, Utah.

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