Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sand Hollow Links Course - What a Joy!

Usually, I am not big on anything claiming to be "Brittish Inspired", or any golf course that claims it is a "links" course not located on the ocean. That being said, the Links course at Sand Hollow Resort in St. George, Utah has opened my eyes, and is absolutely wonderful to play, I can't wait to play it again and no, its not anywhere remotely near an ocean.

I was honestly not expecting to be impressed with the routing, or the overall design of the "other" course at Sand Hollow, since the championship course has won golf industry magazine awards, and is getting a fair amount of attention in the area as perhaps the best course in Utah. But, the links course may steal the show in my book, its just different, totally refreshing, raw, rugged and a joy to play.

With dirt cart paths, (which I hope they don't change) slightly mowed tee boxes, little to no delineation of fairways, and overgrown scraggly looking bunker blowouts, I was loving the links course from the very first tee. The course continued to pique my interest level, with open playing corridors and greens looking like they are all over the place, and you're not sure which one to fire at, very similar to holes 9 - 12 of the Old Course in Scotland.

Even though the bulk of the course is not perfectly tailored, the greens were superb, rolling at a quick-ish 10.5 stimp or so, and with lots of undulation and interesting mounding in the green complexes. I enjoyed putting on these greens, they were a bit reminicent of again the Old Course putting surfaces, huge and wierd mounding to them.

Now, let chat about bunkers....A golf courses bunkers are like the frosting on a cake, they finish the hole routing, for better or for worse, and I am so sick of oval, round, boring bunkers. The Links course bunkers are the coolest bunkers in all of Utah, and the best use of natural landforms of any course in the area. Sand blowouts, and rugged un-kept bunkers are the way a hazzard should be, if you go in it, its gonna be difficult to get out in one shot. The bunkers on this course are wonderful, and refreshing to see on a modern course.

So, go check it out on, you can book a golf package or tee time for all 27 holes at Sand Hollow Golf Club, you wont be disappointed!

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