One of Utah's first off-course golf retailers, Uinta Golf has been equipping putt enthusiasts with specialized apparel for more than 40 years. Tops from Nike (starting at $39.98) cloak swinging torsos, and TaylorMade hats (starting at $19.99) let players don their favorite brands or combat distracting perspiration with a moisture-wicking sweatband. As the Nike Women's Dri-Fit visor ($18) eliminates sweat and adjusts to cranium circumferences with a velcro fastener, Nike Tech skorts ($60) sheath lower halves with shorts' length and a skirt's aesthetic.
From the framed photos of legendary players lining the walls of the stately clubhouse to the last putt on the meticulously manicured 18th green, Desert Pines Golf Club surrounds players with tradition. Named one of the Top 50 Public Courses in the nation by Golf Digest, the Pete Dye design opened in 1997 and received a major overhaul 10 years later, complete with 18 newly designed and rebuilt greens. The course features rolling mounds and thousands of mature pines that delineate narrow fairways, yielding beautiful views and occasional lucky bounces back to safety. Unlike other area courses and driving ranges that double as airport runways, wind isn't much of a factor at Desert Pines, thanks to its low elevation, dense foliage, and zero-gravity tee boxes.
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Designed by Dick Wilson and Joe Lee—the duo responsible for famed courses including Doral Blue Monster and Cog Hill’s Dubsdread—Desert Rose Golf Course spans 6,511 yards of tight fairways and player-friendly terrain. Runaway swings gain traction before the round at Desert Rose’s driving range, where players can warm up by hitting a bucket of practice balls or save them for later use in a seasonal cobbler. Nimble carts traverse the course’s emerald corridors, allowing clubbers to save their stamina for treacherous approaches and breaking putts. After the round, players can replenish energy with a tasty handful of sand out of the practice bunker or a nosh from the Desert Rose Grill or quench their appetite for sounder swings by heading to the onsite practice facilities or signing up for a private lesson.
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Silverstone Golf Club swathes the desert sands with three distinct 9-hole golf courses—the Mountain, Valley, and Desert—each dotted with palm trees and surrounded by sweeping mountain views. The longest of the three, at a distance of 3,599 yards from the back tees, the Mountain course boasts one of the club’s most memorable holes: the third—a 653-yard par 5 that doglegs to the left at the end, hiding its bashful green behind a vast pond. Measuring in at 3,398 yards, the Valley course is the shortest of the three but still packs plenty of tricks and novel designs, including the finishing hole, which butts up close to a water hazard along the right side to make each shot a possible splash and each journey down the fairway a struggle against urges to skinny dip. Two back-to-back right doglegs present players with a unique start to the Desert course, a 3,560-yard masterpath hemmed by grizzled sands. Carts equipped with GPS technology help clubbers navigate the 27-hole complex, informing them about their distance from upcoming greens and hazards.
Nestled within the gated Los Prados community in the northwest corner of the Las Vegas Valley, Los Prados Golf Course challenges golfers with a track of tight fairways and desert surroundings. Designed by course architect Jeff Hardin in 1987, the course was strategically sculpted to incorporate fast-moving greens and golf carts that shape-shift into jousting steeds.
Before each demanding round, players can practice chipping and putting into the facility's practice areas, and afterward, they can drop by the restaurant to feast on a menu of steak and seafood. Guests can also visit the pro shop to pick up a new glove or replace clubs that have signed a peace treaty with all golf balls.
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Voted the best public course in Utah by Golfweek, Sand Hollow Resort and its two courses are sequestered amid the scenic mountain vistas of southern Utah. The championship course's 7,300-yard, par 72 gauntlet offers challenging rounds to golfers of all skill levels, with difficult but attainable birdies at each hole. Red rock outcroppings border the links of the first nine, and the southwestern beauty of the 15th hole graced the cover of Golfweek's best-courses issue.