The 2012 PGA Utah Golf Pass offers golfers discounted tee times and deals at more than 70 courses throughout the state. By paying the cart fee, pass-wielders enjoy free rounds at seven of the state's premier golf venues, including the red rock-framed fairways of Sand Hollow and the mountainside greens of Birch Creek Golf Course. At dozens of other courses, players enjoy VIP bargains such as percentages off tee times, buy-one, get-one-free deals on greens fees, special discounts for junior golfers, and free admission for infant sand wedges.
Pass holders also receive discounts on range balls, regripping services, and golf merchandise at certain locations. Check the website for a comprehensive list of discounts, all of which remain valid until the end of 2012 or the golf-cart union goes on strike.
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.
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.
Sculpted against a backdrop of desert scrubland and sandstone mountain crags, the verdant fairways of Conestoga Golf Club can seem, at first glance, like alien guests. But course designer Gary Panks merged these disparate features into a seamless landscape, where rocky outcrops circle greens like seats at an amphitheater, fairways rise and fall along with the canyon depths, and a solitary water hazard protects the green on the par-three tenth and gives thirsty carts a chance to rehydrate in the middle of the round. The course—which measures a titanic 7,232 yards from the tips—has earned a host of glowing reviews and awards from outlets including Golf Magazine, Golf Week,, and Links Magazine.
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