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.
Gold’s Gym lures fitness seekers from all walks of life with cardio decks, strength-training equipment, and aerobics rooms filled with energizing classes. Instead of reciting Shakespearean monologues as they jog and pedal, guests can watch movies in a cardio theater lined with treadmills, bikes, and an oversize projection screen. Free weights encourage biceps to bulge, and resistance machines tone arms, abs, and legs. Sports lovers dribble basketballs and volley racquetballs on shiny courts (available at most locations), raising their heart rates as they hone hand-eye coordination. Like the nightly news, Zumba classes take an hour and set Latin-inspired dance moves that vaporize calories to vibrant world music, along with a slew of available selections, including cardio and spin classes. Consult each location’s webpage for a class schedule and a list of additional amenities, which range from childcare to personal training (not included in today’s Groupon).
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.
The Thunder Over Utah Air Show celebrates its inaugural weekend by scorching the sky with supersonic maneuvers and stockpiling funds for local community organizations. Throughout the two-day event, St. George's towering red mountains carve out a breathtaking backdrop as aircraft launch into lower orbit to boom over the heads of spectators and melt clouds into manageable marshmallows. From general-admission seats, awestruck attendees can trace the Hornet planes of the world-renowned Blue Angels, study the sturdy WWII assembly of a P-51 Mustang, and marvel at the multi-mission MV-22 Osprey, whose vertical flight mimics that of a helicopter or magician stuck on levitate.
Aboard Zion Helicopter's Robinson R44 Raven chopper, tourists soar over the rugged desert mesas of Zion National Park, the turquoise waters of Quail Lake, and even fossilized dinosaur tracks. The flights, which kick off in the epically named Hurricane, Utah, last for up to an hour, showcasing the harsh, untouched beauty of southern Utah.