Thursday, November 1, 2012

Valderra Golf Course-St George, Utah

Valderra Golf Course in St George, Utah is the same course that was once called The Ledges.  It is a Dye designed course (Matt Dye, not the famous Pete Dye).  To reach this course, you have to drive through town and take Bluff street about 8 miles outside of St George.  I've played this course 3 times and enjoy it it.  I don't crave playing this course, but never would say "no" to a round at Valderra.

The Valderra Golf Course in St George, Utah is almost like two separate 9 hole courses.

Front 9:  The front 9 is fairly straight forward, flat and nothing too special.  A couple of the holes are challenging, especially 7 and 9.  Hole 9 is a fairly long par 4 with reeds down the left side and a very narrow fairway.  It is tempting to pull out your driver so you'll have a short approach, but it better be accurate as the fairway narrows as it gets closer to the green.  Then the approach shot is to a deep, narrow green with wetlands immediately to the left of the green and bunkers down the right of the green.  It requires an accurate shot and it's important to land the ball close to the pin so you're not left with a long putt.

Back 9:  The back 9 of Valderra Golf Course is where the course really starts to come to life.  Once you get to hole 11 on the other side of the highway, the course starts to meander along Snow Canyon State Park.  The green for hole 11 backs up to this gorgeous red rock canyon followed by hole 12 that is a beautiful par 3 with the red rock canyon all down the left side.  The course tightens up on the back 9 and accuracy becomes quite important from tee to green.

Complaints:  I wasn't overly impressed with the greens.  It might be due to them being a little wet when we played, but other golfers had done a poor job of repairing divots.  The front 9 lacks imagination, but their still nice holes and in good shape.

Positives:  The back 9 is gorgeous.  The practice area is better than any course in the St George area not named Sand Hollow.  The restaurant is delicious and offers some good choices, not just hotdogs at the turn.  The golf carts have GPS.  And the price is very good.
The green of Hole 11 at Valderra Golf Course

The Par 3 Hole 12 at Valderra Golf Course

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing this information, yes you wont really enjoy playing golf when its kinda wet.


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