Sand Hollow Resort - Hurricane, UT
Years ago, I saw a picture of Sand Hollow and immediately made a note to play this course someday. One sunny day in November about 5 years later, I would get my chance. I made the 2 hour trip from Las Vegas and met up with a couple of friends, Ashlee and Thor, for a round amongst the rocks.
Driving up to the property, you immediately realize that Sand Hollow will be one of the more visually striking golf courses in Utah. Offering a brilliant display of colors, Sand Hollow is set amongst Southern Utah's red rock outcroppings and a southwest desert landscape. The course was designed by John Fought (Pumpkin Ridge, Langdon Farms, Crosswater) and is often regarded as Utah's best public course.
The front nine starts out with several solid golf holes and offers the golfer a chance to get on the score board with some early birdies. As enjoyable as the front nine is, the course really starts to take off on the back nine. You should be able to tell in the pictures when the course picks up visually. The stretch of holes from 11-14 winds around a ridge-line providing striking views and dramatic elevation changes amongst the rocky landscape. I particularly enjoyed the dramatic par 4 12th hole and the par 3 14th hole where you tee off between a giant pair of red rocks that jut out from the landscape.
If you are ever in the Las Vegas area, the 2 hour drive is definitely worth it!