Matt Bennett, utahvalley360.com
Unlike the majority of cities in the United States, St. George has only two seasons: peak season and non-peak season.
Coincidently, peak season in St. George begins just as autumn leaves begin to appear along the Wasatch Front, which is approximately the first week in October.
For many, the turning of the trees signals an almost instinctual response to flock to the warm-weathered city for the winter. For others the instinct is a bit weaker, causing only feelings for a vacation.
Whichever category you fit into — this guide will provide you with all the right places to stay, eat and, of course, golf.
While it is true that most Utah County residents flock to St. George in the winter, off-season can also be a good time to visit.
The main reason? Cost and availability.
“The summer is a great time to visit because of cost. Golfing and hotel rooms are much cheaper during the summer months,” says Roxie Sherwin, St. George Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The way you beat the heat is to golf first thing in the morning when temperatures are still down in the 60s and 70s. Then during the heat of the day vacationers can eat in air-conditioned restaurants, then tour or play golf again in the evening.”
Sherwin says vacationers stay in St. George hotel rooms and do their sight-seeing in Washington County. “Zion is a great place to visit during the summer months because it’s so high there it stays relatively cool. However, it can sometimes be difficult to get lodging in the summer. The good news is that’s St. George’s slower season,” Sherwin says. Springdale is also a good alternative place for people to visit during the hotter months.
For those looking to do a little more than bask in the sun, St. George offers something for competitors.
The Huntsman World Senior Games and the St. George Marathon both take place in the fall.
If you’re over 50, you qualify for the Huntsman Senior Games, an international event attracting 40,000 participants annually.
While the Games themselves give many a chance to compete, some say the many socials, health screenings and other party-activities are enough reason to attend the fall event.
Rates quoted represent a double occupancy rate and are furnished by each establishment. Please check for current rates, as rates are seasonal. Neither Utah Valley Magazine nor the St. George Area Convention and Visitors Bureau can assume responsibility for price changes or variations.
• Golf packages
$ Average cost per room is under $40
$$ Average cost per room is between $41-$59
$$$ Average cost per room is over $60
$$ AMBASSADOR INN (68 units)
1481 South Sunland Drive (south of I-15, Exit #6) 1-800-914-2296
All rooms one queen bed. TV/cable. Non-smoking rooms available. Pool and Jacuzzi. Senior and corporate discounts. Handicap rooms, subject to availability. Super-size showers.
• $$$ AN OLDE PENNY FARTHING INN BED & BREAKFAST (5 units)
278 North 100 West
Uniquely designed with charm and individual theme to appeal to a
variety of tastes. Full breakfast included. Golf packages available. Handicap room available. Small pets OK.
• $$ ANCESTOR INN (60 units)
60 West St. George Blvd.
Kitchenettes, coin laundry, pool, cable TV, movie channels. Close to shopping. Refrigerators and microwaves available. Small pets OK. Handicap rooms available.
• $$ BEST INN and SUITES (45 units, 3 handicap, 4 suites)
Exit 8 off I-15
Heated outdoor pool, jacuzzi, telephone data ports, meeting room. BEST breakfast and in-room coffee. Dining and shopping within walking distance. Bike tours, golf and adventure pkgs, family reunions.
• $$$ BEST WESTERN ABBEY INN (130 units) AAA-3 Diamond
1129 South Bluff St.
Elegant new rooms and mini-suites. Complimentary full breakfast. Large indoor spa/outdoor pool. Meeting facilities. Airport van. Golf packages. Senior, AAA, and family discounts.
• $$ BEST WESTERN CORAL HILLS (98 units) AAA-3 Diamond
125 East St. George Blvd.
All newly remodeled luxurious rooms. Deluxe continental breakfast buffet. Honeymoon suites, exercise room and putting green. Airport shuttle. Senior and AAA discount; children 17 and under free.
$$ BEST WESTERN TRAVEL INN (30 deluxe units) AAA-3 Diamond
316 East St. George Blvd.
All rooms newly remodeled. Restaurant adjacent. Family units with 3 beds (5-6 persons) Senior/AAA discount, kids 17 and under free.
• $$$ BLOOMINGTON TOWNHOMES (18 units)
Holiday Resort Realty, 144-4A Brigham Road
One to four bedroom units, fully furnished. Private phones. Handicap rooms available. Small pets OK.
• $$$ THE BLUFFS MOTEL (61 units)
1140 South Bluff Street
Beautifully decorated. Complimentary continental breakfast. New queen suites w/full kitchens to rent by the day, week or month. Golf packages and handicap rooms available. Small pets OK with $10 additional charge.
• $$ BUDGET INN and SUITES (117 units) AAA, senior, corporate discounts
1221 South Main
Adjacent to 4 restaurants, shopping and theaters. Standard rooms, family and luxury suites. Children’s playroom, wading pool, fitness center. Golf packages and handicap rooms. Pets OK with restrictions.
• $$ BUDGET 8 MOTEL (53 units)
Close to freeway exit 6. 1230 South Bluff Street
Senior and group discounts. Heated pool, jacuzzi, color TV, cable, HBO, phone in rooms, all queen beds. Handicap room available.
• $ CHALET (21 units) AAA.
664 East St. George Blvd.
Pool, cable TV, phones, picnic area, large family unit with 2 or 3 queen beds. Deluxe kitchen suites. Restaurants, grocery and laundry next door. Dixie College 2 blocks. Non-smoking rooms available. No pets. Day/week and month rates.
• $$ CLARIDGE INN (50 units)
1187 S. Bluff St.
Finest in economy. ALL NON SMOKING ROOMS. Queen beds, cable TV, heated pool and Jacuzzi. Close to restaurants, fast foods, convenience store, movie theaters, shopping mall and freeway exit. Handicap room.
• $$ COMFORT INN (49 units) AAA.
999 East Skyline Drive.
Cable TV, HBO, phones, safety boxes, heated pool, continental breakfast. Close to restaurants, theaters, factory malls, shops, golf courses, and Zion National Park. Handicap rooms available. No pets.
• $$$ COMFORT SUITES (122 luxurious units) AAA
I-15 exit 6, first right. 1239 South Main
Kings, double queens, continental breakfast, fitness room, outdoor heated pool and Jacuzzi. Restaurants adjacent. Handicap rooms available. Golf packages available.
$$ CORONADA VACATION CONDOS (60 units)
559 East St. George Blvd.
Deluxe suites with living room, kitchen, bath, two queen beds, and some hide-a-way beds. Heated indoor pool and jacuzzi. Laundry facilities, cable TV. Non-smoking suites available. Daily/ weekly/monthly rates.
• $$ DAYS INN THUNDERBIRD (99 units) AAA
150 North 1000 East
Close to freeway exit and restaurant and theaters. Kids stay free, senior and corporate discounts. Continental breakfast, pool, jacuzzi, king beds, meeting facilities, fax and copy service, elevator, tour packages. Handicap and golf packages. Gift shop and gallery on property.
$$ DESERT EDGE INN (35 units)
525 E. St. George Blvd.
Compact kitchen suites. One and two bedroom suites, phones, cable, pool, spa. Daily/weekly/monthly rates. Spacious rooms, laundry. Senior, commercial rates. Near restaurants and theaters. Small pets OK.
• $ DIXIE DEER LODGE (7 units)
148 East Center
A great, quiet getaway in the country. A/C, no phones in rooms, TV, restaurant. Handicap room available. Pets OK.
$ DIXIE PALM MOTEL (15 units)
185 East St. George Blvd.
Newly remodeled. Kitchenette and two bedroom suites. Non-smoking rooms available. Two restaurants nearby. Conveniently located to shopping, historical sites, and LDS Temple. Very reasonable rates.
• $$ FAIRFIELD INN (99 units)
1660 South Convention Center Dr.
Bright comfortable rooms. Complimentary continental breakfast. Pool, Jacuzzi, exercise room, and guest laundry. Handicap rooms available. Walking distance to Convention Center.
• $$$ GREENE GATE VILLAGE – GREENE HOUSE
300 West 162 South
This mansion sleeps up to 22 people – Five bedrooms, three baths, full kitchen and two fireplaces. The back house has one bathroom and loft that sleeps eight. Private outdoor pool, hot tub, and tennis court, located three blocks from downtown St. George.
• $$$ GREENE GATE VILLAGE HISTORIC BED and BREAKFAST INN (19 units) AAA
76 West Tabernacle
Hearty breakfast included. Collection of restored pioneer homes (built circa 1875). Swimming pools, whirlpool, king/queen beds, TV/VCR. Elegant honeymoon suite, conference rooms. Golf packages and handicap rooms.
• $$$ GREEN VALLEY RESORT CONDOMINIUM RENTAL (70 units)
1871 West Canyon View Drive
One, two, and three bedroom condominiums. Indoor/outdoor swimming pools, jacuzzis, indoor/outdoor tennis courts, volleyball and basketball courts. Home of Vic Braden Tennis College, Golf Learning Center and Green Valley Spa, offering complete spa facilities. Handicap accessible. No pets.
• $$$ HAMPTON INN (124 units)
53 North River Road
Elaborate complimentary continental breakfast buffet. Seven restaurants within walking distance. Phones with data ports. Indoor/outdoor pools, jacuzzis. Exercise facility, guest laundry, free local phone calls, wheelchair accessible. Across from Factory Outlet Mall. Golf packages.
• $$$ HOLIDAY INN RESORT HOTEL and CONVENTION CENTER (164 units, 8 suites) AAA
850 South Bluff
Teens stay free. Complete Holidome recreation area. Large banquet and meeting rooms, convention facilities. In house restaurant and gift shop. Golf packages and handicap rooms available. Small pets OK.
$$$ HORSEMAN INN BED and BREAKFAST (3 units)
164 West 100 South
Private baths, cable television, and a view of St. George. Full breakfast included. Convenient to shopping, restaurants, and St. George historic district (walking tour available).
• $ MOTEL 6 (103 units)
Exit 8. 205 N. 1000 E.
Phones, pool, cable TV, close to restaurants, theaters, and freeway. Handicap rooms available. Small pets OK.
• $$ PINE VALLEY LODGE (4 rooms/6 cabins)
960 East Main, Pine Valley, Utah
Convenience store, lodging, public showers and laundromat, mini zoo and horseback riding. Open all year. The lodge borders the Dixie National Forest. Cross country skiing, fishing in streams and lake. Pets OK.
• $$ QUALITY INN (96 units) AAA, AARP
1165 South Bluff Street
Free deluxe continental breakfast, year round heated pool and hot tub, fax machine, HBO and Disney, meeting room on premises, guest laundry. Golf packages available. 90 percent non-smoking rooms, no pets.
$$$ QUICKSAND AND CACTUS BED and BREAKFAST (3 units)
346 North Main
Private baths, shaded porches, complimentary gourmet breakfasts. Former home of Juanita Brooks. Centrally located in a quiet area two blocks from the St. George Historical District.
• $$$ RAMADA INN (136 luxurious rooms and suites) AAA Diamond Rating/Gold Key Property
1440 East St. George Blvd.
Heated pool, jacuzzi, and hot tub. Free full breakfast. Meeting and conference rooms. Close to 11 restaurants. Adjacent to Zion Factory Outlet Mall. Golf packages and handicap rooms available.
• $$ RANCH INN (33 kitchenette suites, 18 double queen deluxe, one master suite) AAA 3 diamond
1040 South Main
Free continental breakfast, non-smoking rooms, all queen beds, heated pool, hot tub, pool-side barbecue grills, guest laundry. Daily/weekly/monthly/corporate/senior rates. Easy access to I-15. Golf packages.
• $$ RED CLIFF INN (46 units)
912 Red Cliff Drive
Senior discounts, AAA Queen beds, restaurant, pool, hot tub, HBO, Disney, microwaves and refrigerators, kids stay free. Smoking /non-smoking rooms. Weekly rates and golf packages.
• $$$ RESORT RESERVATIONS of St. George (25 units)
75 South 100 East, Suite 2-A
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.st-georg-resort.com Condo/home reservations, daily/weekly/monthly. Swimming pools, tennis courts, racquetball, clubhouse, jacuzzis, billiards, exercise rooms, basketball. Luxury homes available.
• $$ ST. GEORGE TRAVELODGE (40 units) AAA
I-15 Exit 8., 175 North 1000 East
Pool, cable TV, surplus parking. Commercial and senior rates. Restaurants and theaters nearby. Pets OK.
• $ SANDS FRIENDSHIP INN
581 E. St. George Blvd.
Pool, cable TV, HBO, free local calls. Commercial and senior rates. Guest laundry. Restaurants, theaters and golf course nearby. Small pets OK.
$$$ SEVEN WIVES INN (13 units)
217 North 100 West
Southern Utah’s first Bed and Breakfast Inn. Each room delightfully decorated with antiques. A stay in this Pioneer Inn includes a gourmet breakfast. Handicap rooms available.
• $$$ SHERATON FOUR POINTS (100 units)
1450 South Hilton Drive
New rooms with voice mail, coffee, on-command video. Courtyard with pool, saunas, spa, tennis courts, and complete health spa. Banquet, convention and business facilities. Tony Roma’s Restaurant. Golf packages and handicap rooms.
• $$ SINGLETREE INN (48 units) AAA
260 East St. George Blvd.
Continental breakfast, pool, jacuzzi, HBO, phones, and fax service restaurant adjacent. Small pets $5 extra. Handicap rooms. Golf packages.
• $$ SULLIVAN’S ROCOCO INN (27 units)
511 Airport Road
Overlooking scenic St. George area, next to airport. Large rooms and suites, king/queen beds, refrigerator and wet bar in each room. Non-smoking rooms, cable TV, indoor jacuzzi, swimming pool, and restaurant adjacent.
• $$ SUNBIRD INN (40 units)
750 East St. George Blvd.
Twelve and under free. Extra large rooms, King/queen beds, also kitchenettes. Heated pool, Jacuzzi, cable TV, free local calls. Close to restaurants and freeway exit. Two blocks to Dixie College. Daily, weekly rates.
• $ SUN TIME INN (46 non-smoking rooms)
420 East St. George Blvd.
Pool, refrigerators, microwaves, cable TV, queen size beds, 2 large family suites. Close to restaurants, theaters, shopping, hospital, historic district and Dixie College. Daily/weekly/monthly rates. Handicap rooms. Pets OK – extra charge.
$ SUPER 8 MOTEL (82 units)
915 South Bluff St.
Special VIP and Senior rates. AARP, government and commercial discounts. Heated pool, cable TV, HBO, free local calls, smoking/non-smoking rooms. Inside corridors, free continental breakfast, close to restaurants, shopping mall. Pets OK.
• $ WESTERN SAFARI (16 units)
310 West St. George Blvd.
Cable TV, queen beds. two kitchenettes, both non-smoking. Family units, grassy area in front of motel.
• $ WESTON’S ECONO LODGE (53 units) AARP
460 East St. George Blvd.
Pool, cable TV, HBO, therapy pool, A/C, phones in rooms, restaurant adjacent, meeting facilities. Free local calls. Golf packages and handicap rooms. Small pets OK under 10 pounds, smoking rooms only.
ST. GEORGE GOLF
The golf courses in Utah’s Dixie are known for their challenging designs, well maintained fairways and greens, and spectacular scenic features. Winter daytime temperatures are generally in the 55 degree to 65 degree range, making for
ideal golf conditions.
Because golf rates are subject to change, it is best to call and verify current golf prices.
3174 Bloomington Drive East, St. George
18 holes / par 72 / 6,948 yards /private
Bloomington Country Club, complemented by an elegant restaurant and club house, is open for members and their guests only, but offers reciprocal agreements with other country clubs.
Green Fees: (Price includes cart)
Reciprocal: $33.00 (9 holes) $60.00 (18 holes)
Summer: $28.00 (9 holes) $42.00 (18 holes)
1925 North Canyon Greens Drive, Washington
18 holes/ par 72/ 7,135 yards/ public
Set amidst the beauty and splendor of southwestern Utah, Coral Canyon provides a rare opportunity for players to enjoy great golf on the doorstep to some of the world’s most famed natural wonders.
Green Fees: (Fees includes 18 holes, cart and practice balls)
Peak Season (Oct. 1 – May 31)
Guest: $78 – $88
Residents: $55 – $65
Washington County: $65 – $75
DIXIE RED HILLS
1000 North 700 West, St. George
9 holes / par 34 / 2,564 yards / public.
Nestled in pockets of red sandstone cliffs, the course offers beautiful scenery and challenging play. Groves of mature trees accent the landscape. The course has a pro shop, snack bar and driving range, motorized and pull carts.
Summer $8.00 (9 holes) $10.00 (18 holes)
Winter $11.00 (9 holes) $19.00 (18 holes)
2511 W. Entrada Trail, St. George
18 holes / par 72 / 7,200 yards /public
This is a Johnny Miller designed course which is on a fast track to becoming the premiere golf course in Utah. Known for its rolling dunes, ancient black lava beds and winding arroyos, it is a perfect example of the Johnny Miller design philosophy: “The natural contours of the site should dictate the design. A truly creative designer is able to look over a property and then take it two or three steps beyond… to visualize all that it can become.” This is a privately owned course open to the public.
• Peak Season (Oct. 1-May 31) Green Fees: (18 holes, cart included)
Wash. Co. Res. $50
Twilight hours $35.
• Non-peak Season Green Fees (18 holes):
Wash. Co. Res. $35
Twilight hours $20
588 N. Green Spring Dr., Washington
18 holes / par 71 / 6,717 yards /public
Many golfers feel that Green Spring is the finest golf course in the state. Pro Kent Danjanovich says, “The view here is spectacular.” The course is set among hills, ravines and gorges which create wonderful natural obstacles, not to mention the red cliffs and Pine Valley Mountain which create the beautiful backdrop.
Summer $11.00 (9 holes) $20.25 (18 holes)
Winter $17.00 (9 holes) $32.00 (18 holes)
ST. GEORGE GOLF CLUB
2190 South 1400 East, St. George
18 holes / par 73 / 6,765 yards / public
Revered by many golf professionals as the most improved course in the state. St. George Club boasts long, beautiful fairways, with many new tees and greens. The pro shop and snack bar overlook Bloomington Hills and St. George. Open all year.
Summer $10.00 (9 holes) $17.00 (18 holes)
Winter $15.00 (9 holes) $25.00 (18 holes)
SOUTHGATE GOLF CLUB
1975 S. Tonaquint Dr., St. George
18 holes / par 70 /6,093 yards / public
Two new greens have been added to the front nine holes, lengthening the play and challenging the golfer. The addition of four new tees offer play to a variety of golfers. Water comes into play on several holes that border ponds and cross the Santa Clara River.
Summer $10.00 (9 holes) $17.00 (18 holes)
Winter $15.00 (9 holes) $25.00 (18 holes)
SOUTHGATE FAMILY GOLF CENTER
1975 S. Tonaquint Dr., St. George
Open to the public, this unique 1800 sq. ft. indoor educational golf facility offers a unique dimension to golf lessons. The center includes computerized golf swing analysis, photo and computer graphic displays, and video analysis systems. The facility also includes open and covered tees on the driving range offering all-season practice opportunities.
Fee: $2.00 per bucket
2240 W. Sunbrook Dr., St. George
27 holes/ par 72 / 6,800 yards / public
Sunbrook has been rated by Golf Digest as the number one golf course in Utah for 1997-98. Designed by the world-renowned golf course architect, Ted Robinson, the course threads through humps and hollows above picturesque Santa Clara River. The course features a clubhouse, snack bar and driving range. Carts available.
Summer $17.00 (9 holes) $32.00 (18 holes)
Winter $23.00 (9 holes) $46.00 (18 holes)
660 N. Twin Lakes Dr. (1500 E.), St. George
9 holes / par 27 / 1,001 yards / public
This exciting small course was called “The Most Picturesque” by Utah Holiday Magazine. Motorized carts, pull carts, and driving range are available. Reservations are recommended.
$6.50 (9 holes) $10.50 (18 holes)
SKY MOUNTAIN GOLF COURSE
1030 North 2600, West Hurricane
18 holes / par 72 / 6,312 yards / public
Just 15 miles from downtown St. George in Hurricane you’ll find picturesque Sky Mountain. Set on rolling terrain south of the highway near the west entrance to Hurricane, Sky Mountain Golf Course is one more outstanding jewel in the crown of courses in Washington County. With its multiple tee boxes, golfers of all skill levels enjoy play at Sky Mountain. Water comes into play on par 4 #11, par 3 #12, and par 4 #7. Natural black lava outcroppings have been left in place, creating an interesting contrast throughout the course. Sky Mountain has a clubhouse, restaurant and cart rentals. Tee times are taken every Mon. morning beginning at 7:00 a.m. for the next Mon. through Sun.
Summer $8.00 (9 holes) $16.00 (18 holes)
Winter $16.00 (9 holes) $27.00 (18 holes)