Coral Canyon Brightens “Color Country”

Located in the heart of Utah’s “Color Country,” St. George is a budding golf destination with wonderful courses and affordable green fees. One of the newest places to play is Coral Canyon Golf Club. The course’s high-desert locale at 2,800 feet above sea level offers views of Brice Canyon, Zion National Park, waterfalls and the north rim of the Grand Canyon. Golfers can’t be blamed for suffering lapses in concentration while playing here.

The Keith Foster-designed Coral Canyon opened last September. The course plays to a par 72 and extends 7,029 yards from the tips where it’s rated 73.0 with a 137 slope. It contains 100 acres of tees, greens and fairways as well as over four dozen bunkers, two lakes and a labyrinth of dry washes to give players myriad risk-reward opportunities.

Coral Canyon encourages precise shot-making, with low-handicappers challenged by the layout and average golfers finding it quite playable. Witness the par-3 6th hole that plays a mere 140 yards. A short punch shot might find the green. However, the “dance floor” rests below tees cut into a rocky cliff above a deep ravine, forcing players to carefully mull club selections.

Post-round activities take place in Coral Canyon’s grill, which lies in an 8,400 square-foot clubhouse. The restaurant features a southwestern-style menu, appropriate for this part of the U.S. Besides many nearby natural wonders, Duck Creek and Panguitch Lake are good destinations for anglers.

The 2,700-acre Coral Canyon community is being developed for continued growth, with housing plans to accommodate nearly 3,000 residents at full build-out. For a tee time, call 435/688-1700.