The Golf Course
The Ledges Golf Club in St. George offers world class golf unlike anything else in Southern Utah. You’ll admire the natural beauty and breathtaking views of the surrounding sandstone mountains while enjoying a round of golf on our spectacular course. This 7200 yard 18-hole golf course was designed by world renowned golf course designer Matt Dye and is home to The Billy Casper Golf Academy. The facilities at The Ledges Golf Club in St. George boast conditions that rival, and even exceed, conditions at private clubs.
Golf Course Layout
The opening hole provides a good lesson on how to play the next seventeen holes. Play away from the trouble, and you will find plenty of room to place a good shot. The first hole favors the left to right shot. The fairway slopes from left to right before dropping down to a depressed green. If you are going to be short of the green, miss it to the right leaving an easy chip shot to a gently sloping green.
The second hole is The Ledges’ little Redan. The versatile golfer will have numerous opportunities to enjoy the hole depending upon the pin placement. The golfer that is able to hit a low running shot will have a distinct advantage. Do not be distracted by the short bunkers because they are placed strictly to intimidate.
The third hole is not for short hitters. This long par five plays as it should, going uphill the entire way. The first landing area opens up on the left side keeping away from the three bunkers on the right. A deep low fifty yards in front of the green protects it against anything but two great shots. But do not be fooled on the third shot. The green is farther back than it looks!
The fourth hole should be a welcome relief after the long third. Avoid the bunkers on the right side of this down hill par four, and there is a good chance for par or better. Do not be intimidated by the small opening in front. The green widens out considerably in the back, but slopes severely from left to right. The back right pin placement looks difficult but offers the best opportunity for birdie.
The second par three on the front side gets its character from the three subtle humps in the green. Being on the putting surface does not guarantee a par if one or more of the humps is in the line of play. Using the undulations on the tee shot greatly increases the chance of making a birdie for the accomplished players.
All golf courses need a long par four, and the sixth hole is The Ledges. A drive played up the left-hand side is the shortest route. If encountering numerous bunkers on the right side of the landing area, a lay up shot is strongly suggested. Avoid the left side depression by the green, and hopefully you leave number six with a par.
Behold the beautiful view down the valley from the seventh tee. Golfers have now turned the corner and are headed for Snow Canyon. A few obstacles lay ahead starting with the low, well-bunkered left side of the fairway. Clear the second set of bunkers and you may reach the par-five in two. If deciding to lay up, the right side of the fairway is extremely forgiving. The green slopes back and to the left so a “bump and run” shot may be needed.
The eighth hole is your second consecutive birdie hole. Play two smart shots and you are certain to have a good putt at three. A three iron or five wood may be the correct choice in leaving your tee ball on the left side of the fairway. Greedy golfers beware, or you may have a lonely walk to the ninth tee.
Customarily, as you get closer to the clubhouse, water comes into play. Hole nine is no exception. Two well-struck, straight shots are required to finish the front nine with a par. If you miss the green, choose the small bunker on the right versus the lake on the left.
If the back nine is going to be challenging, then let’s not delay the challenge. A par-three, playing 230 yards, should take care of all doubters. Teeing off with the driver is a possibility, but a straight 3-wood may be the smart play. The green slopes from back to front helping to catch the long running shots.
Playing up the slope requires length and accuracy. Playing two safe shots away from the fairway bunkers will leave a short iron to the raised green. The center of the green is generally the safer play to keep the spirits bright. It makes no sense to ruin the views of the canyon because you just made a careless bogie from the bunkers on the left or the low grass depression on the right.
After taking in the views from the twelfth tee, remember the task at hand. It is much better to hit the ball on the green than hitting it into the canyon. Use the slope on the left side of the green to work the ball towards the hole. This line of play gives the most room for error.
Take the high road! The bunker on the left, holding up the fairway, is to be avoided at all cost. Once on the high side of the fairway, a “bump and run” shot is the preferred play to the narrow green, sloping away.
Mother Nature created this green location so that golfers could appreciate Her fine workmanship. Do not over complicate the golf hole or become distracted. Hit two straight shots and enjoy the spectacular sights.
The fifteenth hole is the definition of target golf. A three or four iron will be plenty of club for the tee shot. Landing a driver over the left side bunker could be perfect or disaster if going too far. Try to leave the approach on the correct side of the green, depending on the pin location that day. If you make a birdie, you can call yourself a great target golfer!
The tee shot from off the rock cliff should land just to the right of the rock out-cropping. If your tee shot makes the crest of the hill, go for the green in two. If not, lay your second shot short of the left bunker, and you still have a good chance for a four. The ridge in the middle of the green helps move the ball closer to the pin. Remember to be on the correct side of that ridge.
On the seventeenth tee you get the feeling that you’re heading towards home. If your career round is still intact, avoid the low right side. Do not play too safely on the left, or you will have a somewhat blinded shot to the undulating green. It is better to be long on your approach, most of the trouble is in the narrow front.
The finishing hole requires well thought-out and well-played shots. Depending on the pin location, the tee shot should favor one side of the fairway. If you forget to check the pin location from hole nine to hole ten, play up the center (usually not a bad idea). A lake guards the left side and a meandering creek is in back. Keep the ball below the pin location on your approach, and a finishing birdie is within range.