The Ledges Golf Course Has View, Price, Conditions…And Great Golf

The Ledges: 9th hole

The par 4, 9th hole has marshlands left and mounds on right. Accurate tee shot needed to set up second shot to guarded green.

This Christmas we went on a family vacation to St. George, Utah, a small city located in the southwest corner of the state about two hours north of Las Vegas. St. George offers the double advantage of winter golf and close-by snow skiing.  On a tip from Jay at Forelinksters.com, we golfed The Ledges (now known as Valderra Golf Club at The Ledges) only 15-20 minute scenic drive outside of town. Driving to the course, looking at nearby Snow Canyon out the car window, it was easy to forget we had our clubs with us.

We quickly remembered as we started our round. The Ledges is a great course and was in spectacular winter condition. The tees, fairways and greens were in great shape as were the bunkers in the fairway and around the green. I did, however, find the greens a little fast. The course offers 4 sets of tees ranging from just over 7100 yards, to slightly under 5700 yards. 

The front side gives you some open fairways and more forgiving lies and shots, but it’s still challenging. Missing the fairway is no treat as you might have to hit from desert scrub or rocky terrain. There are also several multi-leveled greens, so getting your ball on the right level is important. 

The back nine is a different story. There are more hills and the fairways are a little tighter with some hidden shots off the tee. Starting out with what seems to be an innocent, slightly downhill par 3, the next 7 holes require good club selection and accurate shot-making is a must.  The short to medium par 3, 12th is tricky because anything to the right of the green will kick your ball into the canyon the same as the par 4, 14th, anything long will also roll into trouble.

The price was a great deal at $35 although I’m sure prices vary depending on day and time. Call or check online before you go.  This price is also significantly lower than other courses I researched in the area.  My Father-in-law needed clubs and was able to rent a nice set of Callaways for $50. A fair price for those clubs. Our tee time was 10am but we had a 20 min delay due to frost conditions. Fortunately, it was already quite warm on the course once we teed-off. Although it wasn’t busy, it took three of us four hours to get around. This could partly be due to us stopping to admire the views and take pictures.

The staff was very friendly and helpful in the pro shop as was the starter who gave us a few helping hints about the course. They have a nice open driving range and two medium size putting greens, as well as a chipping area for sand and short game practice. The carts were equipped with GPS which was a great help not having played the course before.

I’m not sure how often you might get to St. George, Utah, but if you do I highly recommend you take the short but scenic drive to Valderra Golf Club at The Ledges to enjoy some great high-desert golf. For more information it’s best to call them at 435.634.4640 or make a tee-time online at golf.com as their website (www.ledges.com) is useless.

One response to this post.

  1. Hey Eric, nice review of the Ledges, glad you enjoyed it, there’s so much great golf in St George it’s hard to pick the best course to play. It’s also such a surreal environment to play in when you’re coming from Florida. Here’s a link to your review on Forelinksters with a link back to your post:
    http://forelinksters.com/course/valderra_golf_club_the_ledges_saint_george

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