Sand Hollow Golf Course Review

Ever experienced the feeling of opening a box with something brand new in it?  It has that fresh smell to it that heightens the senses and makes you feel like you’ve actually done something worthwhile. The closest feeling to that I get when golfing is playing at a course that has recently been opened, with a great example being Sand Hollow Golf Resort in Utah.

Sand Hollow (designed by John Fought) was opened in the fall of 2008 and has received significantly positive press since then.  Even my regular golf partners have been telling me about how great of a course it is, so I decided to give it a shot and see what the hype was all about.  I must say, it certainly met and exceeded my expectations.

Sand Hollow is comprised of 27 holes, 18 of which comprise the “Championship Course” and the other nine as the “Links Course.”  The Championship Course is a doozy to play in every sense of the word.  Not only does it reach out to over 7,300 yards as a par 72 course, but it also features significant elevation changes as well.  The Links Course is just what its name indicates, in that it replicates an actual links-style course as a par 36 measuring out to 3,600 yards.

Being a new course and all, one can expect both of the courses to be in immaculate condition throughout the year, as it was when I played it a couple of weeks ago.  The greens are rolled smoothly, the fairway and greenside bunkers filled with just the right amount of sand (as I unfortunately found out far too many times over the course of my round), and the fairways themselves are plush and green.  What I especially liked about the course was that it started off fairly easy and then picked up in difficulty (generally speaking) while progressing to the eighteenth hole.  The fairways on the front side seemed a bit wider than on the back side, and the elevation changes were more severe on the back side as well.

As far as favorite holes go, the par 4 sixth is one of the most demanding holes I have played in recent memory, with a slight dogleg to the left at over 490 yards from the furthest tees.  The par 5 seventeenth hole is also one of note, in that it has a fairway with rough cutting it off down the middle of it, sort of like two island fairways.  The bunkers make for an interesting second shot as well.

When it comes to comparisons, Sand Hollow ranks as one of the top five golf courses I have played in the state of Utah, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it has won any awards to this point.  The course is fantastic with breathtaking views, and is a great way to unwind after a long week.


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