Updated: May 21, 2015
Sand Hollow Golf Course Review:I just got back from playing this course and it was an amazing experience. We went in early May of 2012 and had been wanting to play Sand Hollow for a few years now - really ever since it opened up. Each year we travel to Mesquite, NV to play golf and this course popped on our radar screen after our last round nearby at Coral Canyon which seemed to have gone down hill. All the locals told us about Sand Hollow and the beautiful landscape that surrounded the course. If just for the natural beauty of the red rocks and unique bunkering, you will enjoy Sand Hollow golf course. As for the golf, we all had a great time and rated this course above Coyote Springs and several of group liked it better than Wolf Creek (a top rated course in Mesquite). St. George is a nearby golf town with plenty of courses to choose from, but we say drive the further distance and get in a round at Sand Hollow.
Location - It took us about 1 hour from Mesquite, NV to drive to the course. Normally you would follow the signs from I-15 onto Hwy 9 towards Sand Hollow State Park. On the day we played, there was a triathlon taking place at the state park so the main entrance was closed. Thanks to the nice police officers on traffic control duty, they gave us a quick set of directions that took us further down the 9 highway and back around into the park another way. It added about 20 minutes to the drive, but we made it. So, on a normal day, head to Sand Hollow State Park and then follow the signs to the course. The main website for the resort is at http://www.sandhollowresort.com - they have a page dedicated to directions and list their actual address and phone # in case you get lost on your own. Let's get onto the golf. Golf Course Review - We were welcomed by the starter and they took our bags and loaded them onto the carts. The main clubhouse (see it in the picture below) is nice and once we were checked in, off we went. The golf carts have GPS which was a nice change from other courses that we played that still use non-GPS carts. You would think that any golf round over $100 should include a nice GPS enabled golf cart - it makes the experience much better. The first hole was easy - a downhill par 4. The wind was howling to start the round but eased off as the day went by. The 2nd hole is a long par 5 with some incredible red rock outcroppings as you near the green (I have included a picture of my friend in the bunker with the rocks in the background). The 3rd is a relatively open par 3 (180 yards) followed by a par 4. The 5th was a shorter par 4 where birdies are possible. There are a few blind shots - like the tee shot on #6. It's a dogleg left but hard to line up properly off the tee. As you make the turn, get a picture off the 10th tee with the rocks in the background. Great photo ops everywhere on the back. The par 5 10th was fun to play - we had 2 birdies in our group. The 12th and 13th take you out along the canyon wall is some gorgeous red rock landscapes. The fairways narrow a bit and the golf is more demanding than the front nine. The signature hole for the course has got to be the par 3 15th. Cut out of the rock with a small green, trust your club and let it go. Be sure to take a photo from the tee box and then a few once you reach the green. The rock formations are amazing. The indigenous red sand bunkers were beautiful to look at but hard to play out of. I was lucky enough not to venture into any on this day, but my playing partners had some trouble (see the photos below). One of our groups stayed to play the 9 hole Links Course and they said it was really fun. A bit different than the Championship course, but still worth it. The resort isn't much of one right now. There are limited villas available, but overall this place has some growing to do to stay in business. It's new and has some beautiful landscape to draw in golfers, so hopefully they can stay in business and continue to improve the courses and real estate options.
Sand Hollow Golf Rates and Tee Times:How much is a round at Sand Hollow? Peak season is between $100 and $125. Off season is $55 to $70. Their twilight rates very, but with some as low as $35, you have to check this course out. The 9 hole links course is about $30 if you want to walk it. You can call up to 60 days in advance to make a reservation. Phone number is 435-656-4653. Their website allows reserved tee times via an online booking system. That's the easiest way to find out what is available on a given day. Otherwise book this course through a package deal and let them take care of it.
|In the bunker off the Par 5 2nd hole.
|Approaching the clubhouse on #9 - in the bunker.
|Tee Box of #10 - Great rocks in background.