Thursday, January 29, 2009

City of St. George Airport

Of all the projects ever pursued by the City of St. George, the Replacement Airport is undoubtedly the most satisfying to see under construction. Having overcome one major obstacle after another for nearly two decades, construction work is finally under way. This web site is designed to allow anyone interested to watch the construction work of the Replacement Airport unfold. The site will be updated weekly with the latest information. It includes a photo gallery showing the progress of construction, the full project schedule, bidding information and details about the financing, design and scope of the project.

The Replacement Airport became necessary when larger commercial service and business aircraft began to operate or were expected to operate in the near future at the existing airport. Due to its constrained mesa top location the airport could not be expanded to safely accommodate them. Studies also revealed that continued use of the existing airport would result in missed economic and transportation benefits. The Replacement Airport also enabled passengers to enjoy direct flights to more distant locations. For these reasons the Mayor and City Council have been firmly committed to see this project through. Start of operations at the Replacement Airport is scheduled for January 1, 2011.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Washington City Recreation Center, Washington, St. George Utah

Washington City is excited to announce the grand opening of a 110,000 sq. ft. Community Center. Housed in the center is Utah’s largest indoor aquatic complex. Its amenities will provide fun and enjoyment for all ages!

Membership Benefits:

* 3 Full-Size Gyms
* Cardio & Weight Room
* Indoor Track
* Aquatic Complex
* Aerobic Classes
* Rock Climbing
* Weight/Cardio Training
* 10% Off Youth Sports
* Clean Locker Rooms
* Member-Only Hours (5a.m.-9a.m. & 9p.m.-11p.m.)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

St. George, Utah Weather, Climate

The climate in St. George is semi-arid with two separate rainfall seasons in the early spring and late summer which average about eight inches of annual precipitation. Although average maximum temperatures for the summer months are between 95 and 101 degrees Fahrenheit, the low humidity makes these temperatures agreeable.

The Southern Utah climate features bright sunshine, small annual precipitation, clean air and a wide daily temperature range. Another attractive feature is mild winters with infrequent traces of snowfall which rarely stays on the ground more than a day.

St. George lies in the high desert at an elevation of 2800 feet. Within 20 miles north and west of the city are the Pine Valley Mountains (10,000 feet) and the Beaver Dam Mountains (7,000) offering cool mountain climate during the summer. St. George's climate is an attraction in its own right. It has become a green oasis in the desert, and the combination of the warm, dry winter climate and natural beauty of the setting draws both new residents and tourists to the area.

St. George Utah Parade of Homes 2009

Why does the St. George Area Parade of Homes have an outstanding reputation as being one of the best Parade of Homes in the country?

26 Extraordinary Homes - Exceptional Designs ...
Some of the distinctive and unique features represented this year will include architectural designs encompassing one-of-a-kind accents, completely automated homes, homes incorporating philosophies of green building with the use of proven construction techniques and materials, innovative home entertainment systems, garden courtyards, and infinity pools and spas.

Spectacular Interior Designs...
Gifted interior designers, architects, and craftsmen will enhance each home with meticulous craftsmanship including hand crafted furniture style cabinetry, exquisite finish carpentry details, and the creative use of building materials and unique lighting fixtures to create a beautiful ambience. Special touches to every home enhances each visitor's viewing experience.

Landscapes Beyond Compare...
The St. George Area Parade of Homes is blessed with an unequaled natural environment to showcase these homes including scenic golf courses with incredible views, black rock and red rock cliffs, azure blue skies and pinion pine forests, providing inviting backgrounds and enhancing the feeling of each home existing as a quiet oasis meant for comfort and pleasure.

Exceptional Weather...
The southern Utah area has mild, low humidity winters with over 300 sunny days per year! Many Parade visitors like to come to sunny southern Utah to escape from the cold, snowy, winter weather.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Top Ten Things to do in St. George, Utah

St. George is known as "Utah's Dixie" because of its temperate climate. Mild winters make it ideal for golf year-round - 10 of Utah's best courses are located there! The city is the business and cultural center for SW Utah, and is a major gateway to nearby Zion National Park.

Top Ten things to do in St. George

#1- National Parks
St George is a convenient gateway to Zion National Park, and to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. It is also within easy driving distance of Bryce Canyon National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument. The city makes a great base came for day trips to any of these areas, or a good starting point for national park excursions.

2#- Golf
St George is Utah's golf capital. Weather is mild during winter and so golf is enjoyable year-round. As a result, some of the best courses in the southwestern US can be found here. For example, Golf Digest recently ranked The Ledges Golf Course at number 5 for best new public golf courses with green fees of $75 and above.

The St George courses are all unique, set against red canyon walls and black lava rock. Many have outstanding views of red rock desert country; some offer views that extend over towards Zion National Park. Below we give details about each course.

#3- State Parks

Several very popular Utah state parks are located in the St George area. Because of the area's mild climate, many outdoor activities are popular year-round at these parks.

Sand Hollow is Utah's newest state park, and already one of the most popular. It offers a reservoir for boating, water sports and fishing, sandy beaches, a very nice picnic area and campground, plus and sand dunes where you can ride ATVs.

Snow Canyon offers beautiful red rock scenery, hiking trails, a sand dune, campground and picnic area.

Quail Creek has a reservoir that is popular for boating, water sports and fishing. It has a nice campground and picnic area.

Gunlock State Park includes a reservoir for boating, water sports and fishing, and an area for primitive camping

#4- Events

#5- Tuacahn

"Tuacahn" comes from a Mayan word meaning "Canyon of the Gods." Built in the shadow of 1500-foot spectacular red rock cliffs, the Tuacahn Amphitheatre and Center for the Arts was created to awaken the nobility of the human soul and transmit light and hope to people everywhere through the arts and education.

Related Articles The Tuacahn Theatre brings "Broadway in the Desert" to southern Utah! Throughout the warm months, this theatre company features Utah's finest actors (new and seasoned), in some of Broadway's greatest productions! The intimate, outdoor theatre is always enhanced by the brilliant, natural redrock backdrop. A night out at Tuacahn is a night not soon forgotten! Click for this year's production schedule.

Orval Hafen was awestruck upon first seeing the area that is now home to the Tuacahn Center for the Arts. He and his wife, Ruth, bought an eighty-acre parcel in the box canyon and built a cabin, the remnants of which can still be seen behind the Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts. He desired that others might one day share this beauty.

Doug Stewart, noted playwright and St. George resident, shared Hafen¹s vision. He had been hiking through southwestern Utah in search of a suitable location for an outdoor theatre, when he spied the spot that was once Orval Hafen's cabin. The plan was more than ambitious. Stewart planned to build a 42,000 square foot facility featuring a 330 seat indoor theater, a dance studio, a black-box theater, a recital hall, a costume shop and scene shop, studios and classrooms, and a gift shop, all of which were built to complement the jewel of Tuacahn - a 1920-seat outdoor amphitheatre, which was designed as the home of the original musical Utah! The grounds were landscaped to compliment the magnificence of the surrounding canyon.

Tuacahn Utah! ran for four seasons and was attended by over 250,000 patrons. However, in 1999, it became clear that Tuacahn needed to shift its strategy and pursue a new direction. Ironically, "something new" came in the form of two musicals that have been performed throughout the state for years. Instead of offering just one production for summer patrons, Tuacahn created their first "Summer Festival of Theatre," which featured a double bill of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. The shows ran from mid-June to Labor Day weekend, and the amphitheatre found itself in the enviable position of dealing with huge crowds and sold-out houses. Over 100,000 people from every state in the Union and twenty-five countries attended the festival's 70 performances.

The changes at Tuacahn weren't limited to the summer shows, either. On August 22, 1999, Tuacahn began operation of the Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts. The first charter school in the state of Utah, Tuacahn High School is a fully-accredited college preparatory high school with an emphasis on singing, dancing, acting, and instrumental performance.

Today, Tuacahn continues to thrill audiences with Utah's greatest productions. New performances, actors, and surprises await theatre-goers each year.

For those who have enjoyed this facility, Tuacahn has fulfilled the vision that left Orval Hafen awestruck over a century ago. It continues to grow and to thrive, as "others share this beauty and drink of the inspiration that is here."

#6- Dinosaur Walkways
The St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm displays some of the oldest and best-preserved tracks in the world. Dinosaur tracks were discovered on the farm in February, 2000, and it has become quite an attraction. The site is in the early stages of scientific study - so far more than 1,000 tracks have been found within a 10-acre area. Most were made by Dilophosaurus-like creatures and are three-toed, 13-18 inches long. There are also some smaller tracks and researchers have identified skin prints and impressions made by tail drags and swimming movements.

The tracks were found in large slabs of sandstone from the Moenave Formation, dating back some 205 million years to the beginning of the dinosaur era. Residents tromped over that very sandstone for years, never realizing it sheltered such treasures. Nobody knew, until Dr. Sheldon Johnson flipped over a slab while trying to level his land. There, on the underside, the tracks were clearly visible.

Most of the tracks are actually "negative impression" casts that appear as bumps on the stone. The area was the bottom of an ancient freshwater lake in the center of the super-continent Pangea. Footprints left in the mud filled with silt and sand, and more sand was deposited over the top. The mixture eventually solidified into sandstone and mudstone, forming the casts. Now, when the slabs are flipped over, the casts appear, much like Jell-O popping out of a mold.

Dr. Johnson donated his land to the city of St. George and the U.S. Congress recently appropriated funds to help construct a science and visitor center. Volunteers do most of the work at the site.

Small groups can just show up during open hours. Larger groups should schedule a tour.

#7- Spa Resorts

With sunshine, incredible natural beauty and a reputation as an outdoor mecca, it was only natural for quality spa resorts to spring up around St George. Below we list some of the best.

#8- Pine Valley Mountains

The Pine Valley Mountains are the high, forested mountains located north of I-15 between St George and Cedar City. The highest point is Signal Peak, at 10,325 feet. The mountains offer great opportunity to hike, backpack, camp, fish, hunt and enjoy other outdoor sports.

The mountains are a lush green haven towering above the red rock desert. The high peaks are included in a federally protected wilderness area. A cluster of campgrounds can be found on the north side of the peaks, around the town of Pine Valley. A small reservoir in that area offers canoeing and fishing opportunities. Equestrian activities are very popular there.

Another popular campground is located on the south side of the mountains, above the town of Leeds.

The Santa Clara River comes out of the mountains from the Pine Valley area and Leeds Creek cascades down the south slope. Both streams provide good fishing opportunities, although both flow through canyons overgrown with brush.

In other areas, rough dirt roads probe the canyons and provide access to diverse parts of the forest.

These mountains are steep and rugged. Many spots can be visited only by hiking, backpacking or horse packing into the backcountry. Even with the population of St George booming, it is easy to find solitude in these mountain

#9- Historic Sites
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Below we list some of the most notable historic sites around St George.

St George LDS Temple
Location: 250 East 400 South, St George
Mormon pioneers began building this temple in 1871, soon after arriving in the area. The building was completed and dedicated in 1877, making it the first LDS temple to be completed in Utah. (The famous Salt Lake Temple was started in 1853, but was not completed until 1893).

The temple is a majestic white structure that serves as an important area landmark. Visitors are invited to tour the grounds and view informational displays at an adjacent visitors center, but are not allowed to enter the temple itself.

St George LDS Tabernacle
Location: 18 South Main Street, St George
Built of native red sandstone by struggling pioneers, the tabernacle was dedicated in 1876 and stands as a monument to their faith and determination. Today, the tabernacle is home to church services, daily music recitals, and the weekly Dixie History and Music Series.

Brigham Young Winter Home
Location: 200 North and 100 West, St George
Brigham Young, the Mormon leader, established a winter home in St George, where he enjoyed the area's mild, snow-free winters. The original portion of his home was begun in 1869 and completed in 1871. The front addition-what most would call the main part of the house-was completed in 1873. The home is open for public tours.

Jacob Hamblin Home
Location: Corner of Santa Clara Blvd and Hamblin Drive, Santa Clara
Jacob Hamblin was a prominent Mormon pioneer who became known as a friend to the Native American Indians living in the area. His home, completed in 1863, is two-story adobe, sandstone and ponderosa pine structure and is one of the few remaining examples of early pioneer-era home-building. It is open for public tours.

Ancestor Square
In the heart of downtown St George, historic shops and buildings have been restored in a quaint area called Ancestor Square. The Square features small shops, boutiques and galleries, within easy walking distance other downtown attractions and many motels.

Mountain Meadows Site
Location: Along Hwy 18 about 5 miles south of the community of Enterprise, north of St George.
During the so-called "Utah War," tensions were high between Mormon pioneers and people traveling through the territory. On Sept 11, 1857, for reasons that may never be fully understood, a group of Mormons and local Indians slaughtered members of an immigrant wagon train encamped at Mountain Meadows. A memorial has been created at the site.

Grafton Ghost Town
Grafton is a photogenic, partially preserved ghost town located near Rockville, just outside of Zion National Park. It is located along the Smithsonian Butte scenic backway. The old school is fairly well preserved and is often photographed. The old cemetery is also worth visiting. The town was established in 1859 by pioneers attempting to grow cotton along the Virgin River.

Silver Reef Ghost Town
Rich veins of silver were discovered in the hills north of what is now the town of Leeds, along I-15 about 15 miles NE of St George. A boom occurred in the 1870 and a town sprang up, rapidly becoming the largest community in southern Utah. At its zenith it boasted some 9 stores, 6 saloons, a bank, several restaurant, a hospital, 2 dance halls, 2 newspapers and 3 cemeteries. By 1891 the mines had produced about 25 million dollars worth of ore. But the veins played out quickly and the town went bust.

The old Silver Reef Wells Fargo Express office is on the National Historical Register and is now houses a small museum. Foundations of a few other old buildings can be seen. Tailings from mines can be seen in the surrounding area. New mining efforts are undertaken now and again, and much of the area is closed to exploration. A few dangerous open shafts dot the countryside and so explorers need to use caution.

Pine Valley Church
A unique old chapel can be found in the community of Pine Valley, north of St George. It was built in 1868 by shipbuilder Ebenezer Bryce. Bryce is perhaps best know for the homestead he established next to what is now Bryce Canyon National Park.

Area pioneers wanted a permanent chapel and Bryce was the only person around with building experience. He applied unique techniques as he constructed the chapel, making it somewhat resemble the upside down hull of a ship. Techniques including wrapping the corners of the building with strips of green rawhide that tightened as they dried. When the church was finished, he said, "If a flood should come, it would float and if a wind came strong enough to blow it over, it would still never crash to pieces."

The building is still in use as a chapel.

#10- Bike Trails
Great mountain bike trails can be found in the desert and mountains around St George. Spring and fall are ideal times to ride here. Winter days can be surprisingly mile and many people bike here year-round. Summers are very hot but trails in the nearby high country.
Anasazi Trail
Length: 6.5 miles out and back
Tread: Singletrack
Difficulty: More Difficult

Description: This trail system includes a combination of singletrack and doubletrack along the Santa Clara River, south of the towns of Ivins and Santa Clara. Highlights include a short, rocky semi-technical section, great views of the Santa Clara River gorge, and ancient petroglyph rock art figures carved into the cliffs.

The trail follows the rim above the river. It is open desert country. Snow seldom falls here and the trail can be ridden year-round.

Considerable property development is taking place around the trailheads, so access roads may change over time.

Graveyard Trailhead
The route runs between the Graveyard Trailhead, located south of Santa Clara, and the Anasazi Trailhead, located SW of Ivins. You can begin at either trailhead. You can ride out and back, or arrange a shuttle. Several spur trails can extend the length of the ride.

About 1 mile east of the Anasazi trailhead there are several boulders with petroglyphs carved into the dark stone. Some are right along the trail. They are fairly obvious, but many people ride on by without noticing them. (Rock art is a fragile resource protected by law. Don't touch or vandalize the figures.)

Anasazi Trailhead
This trailhead is located just southwest of Ivins. This ride is in an area know as the Santa Clara River Preserve, established to protect plant and animal life and archaeological resources. Stay on established trails and respect the land.

Green Valley Trail
Trail Map Every city should have a trail like this. Green Valley Trail is one big BMX course loaded with thrills and potential spills on a roller coaster of dirt. It rekindles childhood days of riding, when you rode your purple sting ray with high rise bars at seemingly death-defying speeds through neighborhood sandlots. The trail is located west of the city and can be easily ridden as a loop via paved roads. It's a perfect lunchtime workout or an apres-work wind down.

The six-mile trail begins with a stiff, one-mile climb up the north rim of the Gap, a narrow canyon enclosed by sheer sandstone walls. From the high point, the rusty ramparts of Snow Canyon State Park can be seen floating on the northern skyline, and the flesh-tone towers of Zion National Park rise in the distant east. Between them rises the Pine Valley Mountains, which despite being surrounding by burning desert, collect skiff of snow during the winter. That's all the sightseeing you're allowed because the rest of the ride requires keen attention to negotiate a barrage of white-knuckle stunts. But fear not, you'll find "cheater routes" circumnavigating each.

Upon dropping from the viewpoint above the Gap, you encounter "The Three Fingers of Death," where three rib-like mounds of clay drop abruptly to a sandy wash. Pucker factor increases from left to right, so "choose wisely grasshopper!"

Progressing southward around the west flank of Red Hill, the trail undulates to the brink of "Acid Drops" -- a hallucinating series of roll overs that resemble the successive rapids in Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River. Like on the Colorado, where the turbulent hole that lies leeward of each wave isn't revealed until slipping over the crest, what ill-will that awaits your front tire remains a mystery until you roll over to the edge and drop to the point of no return. Just hang your butt off the back and you should emerge unscathed.

A few rollers later, the trail disappears over "Clavicle Hill." No explanation needed here, other than to mention that it rates high on the "Oh s*#-!" meter. Even intrepid white water rafters scout the most menacing rapids. You should do the same, else stuff your wheel in the sucker hole that hides from view beneath the lip.

With bones and bike intact, hopefully, kick in the afterburners and scream through the "Roller Coaster." This section is two miles of whoop-de-doos and banked turns that keep you giggling the whole way. The trail ends near the ritzy subdivision of Bloomington. Take side streets back to town or hop on the nearby Virgin River Recreation Trail for an idle cruise alongside the life blood of Utah's Dixie

Snow Canyon Paved Loop
Length: 18 miles
Tread: Singletrack
Difficulty: Easy

Description: The loop begins in St George, follows Hwy 18 north to the top of Snow Canyon, glides down through Snow Canyon and then swings back to St George. The paved doubletrack parallels roads along the entire route. This is a popular route, which you will share with hikers, joggers, bikers, roller bladders and others.

Scenery is great along the entire route, but the most spectacular part is within Snow Canyon State Park. For a shorter route, just ride up into Snow Canyon, as far as you want, then return the way you can.

You can also extend the route by riding spur roads and trails with connect to the loop.

St. George, Utah Sky Mountian Golf Course

Sky Mountain Golf Course in Hurricane is one of the best values in the area. The golf course is very unique with its rolling fairways and tabletop greens framed by red sand and lava-filled desert surrounds. The incredible panoramic view from the many elevated tees makes focusing on the shot at hand challenging. This is especially true on the 1st, 5th, 17th, and 18th holes as you marvel at the striking beauty of the twisted red rock landscape that gives Sky Mountain its name. This golf course is always in wonderful condition and is a great reward for those willing to leave the beaten path. You'll need all the clubs in your bag, but most importantly, don't forget to bring your camera. Par: 72, Yards: 6,312, Rating/Slope: 69.9/115

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St. George Utah Sand Hollow Golf Course

Welcome to Utah’s premiere golf destination… Sand Hollow Resort. Two stunning John Fought Design courses take full advantage of the area’s natural topography, views, and vistas. The result is a golf experience unlike anything you’ve experienced. In addition to the two award winning courses you will find an expansive driving range, an 18-hole Himalayan-style putting course and a clubhouse to meet all of your needs. Explore the golf here on our site but to truly appreciate the grandeur of what we have created you need to play it.

Measuring over 7,300 yards, 2008 Golf Magazine’s #6 best new course is unmatched. The Championship Course utilizes dramatic elevation changes, natural sandstone ledges, and extraordinary rock outcroppings to create a picturesque golf environment.

The 18 championship holes feature four sets of tees for all varieties of golfers. Tightly mown fairways surrounded by vibrant red sand hazards lead into seamless greens ranging from 4,000 to 15,000 square feet.

Encircled by the desert’s indigenous plant life and the panoramic beauty of Utah’s “Color Country,” Sand Hollow Resort’s Championship Course brings a golfer’s dreams to life.

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St. George Utah Sunbrook Golf Course

Golf Digest rates Sunbrook as the best golf course in Utah. This rating is a result of a number of elements including scenery, challenge, quality, and service. With the addition of the Black Rock Nine, Sunbrook is the only golf club in southwestern Utah to feature 27 championship holes. If you were to poll golfers concerning which of the three nines they prefer, one third would say The Point Nine, one third would say The Woodbridge Nine, and one third would say the new Black Rock Nine. Each nine is named after its most identifiable feature. The Point's number five hole is a short par-four bordering a desert cliff. Any shot to the left on this hole will end up 100 feet down on the par-five second hole. The Woodbridge Nine is also named after its fifth hole. After teeing off from a bluff overlooking the island-green fourth hole, golfers must carry a lake featuring a gorgeous country-style wooden bridge. This is one hole so beautiful you won't mind having to record a bogey on your scorecard. The Black Rock Nine is so named as a result of three holes being carved out of treacherous lava rock. The par-four seventh is the most remarkable. After hitting your first shot from a tee located amidst a crowd of molten onlookers, your second shot must carry more volcanic remains plus avoid a small lake strategically placed just to the right of the green.
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St. George, Utah Coral Canyon Golf Course

Welcome to Coral Canyon Golf Course, set amidst the beauty and splendor of southwestern Utah. Designed by golf course architect Keith Foster, Coral Canyon Golf Course provides a rare opportunity for you to enjoy luxurious golf at the doorway to some of the world's most famed natural wonders.

Located in what many call "Color Country" in St. George, Utah, Coral Canyon's 7,029-yard, par-72 layout provides breathtaking views of Bryce Canyon's snow-capped pink spires in the winter and Zion National Park's green springtime bloom.

In between seasons, players enjoy views of the area's many cascading blue waterfalls that are not far from the shades of purple that stretch from horizon to horizon overlooking the nearby North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Typical of the challenges players face at Coral Canyon Golf Course is the short par-3, 122-yard No. 6. Seemingly "dropped" into the natural red rock outcroppings, this hole plays from a rocky tee box over a deep ravine on the left peppered with 20-foot rock outcroppings. One of the most unique holes golf St. George Utah has to offer.

Coral Canyon is the finest golf St. George Utah has to offer. Coral Canyon Golf Course features 80 acres of turf, 55 sand bunkers, two lakes and a labyrinth of dry washes through the course, offering players the variety of risk/reward opportunities critical to the exceptional experience exclusive to golf St. George Utah.

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Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club

# of Holes/Par: 18/71
Total Yards: 7059 yards
Rating/Slope: 73.6/131

Course Description:
Impressive 18 hole Johnny Miller Signature Golf Course nestled in the beautiful desert landscape of sunny St. George.

* Named Utah's Best Private Golf Club, March, 2008
* Location of Disney's High School Musical 2, March-April, 2007
* 4.5 Star Award from Golf Digest for 2006-2007
* #1 Private Clubhouse in the USA, Golf Inc Magazine, 2006

Entrada (Spanish for "entrance") sits at the foot of jagged Navajo and Kayenta sandstone cliffs near the mouth of Snow Canyon. Rolling Dunes, ancient black lava beds and winding arroyos mark this chaotic landscape in St. George, Utah, just a 90-minute drive from Las Vegas. A sense of time and place have converged at Entrada, where water, wind, and the forces of time have left an artful impression. The course is built upon 710 acres of strikingly beautiful southwest Utah desert. Opened in September 1996, the spectacular Johnny Miller Signature Golf Course is the featured amenity of the Entrada development.

Hole #18 The golf course is available exclusively to the members of the Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club and guests of the Inn at Entrada during their stay.

The course was designed to offer golfers of every skill level an unforgettable world class golf experience, this par 72 golf course plays a challenging 7,280 yards from the championship tees. "The varied terrain and the incredible vistas will make this one of the most exciting golf courses in the entire country," says course architect Johnny Miller.

The entire staff is dedicated to provide unsurpassed service to make your golf experience at Entrada an enjoyable one. We invite you to beautiful southern Utah to experience Entrada at Snow Canyon for yourself.

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St. George Golf Courses Ledges

The golf community has become captivated by news of the astounding golf experience offered at The Ledges of St. George. This 7,200-yard championship course is making headlines partly because of its unmatched setting in the rugged landscape of Southern Utah, but mostly due to its remarkably high-caliber, innovative design.

Matt Dye, the course designer, is part of the world-class design family that has been challenging and enthralling golf pros around the country for decades. He created his masterpiece at The Ledges by integrating a state-of-the-art course into the magnificent grandeur of one of the most dramatic high desert outcroppings in the entire world.

With amenities that include GPS-equipped golf carts, a high-tech teaching center, a phenomenal driving range, and banquet facilities, The Ledges will become every golfer's prime destination in Southern Utah.

The Ledges golf course is now open and is currently allowing public play.

Dress Code:
Collared shirts are required and no denim is allowed.

Click on link below to view Golf Tour of this course

And more pictures of this stunning course

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Repairs that Help Sell Your Home

Most sellers know of some repairs that need to be made to their home, and a lot of sellers have many items on that list, but not all repairs are equal or, rather, not all home improvements rank high in the buyer’s mind.

Finding out which repairs will help you sell your home helps you create a good, solid fix-it list to work on. A study produced by HomeGain aimed to take the guess-work out of where to spend your repair dollars. According to the study, the top four areas to focus on are: clean and de-clutter (see last week’s article: Clutter-Free Helps Sell Homes), lighten and brighten, stage the home for sale, and landscape the front/back yards.

The Return on Investment (ROI) depends on the repair and, in some cases, which part of the country you live in. “In some areas of the country things cost more and some people don’t care about some things as much as others do in other areas,” says Jessica Gopalakrishnan, Sr. Marketing Manager for HomeGain.

Here’s how HomeGain breaks down the ROI for the top four repairs. Cleaning and decluttering can create a 578 percent ROI (the highest return was 837 percent in the West). The ROI for staging a home was 340 percent (this category ranked second in the South and Mid-West). Landscaping the front and back yards, brought in a 415 percent ROI. According to the survey, each of these repairs range in cost from a few to several hundred dollars but can return thousands in profit.

Rounding out the study’s top-ten list of repairs are: Repair electrical or plumbing problems, replace or shampoo carpeting, paint interior walls, paint exterior walls, repair damaged flooring, update kitchen and bathrooms. Gopalakrishnan says routine maintenance can help too.

“Not washing the windows is something so simple but a big mistake that homesellers make,” says Gopalakrishnan. Another top mistake is covering up or neglecting care of the floors. “If they leave a dirty carpet on the floor that would be a mistake,” says Gopalakrishnan. She adds that a key strategy for staging a home is to, “lift up the carpets and show off those nice floors — give them a quick shine and clean them up first.”

When you make the above repairs costing approximately $5,000 - $8,000, HomeGain, says that prices, for example, on a three bedroom, two bathroom home can result in price increases: in the West, as high as $22,762; in the East, as high as $23,532; in the South, $21,470; in the Mid-West, $20,279.

“With homes sitting on the market longer, homeowners should do everything they can to sell it quickly and at a price they expect," says, Louis Cammarosano, General Manager at HomeGain.

The survey collected information from 2,000 real estate agents across the U.S. To learn more about home improvements visit,

The online resource also has a “What If” tool that allows users to hypothetically add a room, bathroom, or even square footage to a home to calculate value estimates on residential properties.
by Phoebe Chongchua

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