The Ledges is an 18 hole golf facility in St. George, Utah, just across from Snow Canyon State Park, some of the most beautiful land you’ll see. Is the golf course up to snuff? Do the conditions of the course match the gorgeous surrounding scenery? Read on to find out.
Practice Facilities – A
The Ledges features just about everything you’d want in a practice area; grass tees, new Titleist balls to hit, target greens, and a short game area. There is also a full Golf Academy building featuring indoor hitting bays for lessons. While I wasn’t able to go inside to investigate further, it looks quite nice from the outside.
My deciding factor for the quality of practice areas is simple; is it nice enough that I’d come back just to practice? The answer at The Ledges is an emphatic “yes.” If you’re serious about your warm up and practice, The Ledges will make you happy.
Course Conditions – A
The course conditions at The Ledges are also immaculate. The fairways and greens were nearly flawless, every tee box was immaculate, and all the bunkers were raked. The fairways were so closely-mown that it was sometimes hard to pick grass to test the wind. I’d love to find fault with anything regarding the course conditions, but I honestly can’t remember any issues.
Layout – B
Much like I discussed in my review of Sand Hollow up the road, at The Ledges, it’s a tale of two nines. By that I mean that the front nine is fairly mundane; at least in comparison to the back. The front plays over relatively flat land and is a bit spread out. It winds through the area surrounding the clubhouse and practice facilities. While the layout of the front might be a little average, the severe undulations in the greens due help to spruce things up a bit. To clarify, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the front, you just won’t go home and tell your buddies about it.
Where the golf course gets really interesting is the back nine; specifically hole number 12. This is where you find yourself in the middle of red rock country, right in the heart of some of the most gorgeous inland scenery you’ll find on a golf course. So how was the actual layout of the back nine? It’s a bit hard to remember because the views are so incredible. It’s one of those spots that if you play it and don’t enjoy yourself, you need to find another game to play. Just thinking about some of the sights on the back gives me goosebumps.
Value – A
I played the course in January of 2016 and paid $40 for a twilight round. Considering the quality of the facilities, it’s one of the better values you’ll find anywhere. If one wanted to nitpick, one might downgrade the value grade here because The Ledges doesn’t appear to show up with any discount times on any of the major golf websites. At $40 for twilight though, it’s hard to complain too much.
19th Hole and Clubhouse – A
The only negative that I could find with the clubhouse was the lack of a dedicated locker room. The restrooms are huge, and there are places to hang one’s clothes, but there isn’t a traditional locker room. It’s a minor issue but worth knowing if you expect to shower after your round.
Fortunately, the lack of a locker room is the only knock you can find with the clubhouse at The Ledges. The pro shop is large and well-stocked. There is a very nice 19th hole lounge if you just want to relax after the round. If you’re looking for an upscale meal the Fish Rock Grille is also available. And all these spots are staffed by extremely nice employees, not the kind that makes one feel like you’re interrupting them by ordering food or beverages.
As beautiful as the clubhouse, pro shop, and dining facilities are, however, where The Ledges stands out from the pack is the hot dog they serve. Those outside of the U.S. might laugh at the relative importance I place on the low-grade sandwich option that is a hot dog. For me, though, I enjoy a hot dog at the turn; always have, always will. Most of the hot dogs you’ll find on a golf course are average to below. They’re either kept on rollers or stored in a steamer to keep warm; not the most appetizing way to preserve a snack.
At The Ledges, I’ve found a new leader in the clubhouse for best hot dog at the turn. It’s perfectly char-grilled, thick, and juicy. I really can’t say enough about this hot dog without sounding any more ridiculous than I already do. I loved the golf course, particularly the back nine, but I am most looking forward to eating another hot dog here. Please don’t judge me.
Overall Grade – A
In case I haven’t made it clear enough, The Ledges is a fantastic experience from start to finish. It features friendly employees, great practice facilities, and an immaculate golf course. It’s hard to ask for more for your money.
Birdies (or little things the course does right)
- GPS on all the carts
- Prisms in the flag sticks for those of us who use lasers
- New Titleists on the practice range
Bogies (or room for improvement)
- The front nine is a little average when compared to the back.
- The lack of a dedicated locker room might be a disappointment to some.