It’s fall. The sun is now setting before you finish dinner. There’s nothing to do but succumb to the cold and say goodbye to Utah’s golfy sunshine and warm weather.
No, wait, yeah. Yeah there is. There’s something you can do: Drive south.
Southern Utah welcomes all climate-change deniers for two extra months of premier golfing in moderate temperatures. Late fall is gorgeous in the bottom third with green fairways set off by red rock and blue skies.
Call three friends and book a golf trip.
A fun 18-hole regulation course against the red hills on the east bench of Cedar City. Three sets of tees for golfers of all levels, and it features a full practice facility (driving range, putting green and chipping green). Rental clubs are also available.
Moab Golf Club
One of the most visually appealing in the state with its smooth, bright greens set amid red dirt and pink sandstone. Just a quick bike ride from town if you wanna schlep your clubs.
In the sweet spot where Zion National Park’s grandeur spills over into Pine Valley Mountain, the Coral Canyon course includes two lakes and a labyrinth of dry washes, creating a variety of risk/reward opportunities critical to a memorable round of golf.
This is the only course in southwestern Utah with 27 championship holes. Three sets of 9 (The Point, Blackrock, and Woodbridge), named for their unique features, can be played in combinations for different challenges. Always on Golf Digest’s list of the best courses in Utah list.
Your last chance to golf before Colorado, Hideout has been called “one of the most beautiful in Utah” with a wide range of scenery year-round. It’s warm in the fall and natural elevation changes give different holes different challenges. Way better than the only course in San Juan County needs to be, and worth the trip if you’re traveling for a late-season round.
Utah golfing is pretty affordable, and you’ll find stunning courses in every corner of the state. Golf the lower half of the state when it’s cold, then beat next year’s summer heat at Heber and Park City courses. There are worse ways to spend your retirement than checking off every course on this list.