ENTRADA AT SNOW CANYON (435) 634-7100
Las Vegas Golf Course Review
There is something about the hues of the rocks and mountain sides that make the vistas in Utah unique... You will be treated to an excellent example of the encompassing
grandeur of this beautiful state when you play a round on the 4-star, Johnny Miller designed Entrada at Snow Canyon. Located in St. George - just 45 minutes from Mesquite and
hour and 40 minutes from the Vegas Strip, the Entrada is an outstanding course in a spectacular setting. This club is private, but guests of the Inn at Entrada have playing
privileges. In other words, to play Entrada, you must book a package and stay at the Inn at Entrada. This is a first class facility with beautifully appointed villas and a clubhouse
providing upscale amenities including indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs, a modern workout center, tennis, basketball, sand volleyball and pickleball courts, massage
treatments, dining opportunities and more. For information, visit our page for the Inn at Entrada by clicking here.
The Entrada has been recognized by reputable golf publications as one of Utah's best - and we can see why. In fact, golf Digest has ranked it as the Second Best Course in Utah!
The variety of terrain encountered keeps you on your toes - and is visually stunning. At times we found it difficult to ignore the panoramic vistas while focusing on the task at hand -
which is to put up some good numbers. This was particularly true on the back nine, which features 3 holes (15-17) that are carved out of a lava field. Land your ball in these rocks
and forget it - the jagged edges will not only ruin your ball - but can be hazardous to your health if you slip or lose your footing, which is all too easy to do. Red and pink rock
mountains, black lava rock, challenging elevation changes - The Entrada is a significant reason why we recommend St. George/Mesquite as our favorite intimate golf destination in the US!
On property at the Entrada is a beautiful 6 million dollar clubhouse featuring golf shop, restaurant and banquet facilities. The grass range is spacious and is also complimentary
to guests with a paid green fee. A practice putting green is strategically located on the way to the first tee, and a short game area for chipping/pitching is adjacent. On course
amenities include well marked fairways that include 100/150 and 200 yard indicators on the car paths - a much appreciated feature. Some sprinkler heads are marked, and
red/white/blue flags indicate the day's pin placement. If you have not played Entrada in a couple years, you will find that the residential areas have expanded, but are not obtrusive
to play. Additionally, the desert areas have been cleaned out, making it easier to locate errant shots, and to play your ball from these desert lies.
Four sets of tee provide a variety of yardages (7262, 6868, 6219, 5454) with slopes ranging from 120 to 132. The average golfer will be suited just fine by the white tee areas, with
a 127 slope and 69.9 course rating.
The opening hole at Entrada is a fair one - a simply designed par four that bends slightly left, and downhill on the approach. The second is quite a challenge. A tee shot that bends
right to left over the wooded 150 marker in the water will leave the best approach. It is easy to drive it through the fairway to the mounding past the cart path. Do this and your only
choice is to lay up. The approach to a green guarded by water front, left and back is incredibly demanding. The narrow fairway on three is boarded by desert left and OB right. Past
visitors to Entrada will notice that the green complex, which formerly featured a devilishly deep bunker fronting a thin, elevated putting surface, has been softened and is much
more playable. Number four is very open off the tee and is followed by a simple par three playing uphill to an undulating green with a gorgeous mountain backdrop. Six and seven
are par fours that are similar in design. Six features desert to the right and water along a residential community out of bounds to the left. The water on the left comes more into
play on the seventh, and a pond just past the long fairway bunker on the right is a hidden hazard. The eighth is a difficult par three, playing long with water and bunkers guarding
the left side. The view from behind the green is spectacular. The longest hole on the course (630 from the tips) finishes out the front. It doglegs right and downhill on the approach.
Number ten plays from a gorgeous elevated tee area, to a narrow, rolling fairway. The approach tightens as mounding surrounds the green. The water hazard on the left is
reachable off the tee on eleven. The natural area and large waste bunker along the right make the second shot also a tough one. A larger waste bunker along the left however,
has been removed, making this hole more playable. After a tight, downhill par three, you will find one of the more interesting holes in Utah... Thirteen demands an accurate tee
shot, over the middle of the ravine on the right to a narrow fairway. Stray too far left and your shot will likely run through the fairway into the desert area. A good shot will cut off
significant distance, leaving an easy approach. The par three 14th must carry some desert bush, but there is ample bail out room to the left. Turn the corner towards the 15th and
you will be confronted with a sight that is reminiscent of golf in Hawaii. Numbers 15 through 18 play through a black rock lava field. On 15, a lay up past the 150 is recommended,
as it is easy to drive through the fairway into no-man's land. The approach here is extremely tight. From an elevated tee the view of the 16th fairway, surrounded by lava rock on all
sides is quite spectacular. Aim over the edge of the lava formations along the left side for the best results off the tee. This par five snakes back and forth through these lava
outcroppings towards a well guarded putting surface. Take a par here and get out of town! The fairway on 17 is generous, but the approach to a green nestled between the
jagged black rocks is intimidating. Par is a great score and don't be disappointed with bogey on this #1 handicap. The finishing hole features another gorgeous elevated tee area.
A great tee shot to narrow fairway that slopes towards the natural desert area along the left is necessary here. The approach to the tight green complex is even more demanding.
Accuracy from tee to green is important on this great closing hole.
We found the Entrada at Snow Canyon to be an incredibly fun and invigorating round of golf. The variety of shots and views is outstanding. Call the Inn at Entrada (435-674-7100)
or call Golf Mesquite (888-711-4653) to book golf and stay and play packages featuring Entrada and other prime area courses. You can also visit our informational page(with map
) for the Entrada on our Vegas vacation destination site. See below for links.
View the Two Guys Who Golf Detailed Listing Page for this course with a link to its website (if available): click here
Click here for Golf Mesquite - providing information on Stay & Play packages in Mesquite, Nevada.
Two Guys Who Golf - Las Vegas Golf Informational Pages - Mesquite/St. George Section - Click Here