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St. George Golfing Is Up Despite Closures Early On In The Pandemic

A photo of a golf course in St. George.
Lexi Peery
Golf is on track to have a record-breaking year in St. George and tee times in December were hard to come by.

Southern Utah is known for its rolling green golf courses and nearly year-round sunny, playable weather. For the past six months, courses in St. George are doing even better than expected.

Golfers trying to get last minute tee times in the city have had to look elsewhere since there are no slots available, according to Marc Mortensen, support services director with the St. George.

“It's crazy, to have sold out days in December is unheard of and we're grateful for it,” Mortensen said during a recent city council meeting.

The winter and peak summer months are usually slower, said Colby Cowan, the director of golf operations. But this year it’s been steady. Despite closing for three weeks at the beginning of the pandemic and losing over $450,000 in revenue, Cowan said city courses are on track for a record-breaking fiscal year.

He said they’re seeing golfers from all over — people from nearby states where courses are closed, the Wasatch Front and local residents.

“This is kind of one of those unexpected feel good things that came from this unfortunate pandemic,” Cowan said. “Golf has been OK and made it, and we hope that continues.”

He attributes the uptick to people being able to safely social distance while playing and the good weather this year, and he doesn’t expect it to slow down anytime soon.

Lexi is KUER's Southwest Bureau reporter
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