Flooding causes partial closure of St. George golf clubs

An aerial view of flood damage at Southgate Golf Club, St. George, Utah, March 16, 2023 | Photo courtesy Colby Cowan, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Portions of the Southgate Golf Club had been flooded Thursday morning after heavy rainfall triggered the Santa Clara River to surge over its banks.

Director of Operations Colby Cowan sent photos and an e mail to St. George News describing the damage.

“Southgate Golf Club entrance nine will be closed for the subsequent week or so as we work to safe one golf cart bridge and the golf cart path under Dixie Drive,” Cowan wrote.

He went on to note that a number of fairways on the front nine (holes 2, 4, 8 and 9) had been impacted by flood water and sediment.

“We hope to have the entrance nine open within the subsequent week or so,” Cowan wrote.

Flood harm at Southgate Golf Club, St. George, Utah, March 16, 2023 | Photo offered by Colby Cowan, St. George News

He added that the Southgate upkeep staff, underneath the direction of Mark Hamel, will begin working on cleaning the affected areas starting Friday.

Additionally, Cowan stated Sunbrook Golf Club has closed the Black Rock nine holes “until water subsides and carts can cross the wash.”

The two different city-owned golf programs in the St. George area (St. George Golf Club and Dixie Red Hills Golf Club) were spared significant damage from the storm.

“All other city-owned golf programs stay open for normal play,” Cowan wrote. “For essentially the most part, the native golf programs weren’t impacted by the extreme rainstorm yesterday and runoff from Gunlock Reservoir.”

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