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May 8th 2006 -

St. George Golf Just Gets Better

Excerpts of an Article Written By Dick Harmon

Deseret Morning News

ST. GEORGE Golf in this desert wonderland just took a step up by adding a caste system, if you will. Entrada, site of the women's Mountain West Conference championships this weekend, is by far the best manicured course in southern Utah since Troon management took over three years ago. It will absolutely be private in six months. After Oct. 1, 2006, the only way to play Entrada is if you are a member, a guest of a member who is playing in your foursome, or if you buy a golf package that is part of the resort offering linked to staying at the Inns at Entrada, also under Troon management. There is talk of adding another 18-hole course, possibly a Fazio design, right next to Entrada, as that property is headed for exclusivity and a destination golf atmosphere similar to stops in Scottsdale, Ariz. The $9 million clubhouse at Entrada is one of the classiest in the state. It oozes the look of money, big money. Joe Morris, manager of the Inns at Entrada, estimates the lavish cottages that line the No. 9 fairway will be filled with the elite top 5 to 10 percent of Entrada regulars who are sold on the atmosphere and golf. Troon has poured money and time into Entrada. During wintertime, this is more than evident when compared to other Dixie courses. It isn't even close. "There are plans for even more construction around the property, and we haven't even begun to market what we offer," Morris said.

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