Surrounded by red sandstone cliffs, the Entrada course at Snow Canyon Country Club was unveiled in the mid 1990s. It’s an exciting layout that weaves around a desert landscape with fairways skirting black lava beds and rugged arroyos.
Most of the fairways wind through a residential development and water hazards come into play at several holes, but the signature feature of the course is the black lava flow known as “The Devil’s Triangle” from the 15th to the 17th.
Other noteworthy holes include the 410-yard downhill 2nd, which plays to a peninsula green; the 613-yard 9th, where desert scrub flanks either side of the fairway; and the 229-yard 14th, requiring a forced carry over a sea of sagebrush to reach the green.
The club is private, but guests of the Inn at Entrada have playing privileges, allowing golfers to stay and play if they book a package at a first class facility featuring beautifully appointed villas, indoor and outdoor pools as well as tennis, basketball and beach volleyball courts.
Tom Doak made a point of playing Entrada at Snow Canyon in 2016 and awarded the course a rating of five out of ten. He commented as follows in his Christmas 2017 Confidential Guide update:
“The first desert course in Utah, the Entrada resort and housing development sits in a broad valley up against striking rock formations to the north. Many holes are laid out around desert washes before the “Devil’s Triangle,” the card-wrecking three-hole stretch from the 15th to 17th set in a black lava flow. The visual excitement of these holes is offset by the need to play very cautiously if you want to finish any of them without taking a “desert rule” drop.”
Entrada is one of the few private clubs in this area. The conditioning was absolutely spectacular. The front nine was very good, but it’s the back nine that features the memorable holes. unfortunately those holes were marred by fundamental design flaws making them almost unplayable. outrageously narrow fairways and even landing areas that were only 25 yards wide in spots made for a very frustrating experience. While the “lava triangle“ was certainly memorable and unique, fairways that are narrow and pitch to spit your ball into the lava or no fun to play. And on at least one of those holes, the proper play from the back tee would’ve been a 160 yard tee shot on a par four. I’m told the course is going to be shut down in November 2020 for a multi million dollar renovation led by David Maclay kidd. Will be interesting to see what is changed.