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Bloomington Country Club in St. George, Utah: Variety on and off the golf course

Bill BowmanBy Bill Bowman,
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A laid-back atmosphere awaits players at Bloomington C.C., worlds apart from the glitz of Vegas. (Courtesy of Bloomington C.C.)

ST. GEORGE, Utah -- Whether it's playing golf or taking in one of the many other amenities a country club membership can offer, it's definitely a lifestyle that is appealing to many.

At Bloomington Country Club the choices are plentiful -- both on and off the golf course.

On the course, players will find a very playable golf course set in a relaxing atmosphere. Off the course, the restaurant, pool, tennis and pickle-ball courts add to the options for members.

Bloomington Country Club's golf course, a William H. Neff design that reaches 7,017 yards from the tips (down to 4,711 from the forward tees), is about two hours northeast of Las Vegas. Players will find a layout that winds through a community, but doesn't feel cramped as the housing is set back from the course so it's not a target-golf feel.

According to General Manager and Director of Golf Scott Brandt, it's a course "that won't beat you up."

"It's a user-friendly course that golfers never get tired of playing," he added.

Elevation changes, a few severe doglegs, massive bunkers and impressive water features will let players enjoy the beauty of the course as well as the challenge.

And it can definitely be a challenge.

"The set of par 3s on the course are all very good, especially from the back tees," Brandt said. "And the 13th, 14th and 15th-hole stretch is one of the toughest sets of holes players will find."

Water comes into play on six of the holes, but the par-3 second and par-3 17th holes will definitely impress -- and test -- players.

The second plays just 162 yards from the tips, but water comes into play down the entire right side of the hole and fronts the large green from the forward tees.

At 208 yards from the tips, the 17th, the signature hole (and with good reason) has more than enough challenge with just the length alone. Add in a pond that guards the entire left side of the hole and the test is amplified -- and a picture-postcard view at the same time. But, that's not all. There are also three large bunkers that cozy up around the green, which slopes dramatically from back to front.

Bloomington member Tom Shelton has three big reasons for his enthusiastic thumbs-up for the layout.

"It's very walkable, it's very forgiving and it's all the challenge I can bite off," he said.

Bloomington Country Club: Off the course

While the golf course is the centerpiece of the Bloomington C.C. experience, it's certainly not the only entity. With tennis and pickle-ball courts, a swimming pool and other social activities and games, there's a variety of options to choose from away from the course.

"With the restaurant and lounge, we have quite a few parties and functions -- especially around the holidays," Brandt said. "We have golf tournaments, group outings and a number of functions that keeps the camaraderie going. It's a great place for friends to meet."

Bloomington C.C. membership options

With a variety of options available at Bloomington Country Club, this lifestyle is definitely intriguing. One of the options, a 1-4 month membership, fits snowbirds' lifestyles. It lets players tee it up in St. George while their main home base may be covered in snow.

"We have quite a few people from northern Utah, Colorado and even Canada who come down for two to three months and play," Brandt said. "It doesn't make sense for them to join for a year but with this membership, they get to be part of a club on terms that work for them. And we have had snowbirds come down to play and then later on they have decided to move down full-time and join."

Bloomington Country Club: The verdict

Whether it's just for a couple of months or if you choose to put down roots in St. George, Bloomington Country Club offers a golf course-based home away from home.

Golfers can play a quick 18 holes, take a dip or grab a bite to eat, play a tennis match -- or all of the above. "It's the type of club that fits the needs of a wide variety of people," Brandt said.

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Bill Bowman is a Las Vegas-based writer who has more than 40 years in the sports-writing business. He's spent the past 16-plus years covering the golf scene in Vegas and has teed it up for magazine profiles with celebrities including comedian Bill Engvall, actor Jeffrey Donovan (USA's Burn Notice), ESPN personality Colin Cowherd, NASCAR's Kurt Busch, Collective Soul's Ed Roland, the Baltimore Ravens' Jonathan Ogden and many others.

Any opinions expressed above are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the management.

 
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