The PGA Tour is back in Utah
As proud Utah golfers, TruGolf is excited to hear that a new Southern Utah golf course, Black Desert, in Utah will host Fall FedEx Event. This new golf championship will be the first PGA Tour Event in Utah since Tommy Jacobs defeated Don January in the 1963 Utah National Open at the Salt Lake Country Club. The Black Desert Championship will take place in the fall of 2024.
From the Salt Lake Tribune:
The Black Desert Championship will be part of the PGA Tour’s 2024 FedExCup Fall, which starts in September of that year. The purse for the event is expected to be in the millions of dollars and the winner will be awarded 500 FedExCup points, according to the four-year agreement reached by the resort and tour officials.
The men’s event will be one of two professional golf events at the 650-acre resort, a $2 billion-plus development under construction in Ivins about 9 miles west of downtown St. George. The resort will host an LPGA Tour event slated to debut in 2025.
There are only two other resorts in the country — The Ritz-Carlton Naples, Tiburón in Florida and Pebble Beach in California — that host both PGA Tour and LPGA events. Patrick Manning, the managing partner of Black Desert Resort, said the men’s event will be an economic boon.
“We are projecting somewhere between a $50 million and $70 million annual economic impact to the Greater Zion Region,” he said.
Both events will be played on the resort’s par-72 golf course, which opened in May and was the last of 73 courses designed by late golfing great Tom Weiskopf in collaboration with architect Phil Smith. The course, with its verdant greens tucked between black lava rock and framed by redrock cliffs, prompted Smith to liken the resort to Hawaii and Arizona all rolled into one.
For any golf simulator owners who are using E6 CONNECT virtual golf software, TruGolf invites you to explore the stunning beauty of a similar course in the area - Entrada at Snow Canyon. All 18 holes of the Johnny Miller designed Entrada are available for play on golf simulators using E6 CONNECT in the Basic or Expanded Subscription.