Opened in 2002, Shark’s Tooth is a stern test of golf, a 7,000-plus yard track that has hosted numerous U.S. Open qualifiers and is regularly ranked among the best in state by Golfweek, Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine.
The setting is pristine, as the course bobs and weaves through wetlands and thick strands of coastal trees along the shores of Lake Powell just a stone’s throw from the Gulf.
The front-nine eases players into the round with a series of relatively flat, what-you-see-is-what –you-get golf holes. Until the par-3 fifth, that is. One of the more demanding one-shotters in the region, it requires a 180-yard carry over wetlands to a massive, back-to-front sloping green.
The back-nine takes on a decidedly different feel, featuring more undulating terrain, elevation changes and a fistful of holes stretched out along Lake Powell. The 13th, a par 5 that cascades downhill toward the water, starts the stretch. The par-3 16th caps it, with its green complex tucked just inside the lake’s banks.
The 18th is a stout par 4 with a bold view of Shark’s Tooth’s 21,000-square-foot clubhouse. Once inside, guests have access to the locker-room grill and facilities, including the member’s bar, card tables and flat screen televisions. (Hint: grab a bowl of popcorn, made with a secret hot sauce recipe).