ViewOn Magazine March-April 2024 Golf Sports and Fitness Issue

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Volume 17 – Issue 2

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Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the Golf, Sports, and Fitness issue. This is the time of year that we highlight all of our beautiful and awardwinning golf courses here in southern Utah and Mesquite, Nevada, as well as in the surrounding areas. Maybe you can pick up a tip or two about your favorite one.

We have chosen this issue to include many great and informative articles about health, sports, and fitness. It is our hope that you take this time to embrace our wonderful climate and get out and move! As the recent years have unfolded, we have come to realize that health is not just about the body but also the mind. Please make sure to read our mental health article that may help you or someone you love.

The Mesquite Senior Games is always an exciting time of year for participants and spectators alike. You don’t have to be an amazing athlete to join in the fun. We’ve included a schedule of events, so please get out and support the Games.

Whatever you choose to do, be it golf, tennis, pickleball, or a day at one of our beautiful spas, you couldn’t find a better place to enjoy it than here in one of our beautiful communities. As always, please stop by and thank our advertisers for making this publication possible.

Remember to visit our website, www.ViewOnMagazine.com, and like us on Facebook to keep up on the current events that we could not include in this issue. By supporting our advertisers, you support our business community and all of the amazing benefits we derive from living in this amazing area.

I wish you all the most wonderful spring. And remember—get outdoors and enjoy our beautiful weather.

Sincerely,

Frequent

contributors

Anita DeLelles, LMT, is a certified Equine and Small Animal Acupressure Practitioner with accreditation from Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute. Her studies included two consecutive summers in Bath, England, as well as coursework in Colorado and California and a BFA from UNLV. Anita is certified in small animal massage from the Northwest School of Animal Massage as well as in human massage. In 2014, Anita and husband Ron opened WOOF! Wellness Center and launched their website www.ShopMeoow.com.

Karen L. Monsen is a freelance writer who lives in St. George, Utah. She covers outdoor topics, nature, science, research, and human impacts. She taught French and social studies in public schools, served as a technical training coordinator, and designed and delivered business and technical writing seminars for corporate clients.

Donna Eads and her husband moved to Mesquite in 2010 from Palm Desert, California, and she loves the small-town atmosphere. Her writing experience extends from high school and college newspapers to professional manuals as a critical care nurse. Her passion for tennis is evident in her frequent articles for ViewOn Magazine.

Rob Krieger is a 20-plus-year member of the PGA of America and is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. He came to the area as the Director of Golf at Conestoga and now owns his own golf instruction business in St. George called Red Rock Golf Instruction, which is based at Southgate Golf Course Driving Range. He has been writing for ViewOn Magazine since 2010. He is also a Utah PGA Player Development Award Winner. For help with your game, please visit www.stgeorgegolflessons.com or email him at rob@sgugolf.com.

Elisa Eames is a freelance writer and bookkeeper. Her love of creative writing began in the fourth grade when she wrote her first story. She has a bachelor's degree in humanities with a French minor and an accounting certificate. Her other loves include writing stories, running/hiking, acting/singing, and laughing. She can be reached at elmeames@gmail.com.

Linda Faas and her husband arrived in Mesquite in 2004. They love the friends they have made here and love exploring the beauty of the surrounding desert. Linda has immersed herself in community life and volunteers with education nonprofits. She is a reporter and feature writer for local and regional publications and is always seeking new adventures.

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Judi Moreo is one of the most recognized personal growth trainers and coaches in the world. She is the author of 11 books, including two international bestsellers, You Are MoreThan Enough and ConquertheBrain Drain. A self-made success, Judi started her first business with $2,000 and a lot of chutzpah. Judi learned to succeed step-by-step over many years and now has a worldwide following of clients who are enjoying outstanding success as a result of her guidance. You can reach Judi at judi@judimoreo.com or (702) 283-4567.

David Cordero is the Communications and Marketing Director for the City of St. George. A southern Utah resident since 2006, David has extensive experience in writing, public relations,

marketing, and public speaking. He has also served in a variety of volunteer capacities over the years, including Utah Honor Flight, American Legion Post 90, religious education, and as a coach for his son's athletic teams. Email him at david.cordero@sgcity.org.

Ashley Centers is the former General Manager of Anytime Fitness Mesquite, and her passion for fitness runs deep. She fell in love with competitive powerlifting as a preteen. She set many state records and national qualifying totals during her lifting career prior to her competitive retirement while attending college. Ashley is now an ISSA Elite Level Trainer, Certified Fitness Nutritionist, and Corrective Exercise Specialist and is training for Strongwoman competitions. She is an inactive board member for the Mesquite Senior Games and is excited to remain a contributor for ViewOn Magazine and to write about her passion for health and fitness!

Helen Houston is the owner of Staging Spaces and Redesign in Mesquite, Nevada. Helen holds certifications as a Drapery and Design Professional, a Certified Color Consultant, and a Real Estate Staging Professional. Helen has been a contributing writer for ViewOn Magazine for the past 13 years. Her creative writing features articles on home fashion, home staging, and home entertaining. Helen is a published author in several national design and trade magazines. She can be reached at Helen@StagingSpaces.biz or (702) 346-0246.

Cliff and Ilene Bandringa are authors and the creators of BackRoadsWest.com. They have been traveling and photographing the world for more than 20 years, with a motto of finding the lesserknown, off-the-beaten-path places and then sharing their experiences with others. They do this via their blog, the virtual tour guides they've written, lots of YouTube videos, magazine articles, and a sister website of highquality and stock images. You can find all of these at www.BackRoadsWest.com.

Nathan Hughes is a financial advisor with Raymond James. A native of Mesquite, Nevada, Nathan is dedicated to managing and preserving wealth for you and your family. By establishing deep and valued relationships with you, he is able to gain a comprehensive understanding of your needs and goals. Nathan works hard to enhance and preserve your investments while assisting you in realizing your goals through long-term financial solutions. Contact Nathan by phone at (208) 277-9239, by email at nathan.hughes@raymondjames.com, or visit the firm’s website at www.CoeurPrivateWealthManagement.com.

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Message from the Mayor

It's spring again in the beautiful city of Mesquite. Sporting activities and events are occurring all over town, and our magnificent golf courses are busier than ever. Where else can you find golf available all year round? Spring finds our courses in peak condition. Do you have any preferences for where you want to play? Between Wolf Creek, the Palms, the Oasis, Falcon Ridge, CasaBlanca, Conestoga, and Coyote Willows, you can have a different experience every day of the week. If you’re not sure where you want to play, you can find excellent reviews of each course on sites like Trip Advisor. Our courses are some of the best in America, and Mesquite is proud to have them here. We are known across the country as a golf destination, and we do not disappoint!

I know many adults are not golfers, but that's no problem when it comes to sports and outdoor activities. The fastest-growing sport in the country—and perhaps the world—is pickleball, and Mesquite has fantastic, professional-grade courts for everyone. Add in Sun City's courts, and there is room for anyone who wants to take advantage of opportunities to engage in this easy-to-learn activity. Pickleball was once thought of as a sport for older adults. This is not true, as we have players of all ages out on the courts having fun.

If pickleball is not your game, the city provides very nice tennis facilities, which are for all ages as well. The City of Mesquite offers our state-of-the-art Mesquite Recreation Center, which has “Life Long Fitness” programs for our seniors that include line dancing, water aerobics, Zumba, tap, jazz, clogging, yoga, chair exercises, and more. Although not a sport, spinning will challenge your fitness, and I know from experience!

Seniors from all over come to Mesquite yearly to participate in our Senior Games. The games seem to expand in their offerings each year, and you can now expect basketball, biking, hiking, track and field, tennis, and of course, pickleball. There is not enough space in this article to talk about youth sports, so please contact the Mesquite Recreation Center for more information. You won't believe all we have to offer.

Last year I talked about a possible skate park. It was a dream then but will be a reality in 2024. I've seen the plans, and it will be the nicest one in the state. Yes, I probably missed talking about many of the sporting activities we have access to in our beautiful community, both indoors and out, but you get the point. There is a lot to do in Mesquite, so come out and take advantage of some of the best weather in the world, and enjoy your favorite sport because there is no reason to be bored in Mesquite.

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| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | march / April 2024 8 table of Contents FIRST TEE UTAH AREA GOLF GUIDE Local Golf Course Images and Information 62 SWEET and SAVORY FUEL On and Off the Course 84
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ON EDUCATION New FutureReady Utah Program Invests in High Wage Jobs for Southwestern Utah 82
ON ADVENTURE Road Trip to Sevier Lake and Crystal Peak 88
ON GOLF First Tee Utah 84
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ON MOTIVATION
in the Arena of Life: The Unstoppable Power of Self-Belief 12
ON INSPIRATION
Through Adversity: Triumph Through Resilience on the Green
ON FINANCE Great Wealth Means Great Responsibility for Young Elite Athletes 98
ON FITNESS
and Savory Fuel: On and Off the Course
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Why WE Love

While on a road trip to Santa Fe in the spring of 2020, our trip was cut short. We’d explored the wonders of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in Utah and made it as far as Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. Mesa Verde was all but shut down due to Covid-19. At that point, we decided to head back home to Seattle. We knew nothing about it, but a natural stopping point for us was St. George, where we rented an airbnb for a couple of nights. Long story short: we liked it so much that we stayed through the summer and fall of 2020, and in March of 2021, we bought a house in Sunbrook.

We love St. George. Of course, there are the things everyone here loves: the weather, the natural beauty of the red rocks (and white rocks in Snow Canyon), the low cost of living, the friendly, polite people, the abundant inexpensive golf, the fact there’s no rush-hour, the great healthcare infrastructure, and the proximity to incredible national parks.

We also love that the moon is sometimes so bright and the sky is so clear that we can sometimes see our shadows in the dark of night. We love walking to the mailbox, often with brilliant crimson sunsets. In the winter, we love seeing Venus rising in the east just before sunrise and Jupiter doing the same in June. We love our Sunbook Community, as our neighbors have become like family (without the stress).

We still like Seattle, but we love our new home, St. George.

St. George Why WE Love

WMesquite

hy do we love Mesquite? When we made the decision to "semi-retire," we knew we wanted a slower-paced lifestyle without snow, traffic, and polluted air. In the beginning, we explored St. George and Mesquite but quickly realized Mesquite was for us!

We love the desert landscape, the mountains around us, and the stars at night as well as the many beautiful sunsets we have.

We love the broad spectrum of people living in Mesquite who are from all over the country and the world for that matter! We love the tight-knit community where neighbors help and watch out for each other.

Joe loves to be able to play golf all year long, and I enjoy painting and horseback riding as well as bus "field trips" to Las Vegas. We both enjoy going to St. George to the Tuacahn Amphitheater.

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Triumphing in the

The Unstoppable

In the grand tapestry of human achievement, one common thread weaves through the stories of triumph and success—the unwavering belief in oneself. It is a force that propels individuals to surmount seemingly insurmountable challenges, scale towering peaks, and emerge victorious in the arena of life. Much like athletes in a sports competition, our journey through life demands a steadfast commitment to self-belief, a force that transforms dreams into reality and turns ordinary individuals into extraordinary achievers.

Consider the riveting world of sports competitions, where belief in oneself is a towering pillar of success. In the crucible of competition, athletes face physical and mental challenges that demand more than skill and training. The unyielding belief in their abilities sets the champions apart from the rest, enabling them to push beyond limits, break records, and etch their names into the annals of history.

One cannot help but be inspired by the remarkable stories of athletes who defied the odds through sheer belief in their capabilities. Take the tale of Usain Bolt, the fastest man on Earth. As he sprinted his way into the record books, it was not only his impeccable technique or rigorous training that propelled him forward. Bolt's self-belief, the unshakeable

confidence in his ability to outpace any opponent, transformed him into a living testament to the adage, "If you can believe it, you can achieve it."

In sports, victories are often determined by physical prowess and mental resilience. When fortified with unwavering selfbelief, the mind becomes an indomitable force capable of conquering any challenge. Consider Michael Jordan, widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players ever. His legendary career was not free of setbacks, but his unshakeable belief in his abilities fueled his comebacks, turning defeats into stepping stones toward unprecedented success.

Beyond the realm of sports, the importance of self-belief echoes in the stories of individuals who have left an indelible mark on various fields. Think of J.K. Rowling, who faced numerous rejections before the magical world of Harry Potter unfolded. It was her unyielding belief in her story and her refusal to succumb to setbacks that turned her into a literary phenomenon, inspiring millions around the globe.

So, what is it about self-belief that makes it such a potent force? At its core, belief in oneself is the fuel that powers resilience. It is the unwavering conviction that, regardless

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Arena of Life

Power of Self-Belief

of the obstacles, one possesses the strength, skill, and determination to overcome them. In the face of adversity, selfbelief acts as a guiding light, illuminating the path forward and providing the courage to navigate through the darkest moments.

Building and sustaining self-belief is not a one-time accomplishment but an ongoing process. It requires introspection, self-awareness, and a willingness to challenge self-imposed limitations. Just as athletes continually push their physical boundaries in training, individuals must cultivate a mindset that consistently nurtures and reinforces their belief in their potential.

Moreover, self-belief is not synonymous with arrogance. It is not about proclaiming superiority over others but recognizing and embracing one's unique strengths and capabilities. True self-belief is accompanied by humility, acknowledging that there is always room for improvement and learning from successes and failures.

Everyone faces their version of a sports competition—whether in the professional realm, personal relationships, or pursuing individual passions. Highs and lows mark the journey, as do victories and defeats. However, those who emerge triumphant

are often the ones who refuse to let self-doubt cast its shadow on their aspirations.

As we navigate the complex tapestry of our lives, let us draw inspiration from the athletes who, against all odds, believed in their ability to triumph. Let us channel the spirit of Usain Bolt's lightning-fast strides, Michael Jordan's gravity-defying dunks, and J.K. Rowling's magical storytelling into our endeavors. The arena of life is vast, and the challenges may seem insurmountable at times, but remember this: within you resides an unstoppable power waiting to be unleashed through the force of self-belief.

Belief in oneself is not a luxury but a necessity for success. It is the catalyst that transforms dreams into goals, goals into plans, and plans into reality. So, stand tall, face the challenges with unwavering confidence, and let the unstoppable power of selfbelief propel you to triumph in the grand arena of life.V

Judi Moreo is a business consultant, coach, author, and motivational speaker. She is currently the CEO of the Women Entrepreneurs Association International and the publisher of Choices Magazine. Judi can be reached by email at judi@judimoreo.com or by phone at (702) 283-4567.

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UNIQUE COURSES FOR ALL

If you're a golf enthusiast seeking a perfect blend of challenging courses, breathtaking landscapes, and a touch of Vegas-style excitement, Golf Mesquite Nevada will connect you with the ultimate destination. The City of Mesquite is a golf haven, and Golf Mesquite Nevada offers incredible experiences at a selection of exceptional courses, including Conestoga,

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Golf Mesquite Nevada provides golfers with a variety of options, so your entire golf group will enjoy each round.

The allure of Mesquite lies not only in its outstanding golf courses but also in the affordable accommodations and

exciting entertainment options without all the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas.

COURSES AT A GLANCE

Let's delve into the unique attributes of each golf course featured by Golf Mesquite Nevada:

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Coyote Springs, Oasis The Palmer, and Oasis The Canyons, each offering a distinctive thrilling golfing adventure.

Embark on the golfing adventure of a lifetime at Coyote Springs Golf Club, a masterpiece by the legendary Jack Nicklaus. This signature course promises a thrilling experience, boasting eleven lakes that surround the undulating fairways. The course is nestled in a remote location, and the Nevada desert that envelops it imparts a profound sense of seclusion all while conveniently being less than an hour from both Mesquite and the vibrant city lights of Las Vegas. Coyote Springs beckons with its challenging greens and a level of club service that elevates the golfing experience to unparalleled heights. It's a destination that demands a spot on every Golf Mesquite Nevada itinerary; its reputation is endorsed by national golf publications, solidifying its status as the ultimate golf challenge that caters to players of all skill levels.

WEBSITE: www.CoyoteSprings.com | ADDRESS: 3100 State Route 168 Coyote Springs, Nevada 89037

PHONE NUMBER: (725) 210-5400 |

RESTAURANT ON SITE: Mitch’s Bar & Grill

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Crafted by the visionary Gary Panks, Conestoga Golf Club distinguishes itself with a layout that artfully weaves Mesquite's rugged rock formations with water features. Enveloped by the enchanting backdrop of crimson rock landscapes, golf enthusiasts frequently liken the experience to a journey on Mars. As players traverse through canyons marked by elevation changes, a sense of tranquility and seclusion accompanies each round. The prestigious Golf Magazine has duly acknowledged Conestoga, ranking it among the top five golf courses in Nevada—an accolade that speaks to its breathtaking design and natural allure.

WEBSITE: www.ConestogaGolf.com

ADDRESS: 1499 Falcon Ridge Parkway Mesquite, Nevada 89034

PHONE NUMBER: (702) 346-4292

RESTAURANT ON SITE: 1880 Grille

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Sculpted harmoniously into its natural surroundings, Oasis Golf Club's The Canyons Course beckons with an array of challenging holes and tee boxes. The course welcomes players with expansive fairways and Bermuda greens, creating a player-friendly environment that introduces a delightful shift in tempo. Navigate through both outward and inward nines, and you'll discover a landscape ripe with risk/reward opportunities, allowing The Canyons Course to deliver an enriching and gratifying golfing experience.

WEBSITE: www.TheOasisGolfClub.com

ADDRESS: 100 Palmer Lane Mesquite, Nevada 89027

PHONE NUMBER: (702) 346-7820

RESTAURANT ON SITE: The Worden

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Crafted under the artistic vision of Arnold Palmer, Oasis Golf Club's The Palmer Course unfolds with emerald green fairways cradled in secluded canyons. This par-71 masterpiece provides a stern test of golf skills, featuring four distinctive signature holes, elevated tees that promise majestic tee shots, and challenges carved by the hand of Mother Nature herself. Amidst Nevada's enchanting desert panoramas, The Palmer Course stands as a testament both to Mesquite’s aesthetic beauty and its importance among golf enthusiasts. Its distinction as "One of the Best You Can Play" by Golf Digest only adds to the allure, solidifying its status as a mustexperience gem in the golfing landscape.

WEBSITE: www.theoasisgolfclub.com

ADDRESS: 100 Palmer Lane Mesquite, Nevada 89027

PHONE NUMBER: (702) 346-7820

RESTAURANT ON SITE: The Worden

Booking your getaway golf trip to Mesquite through Golf Mesquite Nevada promises an unforgettable experience for golfers seeking a perfect blend of challenging courses, luxurious accommodations, and toned-down Vegas-style entertainment. Mesquite offers something for everyone. Book your trip today, and indulge in the best golf and excitement that Mesquite has to offer!V

Call (866) 720-7111 or visit www.golfmesquitenevada.com to book your golf getaway with Golf Mesquite Nevada.

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The CasaBlanca Golf Club presents golfers with an 18-hole championship Cal Olsen-designed course that covers just over 7,000 yards from the back tees. With five sets of tees, it poses challenges for players of all skill levels.

Players who like the long ball can stretch out on two reachable par-4 greens, while all par-5 holes can be reached with two solid shots. For short-game enthusiasts, the course offers new adventures with each hole as it winds its way through the natural wonders of the Virgin River basin.

The course features lush, emerald fairways that turn through the wetlands while desert wildflowers accent ryegrass fairways, bent grass greens, white sand bunkers, and sparkling lakes.

Playing the CasaBlanca Golf Club “could be the start of a beautiful friendship,” as they say. The CasaBlanca Golf Club hugs the Virgin River basin with picturesque fairways and greens. Players of all levels from beginners to pros will walk away feeling they have had one of their best golfing days ever.

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The CasaBlanca Golf Club is also home to the Nevada Open Tournament each year. Hundreds of players from all around the world, including Canada, travel here annually to compete.

CasaBlanca Golf Club has everything you’re looking for in a golfing getaway—a full-service practice range, putting green, and, of course, a deli and bar for that 19th-hole libation. Complete golf packages and rooms are available at the CasaBlanca Resort and Casino.

The CasaBlanca Golf Club was recently named the recipient of the Gold Award for Best Golf Course of Nevada and the

Gold Award for Best Golf Course of Las Vegas by a Las Vegas Review-Journal readers’ poll. Considering the many worldfamous courses competing for the top honor, that speaks volumes! Mesquite, Nevada, is a golfer’s dream—with six different courses located within six minutes of the CasaBlanca Resort and Casino.V

Visit www.CasaBlancaResort.com, call (877) 438-2929, or stop by 950 W. Mesquite Blvd., Mesquite, Nevada, 89027.

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A6,804-yard masterpiece for players of all skill levels, The Palms Golf Club located in Mesquite, Nevada, features scenic lakes and landscapes with more than 200 palm trees spread over a picturesque par 72 course.

The Palms Golf Club straddles the Nevada and Arizona borders. With its gorgeous palm-lined fairways and beautiful but perilous water features, The Palms offers an exciting day of golf for everyone from beginner to professional. The Palms Golf Club is practically two courses in one—the first nine play with open fairways and surrounding water that then transitions as the back nine rise to panoramic elevated tees and greens. The beautiful 15th hole presents a breathtaking view and a vertical

drop of 114 feet from tee to fairway. So, bring your camera— the photos you take will rival your game for the best shots and memories of the day.

A perfect blend of traditional and desert golf, The Palms Golf Club will both challenge and reward players. The Palms' front nine have an old-fashioned, all-grass layout with wide, friendly fairways. The back nine provide a trip through and around deep canyons for a true desert test. Both nines add up to over 6,000 yards of challenging resort golf that is the Mesquite trademark. Both nines also are very well bunkered with 45 greenside bunkers in all. From the back tees, the four par 5s are of medium length, ranging from 485 yards to 545 yards. Six

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of the par 4s measure 400 yards or more, while the four others play less than 370 yards, supplying a nice overall balance and plenty of scoring chances.

The Palms Golf Club was recently voted the Silver Award for Best Golf Course of Nevada and the Bronze Award for Best Golf Course of Las Vegas by a Las Vegas Review-Journal reader poll. That is standing out among some stiff competition! Mesquite, Nevada, is a golfer’s dream where you’ll find a variety of courses located within a few minutes of The Palms Golf Club.V

Visit www.CasaBlancaResort.com, call (702) 346-4067, or stop by 530 Peppermill Palms Blvd., Littlefield, AZ 86432.

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Nestled high on the cliffs of Mesquite, Falcon Ridge Golf Course is a picturesque haven for golf enthusiasts seeking not just a game but an immersive experience. Offering a challenging 6,550-yard, par 71 rolling layout, Falcon Ridge offers a unique golfing adventure.

The course's design is a testament to both skillful architecture and the gorgeous landscape it traverses. Spectacular elevation changes, undulating greens, and strategically placed water features create an exhilarating journey for players. The opening

nine holes promise scoring opportunities that come swiftly, enticing golfers with a mix of excitement and challenge. As the game progresses, Falcon Ridge unveils its character. The course stretches out, demanding more precision and strategic play from golfers. The inward nine holes require thoughtful shot selection, rewarding those who can navigate the course with finesse. It's not just a game of golf; it's a test of skill and strategy against the backdrop of Mesquite's stunning hills and canyons.

One of the key highlights of Falcon Ridge is the mesmerizing high mesa views that accompany players throughout their

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rounds. The course seamlessly flows through the natural terrain, offering golfers an opportunity to connect with the beauty of their surroundings as they play.

For those seeking a golfing experience that rises above the ordinary, Falcon Ridge stands out as one of the most captivating golf venues in Mesquite.

Whether you're a seasoned player looking for a challenge or a casual golfer wanting to enjoy the scenic beauty of the desert, Falcon Ridge has something special to offer. As Falcon Ridge Golf Course celebrates the 20th anniversary of its opening

in 2004, this milestone adds an extra layer of significance to every round. With its challenging layout, strategic design, and fantastic views of the arid landscape, this golf course transforms each round into an adventure through the aweinspiring desert terrain. It's not just a game; it's an exploration of the unique and awe-inspiring beauty that the desert landscape of Mesquite has to offer.V

Visit www.GolfFalcon.com, or call (702) 346-6363. Falcon Ridge is located at 1024 Normandy Lane, Mesquite, Nevada 89027. On site Restaurant: Scotty's Bar & Grill.

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Mesquite’s Only 9-Hole Course

Coyote Willows offers a very affordable game, especially for Mesquite. With beautiful fairways, greens that roll true, and views of the Virgin Mountains, Coyote Willows embodies the human spirit. Hole 8, the signature hole, offers a great risk-reward challenge. The course welcomes beginners as well as seasoned golfers. We support the community's needs, offering great youth incentives and family bookings outside professional time frames.

The benefits of a 9-hole game are apparent. Whether you are looking for a two-hour break in your workday, squeezing in a favorite pastime, or balancing family and friends, there's always time for a date on the green. In today’s world, staying healthy mentally and physically is

a necessity. Coyote Willows emphasizes a better you so you can improve your game, spend time with your friends, and get the exercise you need. You also have the option of walking the course while you golf or riding in a cart.

In 2008, the recession hit Nevada, and sadly, by the end of the year, all employees at Coyote Willows had been laid off. The bank foreclosed in 2009. Coyote residents Gary Hafen, Tony Evans, and Roy Zbinden rallied dedicated volunteers, who helped maintain the course along with Superintendent Saul Gutierrez until CW Investment Group, LLC purchased it in 2017. The hearts and souls of those many volunteers can be felt as you play the course. We achieved a USGA rating in 2018. Marcus Delgadillo from the United States Golf Teachers Federation joined us in 2020

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and has been a great asset both as the golf shop manager and a teaching professional. Coyote Willows is a story of triumph and proves that bigger is not always better.

The course is open to the public, and the golf shop carries top brands of golf equipment and apparel. It’s a great place to dress to the nines at Mesquite's ONLY 9-hole course.

Always swing with courage, and play the ball where it lies.V

Coyote Willows invites you to be part of their story. Open seven days a week, Coyote tee times vary with the season. Annual golf passes are available for purchase. Call and book a golf lesson with our pro, Marcus, at (702) 345-3222. Located at 426 Hagens Alley in Mesquite, Nevada.

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In the 1960s, Golf Pumped Life into Sleepy St. George

City Courses now Enjoy High Level of Popularity

In 1960, well before golf courses became ubiquitous in this area, St. George was just a sleepy town of about 5,000 people. Outside of a natural rise in the population through childbirth, there wasn’t much in the way of residential growth—nor was there any impetus for a significant increase.

In 1965, this began to change with the construction of Dixie Red Hills Golf Course and the emergence of residential air conditioning. Soon, St. George became a tourist destination and a regional golf mecca that fueled the city’s growth potential.

No longer just a desert gas stop with triple-digit summer temperatures, St. George became known as an outdoor recreation destination year-round!

All these years later, golf is enjoying a level of popularity in St. George that it rarely—if ever—has experienced. The four golf courses in the City of St. George hosted more rounds than ever before in 2022.

“Golf has had a resurgence in popularity since the pandemic—and we continue to ride that wave,” says Colby

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Cowan, director of golf for the City of St. George. “As it has been for centuries, golf is a fun, safe outdoor activity for people of all ages, and we have four nice courses that provide these opportunities for our residents and visitors.”

The four city-owned courses—Dixie Red Hills, Sunbrook, Southgate, and St. George Golf Club—offer a balance of difficult and beginner-friendly holes that provide something for every level of golfer.

The following pages offer a glimpse of each city course:

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HOLES: 9

LENGTH: 2,775 yards

AT A GLANCE: Picturesque Dixie Red Hills was the first golf course in St. George, setting the tone for what would become one of southwestern Utah’s hallmark leisure activities. On a cloudless day, Dixie Red Hills dazzles with its majestic backdrop of red rocks shimmering above a blanket of green grass. Each hole on the 9-hole course has its own unique design. No. 6 is a par 3 between 60 and 140 yards based on the tees you play. Whichever distance you start from, peril awaits—your tee shot must carry over water. In 2019, Dixie Red Hills completed construction on a new clubhouse with great views of the city. “Dixie Red Hills is very popular with people of all ages and skill levels,” says Allen Orchard, PGA Head Professional at Dixie Red Hills. “To this day, it is one of the most-played courses in the area and has created memories for many people.”

ADDRESS: 645 West 1250 North St. George, Utah

PHONE: (435) 627-4444

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HOLES: 18

LENGTH: 7,238 yards

AT A GLANCE: Challenging holes and terrific views characterize St. George Golf Club, which sits atop Bloomington Hills. No. 5 is a hot topic of discussion. It’s an intimidating par 5 with a water hazard sitting just in front of the green. Water is a factor on all the par 3s as well. “The golf course has a very good layout—challenging, but not tricky. You can see what’s in front of you, so it is just a matter of hitting good shots,” says James Hood, PGA Head Professional at St. George Golf Club. “It is also a very walkable course. Other than the hill to No. 1 and the way back to the clubhouse at the end, it’s pretty flat.”

ADDRESS: 2190 South 1400 East St. George, Utah

PHONE: (435) 627-4404

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HOLES: 18

LENGTH: 6,134 yards

AT A GLANCE: It’s a tale of two courses within 18 holes. The front nine are flat. The back nine have significant elevation change. The front nine have water hazards on eight of the holes. The back nine have just two holes affected by water. No. 8 stands out with its high-risk, high-reward characteristics. Spanning only 278 yards from the white tee as a par 4, it carries allure for players dreaming of an eagle. To accomplish this, a drive must carry almost the complete distance over water to the green. This challenge aside, Southgate is more delightful than it is daunting.

The course recently received a facelift in the form of a $750,000 renovation of its clubhouse in 2021. The project included a covered outdoor deck, an increase of 1,500 square feet, a pro shop with multiple check-in computers, and a sitting area with two televisions. The new Southgate Cafe will also offer a full-service snack bar serving breakfast and lunch and will have beer on tap.

“It has a much more inviting feel, and golfers really enjoy it,” Cowan says. “Many golfers are also enjoying the deck areas that overlook the front nine and offer great views of downtown St. George.”

ADDRESS: 1975 Tonaquint Drive St. George, Utah

PHONE: (435) 627-4440

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HOLES: 27 (three 9-hole courses: Woodbridge, The Pointe, Black Rock)

LENGTH: 6,818 yards

AT A GLANCE: Sunbrook, the crown jewel of St. George City-owned golf courses, has three 9-hole courses, allowing play from the top of the bluffs to the desert floor around black lava rock and red sand traps. With staggering views of awe-inspiring rock formations and nearby alpine mountains, players are awash in the beauty of the surroundings. Bridges, water hazards, and elevation changes make every hole an adventure. There is even a par 3 island hole that sparks dreams of an ace. Golf Digest twice rated Sunbrook—the only golf club in southwestern Utah to feature 27 championship holes—as the best golf course in Utah.V

ADDRESS: 2366 West Sunbrook Drive St. George, Utah

PHONE: (435) 627-4400

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Experience the Epitome of Golfing Excellence at Copper Rock in Southern Utah

Renowned for its majestic views and pristine natural wonders, Copper Rock Golf Course is nestled amidst the awe-inspiring landscapes of southern Utah, emerging as the finest in the area for golf aficionados. This exceptional golf destination, enveloped in the grandeur of the region, is a top pick for both seasoned and amateur golfers.

Recently unveiled in 2020 as a monumental addition to southern Utah's golfing realm, Copper Rock boasts a splendid 18-hole championship course accompanied by opulent residential offerings. The course, known for its difficult play, stretches over an impressive 7,200 yards and was further enhanced by the introduction of eight new tee boxes in 2023.

Its design blends harmoniously with the enchanting vistas of mountains and iconic red rock formations, offering golfers a visual feast.

Strategically situated in Hurricane, Utah, Copper Rock's location is a combination of seclusion and accessibility. It lies just off State Route 7, making it a short journey from the bustling city of St. George and a mere 20-minute drive from the nearest airport. This positions it perfectly for those seeking a golfing retreat amidst a busy schedule.

This year marks a significant milestone for Copper Rock as it proudly hosts a prestigious double-header event: the LPGA Epson Tour's Copper Rock Championship and the LPGA Championship in May. These premier events will gather some of the finest female golfers from around the world, presenting an exclusive opportunity for enthusiasts to witness top-tier golfing against a spectacular backdrop.

Copper Rock isn't just about golf; it's a lifestyle. The development includes several Parade of Homes residences

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that have been celebrated for their custom designs over the past four years. These homes are on the market, offering golfers a chance to own a slice of this paradisiacal setting. Moreover, vacation rentals are available for those desiring a temporary stay in this golf haven.

In essence, Copper Rock Golf Course represents more than just a golfing venue; it's an experience that transcends the ordinary. It's a destination that combines the challenge of a demanding course with the tranquility of southern Utah's landscape. For golfers visiting the area, it’s an unmissable destination that promises a golfing adventure like no other.V

Discover more about this exceptional course online at www.CopperRock.com and more about our events by visiting www.CopperRockChampionship.com. For a tee time call (435) 359-9339. Located at 1567 W. Copper Rock Pkwy, Hurricane, Utah.

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The Ledges Golf Club is kicking off 2024 in peak condition! Winter takes its toll on any golf course, but the Ledges is in better condition than anywhere else I have seen in a long time! We pride ourselves on successful corporate events, women’s and men’s leagues, and other successful amateur events. The condition of the golf course continues to be top-notch amongst golf courses in southern Utah. The back nine at The Ledges Golf Club follows the rim of Snow Canyon State Park, and the views are like none other. The course layout is accommodating to those of all levels from beginners to professionals. The recently renovated No. 13 green is complete and makes for a much more enjoyable hole.

The Ledges Golf Club holds two amateur playerperformance-ranking golf tournaments during the year. The first tournament, The Ledges Spring Amateur, was held in February, and it attracted the top players from across the state of Utah. A full field of great players made for some exciting golf. In November, The Ledges Golf Club will hold its annual Senior Amateur event (for 50 years old and over). This two-day event will fill up with the top senior players from across the state, who will compete for prize money and points. The club will hold the Men’s Club Championship two-day event in November as well. This event is catered to those members who have been playing in the Men’s League throughout the year and have qualified to play this event.

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A new point system has been added to The Ledges Men’s League to award players for their performances as well as for playing each week. All the club events are run professionally by the staff of The Ledges Golf Club.

Vacation rentals at The Ledges provide an excellent opportunity for those that are wanting to take advantage of our “Stay and Play” packages. With views of the golf course and Snow Canyon State Park, these rentals are amongst the best in southern Utah.

The Ledges Golf Club Pro Shop holds a variety of the latest men’s and women’s apparel. The staff is professionally

trained and willing to assist with apparel questions, tee time bookings, or general questions about the area. The staff at The Ledges Golf Club also includes our head golf professional and director of golf who are both highly qualified to offer year-round golf lessons.V

Please see our website at www.Ledges.com for more information about tee times, golf rates, instruction, and more. Feel free to stop by 1585 West Ledges Parkway in St. George, Utah, or call anytime at (435) 634-4640.

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Cedar Ridge Golf Course is a beautiful 18-hole regulation course located against the red hills of Cedar City’s east bench. The original nine holes were built in 1964, and the second nine were constructed in 1992. Cedar Ridge is a par 72 with four par 5s that offer plenty of birdie and eagle chances. The course has three sets of tee boxes, providing the perfect distance for golfers of all different abilities.

Cedar Ridge features a full practice facility with a driving range, two practice putting greens, a chipping area, and a practice bunker. The pro shop at Cedar Ridge is always stocked with the latest in golf equipment, accessories, and apparel.

Jared Barnes is the PGA professional at Cedar Ridge and serves as the director of golf, with Tyger Riggs working as the assistant golf professional. Golf lessons are available for players of all abilities both in private and group settings. Cedar Ridge has an extensive junior golf program, providing instruction and playing opportunities for over 200 junior golfers each summer.

Steve Carter serves as the golf course superintendent and provides excellent playing conditions each season. Steve

was recently recognized as the Utah Public Golf Course Superintendent of the Year. The putting greens at Cedar Ridge are always the highlight of the course and are consistently among the best greens in southern Utah.

The course is home to the men’s and women’s golf teams at Southern Utah University as well as the golf teams from Cedar and Canyon View High Schools. The golf course has very active men’s and women’s golf associations and holds weekly and monthly events. The end-of-year men’s and women’s club championships are the highlights of the season.

Cedar Ridge hosts many corporate and charity golf tournaments. These events consistently raise more than $100,000 per year for local charities.V

Cedar Ridge Golf Course does not take tee times. During the busy season, a golfer will never have more than a ten-minute wait to get their round started. A call ahead is suggested to make sure that the course doesn’t have a tournament and is available for open play. For more information, the pro shop can be reached at (435) 586-2970.

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Mesquite, Nevada, known for its scenic beauty and world-class golf courses, is now witnessing a new wave of luxury and convenience with the launch of Par 5 Express Transportation Services. The brainchild of two seasoned golf professionals, BJ Lewis and Justin Mills, this venture promises to redefine transportation in the region and extend beyond the greens.

Lewis and Mills decided to bring their passion for precision and dedication to golf to the streets of Mesquite. Recognizing a need for reliable and specialized transportation, they envisioned Par 5 Express as a service tailored not just to golf enthusiasts but to anyone seeking a touch of sophistication in their journey.

Par 5 Express kicks off its own journey with a focus on golf and airport transportation. "We understand the needs of golfers. It's not just about getting from point A to B; it's about the entire experience. The excitement starts the moment you step into our vehicles," says Lewis.

Par 5 Express golf shuttles are more than just a means of transportation; they are an extension of the golf experience. Equipped to carry golf clubs securely with spacious interiors and extra amenities, these shuttles promise a seamless transition to your next adventure.

Par 5 Express recognizes the need for convenient transportation for larger groups. With vehicles catering to large groups from eight to 48 passengers, their fleet consists of an eight-

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passenger sprinter van, an executive shuttle that seats 24, and a limo-style executive shuttle also seating 24.

Beyond the Greens:

Lewis and Mills have plans to expand their services and transform Par 5 Express into a comprehensive transportation solution for a variety of occasions, such as weddings, proms, concerts, and sporting events.

"Par 5 Express is not just about transportation; it's about curating experiences," says Mills. "Our goal is to be the reliable and luxurious choice for various occasions, ensuring that every journey is as memorable as the destination."

As the wheels of Par 5 Express begin to roll, the community anticipates the unfolding of a new chapter, where every ride is a celebration, and every destination is reached in style. It's not just a transportation service; it's a journey orchestrated with precision, care, and a touch of golfing finesse.

Welcome aboard Par 5 Express—we look forward to providing you with excellent service on your next journey.V

For more information or to book a reservation, call us at (406) 855-4828 or visit www.Par5Express.com.

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Sweet and Savory Fuel on and off the Course

Hello again, readers! I hope you are all ready for an awesome spring and some great times outdoors and on the golf course.

Some years back, I ran across a Fitness Friday article in Golf Digest by Ron Kaspriske about fueling your body during a competitive round of golf. I thought he made some really great points that could apply to us all. I thought my article could take a bit of inspiration from his and maybe make it a little more user-friendly by including some actual meal and snack ideas and recipes to get some good nutrition for a great day of golf.

The important thing is to choose the right fuel for the right time in your round. For example, before heading out to the course, it was recommended you have a filling breakfast with a healthy balance of protein, fats, and carbohydrates to keep you full for those first few holes. Then you’d get a quick snack to keep you full for the next few holes, followed by a back nine snack to quickly boost your energy as it starts to lag. And finally, there would be an after-round meal (similar in macronutrient composition to your pre-round meal).

So to expand on all of these thoughts, I've put together some quick and easy meal and snack options for a healthy day on the course.

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Pre-Round Breakfast Options

1. Cottage cheese and fruit with peanut butter or avocado on whole-grain toast.

2. A protein waffle or protein pancake with peanut butter and zero sugar Greek yogurt and fruit (I really like blueberries and bananas in vanilla Greek yogurt for some quick carbs).

3. A hard-boiled egg with fruit and oatmeal (overnight oats are a great option for this and can be made to include some Greek yogurt and fruit for great flavor and protein). Here’s one of my favorite overnight oats recipes directly from the folks at Quaker Oats:

Overnight Oats

Ingredients

1/2 cup Old-Fashioned Quaker® Oats

1/2 cup nonfat milk

1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)

1 cup fresh mixed berries and fruit

Instructions

Add Quaker® Oats to your container of choice and pour in milk. Layer Greek yogurt, chia seeds, and mixed fruit and berries. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy in the morning. Let steep for at least 8 hours in a refrigerator at 40° F or colder. Best to eat within 24 hours.

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mid-Round snack Options

1. Beef (or turkey) jerky with some type of nut (I’m a big fan of unsalted cashews personally, but any nut will do when you feel the need for a snack. Almonds are especially healthy and versatile.)

2. Trail mix is a good option because most trail mixes have a decent balance of protein, carbs, and fat content. Just try and stay away from the ones that are more like candy. They are not very healthy, and they include lots of extra chocolate and candy pieces.

3. A good old protein bar is one of the quickest and easiest go-to snacks of all. Again, just watch how much extra sweet stuff your protein bars include. It’s supposed to be healthy and satisfying, not sugar rush-inducing!

To stave off that energy dip later into the round, the best way to combat this is to simply go with the science. A carbohydrate that breaks down quickly that is paired with a slower-burning, higher-protein food can really help you get that quick energy boost and has been shown time and again to be able to push us to finish the game.

Quick snack options for the back nine:

1. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich

2. Protein shake with blueberries, bananas, or grapes on the side

3. Greek yogurt with a handful of berries

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POST-Round LUNCH Option

And finally, we need to remember that our best performance doesn’t stop when we leave the green. What we eat after our round is just as important as what we eat before and during because this meal helps fuel the body's recovery.

Another super simple and refreshing meal after a hot day playing in the sun that I enjoy is a chicken salad sandwich on whole grain bread or flatbread with a side of sugar snap peas or celery.

The recipe for this one is simple and is really all about preference. Personally, I prefer a sweeter chicken salad, but if savory is your thing, make it savory. And again, make it easy by using an already prepared rotisserie chicken if you don’t want to make it from scratch. (I believe the easier we make it for ourselves to eat healthier the better.) If you prefer to prepare your chicken yourself, go right ahead, as this recipe will turn out great either way.

Chicken Salad Sandwhich

Ingredients

16 ounces of shredded rotisserie chicken

1 cup walnut or pecan halves

1/2 cup fresh grapes, halved

1 large honey-crisp apple cored, diced

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

If you like your chicken salad a little more savory, you can substitute celery stalk for the apples, substitute 1/4 cup onion for the grapes, use plain Greek Yogurt instead of vanilla, and increase the apple cider vinegar to one tablespoon.

Instructions

However you decide to make it, simply combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, mix a bit, and then cover and chill in the refrigerator for an hour or longer. Serve on your choice of whole-grain bread, flatbread, or greens.

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end of day

DINNER Option

Edamame with Stir-Fried Veggies and Brown Rice

Ingredients

1 (8.8 oz) pkg brown rice

1 red bell pepper

1 (12 oz) pkg broccoli florets

1 tbsp. sesame oil

1/2 cup diced onion

1 cup shredded carrot

1 cup frozen shelled edamame, thawed

3/4 cup stir-fry sauce

1 tbsp. sesame seeds

Instructions

1. Prepare the rice according to package directions. Remove the stem and seeds from the bell pepper and chop. Cut the broccoli florets into smaller pieces.

2. In a large skillet, heat the oil on medium-high. Add the onions and cook for 2 minutes until soft. Add the bell pepper, broccoli, carrots, and edamame. Season with salt (in moderation). Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.

3. Add the stir-fry sauce and brown rice. Cook for 3 minutes until vegetables are tender, stirring often. Divide between four bowls and garnish with sesame seeds and brown rice.

This is a great and quick vegetarian option with a nice balance of proteins, carbs, veggies, and the added plus of great fiber content. I found this recipe for edamame with stir-fried veggies and brown rice online*(@stopandshop.com) a while back.

Whatever your choice for your after-game meal, remember that it is fueling your body's recovery, and it is vitally important. I know the reality is that it’s easier to have a burger and a beer with the guys or gals at the clubhouse (which is all fine in moderation), but making healthier choices starts with preparation, and if you are prepared to eat healthily, it truly does become easier in the long run.

You will start to feel the difference in the amount of inflammation in your body when you eat more whole foods and less processed ones, and you’ll notice a difference in strength from the increase in protein. You’ll have the added energy and satiety that eating extra veggies and plenty of fiber brings and the general feeling of wellness you get from fueling your body properly throughout the day. I promise you that when you start to feel these effects, you will surely thank yourself for taking these small steps toward better health and a stronger game.

It should also be mentioned that any dietary changes should be discussed with a physician or nutritionist and be based on your specific needs. With that said, I hope this article and these recipes help you to make at least one small step toward your goals in life, health, and golf.V

Your friend in health and fitness, Ashley Centers

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Frisbees:

Toys to Tournaments

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In the 1967 movie, The Graduate, Dustin Hoffman plays a 21-year-old named Benjamin who receives a one-word piece of career advice: “Plastics.” Although plastic did not shape Benjamin’s life, it dramatically changed global manufacturing for everything from milk bottles to toys and led to the expansion of a new sport: disc golf. By 2022, 1.2 million individuals had downloaded UDisc’s score tracking and multi-purpose app, and 14,048 disc golf courses were available across 81 countries.

Tin Lids and Frisbees

In an article for ThoughtCo dated February 16, 2021, film documentarian and writer Mary Bellis traced“ The History of Frisbee.” She said, “The first known instance of anyone playing golf with a flying disc occurred in Bladworth, Saskatchewan, in 1926.” The school-aged kids played the game with tin lids, dubbing it “tin lid golf.” Though there are other origin stories, Bellis wrote that the name “Frisbee” was likely derived from the Frisbie Pie Company (1871–1958) in Connecticut where New England college students tossed for sport the empty pie tins embossed with the words “Frisbie’s Pies.”

In the 1960s, the Copar Plastics Company in Chicago attempted to market a game called “Sky Golf,” but it was the Wham-O Manufacturing Company that registered the trademark “Frisbee” for the plastic disc with stabilizing raised ridges, which they manufactured under a patent by Ed Headrick. Working for Wham-O Incorporated, Headrick also invented the Wham-O Superball, led the advertising program, and served as vice president of research and development, executive vice president, general manager, and CEO before the toy company was sold to Mattel. Headrick is considered the father of Frisbee sports. He resigned from Wham-O, founded the International Frisbee Association (IFA), invented standardized targets called “pole holes,” and in 1976, founded the Professional Disc Golf Association Company—advancing the freestyle tossing toy into a competitive sport.

Competitions and Courses

In the 1970s, a small group in Rochester, New York, began playing competitive disc golf tournaments. Soon, competitions were being held in Toronto, Ontario, Vancouver, New Jersey, and California. Due to minimal expense and area requirements, disc golf “courses” began popping up in small towns and community parks across the country.

In southern Utah, the Beaverwood course is located in St. James Park (St. George) and opened on October 10, 2023— providing 18 holes (par 57) over a 5,600-foot course. Brandon (Mook) Merzlock, the President of the Southern Utah Disc Golf Association (SUDGA), worked with the City of St. George to design and install the Beaverwood course. Merzlock claims it is his favorite course, with unique challenges on holes 4 through 8 and fairways carved out of heavy brush, creating “tunnel shots.” Hole 3 is next to a small waterfall in Fort Pierce Wash, while holes 1, 2, 17, and 18 play through elevated rock

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Beaverwood Course Throw

areas with some drop-offs. Holes 9 through 13 are on a hillside with up and downhill shots. His other favorite courses include Thunderbird Gardens in Cedar City, listed as a top 100 course in the country, Kanab Disc Golf Course at Jackson Flats Reservoir, and Grandpa’s Pond in Hurricane.

McKael Stapel, SUDGA’s treasurer and a disc golfer since 2020, set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for the Beaverwood baskets and signs. He describes the Beaverwood course as “challenging with lots of elevation changes…probably the most wooded course in southern Utah with many fairways lined with trees and bushes… Pretty scenic…and probably the toughest course in southern Utah.” Stapel’s favorite southern Utah course is Parowan Canyon, with 27 holes and multiple layouts in a beautiful area. He also likes Thunderbird Gardens in Cedar City’s red rocks. Hole 18 starts from the top of one of the highest hills where “it’s incredibly satisfying to throw a disc off and watch it glide hundreds of feet downhill.”

Merzlock and Stapel have both won tournaments: Merzlock has played at 178 over 20 years and won 11; Stapel has won four, including the Iron County Open in 2023 and SUDGA’s series tournament called “Up the Mountain.” Disc golf courses can be strikingly different from conventional ones, as Merzlock learned when he played a game on a “ball golf course” in Kauai, Hawaii, where “they only had six temporary baskets, so they had a guy rotating the baskets as we played.” For Stapel, the most enjoyable aspect of playing is “getting outside, seeing beautiful areas, and getting fresh air.”

Weather and Discs

Both Merzlock and Stapel play three to four times a week if the weather is good—they are mindful that high winds impact discs more than golf balls, and cold or wet hands alter the grip that is

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Beaverwood Gathering for Tournament

crucial for throwing. Cold temperatures will also stiffen plastic, making it harder to grip, and air density and altitude affect disc flight just as disc weight, plastic type, and shape do.

Three basic disc types are putter, midrange, and driver. Stapel recommends that “beginners stick with putters and midranges or slower fairway drivers until you improve and increase your arm speed. The faster the speed, typically the more left and right movement you get as well, so it can be hard to be as accurate with drivers.”

Stapel usually plays with 20 discs of varying speeds and distance ratings to make different shots, while Merzlock, a local disc golf store owner, has around 4,000 discs with a personal stash of 300. He usually carries 20 or so in his personal playbag. His favorite brand, Infinite Discs, is manufactured in northern Utah.

Disc golf is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world, and new courses and tournaments are emerging. Full-time professional players sign million-dollar sponsorships and earn up to $100,000 in annual tournament winnings. SUDGA has between 100 and 150 paying members and boasts a Facebook following of approximately 1,200.

Like Benjamin in The Graduate, disc golf grew up. Today, it offers a low-cost outdoor activity that is fun to play. Merzlock asserts, “There is just something about watching a disc fly hundreds of feet in the air. The feeling and sound of the disc hitting the chains is amazing.”V

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Hole One Navigating a Water Hazard

mental health awareness While Living Our Best Lives

well, if you are breathing and awake, you have to deal with it. For better or for worse, we all deal with it—our mental health. It helps me to look at mental health as a continuum. Sometimes we’re on the healthy end of the mental health continuum, and sometimes we are on the unhealthy end. Most of the time, we just slide back and forth somewhere in between. Good friends and family help us see our blind spots. Listen to them!

As you read these words, ask where you are on the continuum. How are you feeling right now? Are you feeling okay or just a little low? The good news—while slightly frustrating—is that your position on the continuum isn’t usually permanent. Find a happy spot, and hang on! With medical, mental, and physical support, we can live a more satisfying life. Some of us can do that quite independently, and some are at a point where we need a little more help.

Our area is full of great examples of people doing self-health management and maintenance. A drone fly-over of our

community would reveal bicyclers, folks playing pickleball, and of course, hundreds of golfers. We go running, we ride our bicycles, and we walk and walk. If our little drone had x-ray vision to peek into the city rec center, we would observe folks pumping iron, twisting and contorting on yoga mats, hitting three-pointers (sometimes), and swimming. Even people who have barely done an athletic thing in their lives may find their mental fitness is enhanced by their physical fitness efforts. All these folks working out and exercising are doing their mental and emotional health a great service. Sometimes we get a great endorphin burst that helps us feel invigorated as we deliberately stress our bodies in a positive way through exercise. Endorphins can act as an analgesic, and who doesn’t appreciate a good analgesic?

When we feel good and excited, our hypothalamus has probably released a neurohormone called dopamine. When well balanced, neurohormones are produced naturally in different parts of our bodies and remind us that life is often fantastic!

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The following is a short list of activities and lifestyle choices that can help us keep the endorphins and the dopamine flowing:

• Maintain meaningful connections with people.

• Be physically active.

• Maintain a life of learning.

• Work on your mindfulness.

• Be charitable toward others, and be willing to volunteer some of your time to help people.

• Go out of your way to express gratitude and kindness - somebody in your life needs more than they’re getting.

Thanks for reading. Now go get your sweat on!V

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Your Back Health:

Practical At-Home Strategies for Lower Back Pain

Understanding Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is one of the most prevalent health issues in the United States, affecting up to 80% of individuals at some point in their lives. It is a leading cause of job-related disability and one of the primary reasons for missed work. Lower back pain can vary from a short-term annoyance to a chronic condition that significantly affects physical and mental health.

The causes range from muscle strains and bulging discs to arthritis and postural issues. Physical therapy is vital in managing this condition and employs techniques like manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, and patient education to alleviate pain, enhance function, and prevent recurrences. Research indicates that early physical therapy intervention can substantially reduce the long-term effects of lower back pain.

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At-Home Treatment Strategies

Here are some easy, effective, and research-based exercises for managing lower back pain:

1. Cat-Cow Stretch

Increases lower back flexibility. On all fours, alternate between arching your back upwards (like a cat) and letting it sag downwards (like a cow), keeping the movements smooth and controlled.

2. Bird-Dog Exercise

Enhances core stability. On all fours, extend one arm forward and the opposite leg backward, keeping both straight. Hold for a few seconds, then switch to the other arm and leg.

3. Pelvic Tilt

Strengthens abdominal muscles and relieves lower back tension. Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat. Tighten your abdominal muscles, pushing your lower back into the floor. Hold for a few seconds, then relax.

4. Partial Crunch

Builds core strength. Lie with knees bent and feet flat, crossing your arms over your chest or putting your hands behind your head. Tighten your stomach muscles, lift your shoulders off the floor, and then slowly lower back down.

These exercises are general recommendations and should not replace professional medical advice. If you experience persistent pain or have specific concerns, consult a physical therapist or healthcare professional. Treatment should be tailored to individual needs for the best results. At Elevate Physical Therapy, we are committed to empowering you to manage and prevent lower back pain effectively. With these research-based exercises and our professional guidance, you can take significant steps towards painfree living and “get back to what you love!”V

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For our St. George office located at 1490 E. Foremaster Drive, Suite 110, call (435) 288-2242. For our Cedar City office located at 888 S. Sage Drive, Suite 102, call (435) 233-7006. Or you can conveniently book your appointments online at www.ElevatePTUtah.com.

Hurricane Rotary Club All-Abilities Playground

We love to take our kids on wonderful outdoor adventures, such as camping, hiking, fishing, offroad riding, and many others. These are wonderful times to strengthen ourselves as families, friends, and individuals. One of the most popular recreational activities among children, however, is the playground. An exciting combination of fun, creativity, and exercise, the playground seems to be every young child’s dream.

But not everyone can really live that dream on the typical playground. Physical, cognitive, sensory, and neuro-diverse abilities limit the possibility for some kids to take part in the fun playgrounds are meant to provide. Fortunately, in recent years, a wide-ranging effort to have good play spaces for

children with special needs has developed and resulted in the availability of suitable equipment and designs to support these needs.

In 2021, the Hurricane Valley Rotary Club in southwestern Utah recognized the need for more play opportunities in the area for children with special needs. The Club knew that creating this type of playground would not only help kids whose options were quite limited, but it would also serve children of all abilities. The Hurricane Valley is the gateway to Zion and other incredible national and state parks and is home to highly popular reservoirs, such as Sand Hollow and Quail Creek. Because of this, the playground would also offer another fun activity for thousands of visitors.

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The nearly $600,000 project was by far the largest and most complex effort Hurricane Valley Rotary had ever taken on. It became an excellent collaboration among Hurricane Valley Rotary, the City of Hurricane, local businesses, and individuals.

The Club worked with special needs educators and parents and a company with extensive experience in all-abilities playgrounds. The design was certified by the firm, Let Kids Play, as meeting its criteria for such playgrounds.

Hurricane Valley Rotary dedicated most of the proceeds from its 2022 and 2023 Easter Car Shows to the playground. The City of Hurricane provided more than $200,000 toward the project and will be responsible for the maintenance of the playground going forward. Matt’s Off-Road Recovery and other benefactors also supported the project.

Covering more than 7,500 square feet, the Rotary All-Abilities Playground has more than 30 separate playstations. Notable among these are the big slide, aero glider, double-decker cone spinner, cozy cocoons, sleeping bear crawl tube, and a variety of swings and slides. There is also a wheelchair ramp to enable access to many of the playground features. Thirteen shade sails provide some respite from the direct sun on the many hot days in southern Utah.V

The Rotary All-Abilities Playground opened in June 2023 and is located at Dixie Springs Park in Hurricane, Utah (2939 South 3680 West.) It is immediately north of Sand Hollow State Park but is not accessible through the state park. Visitors can get to the playground through the Dixie Springs subdivision located east of Sand Hollow Road.

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Yoga Your Way to Health

iwas sitting in class. The teacher handed two pieces of paper to each in attendance and told us to write down one thing we had always wanted to do. The first thing that came to my mind was “I want to teach yoga.” After that was completed, we were instructed to write down three to five stumbling blocks standing between us and achieving that goal.

One year prior to this moment, I felt I was going to die from the pain I was experiencing in my sciatic region. After multiple visits to multiple doctors that yielded no answers, I was sent back to my MS neurologist. Yes, I have multiple sclerosis. She told me the sciatic area is lower lumbar, which has nothing to do with MS, but ordered an MRI to be safe. The next day, she referred me to St. Joseph’s Brain and Spine Center because they believed they found a tumor on the MRI. Luckily, it was benign, but it was a year of slow recovery. I had torn tendons in my shoulder over five years prior to the tumor, and in lieu of physical therapy and with approval from my surgeon, I opted for yoga during my recovery.

So there I was in the class, thinking “I want to help others experience the healing power of yoga.” So I wrote down my stumbling blocks: I’m too old, it’s too costly, and I’m not good enough as well as the multitude of health issues I have. At the end of class, the teacher pulled a shredder

from under the table and had us shred the paper with the stumbling blocks. It was freeing! That night, I went online and started searching for yoga teacher training to see if one would work for a busy stay-at-home mom that wasn’t too pricey. I found a two-week “total immersion” course that was reasonably priced! Everything was falling into place, and I felt like THIS WAS MEANT TO BE!

physical

I noticed improvements right away! I stopped having headaches all the time, a side-effect from MS I had endured since diagnosis in 2003. My doctor commented on my torn tendons, saying that thanks to yoga, my range of motion was “better than most people with shoulder issues.” My ability to bounce back after having the tumor removed from my spine was also faster than most. I have clients who come to my studio who are in their late seventies, even early eighties, who have told me that yoga has helped them do things other people their age are unable to do. Their friends shuffle when they walk, have a hard time standing up, and even struggle to sit down. Yoga has given them the freedom to live an active life.

One of my favorite sayings is “Yoga is for everybody… yoga is for every body.” There are many different “traditions'' or styles of yoga. Get your heart rate up with a strength or

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vinyasa class, or get a good stretch with a yin class. If you just need a relaxing meditative class in your life, restorative or nidra are the classes for you. Your best bet is to try them all and see what fits you.

In yoga, we teach people how to breathe properly. Try it now: close your eyes, focus on your lungs, and with the lips gently closed, count to four as you inhale through your nose. Fill your lungs to full capacity, and feel your chest expand in all directions. With the lips still together, exhale to the count of six, pushing out all the air to completely get rid of stagnant air in the bottom of the lungs. Do this for five or more rounds, making sure your exhales are longer than your inhales. Take notice—your heart and mind have calmed.

According to some legends, yoga started because of the power of breathing. Eons ago, a man noticed that when he slowed his breathing, it also stopped his heart from racing and calmed his mind. Then he began looking into other practices that were beneficial to the body: the Yamas and Niyamas (how to act and treat others in the world, including yourself) as well as the physical and mental aspects of life. Thus, yoga was born.

mental / emotional

The physical calming that occurs from breathing techniques assists with the mental and emotional aspects of life. Yoga offers many other avenues for additional help. Meditation and visualizations help us to see ourselves as better and stronger than we would normally view ourselves. I often give my yogis (students) an uplifting quote or message and sometimes even a task: “Today, I want you to smile at everyone you see,” or “Spend some time in front of the mirror, and remind yourself of your good qualities,” or my favorite, “Let Go.” Having someone in our lives to nudge and remind us to be happier and a better person is sometimes all it takes to make your day better.

I heard a Quaker proverb upon finishing my yoga training:

“Thee lift me, and I’ll lift thee, and we’ll ascend together.”

I immediately knew I wanted to name my studio "Yoga Ascension." Yoga is a community. We try to embody all of the Yamas and Niyamas. We love and support one another while seeking for learning and growth. Please accept this sincere invitation: come, ascend with us!V

Natasha is the owner of Yoga Ascension located in Litchfield Park, Arizona. You can follow her on Instagram @yoga_ascension.

For information on how to access virtual "on demand" classes, find us online at www.YogaAscension.com or call (602) 320-7492.

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GREAT WEALTH Means Great Responsibility for Young Elite Athletes

Financial Advisor with Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member of the New York Stock Exchange/SIPC

This article is provided by RaymondJames.com.

FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

High-profile competitors—including those in college—can profit tremendously from name, image, and likeness (NIL) deals. But making sudden wealth permanent requires a longterm focus.

In 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the NCAA’s ban on players receiving compensation other than scholarships failed to meet statutory muster. Soon after, the first name, image, and likeness (NIL) deals started to emerge. And now, massively popular student athlete influencers with social media followings in the hundreds of thousands—or millions, in some cases—are able to benefit from their personal brands.

LET’S TALK NUMBERS

Realistically, except for spotlight players in major sports, the value of NIL deals for college athletes may be limited according to a survey of sports marketing insiders performed by ESPN. A men’s basketball or football player might expect to earn between $5,000 and $20,000 in NIL contracts during their

tenure—mostly from niche or hometown brands. An athlete in a non-revenue sport like track and field might expect to earn between $1,000 and $3,000 in NIL deals.

However, All-American athletes could land up to $1 million in endorsement deals according to ESPN’s panel. And for a generational headliner, the sky’s the limit.

THE RISKS OF SUDDEN WEALTH

Lottery winners, surprised inheritors, and sports and entertainment stars have a lot in common, financially speaking. And the stories of lavish lifestyles followed by sudden collapses are ripped from bankruptcy filings and spread like modern morality tales.

Those who experience sudden gain and loss say it’s not always because of supercars and mansions. Strategic, holistic wealth management isn’t typically learned on the fast road to fame, and since sports stars aren’t typical employees of their sponsors, it’s easy for them to get caught underprepared for taxes—among many other things.

Some have also told stories of family and friends coming to them with dire financial needs and a feeling of entitlement, strangers with sob stories claiming their lives are in their

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hands, and grifters of every sort. Paranoia, isolation, and behavioral shifts have followed, leading to what psychologists have called sudden wealth syndrome.

Strategies for saving and spending can make it easier to compartmentalize and handle these concerns, especially with the help of a trusted third party.

THE GOAL: MAKE THE TEMPORARY PERMANENT

Earnings from fame are often short-lived—a college sports career is at most four years, and the public’s memory fades quickly. The top financial goal after any endorsement should be converting its temporary earnings into a lifelong wealth strategy.

For more modest NIL earners, using endorsement checks to invest in tax-advantaged or tax-deferred financial instruments like traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs, or health savings accounts (HSAs), can help reduce the amount of top-bracket taxes they pay and provide a strong foundation for effective wealth building.

For superstars, it gets a lot more complicated.

Managing wealth can be overwhelming even when it’s built over a long career, let alone when a financial plan, investment portfolio, tax strategy, and maybe a limited liability corporation are needed essentially overnight.

Taxes, in particular, will be high compared to many other high earners who gain wealth through capital investment. Maxing out tax-advantaged investment plans every year can be part of the strategy, but there are many options depending on goals.

If the athlete is charitably minded, it may also be a good idea to create a philanthropic account, like a donor-advised fund, allowing them to compartmentalize personal requests while reducing their tax liabilities during high-earning years.

High-earning young athletes—as well as most young adults— should seek a professional team for guidance in understanding the complexities of strategies that can help grow and preserve wealth. A financial advisor, tax attorney, and accountant with a track record of working with high-net-worth individuals can help.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

While fame fades, fortune doesn’t have to. Fewer and fewer athletes make it to the pros, but being an NCAA athlete is a compelling line on a resume. It can be a major stepping stone for young professionals starting the next stage of their life. Earnings made from their sporting years amplify that advantage, but only if they are used in a way to secure a better future.V

Donors are urged to consult their attorneys, accountants, or tax advisors with respect to questions relating to the deductibility of various types of contributions to a donoradvised fund for federal and state tax purposes. To learn more about the potential risks and benefits of donor-advised funds, please contact your financial advisor.

Nathan Hughes is a native of Mesquite, Nevada. He is licensed and serves clients as a financial advisor at Coeur Private Wealth Management of Raymond James.

To contact Nathan, call (208) 277-9239, email him at nathan.hughes@raymondjames.com, or visit the firm’s website at www.CoeurPrivateWealthManagement.com.

The firm is located at 2100 Northwest Blvd. #260, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814. Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member NYSE/SIPC

Sources: CBS News; CBS Sports; ESPN; Sports Illustrated; Forbes; Kiplinger; Statista; NILNetwork.com; AthleticDirectorU.com; The Washington Post; NPR; theonlycolors.com; KTRK-TV Houston

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Have you ever had a crazy idea? I have, and this is what happened:

“Hey, honey. What if I started an indoor golf simulator?” I asked.

“Sure, if that’s what you want to do,” she answered, not really knowing what she was agreeing to.

We found and fell in love with Mesquite, joined The Back Nine Golf franchise, and with that, we were off. We began a 12-month journey into a world that was totally foreign to us. We worked with the city council, a knowledgeable landlord, a patient builder, and a great painter—Josh Tyrrell with Kryptex, who did excellent work and also became a good friend and a sponsor of our facility! We

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have also been impressed with how kind and welcoming everyone in Mesquite has been. It has truly been a wonderful experience thus far.

We provide an indoor golf experience like no other. Our simulators are top-of-the-line Trackman units. Members enjoy improving their game with immediate and detailed feedback on every hit and can enjoy playing on a range or one of over 300 courses, including Pebble Beach and Black Desert Resort.

As golf is loved by so many, we’re excited to offer 24/7 access regardless of weather or daylight. Members can reserve up to three hours at a time and bring three guests with them each time they come. They are welcome to bring food and drink into the facility as well.

When my wife gave me the go-ahead for this passion project, I wasn’t sure what she was expecting. In fact, she had the classic “Wow! This is not what I expected!” reaction. Our desire to bring something new and great to Mesquite shines through. I love this place. The members love this place. I hope you’ll come and fall in love with it, too. We show the facility by appointment only, so give us a call or sign up for a demo online. I can’t wait to meet you and hope you’ll join our Back Nine family. Happy golfing!V

Book your tee time online at www.TheBackNineGolf.com/mesquitenv or call (702) 905-1010. Visit our location at 1085 West Pioneer Blvd. Suite 180 in Mesquite, Nevada to become a member today.

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Aunique treasure trove has opened its doors: Bootlegger Trading isn't just a store—it's an experience. With a focus on creating the ultimate man-cave or she-shed ambiance, this retail haven has rapidly become Mesquite's go-to destination for collectors and those seeking a touch of nostalgia.

The allure of Bootlegger Trading lies in its diverse offerings. For many, the thrill of collecting isn't just about possessing items; it's about curating memories. Each piece in the store seems to whisper tales of days gone by—be it vintage signage, classic memorabilia, or unique trinkets that transport visitors back to cherished moments of their past.

Mike and Deanna Brand, who have called Mesquite home for the past ten years, have channeled their passion for collectibles into creating a space that resonates with the local

community. Their understanding of the region's rich heritage is evident in every corner of the store. Whether you're looking to deck out your home, bar, man-cave, or she-shed, Bootlegger Trading offers a curated selection that ensures every item tells a story.

Beyond the merchandise, what sets Bootlegger Trading apart is the genuine warmth and enthusiasm Mike and Deanna bring to the table. "We are extremely excited and optimistic about what the future holds in the upcoming years," shares Mike. Their vision extends beyond the brick-and-mortar establishment; they aspire to infuse new life and energy into Mesquite, drawing in both locals and visitors alike.

In today's digital age, the power of social media cannot be underestimated, and Bootlegger Trading is harnessing this potential to its fullest. With a robust online presence,

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they aim to reach a broader audience, showcasing their unique offerings and inviting others to join in their journey of rediscovery and nostalgia. By sharing glimpses of their collection, engaging with customers, and fostering a sense of community online, Mike and Deanna are not just selling products; they're curating experiences and building lasting connections.

As you step into Bootlegger Trading, you're not merely entering a store—you're stepping into a world where memories come alive and the past intertwines seamlessly with the present. It's a testament to Mike and Deanna's passion, dedication, and love for Mesquite—a place they proudly call home and a community they are committed to enriching.

In the ever-changing landscape of retail, Bootlegger Trading stands out as a beacon of authenticity, celebrating the timeless appeal of collectibles and the stories they hold. Whether you're a seasoned collector, a curious visitor, or someone simply looking to add a touch of nostalgia to your space, Mike and Deanna at Bootlegger Trading invite you to embark on this journey alongside them.

They look forward to seeing you all soon!V

Bootlegger Trading is located at 312 W. Mesquite Blvd. #113 in the corner of Mesquite Plaza, next to Juniper Outpost. Find us on Instagram and Facebook. Reach us at (702) 469-4754.

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Paws g Balance

Alternative Therapies for Pet Well-being

Nearly 40% of households in the United States own at least one dog. That’s a lot of dogs to keep healthy. To do so, dog parents are turning to complementary therapies that enhance their pets’ health and quality of life. Besides good nutrition and exercise, pet owners are exploring hydrotherapy, cold laser, acupuncture, acupressure, massage, and chiropractic services.

These alternative treatments should not be used as a replacement for traditional veterinary treatment and diagnosis but rather used in conjunction with them. The combination can work together as a balanced approach to your dog’s health. A sound, integrated approach can be a road to recovery and a regiment for keeping your dog healthy and happy. It may also add years to the life of your cherished pet.

Hydrotherapy mixes the benefits of warm water with physical resistance. An underwater treadmill can work wonders for rehabilitation after surgery, improve cardio, and even facilitate weight loss.

Dogs enter the hydro tank, and water fills to the appropriate level for your dog, usually shoulder height. Once inside, the treadmill moves at a monitored speed, and the hydrotherapist assists any of the dog’s limbs or muscles that need help,

achieving the correct range of motion. The temperature, buoyancy, and resistance of water positively build muscle strength and manage pain. When compared to regular exercise, stress on joints, bones, and muscles is greatly reduced with hydrotherapy. Measurable results are often seen with just a few sessions for some conditions. A regular course of treatment is needed for others. It’s not unusual to see dogs that could barely stand on their own begin to walk and lead a more normal life.

Cold laser therapy has become increasingly popular in recent years. Also known as low-level laser therapy or LLLT, it’s referred to as “cold” laser therapy because it does not produce heat. The laser beam consists of wavelengths with photons that penetrate the tissue. Cells that are not properly functioning, due to injury or disease, absorb these photons. This helps boost energy production in cells, increasing overall cellular function. In turn, this allows for more rapid absorption of nutrients, elimination of wastes, and reproduction of new cells.

Laser therapy is used to treat a multitude of ailments and injuries. It is ideal for pets recovering from surgery. Treatment can also be beneficial for animals that are injured or in pain. It helps the pet regain some mobility and activity earlier in the recovery process. Less pain and inflammation means a greater range of motion around joints, which is particularly helpful for

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arthritis. In turn, the dog or cat will engage in more exercise and achieve a more desirable quality of life. Cold laser can help:

• joint, ligament, and tendon injuries

• bone fractures

• muscle sprains or strains

• skin lesions or abrasions

• arthritis

• musculoskeletal diseases

• nerve injury, and more

Pet massage and acupressure are also gaining wider acceptance as an alternative healthcare approach. Who doesn’t love a good massage? Often combined with acupressure, pet massage stimulates the body’s soft tissue to increase blood circulation using the laser instead of needles to access acupuncture points. By focusing on these points, various organs and meridians can be targeted for desired results. Observations and scientific studies have shown massage to:

• reduce fear and anxiety

• improve flexibility and mobility

• relieve muscle spasms and stiffness

• balance the body's energies

• release endorphins

• fortify the immune system

For the 40% of us who are dog parents, we’d likely agree that we’d go to great lengths to keep our furry friends healthy and living a top quality of life. And alternative therapies are an exciting new way of doing just that.V

For more information on health and wellness for your pet, visit www.woofcenter.com, call (435) 275-4536, or stop by WOOF! Wellness Center & Training Academy in Santa Clara, Utah.

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MY JOURNEY FROM SKEPTIC TO ENTHUSIAST

This is how it all started. First, you need to know my older brother, Mike Roberts, from Star Valley, Wyoming. He's a pushy kind of guy who has bossed me around my whole life. He started playing pickleball years ago and got quite good at it. I lived a fairly normal life in St. George, Utah. I worked a full-time job, rode motorcycles, enjoyed Sand Hollow on my jet ski, and on the weekends, headed out into the desert on my four-wheeler. Around January of 2021 is when the phone calls started. My brother would ask me if I had started playing pickleball yet, and the answer would always be the same. “I've never heard of pickleball. I'm not going to play it, so leave me alone.” Several weeks went by, and I received two pickleballs in the mail. No note, no explanation—just pickleballs. Soon a pickleball tee-shirt arrived, and then finally, two Selkirk paddles. I had no idea what to do with this stuff, so I tossed it all in the backseat of my car.

In March of 2021, my best friend, Randy Jeppson, from Herriman, Utah, moved into his second home in St. George.

His complex had a pickleball court, so he asked me if I wanted to play. It took about 15 seconds for me to realize that pickleball was the greatest game I'd ever played. None of us knew the rules. We didn't know how to serve, how to keep score, or what that mysterious thing called the kitchen was. We started playing one day a week, which quickly turned into two days a week. Now we play five days a week. We can’t get enough pickleball.

Since that fateful day in March, everything I do, say, and think about all somehow revolves around pickleball. How can a simple game using a small plastic ball bring thousands of people together as friends and create a social network across the entire country? How can this simple game do this? It is a game that the older you get, the more you should play. As a senior myself, I ask, what better way is there to get out of the house, stay in shape, and catch up on all the local gossip? Don't wait for years to play like I did. Just grab a friend and get started.V

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a new style at

Just over two years ago, I had the opportunity to introduce ViewOn readers to MINA Boutique in historic downtown St. George. It is located in the charming white pioneer house at 173 North Main Street. The eye-catching sign outside reads, “MINA Boutique—The Art of Style” and is surrounded by vibrant flowers, giving just a hint of what resides inside.

When MINA opened in the summer of 2021, we met a need in St. George for a new shopping experience with exclusive brands, including Johnny Was, Joseph Ribkoff, Velvet, Rails, Michael Stars, Unode50, Julie Vos, and more.

MINA customers are excited to have access to these brands and accessories in St. George instead of driving to Las Vegas or ordering online. Our personal shoppers are busy helping our customers find the perfect styles for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, parties, or just fun new additions to a wardrobe. In fact, customers feel so good in our clothing that many of them clip the tags after their purchase and wear them right out of the store!

Aside from all the positive comments about our gorgeous styles, we often hear one common phrase: “That is just beautiful, but I have nowhere to wear it. My lifestyle has changed so much since moving here.” Well MINA shoppers, we have been listening, and we are proud to introduce just one of the latest brands available at MINA this spring: SanSoleil.

SanSoleil translates to “without the sun” and features UV50plus sun protection, moisture wicking, and quick drying. Their pieces are lightweight, breathable, wrinkle-resistant, and stretchy for pure comfort and easy care. The line includes tops, skirts, pants, dresses, and outerwear for pickleball, golf, tennis, and more. Many of the styles will take you from the course or the court to lunch and almost everywhere in between. SanSoleil has become famous for their Celebration Collection (drink prints) and team uniforms. We are thrilled to bring SanSoleil to MINA customers for their active lifestyles. Please watch our social media accounts or subscribe to our newsletter for our upcoming spring trunk shows.V

MINA Boutique is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Private shopping experiences and events are also available. To see new arrivals and style inspiration, follow us on Instagram @theminaboutique or Facebook @MinaBoutiqueUtah.

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Mesquite Couple Builds Community One Loan at a Time

Norm and Lori Utley have been in the mortgage business for over 30 years. In the early nineties, they both realized that they wanted to work in the mortgage industry and in 1996, they were married and became business partners. “It’s not every couple that can work together and still love each other,” Norm says with a chuckle.

In 2017, the Utleys settled in Mesquite. “We like that people are friendly and kind here,” remarks Norm. “We love the mom-and-pop feel.” The two became so impressed with Sun American that in 2020, they joined the company and now run the branch in Mesquite. “It’s all about meeting the client's end goal on time and with great service. They’ve got the whole process down,” reveals Lori. ”Some companies will look at a loan and think, how can I decline? But Sun asks, how can we approve it?”

Fully credentialed, Lori can underwrite essentially any loan product, including FHA, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and VA loans, and she serves as the underwriter and branch manager in Mesquite. Because there is no intermediary, applicants can explain things directly to her instead of to a loan officer who would then pass the information to the underwriter. “Due to the demographic here, Mesquite has some creative incomes,“ Lori says with a smile. “So

our streamlined process is very empowering.” Document requests and financial scrutiny occur up front, and then Lori passes the application to the final underwriter, who verifies her findings. She and Norm are able to close loans in as few as ten days and even issue pre-approval letters for applicants to give to realtors. “We hear again and again, really? That’s it? We’re finished?” comments Norm.

The pair is known for extraordinary service, so it’s not surprising that they have been voted “Best in Mesquite” by the readers of Mesquite Monthly for the last three years. With a focus on learning the applicant’s goals, creating a plan to accomplish them, and making the process easy to follow, Norm and Lori love to sit down with clients and get to know them. “We break it down to be friendly and easy to understand,” Norm explains. The Utleys are especially good at looking for different ways to structure a loan to best suit the borrower, often with lower payments and less cash down than other lenders have quoted. “We want to help the community, our neighbors, friends, and family to have a good experience,” Norm says happily.

He and Lori also accept loan applications online and accommodate after-hours appointments. “We make our schedules work around other people’s schedules,” Lori says. Their clients range from college students to older couples with substantial incomes. “If someone is declined, we help

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them figure out a plan to purchase a property in the future,” declares Norm.

When they aren’t helping dreams come true, Norm and Lori enjoy camping with their dog (their cat stays home to guard the house), experimenting in the kitchen, attending local festivals and events, and spending time with family, especially their three granddaughters. They recently discovered a love of traveling when they went to Scotland for their niece’s wedding. “When we travel and camp, we always have cell service to accommodate clients,” Lori specifies. “We take our laptop around with us.”

The Utleys consider themselves fortunate to share their knowledge and form relationships with so many. “When you see me at Smith’s, I want you to give me a hug and say, how are you doing, Norman?” he explains while Lori adds, “It’s fulfilling— that’s why we do it. We love our clients.” The homemade goodies that the couple often receives are evidence that the feeling is mutual.V

Norman and Lori Utley are licensed to service loans in Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, California, and Colorado. Reach them at (916) 548-6733 or Norman.Utley@SunAmerican.com. Norman Utley NMLS is 1150450, Lori Utley NMLS is 876186. Sun American NMLS # 160265. Located at 736 W. Pioneer Blvd., Suite 105 Mesquite, NV 89027, 725.271.6060, or online at www.SunAmerican.com/Norman-Utley.

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New FutureReady Utah Program Invests in High-wage Jobs for Southwestern Utah

In partnership with Utah Tech University (UT) and Snow College (Snow), Southern Utah University (SUU) launched the new FutureReady Utah Worksites program in January.

The program aims to elevate skills in strategic economic priority sectors as designated by the state of Utah, support regional economic development strategies to bring highwage jobs to southern Utah, and create a workforce that is ready to receive them. In addition to taking training to rural towns, a regional coordination council will work with the three institutions to create learn-to-work pathways that are affordable and accessible and that offer short-term entry points into higher-wage jobs.

Where Did FutureReady Come From?

Beginning with a post-pandemic research effort to explore changing needs in the southwestern Utah workforce, the FutureReady Worksites model addresses specific challenges facing the region. According to the research conducted by teams at SUU and Utah Tech, emergent regional workforce challenges include the impact of significant population growth due to an increasing attraction to rural living, rising

housing costs, emerging gig and online work opportunities, and a gap in high-wage skills attainment. The FutureReady approach is designed to address the changing workforce needs in southwestern and central Utah with the three institutions matching a $1 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant.

Who is Supporting the Program?

In addition to the EDA, SUU, UT, and Snow, the FutureReady Worksite project will work with 16 chambers of commerce, 10 business innovation centers, and two economic development districts. This includes 11 southwestern and central Utah counties (Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Juab, Kane, Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier, Washington, and Wayne), the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, and the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Nation.

“Connecting businesses to resources and training while also cultivating a proficient workforce is essential for future success in the region,” says Stephen Lisonbee, associate vice president of SUU Community and Outreach Engagement. “The importance of this project is evident in the partners who have come together to participate.”

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As some local residents are finding it difficult to afford to live in the region’s communities, FutureReady Utah aims to help remedy the gaps with special attention offered to our underrepresented communities. “We are passionate about the future of southern Utah, and this effort will require working together to solve for the evolving needs of our region’s employers and employees,” says Melynda Thorpe, assistant vice president of SUU’s Workforce and Educational Opportunity program and executive director of the FutureReady Worksites project.V

For more information about FutureReady Utah or to get involved, email futureready@suu.edu.

FutureReady Utah goals:

Provide business owners with FREE, personalized connections to resources for business growth and expansion to new markets.

Develop and connect skilled employees with local employers.

Assist local businesses in hiring and retaining new generations of workers.

Provide local residents with opportunities for higher-wage jobs.

Business Leaders Academy: Provide FREE monthly training to all employers in the region for building loyal teams and assisting with employee retention (in-person training luncheons rotate between counties with the training hour being broadcast live throughout the region).

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The multiregional FutureReady Worksite team includes many collaborators. Those pictured are (from left to right per row, back to front) Aimee DiBrienza, Kenley Steck, Travis Kyhl, David Busk, Sylvia Bradshaw, Maria Twitchell, Joni Anderson, Jenna Draper, Janice Brooks, Suzette Bulloch, Michael Day, Bryan Thiriot, Greyson Jones, Wyatt Anderson, Melynda Thorpe, and Cathy Hart.

The challenges for kids growing up today are different than when their parents grew up. It is also vastly different from when their grandparents and greatgrandparents were young. All kids must learn to deal with their generation’s issues and life problems. It is and will continue to be a challenge for them, regardless of the advantages or disadvantages they have experienced.

Believe it or not, the game of golf can help. The guiding principles of the game, its core values, and standard etiquette practices have remained the same over time and can provide plenty of guidance. They are an outstanding foundation for helping our children learn how to deal with life as well as play golf. Golf is taught so it can be played for a lifetime. Golf’s principles and values can also last a lifetime and be essential to building strong personal character traits that help kids thrive on and off the course. By using an active learning program to teach golf, its ethics, and the proper conduct for playing the

game, kids can not only turn into good golfers but also into good people. This is the purpose and goal of a program called First Tee.

First Tee is a junior golf instruction program, but it is also so much more. It uses the founding principles of the game of golf and a life skills curriculum to teach kids how to act and behave while playing the game, but the same on-course values can be used at home, school, and in other activities. First Tee’s programming works. It is and has been making a difference by helping children from all socioeconomic backgrounds across the country for the last 25 years.

Originally started in 1997 by a partnership between the PGA TOUR, PGA of America, the USGA, LPGA, and the Masters Tournament, First Tee was designed to help make golf available and accessible for ALL kids in all communities nationwide.

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Not only did these organizations commit to bringing golf to new and underprivileged communities, but they also pledged to introduce life skills programming to help ALL children learn the values found in the game. This will also help children build character and sustain personal growth. First Tee offers fun and safe after-school and in-school classes on how to play golf while trying to bridge the gap between how participants act on and off the course. This strategy uses nine core values:

HONESTY INTEGRITY RESPECT

SPORTSMANSHIP RESPONSIBILITY COURTESY

PERSEVERANCE JUDGMENT CONFIDENCE

According to First Tee, there are now 150 chapters of the organization worldwide with programming taking place at 1,400 golf courses, 10,000 schools, and 1,700 youth centers. The program is designed for kids from the ages of seven to 17. To take advantage of its age-based programming, it can be broken out by age into four different groups. In Utah, we have First Tee Utah, serving the youth in both northern and southern Utah. Locally, we have First Tee Utah at Southgate, and it has been serving the children of southern Utah for over 10 years while helping hundreds of kids and teenagers.

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March to May, and Session III is from August to October. Programming is after school at the Southgate Golf Club Driving Range. For those who don’t have equipment, it is provided. We can do this through generous donations from our community and families that have outgrown their equipment. The program could not run without the support of the local community, the City of St. George and its Golf Division, the Southgate Staff, a local organization of business leaders called the Caddy Group, and our volunteers and coaches.

I am the lead coach for the Southgate program and have been coaching since 2017. Each year, I am so grateful to be able to teach kids to play golf so they can have fun with mom and dad, brothers and sisters, friends and family, compete in tournaments, and play for our local high schools. There is no better satisfaction than seeing our children grow up in golf, build confidence, and excel both on and off the course. They are the future of our sport, the future of our community, and our future leaders. Honesty, integrity, and respect—what a great gift to give and receive.V

As Always…Fairways & Greens! Rob

To learn more about classes or register, visit our websites www.firstteeutah.org or www.firstteeutah.org/Southgate.

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Road Trip to Sevier Lake and Crystal Peak

Our next road trip adventure takes us to the vast Great Basin Desert of western Utah. When we decided to find an ideal spot to view the October 2023 annular eclipse, we headed to an area north of the town of Milford, which is 50 miles north of Cedar City. After watching the eclipse, we noticed there was a direct dirt road that would take us to two places we’ve been wanting to visit, Sevier Lake and Crystal Peak.

So we headed over to Milford and continued north on Highway 257 for 22 miles to a place on the map named Black Rock. We turned left onto Road 13. Our first view of Sevier Lake occurred 8.5 miles from the pavement of 257. Also, in the distance, Crystal Peak stood out on the horizon like a beacon, even though it was still 28 road miles away.

We saw Sevier Lake another time on one of our travels and, normally, it’s a dry lake or playa, which has always interested

us. This type of lake is technically known as an endorheic or terminal basin, which means water flows into the lake, and there is no other way for the water to escape except by evaporation.

The lake is primarily fed by the river of the same name, the Sevier River, which originates near Bryce Canyon in southern Utah and then heads north, roughly following scenic Highway 89 almost as far as the town of Nephi. From there, it makes a big U-turn and heads southwest to the town of Delta, where it empties into Sevier Lake. It’s the second largest playa in Utah after gigantic Lake Bonneville, also known as the Great Salt Lake Desert.

Once we reached the shoreline of Sevier Lake, we found our way out onto a levy with a stable road on top that took us out onto the playa for a few miles. You should never drive your vehicle or even walk out onto the surface of the playa. If it’s

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even a little bit damp, the weight of a vehicle will cause it to sink in and get seriously stuck, and it’s a long way to the nearest tow truck.

Viewing the playa’s surface from the levy road is surreal. The ultra-smooth surface, the distant mountain ranges, and the mysterious mirages that are often seen on this type of playa combine to make the scene feel a little strange. When we flew our drone for a birds-eye view, we noticed there were a few other levies. These were probably built during some type of mining or prospecting operation. Many playas in the Southwest are rich in alkaline-based mineral deposits. In 2019, a company was given a permit to mine potassium from the playa. However, during our visit, we couldn’t find any evidence of recent human activity.

From Sevier Lake, we continued due west on Road 13 to reach Crystal Peak. Even from a long distance away, we continually saw the bright-white peak as it got closer and closer. The road was in such good condition that it felt like we were on a paved road, allowing us to travel faster than normal over the desolate terrain.

Crystal Peak is definitely a geologic oddity. Nothing like it exists for many miles around. It is stark white compared to the brown and gray hills of the Great Basin. Upon closer inspection, you can clearly see that the mountain is made up of a different type of material. This material is volcanic ash and was created from the remnants of a huge pyroclastic flow. What we see today is a mere fraction of what used to exist.

Another interesting characteristic of Crystal Peak is that it’s full of small holes and cavities. The peak looks like a big chunk of Swiss cheese. These holes most likely formed when the superheated ash quickly cooled and changed into a solid. The holes were probably formed by gas bubbles inside the ash. Not long after the eruption, the gas escaped, leaving behind the holes. But that’s only a guess.

The road that passes by Crystal Mountain does not have many access points or trails. If you’d like to experience its bizarre terrain on foot, look for a short road leading south from Road 13 on the east side of the mountain. Park here, then walk towards the mountain to whatever strikes your fancy. There are a lot of interesting nooks and crannies to explore.

Continuing on Road 13 a short distance past Crystal Mountain will provide a view of Wheeler Peak, the second highest point in Nevada, which is inside Great Basin National Park. Return back to civilization by retracing your route on Road 13. Cheers, and Happy Exploring!V

If you’re interested in learning more about this road trip, check out our virtual video tour on YouTube by searching for “Crystal Peak” by BackRoadsWest. Visit our travel blog at www.BackRoadsWest.com/blog and search for the same name to get more information and view an interactive map of the trip.

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If you have traveled on I-15 through Mesquite during the past couple of years, you have likely noticed the construction of Mesquite Trails RV Resort to the north of CasaBlanca Golf Club at Exit 120. If you were one of the many RVers on their year-long wait list, the completion couldn’t come fast enough! The much-needed 193-site RV Park opened in July 2023 after phase one construction was completed.

Since opening, the resort’s occupancy has steadily increased. Overnight and extended-stay guests have been welcomed from across the U.S., Canada, and even overseas. Mesquite Trails RV Resort is the only full-service RV Resort on the 100plus mile stretch of I-15 between Las Vegas and St. George that will serve the 55 and over crowd, families traveling with children, and the growing number of younger RV enthusiasts entering the market.

The RV resort is highly visible to those traveling north and has a bright yellow billboard facing southbound traffic to get the attention of potential guests. To a tired RVer, easy access

off the freeway is a welcome sight. This can be especially true if the evening is closing in and you are headed north to St. George through the spectacular Virgin River Gorge. If you have never seen the gorge, you should drive it during daylight at least once.

The completion of phase one offers guests full hookup sites that include electricity, water, and sewer. Each site has newly planted trees, a picnic table, and free Wi-Fi. There are two laundry facilities available in addition to large private showers at each end of the park. The large office is open seven days a week and offers a lounge area for guests to socialize.

The resort also offers complimentary ATV trailer parking for guests who bring their SXS. The community of off-road enthusiasts who frequent Mesquite is growing. The city is very OHV-friendly and allows OHVs on some city streets to make trail access easier. There are trail maps available at the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce. You may not know this, but Mesquite is an off-road gateway to hundreds of BLM trails, the

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Arizona Strip, Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument, Gold Butte National Monument, Three Corners, and more.

About 45% of RVers travel with pets, so it makes sense to be pet-friendly. Guests traveling with pets will find the commercial-style dog wash to be very useful. The completion of phase two this year will add fenced dog parks to the amenities list. The resort allows up to two dogs per guest with some breed restrictions and offers sites to fit a variety of RV sizes and travel budgets. The sites are designed to accommodate big rigs and will fit almost every size of RV on the road. There are plenty of pull-through sites for overnight guests who do not want to unhook. The owners of the resort are a group of local families who have chosen a crew of veteran RV enthusiasts to operate the resort.

Phase two construction, which will be completed in 2024, will add three pickleball courts, a swimming pool, a hot tub, a playground area, and another laundry and restroom facility as well as a large event center. The RV lifestyle is very communityoriented, and Mesquite Trails RV Resort has designed a community area for small and large groups and individuals to gather. There will be plenty of room for games and other activities. The resort is an FMCA affiliate and plans to host numerous RV rallies. They have already booked four rallies for this year! The Renegade Boot Camp sold out the twenty-eight sites they reserved in less than one week!

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The City of Mesquite has been a huge promoter of active lifestyles for all ages. There are multiple ball fields, pickleball courts, a city recreation center, and a first-class sports complex that will meet the needs of any sports enthusiast. Tournamentbound sports families can turn time away from the field into a vacation for the whole family while staying at Mesquite Trails RV Resort. The resort offers a sports discount to tournament families as well as other discounts, such as those for Good Sam, military, first responders, and K–12 educators.

We can’t talk about Mesquite without mentioning that it is home to eight renowned golf courses and three Las Vegas-style casino resorts, each with plenty of live entertainment and dining options. The RV resort is less than a mile from CasaBlanca Casino and right next door to CasaBlanca Golf Club. Some of the sites back up against the course, providing a terrific view. Speaking of sports, did you know watching the sun rise over the Virgin Mountains and set over Flat Top Mesa is a sport? Many guests enjoy these spectacular events that occur daily!

The proximity to all that Mesquite has to offer makes Mesquite Trails RV Resort a destination park all on its own. Once phase two of construction is complete, the resort will provide the ultimate RV experience for a clean and safe community with top-notch amenities and good old-fashioned hospitality for veterans and new RVers alike.V

We are located at 1225 W. Hafen Lane in Mesquite. Call us at (702) 344-0497 or visit https://www.mesquitetrailsrvresort.com/.

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The Ms. Seni o r Mesquite Pageant is Back!

It is with great excitement and pride that I am able to announce that the Ms. Senior Mesquite Pageant is back!

It will be held at the Virgin Valley Community Theatre on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at 4 p.m.

You will enjoy an evening of elegance celebrating the talent, wisdom, and beauty of our community’s over-55 ladies. Most people see the pageant as a talent contest—this is not true! Ms. Senior Mesquite has to have the poise, confidence, and ability to speak to large and small groups on any number of subjects. The ladies will be representing our town of Mesquite as well as Nevada at the national competition.

We have six beautiful and talented contestants: Marnie Bartolini, Bronzie Dabney, Linda Darling, Gloria Gravina, JoEllen Haack, and Julie Hoffman. These ladies will dazzle you with their grace, timeless beauty, and accomplishments.

Thanks to a great board and many volunteers, Mesquite will again have a pageant to honor our community of ladies over 55 who give so much of themselves to our town. These are

just a few of our volunteers who have been working hard since last year to make this happen.

President—Becky Boyd

Vice president—Bonnie Baracker

Secretary—Carol White

Treasurer—Sandi Sorenson

Marketing/Promotion—Brenda Snell

Contestant Mum—Gail Laird

Director—Mitzi Bender

Producer—Larry LeMieux

Set Design—Mary Nelson

Choreographer—Ava LeMieux

Founder—Jean Watkins

Reigning Queen—Ann Murphy

There are many more volunteers behind the scenes. We thank you as well. To quote our founder, "The Ms. Senior Mesquite pageant is a time for us to celebrate the message that at any age, dreams can come true."V

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Photo credit: Bobbie Green

TENNIS TNT tips-n-tricks

Strokes

Let’s get back to the basic strokes that are a must for all players and the simple way to improve them. The first thought that every player must keep in mind is to focus your eyes on the ball until it is hit. That really means your head cannot move. One of the fundamental mistakes is lifting or dropping the head. For example, while hitting an overhead, the player looks down to see where the ball is going to go. That one move causes the ball to go into the net since the whole upper body collapses, too.

The next fundamental mistake is failing to follow through with a baseline stroke or approach shot. Without this followthrough, the ball will fly out or drop short of the net. So the easy solution is to finish your stroke. Remember that volleys have only a short take back and follow-through.

Failure to use your feet properly is another reason that your shots do not provide the results you intend. The difference in levels of players is a lack of footwork. Pros will move their

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feet around 10–15 times before hitting a groundstroke and at least two to four times before a volley. Most club players are lucky to have two or three steps. Working on your footwork will make a difference no matter the level or age of the player.

Service

Keep your service simple, and remember the easy way to improve it. First, have a routine, such as becoming a rocking chair. Lean forward, pick the place where you want the serve to go, check your grip, and bounce the ball. Lean back, toss the ball slightly in front of your left foot, and move your racket back and up. Of course, it will be the right foot for left-handed players. Fully extend your arm, and hit the serve to your spot with a follow-through across your body into the court. There is a rhythm to a serve that is close to “and a – 1 – 2 – 3,” or use your favorite song to keep that rhythm.

Strategy

Use your warm-up time against an opponent to note which shots they are good at and which they are not. So if they have more errors on the forehand strokes, focus on serving to their forehand. Maybe they don’t enjoy the net, so use drop shots to make them come to the net.

Remember to look at the whole court before beginning and note the locations of the sun and fencing in relation to play. Use the sun against your opponent by lobbing frequently to a spot that makes them look right into it. Public courts often have close fencing on the sides, so hit short and wide to move them into the fence and off the court.

Tips

Remember how the weather affects your racquet and balls. In the cold, the balls are heavy and will move slower than when the weather is warm. Your racquet and strings are not as responsive in the cold, so keep aiming for cross-court or the middle to maintain control.

And watch every tennis tournament you can! Just watching the pros will improve your game. Their excellent play will rub off on you, too. Take the time to note little things about them, such as how many steps they take before a hit, their service routine, or what strategy worked to win the match.V

Don’t forget that every Saturday at Hafen Park around 8:30 a.m. there is a free hour-long clinic. I would love to see you on the court!

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Swinging Through Adversity:

ITriumph through Resilience on the Green

n the serene world of golf, where manicured fairways meet the horizon and the whisper of a well-struck ball echoes in the air, success is often measured in more than strokes. It's a game that demands precision, patience, and a tenacious spirit to navigate the undulating terrain of both the course and life itself. As we stand at the tee of inspiration, let's explore the awe-inspiring journeys of two golfers who defied the odds, overcame obstacles, and emerged as shining beacons of triumph.

Tiger Woods: The Roar of Redemption

Tiger Woods, a name synonymous with golfing greatness, did not ascend to his lofty perch without navigating treacherous sand traps along the way. From a young age, Woods displayed an unprecedented talent for the game, captivating the golfing world with his prodigious skills. However, his ascent was not without turbulence.

In 2009, Woods faced a monumental crisis that would have shattered the resolve of a lesser individual. A tumultuous personal life and a series of injuries threatened to derail his illustrious career. The world watched with bated breath as Woods stood at a crossroads, the shadows of doubt looming large over his once-unassailable legacy.

Yet, like the phoenix rising from the ashes, Woods embarked on a journey of redemption. Battling back injuries and undergoing multiple surgeries, he displayed a relentless determination to reclaim his place at the summit of golf. In 2019, against all odds, Woods donned the coveted green jacket at the Masters, completing one of the most remarkable comebacks in sporting history.

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His tale teaches us that setbacks are not roadblocks; they are opportunities for comebacks. His resilience, unwavering focus, and indomitable spirit in overcoming adversity make him a living testament to the power of determination.

Annika Sörenstam:

Breaking Barriers, Shattering Stereotypes Annika Sörenstam, a trailblazer in women's golf, faced hurdles that helped her transcend the boundaries of the fairway. In 2003, she embarked on a historic journey that would challenge the status quo and redefine the possibilities for women in the sport. Sörenstam, driven by a desire to test her mettle against the best, teed up at the PGA Tour's Bank of America Colonial, becoming the first woman in 58 years to compete in a men's PGA Tour event.

The decision was met with skepticism, but Sörenstam's unyielding belief in her abilities silenced the doubters. Despite facing a barrage of scrutiny and immense pressure, she displayed grace under fire, demonstrating that gender should never be a limiting factor in pursuing excellence.

Sörenstam's courage transcended the boundaries of the golf course, inspiring a generation of aspiring female golfers to dream big and swing for the stars. Her journey underscores the importance of challenging conventions and breaking free from the constraints imposed by societal norms.

As we draw inspiration from the tales of Tiger Woods and Annika Sörenstam, we are reminded that the golf course is a metaphor for life's challenges. It's not only about sinking putts or hitting fairways; it's about resilience, determination, and the unwavering belief that obstacles are mere stepping stones on the path to greatness.

So, whether you find yourself in the rough or standing on the green, remember that every swing is an opportunity to overcome adversity, and every missed putt is a chance to learn and grow. Embrace the challenges, channel your inner Tiger, and break down barriers like Annika, for within the game of golf lies the blueprint for triumph over life's most formidable obstacles.V

Judi Moreo is a business consultant, coach, author, and motivational speaker. She is currently the CEO of the Women Entrepreneurs Association International and the publisher of Choices Magazine. Judi can be contacted at judi@judimoreo.com or (702) 283-4567.

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Golf Guide

Mesquite | Beaver Dam | St. George | Ivins | washington | Hurricane | Mt. Carmel

Black Desert Golf Course - Ivins blackdesertresort.com/golf (435) 222-7830

Bloomington - St. George bloomingtoncountryclub.com (435) 673-4687

Canyons (Oasis GC) - Mesquite theoasisgolfclub.com (702) 346-7820

CasaBlanca - Mesquite casablancaresort.com/golf-home (702) 346-6764

Cedar Ridge - Cedar City cedarridgegolfcourse.com (435) 586-2970

Conestoga - Mesquite conestogagolf.com (702) 346-4292

Coral Canyon - Washington coralcanyongolf.com (435) 688-1700

Copper Rock - Hurricane copperrock.com (435) 359-9339

Coyote Springs - Coyote Springs coyotesprings.com (725) 210-5400

Coyote Willows - Mesquite coyotewillowsgolf.com (702) 345-3222

Dixie Red Hills - St. George stgeorgecitygolf.com/dixieredhills (435) 627-4444

Entrada - St. George golfentrada.com (435) 986-2200

Falcon Ridge - Mesquite golffalcon.com (702) 346-6363

Green Springs - Washington washingtoncity.org/recreation/golf (435) 673-7888

Historic Beaver Dam - Beaver Dam historicbeaverdamlodge.com (928) 347-2222

Palmer (Oasis GC) - Mesquite theoasisgolfclub.com (702) 346-7820

Palms - Mesquite casablancaresort.com/golf-home (702) 346-4067

Sand Hollow Resort - Hurricane sandhollowresorts.com (435) 656-4653

Sky Mountain - Hurricane skymountaingolf.com (435) 635-7888

Southgate - St. George stgeorgecitygolf.com/southgate (435) 627-4440

St. George Golf Club - St. George stgeorgecitygolf.com/stgeorge (435) 627-4404

Sun River - St. George sunrivergolf.com (435) 986-0001

Sunbrook - St. George stgeorgecitygolf.com/sunbrook (435) 627-4400

The Ledges - St. George ledges.com (435) 634-4640

Thunderbird - Mt. Carmel zionnational-park.com/golf (435) 648-2188

Wolf Creek - Mesquite golfwolfcreek.com (702) 346-1670

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