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Just why is golfing so great in Colorado? The weather is perfect, the sights are spectacular and the prices are reasonable.With consistent abundant sunshine, you can basically play whenever it’s not too cold. In fact, in the Front Range, where altitudes are lower you can potentially tee off year round! And in the summer, you won’t be wilted by excessive humidity. Its perfect!
Here are a few of the best of many excellent courses across the state.
The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa, Grand Junction
This course has been award winning since it opened in 2001. It has incredible vistas, with greens meandering through sandstone and 11 holes with downhill views. The course was designed by Jim Engh and is surprisingly affordable. Come and see why some call this the best course in Colorado.
The Ridge at Castle Pines North, Castle Rock
This Castle Rock, Colorado course is just a few minutes south of Denver. The course was designed by Tom Weiskopf and has the fortune of taking advantage of the natural sandstone rock formations, ponderosa pine and views of the Rockies and even downtown Denver in some places. It is arranged in two large loops with huge natural spaces in between. For example, wildlife corridors and gaps were designed into the course to accommodate migrating elk herds.
Broadmoor East, Colorado Springs
The legendary golf architect Donald Ross designed this course, which has since been retooled by Robert Trent Jones. Play here to walk the same course that Jack Nicklaus did when he won the 1959 U.S. Amateur or when Annika Sorenstam won the ’95 U.S. Women’s Open. The greens aren’t terribly sloped, thus fair to receive a shot. They are known to be a fast 9 to 9.5 on the Stimp Meter. And the view is incredible!
The Valley Course at Cordillera, Edwards
This golf course is north of I-70 in Edwards, Colorado. The dessert terrain has been transformed into the upscale course that it is today. Bluegrass greens contrast with the rocks and cottonwoods along the course. Some of the fairways may bounce left or right, so to hire a caddy to be in on the course secrets. The Cordillera Resort and Spa features the Jack Nicklaus-designed Summit Course, Hale Irwin’s Mountain Course and the Dave Pelz Short Course. It is one of the most expensive places to golf in Colorado.
River Valley Ranch, Carbondale
This Carbondale golf course was designed by Jay Morrish. Below the snow-capped Mount Sopris (12,953 ft.) in the Roaring Fork Valley, it is just 30 miles from Aspen and 12 miles from Glenwood Springs. The course is located along the Crystal River, so you might as well throw a fly-fishing rod in your golf bag!
The Homestead at Murphy Creek, Aurora
Hit it long at this course near the Denver airport. It has long fairways, but is still one of the most enjoyable and affordable rounds of golf near the capital city of Colorado. Each hole is different on this course built in 2000.
Breckenridge Golf Course, Breckenridge
This is Jack Nicklaus’ only municipal course. At 9,300 feet, it has stunning views of 10-Mile Range, Gore Range and Williams Fork. The original layout was 7,279 yards long and had a 146 slope rating. Nine holes have since been added. Lodgepole pines, wetlands and native grasses are all part of the beautiful surrounding landscape.