Grand Golf Trip
From the prairies to the forests to the mountains, golfers in the Centennial State get to enjoy the postcard imagery and unparalleled golf courses of Colorado. No other state can mimic the grandeur and availability of golf in Colorado. Known for its winter sports, Colorado boasts some of the most pristine and well-designed courses. Golf here doesn’t get the respect it deserves even though many of the courses are among the most exclusive in the continental states. Public play courses here abound and provide some of the most challenging links excursions most golfers will experience in a lifetime. When you want to play at the heights of golf, head for the mile-high state.
Big City Golf
Denver and nearby Colorado Springs are going to drive the bulk of golf in Colorado. Most visitors will find themselves in Denver at some point, so it’s the place to start. Courses here, and in nearby suburbs, range from beginner public outings to pro-level challenges. Topping the list around Denver are Castle Pines Golf Club, Arrowhead Golf Club, Common Ground Golf Course, Castle Pines North (Ridge Course), Green Valley Ranch Golf Club, Fossil Trace and The Golf Club at Bear Dance. Bounce down the road to Colorado Springs and another world of golf opens up. Top rounds to play here include The Broadmoor Golf Club, Patty Jewett Municipal Golf Course, Cherokee Ridge Golf Course, Pine Creek Golf Club and Springs Ranch Golf Club. Colorado Springs golf courses offer incredible views of the Rocky Mountains as you navigate these incredible courses.
Once outside the biggest cities in the state, you Colorado golfing adventure needs to get a little off road. Topping the list is links golf at Ballyneal Golf Club in Holyoke, just west of Nebraska. It’s more like golf in the Old Country than one might expect. It’s a trek to get there, but worth every minute. The scenic views outside Sanctuary in Sedalia are as jaw-dropping as some of the course transitions. Red Sky Ranch (Fazio and Norman) in Wolcott fits the land like a glove (check availability via local resorts). Out west is The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa in Grand Junction. South you’ll find Dalton Ranch Golf Club and Hillcrest Golf Club in Durango. Heading over the Rockies from Denver to the far northwest is Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs. This is an immaculate links-style course with bunkers so deep you’ll need a ladder to get in and out. Don’t hit out of bounds here – you’re not allowed to chase the ball for environmental reasons. Since you’re this far over the mountains, head an hour further west to Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig. You won’t believe the caliber of golf along the Yampa River, and you might face off with a nesting pair of bald eagles at the 15th hole.
Colorado offers adventure all year long, so take advantage of any opening to play the best golf in this wondrous state. Fresh air, scenic Rocky Mountain views and top-notch golf courses are in store for this trip. Ace Golf Netting knows the air up here makes you feel like you can hit the distance with the best in the game.