Service is top-notch at this downvalley public course that feels more like a high-end private course. Exquisite conditioning, service and course design make Eagle Ranch Golf Club a true locals' favorite in Eagle County.
Season pass variety suits various demographics and golfers, while a junior golf program focuses on getting younger folks into the sport. "It's a great place for families to play and learn and we definitely do our best to make room for young golfers and novice golfers," Boyer said.
"No. 12 is one of our most challenging and I think it is the prettiest hole. It is also unique in that it has an alternate green. When the course was originally built, we found that the original 12th green was too difficult for golfers. Instead of rebuilding the green, we built another green in a different location. Most golfers play the newer green, but the original green is an option for those looking for a challenge."
— Jeff Boyer, PGA General Manager at Eagle Ranch
Classification: 18-hole public course.
Dress code: Collared golf shirts, soft spike golf shoes or sneakers, no denim jeans.
With a wide valley view of the mountains surrounding Basalt to Glenwood Springs, the Ranch at Roaring Fork in Carbondale is a beautiful par 3 golf course suitable for all ages and abilities. This nine-hole midvalley course offers a glimpse of majestic Mt. Sopris from its mostly flat setting. Some elevated tees and sloping greens make for fun challenges. There are bunkers and water hazards dotted throughout the course, which is beautifully maintained.
Local golfers love this course for its accessibility and fun challenges, plus its reasonable fees — especially considering its location in the expensive Roaring Fork Valley. A chipping and putting green also offer golfers a place to hone their skills. Fairways and greens are well-groomed, and two tees offer about 1,000 yards difference in total playing length (1,078 yards vs. 980 yards). Pine, willow, cottonwood trees and bushes line the course.
Classification: Nine-hole, Par 3
Dress code: Shirt, smooth soled shoes or soft spikes.
Fees: May 1 to Sept. 16: Adults play for $21, seniors play for $18, juniors play for $16 (junior playing with paying adult is $10). Prior to May 1 and after Sept. 16: Adults play for $18, seniors play for $16 and juniors play for $15 (junior playing with paying adult is $10). Twilight (after 5 p.m.): Play unlimited golf for one 9-hole green fee.
Course description: No hassle, just golf at the last of the neighborhood courses and Carbondale's first golf course. With no tee times, fit your golf game conveniently to your schedule.
Signature hole: Hole no. 6 thanks to its layout, challenge and beauty.
The Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks is considered one of the top courses in country and consistently rated as the best mountain course in Colorado — Avid Golfer has us ranked it the no. 1 golf experience in Colorado and Golf Magazine says The Raven is a top 10 course in the United States. Located in Silverthorne, just an hour from Denver and minutes from the Vail Valley, the Raven's spectacular setting is only surpassed by its personalized service.
With spectacular scenery and dramatic elevation changes, The Raven is the perfect course to enjoy the wonders of Colorado.
Hole 9: "IRON MASK"
Course designer: Tom Lehman and Hurdzan/Fry
PGA Head Professional: Ryan Parr
Set in the undeveloped, wide open spaces of the Arkansas River Valley near Turquoise Lake, Mt. Massive Golf is truly a walk in the woods — no freeways, homes or condos to share your game with — just the elk, deer and woodland creatures.
Along with the golf course, Mt. Massive also features a nine-basket Disc Golf Course. And for the soccer enthusiast (new this year), the only 18-hole FootGolf Course in the region. "We believe golf should be fun and relaxing, so we operate our facility and treat our guests accordingly," said Craig Stuller, general manager and "head golf guy" at Mt. Massive Golf Course. "But we don't skimp on caring for our course — conditions rival those found at the pricier, resort courses nearby."
Hole NO. 1
Course designer: Adolph Kuss
PGA Head Professional: Mike O'Leary
For 65 years, golfers have been teeing off at the Glenwood Springs Golf Club set against the breathtaking backdrop of surrounding mountains. From the clubhouse and no. 3 tee box you have the most amazing view of Mt. Sopris. Having won the award of Colorado's no. 1 ninehole golf course, you will be pleasantly surprised by it's challenging greens. The green on hole no. 5 is probably the most difficult to navigate with its bends and turns. Hole no. 8 is the favorite par 3 on the course. The other greens on the course's par 3s are elevated and intriguing. The Glenwood Springs Golf Club offers competitive play in its men's club, ladies club and tournaments in addition to the more relaxed level of play on other days/times.
What you will like most about this Club is the people – they are small-town friendly and everyone will will make you feel like you are at home.
"Hole no. 7 is a challenging par 4. Your tee shot will bring a lake into play and your approach shot into a blind green. Hole no. 3 is a short uphill par 3. Teeing off from an elevated tee box, your shot must carry the road below you to an elevated green, with beautiful views of Mt. Sopris."
— Jerry Butler, general manager
Classification: 9 hole regulation, USGA-approved 5,830 yards
General Manager: Jerry Butler
Scenic views and an abundance of native wildlife are some of the highlights at this player-friendly course, just 50 minutes from downtown Steamboat Springs. The Yampa Valley Golf Course prides itself on its welcoming atmosphere, where everyone is treated like family. A team of well-trained, experienced staff work together to make the course enjoyable and affordable. The 6,600-yard course plays through and over 240 acres of cottonwoods, wetlands, native grasses and sage. Four tees make playing here perfect for all ability levels.
Hole no. 15 is guarded by the Yampa River on the right and a small creek down the left. "This hole is a short but challenging risk/reward par 5," Harnasch said. "Tree-lined fairways and proximity to the river provide for some spectacular views of the surrounding area and native wildlife."
Classification: Semi-private, 18 holes
Course description: Yampa Valley Golf Course plays through and over 240 acres of cottonwoods, wetlands, native grasses and sage. At nearly 6,600 yards and four sets of tees, it offers golfers of all abilities a challenge in skill that won't challenge the wallet.
With views of the breathtaking Gore Mountain Range, Vail Golf Course is a scenic, 18-hole public mountain course that's accessible for all playing abilities. With five sets of tees, the course has everyone covered from beginners to juniors to low handicap golfers.
For those looking to try something a little different, the club also offers golf-bikes to pedal your way around the course. "Transfer your clubs into the saddle bag on the back of the bike and pedal your way down the fairway – enjoy your golf and your biking all in one," said Director of Golf Alice Plain. The driving range is located near the clubhouse and hits from west to east, facing the spectacular Gore Range. Plain said it's the most beautiful driving range view in the state.
Hole 11, Par 4
Course designer: Ben Krueger
Dress code: Collared golf shirts, soft spike golf shoes or sneakers, no denim jeans.
Set beneath the backdrop of Mount Werner amid rolling ranch lands, Haymaker Golf Course is an 18-hole gem located in the lush, green Yampa Valley in Steamboat Springs. The spectacular Flat Top mountain range can be seen in the distance at this challenging links-style course with native grasses and wetlands enhancing the wide-open fairways.
Haymaker welcomes and challenges golfers of all ability levels, from novice to professional.
Hole no. 4: Flat Tops
Course designer: Keith Foster
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A links-style course that takes advantage of the topography of the surrounding ranch land of the Yampa Valley, Haymaker welcomes golfers of all abilities. It is common to see snow capped mountains, grazing cattle and eagles soaring above.
From river views to the breathtaking grandeur of Mt. Sopris, a game of golf at Ironbridge Golf Club is also a way to experience Colorado's landscapes. Ironbridge, located between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale off County Road 109, was built in 2003 but underwent upgrades and refinement in 2014. Golfers experience a diverse range of views and atmospheres across the 18-hole course.
For golfers who have not visited Ironbridge since the course changes made by Tom Lehman, upon their return they'll find the changes resulted in faster, more enjoyable rounds for the average golfer, while still challenging the better golfer.
Known as the "Lost Horizon," holes 10 through 13 offer challenging play with spectacular scenery. From the Pro Shop to the no. 12 tee, there is a dramatic 495-foot gain in elevation.
Course description: The 18-hole Ironbridge course is 7,224 yards in length, with several elevation changes and breathtaking views of Mount Sopris.
The Ironbridge Grill is becoming quite popular for golfers and non-golfers alike to enjoy casual, yet elevated American fare. Open year-round, the restaurant serves lunch and dinner in the summer months, featuring house specialties such as walleye, elk tenderloin, and shrimp and grits. Frequent wine dinners and weekly specials, along with quality service, have made the Ironbridge Grill a favorite dining establishment for both locals and Glenwood Springs visitors.
Ideally located between Vail and Beaver Creek ski areas, the EagleVail Golf Club's 18-hole course was designed to fit in with its majestic mountain setting. The course weaves in and around rivers, ponds, wetlands, forests and gardens, all set against a backdrop of spectacular mountains. Putting greens and a driving range, plus a casual Par 3 course called Willow Creek, make this course appealing to any level or style of golfer — from the Thursday night "buckets & brew" specials at the driving range to children's golf programs to men's and women's golf leagues.
The two-year certification process requires demonstration of a high degree of environmental quality in seven specific areas including Environmental Planning, Wildlife and Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.
"First off, get your camera out – this is not your average par 3. Then, club down on this cliff shot. The blue tees are 197 yards, but drop 185 feet in elevation and will play more like 150-155 yards. The whites, yellows and reds play like a 100-yard shot. Enjoy the flight of your ball as it hangs in the high elevation air against the stunning valley views."
— Ryan Flamm, PGA, Director of Golf
Course designer: Devlin/Von Hagge design team
Prices includes golf cart rental with GPS.
Lincoln Park Golf Course was established in 1926 and is located in the heart of beautiful Grand Junction. It's a regulation nine-hole golf course — with an appealing mix of fairways, water hazards and sand traps — can be stretched out to roughly 3,300 yards, said PGA Golf Professional Brian Franco. "Lincoln Park welcomes all ages and skill levels with four sets of tees in addition to our family tees," Franco said. "Although relatively flat, the greens provide challenges for all skill levels."
Tee times may be made seven days in advance by calling 970-2426394 or by using the course's free mobile app. To download the mobile app to your smart phone, search for Golf Grand Junction in the Apple App Store or Android Market.
The nine holes at Lincoln Park are somewhat unique, Franco said. "There is a short par 3 and a long par 3, a drivable par 4 for longer hitters, two medium-length par 4s and one tough long par 4. Also, the par 5s are two different animals — one is a short par 5 and reachable in two by many, and the other is considerably longer and requires two well played shots with distance to get home in two," he said. "With that being said, even though Lincoln Park is a nine-hole facility, it requires a variety of shots to be played in nine holes."
Classification: Regulation nine-hole public course.
Fees: Nine holes for $18, 18 holes for $28; Cart fees: Nine holes for $10/rider, 18 holes for $16/rider.
With beautiful views of the White River and the Chinese Wall of the Flat Tops Mountains, the nine holes at Meeker Golf Course deliver the views.
With two sets of tee boxes and plenty of elevation changes, Meeker Golf Course is a challenging but welcoming ninehole.
"The opening hole is the signature hole because of the unique elevation change from tee to fairway, and because of the risk/reward challenge due to it being a drivable Par 4, but there is a small pond in front of the green," Hooks said. "Also, the hole looks down into the White River valley with river meandering below."
Classification: Nine-hole regulation public course
Dress Code: Western ranch, cowboy boots with plastic spikes OK.
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