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Adobe Creek National Golf CourseAdobe Creek is a links-style course with wide fairways, gentle rolling greens and few trees.Par: 72Yards: 6,997Rating: 71.4Slope: 122Type: Public Fees: $17.00-$24.00Contact: 876 181/2 Road, Fruita CO, 81521, 970-858-0521Designer: Ned WilsonDress Code: Shirts, spikeless shoes requiredDirections: Take I-70 to the Fruita exit (#19, about 10 miles west of Grand Junction). Go left to Frontage Road. Turn left and go about 1 mile.

The course overlooks the Colorado River, featuring undulating terrain and large, rolling greens. Par: 72Yards: 7,254Rating: 73.7Slope: 135Type: PublicFees: Guest $35.00Contact: 3930 North Battlement Parkway, Battlement Mesa CO 81635, 970-285-7274Designer: Finger/DyeDress Code: Collared shirt, no cutoffs, denim OKDirections: From I-17 take Exit 75 (Parachute and Battlement Mesa exit) south. Follow the road across the river and up to the clubhouse.

This moderately open course features some bunkering and water on seven holes. Bookcliff is a particularly good walking course. Its greens offer gentle contours and decent speed. Par: 71Yards: 6,632Rating: 70.5Slope: 121Type: PrivateFees: Guest $40.00Contact: 2730 G Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506, 970-242-9053Designer: Dick PhelpsDress Code: No denim, collard shirt, bermuda shorts requiredDirections: Take I-70 to Grand Junction. Go south on Horizon Drive (airport exit). Turn right after the Pizza Hut (about 1/2 mile). Take an immediate right to the course.

Situated at the foot of the Grand Mesa, this course offers breathtaking panoramic views. With many trees, OB on half of the holes, and water on only one hole, this executive course will not disappoint. The greens are elevated, well protected by mounding, and they offer unusual slopes.Par: 86Yards: 3,749Rating: 59Slope: 86Type: PublicFees: $17.00-$21.00Contact: 222 29 Road, Grand Junction, CO 970-245-7177Designer: WilsonGroupDress Code: Shirt and shoes requiredDirections: Take I-70 to the Cliffton exit 37. Turn left at 32 Road and then trun west on 6 & 50. Turn north at 29 Road. Go two blocks and the course is on the right.

This 9-hole course is relatively flat and tree-lined, featuring small greens and few bunkers. There is water on three holes, and OB affects play on seven holes. Par: 72Yards: 6,435Rating: 68.9Slope: 118Type: PublicFees: $10.00-$14.00Contact: 800 Mantlo Circle, Grand Junction, CO 81501, 970-242-6394 Dress Code: Shirt, spikeless shoes requiredDirections: Take I-70 to the Horizon Drive exit. Turn south on 12th street. Take 12th Street to Gunnison and turn left.

The front 9 of the Rifle Creek course is quite distinct from the back 9. The front 9 is a traditional style course with relatively flat greens winding near Rifle Creek. The back nine is more topographically challenging, with hilly terrain requiring more target skill. This is a beautiful course with no housing to block the view. Par: 72Yards: 6,235Rating: 69Slope: 124Type: Semi-privateFees: Guest $34.00Contact: 3004 State Hwy. 325, Rifle, CO 81650, 970-625-1093Designer: Richard PhelpsDress Code: Shirt and shoes requiredDirections: From I-70 go north on Hwy. 13 for approximately 3 miles to the north side of Rifle. Watch for a sign to the golf course and turn right (north) on state Hwy. 325 approximately to the course.

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Designed by award winning Golf Architect Jim Engh, the Golf Club at Redlands Mesa is located near the dramatic Colorado National Monument. This breathtaking course features fairways and greens set in and around red rock canyons, cliffs, and desert valleys.Contact: 2325 West Ridges Boulevard, Grand Junction, CO 81503, 970-263-9270Type: PublicFees: $41.00-$59.00Designer: Jim EnghDress Code: Traditional Golf AttireDirections: Take I-70 to Redlands Parkway. Go south for 5.5 miles to Broadway. Turn east on Broadway and go 1.5 miles to Ridges Blvd. Turn south and drive 1 mile.

While the front 9 is narrowly situated between houses, the back 9 is much more open. The course offers gentle fairways with few trees, relatively small greens and few bunkers.Par: 69Yards: 6,289Rating: 69 Slope: 120Type: PublicFees: $18.00-$22.00Contact: 2063 South Broadway, Grand Junction, CO 81503, 970-254-3830Designer: Tom KolacnyDress Code: Shirt and shoes requiredDirections: Take I-70 to the Exit 28 (the 24 road exit) and turn south. Go about 7 miles.Roaring Fork Valley Glenwood to Aspen

A Jack Nicklaus/Jack Nicklaus II layout with big, inviting fairways and dramatic holes along and across the Roaring Fork River. The views of Mt. Sopris are a constant feature, and the property is not as overdeveloped as some of its counterparts. Play is typically uncrowded, and the course is kept in immaculate condition.Par: 72Yards: 7,455Rating: 74.6Slope: 130Type: PrivateFees: Guests $120-$245Contact: 408 E. Cooper Street, Aspen, CO 970-704-1988 Designer: Nicklaus/Nicklaus IIDress Code: No denim, collared shirt and bermuda requiredDirections: From Glenwood Springs, take Highway 82 12 miles toward Aspen. Club is on the right.

A former cow pasture that makes up for its lack of elevation changes with water on nearly every hole and treacherous greens. It’s in great shape for a municipal course, but play can get crowded in summer high season. Fantastic views of Pyramid Peak, Mt. Hayden and Independence Pass.Par: 72Yards: 7,165Rating: 72.7Slope: 127Type: PublicFees: $80.00Contact: 408 E. Cooper Street, Aspen, CO 970-925-2145Designer: Frank HummelDress Code: No tank tops or cutoffsDirections: 1 mile west of downtown Aspen on Highway 82.

A nine-hole public course on a hillside overlooking West Glenwood and I-70. Sloped fairways and mature trees add to the difficulty, and there are a number of interesting short holes. Not a bad way to spend two hours, but playing 18 is difficult on a busy day.Par: 35Yards: 2,865Rating: 66.7Slope: 115Type: PublicFees: $25.00Contact: 193 131 Road, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601, 970-945-7086Dress Code: No tank tops, cut-offsDirections: Take Glenwood Springs exit 116. Turn left at 6th Street and go west until a fork in the road (1 mile). Veer right to Donegan Road, and turn right at Sunny Acres Road (about 1/2 mile).

Ultra-exclusive Tom Fazio layout on both sides of Highway 82 near Buttermilk Ski Area, right outside Aspen. The fairways are tight, and the first four holes seem like a precursor to the real course on the other side of the road. Dramatic changes in elevation, excellent greens and perhaps the Roaring Fork Valley’s most scenic holes, along Maroon Creek.Par: 70Yards: 7,129Rating: 73.2Slope: 140Contact: 010 Club Circle Road, Aspen CO 81611, 970-920-1533Type: PrivateFees: Guests $135Designer: Tom FazioDress Code: No denim, collared shirt and bermuda shorts requiredDirections: From Glenwood Springs, take Highway 82 south to Aspen. Course is just north of town.

A nine-hole, par-three “executive” course alongside Highway 82 outside Carbondale. Shaggy greens and not enough long-iron shots, but plenty of opportunities to work on your wedge play. It’s possible to fit a round in during a lunch break.Contact: 14913 Highway 82, Carbondale, 970-963-4410

A solid Jay Moorish design on the banks of the Crystal River with lots of water and a constant breeze. A number of unique holes and superb, distracting views of Mt. Sopris from everywhere on the course. Play is uncrowded, but be prepared to deal with some construction from new development around the course.Par: 72Yards: 7,249Rating: 73.2Slope: 125Type: PublicFees: $50-$75Contact: 303 River Valley Ranch Drive, Carbondale, CO, 970-963-3625Designer: Jay MorrishDress Code: No denim, collared shirt and spikeless shoes requiredDirections: From Glenwood Springs, go south 12 miles on highway 82 towards Aspen. Turn right on Highway 133. After 2 miles, turn right on River Valley Ranch Drive and go 1/4 mile to the clubhouse on the right.

This private Jack Nicklaus signature effort runs on both sides of the Roaring Fork River in Basalt. Tight, memorable holes, tricky greens, acres of wildflowers and plenty of water stocked with trout so large it’s hard to focus on your game. Uncrowded and in perfect shape, but watch out for some encroaching out-of-bounds areas to further hinder your concentration.Par: 72Yards: 7,016Rating: 72.8Slope: 138Type: PrivateFees: Invitation onlyContact: 100 Arbaney Ranch Road, Basalt, CO 81621, 970-927-9100Designer: Jack NicklausDress Code: No denim, collared shirt and spikeless shoes requiredDirections: One mile east of Basalt on Highway 82.

Named “Best New Golf Architect” by Golf Digest last year, Jim Engh has taken on the task of redesigning the new Snowmass Club course, currently under construction and scheduled to open in July 2003. The new 18-hole par 72 facility will include an entire redesign. Five sets of tees will range from 4,500-7,000 yards. Upon completion, the golf course will be one of the premier courses on the western slope and in all of Colorado.Type: ResortFees: TBDContact: 239 Snowmass Club Circle, Snowmass Village, CO 81615 (970) 923-0929Designer: Jim EnghDress Code: No Denim, collard shirt, spikeless shoes requiredDirections: Take Highway 82 south from Glenwood Springs to Brush Creek Road. Turn right and go 2 miles to Highline Road. Turn left on Highline Road and take the first right to the club.

Beaver Creek meanders through this heavily-trapped course. The subtly undulating fairways lead to moderately sized and well-contoured greens. Par: 70Yards: 6,752Rating: 71Slope: 140Type: ResortFees: Guests $135Contact: 103 Offerson Road, Avon, CO 81620, 970-845-5775Designer: Robert Trent Jones, Jr.Dress Code: No denim, collared shirt, bermuda shorts requiredDirections: Take I-70 to Avon (exit 167) and head south to the course.

This Pete Dye design is the westernmost of Eagle County’s championship courses. The course is links-style, despite several holes on a bluff. Water is a factor on most holes.Contact: 530 Cotton Ranch Drive, Gypsum, CO 81637, 970-524-6200Par: 72Yards: 6,914Rating: 71.2Slope: 127Type: Private Fees: $100.00Designer: Pete DyeDress Code: No denim, collared shirt, bermuda shorts requiredDirections: Take I-70 west to Gypsum (exit 140), turn left at the exit stop sigh and go 3/4 mile to Valley Road. Turn right on Valley Road, go 1 mile south and the course will be on the right.

A Jack Nicklaus signature course. The club is located in Arrowhead, a gated, residential neighborhood just west of Avon/Beaver Creek. This links-style course has few trees and undulating terrain. The course features large mounds separating the fairways. Par: 72Yards: 7,367Rating: 73.7Slope: 135Contact: 676 Sawatch Drive, Edwards, CO 81632, 970-926-3021Stats: Par 70, 6,785 yardsType: PrivateFees: Guests $175Designer: Jack NicklausDress Code: No denim, collared shirt, bermuda shorts requiredDirections: Take I-70 to the Edwards Exit (163). Head south to Highway 6 and take a left. Go about 1/2 mile to the entrance to the course.

This Arnold Palmer course opened in 2001, making it the first public golf course to open in the Vail Valley since 1975. This course is designed for all abilities of play. Par: 72Yards: 7,506Rating: 73.2Slope: 133Type: PublicFees: $45-$90Contact: 2065 Eagle Ranch Road, Eagle CO 81631, 866-328-3232Designer: Palmer/SeayDress Code: Traditional golf attireDirections: Take I-70 west to exit 147 (Eagle). Head south 1/2 mile to Highway 6. Head west to Sylvan Lake Road and turn left. Follow the signs to the course.

The course offers a variety of terrain. The elevation undulates frequently, and the course features dense trees, water and many bunkers. Par: 72Yards: 6,819Rating: 71.3Slope: 131Type: ResortFees: $105Contact: 431 Eagle Drive, Avon, CO 81620, 800-341-8051Designer: Devlin/VonHaggeDress Code: No denim, collared shirt and bermuda shorts requiredDirections: From Vail, take I-70 west to exit 171 (Minturn). Turn west at the stop sign, head 2 miles and turn left at the stop light.

The Tom Fazio course offers a dramatic golf experience with interest and variety. The front nine holes have a desert feel, while the back nine offers a mountain forest experience, winding through juniper and aspen. Large landing areas and generous greens make this a challenging and enjoyable course for players of all skill levels. Par: 72Yards: 7,113Rating: 73 Slope: 135Contact: 376 Red Sky Road, Edwards, CO, 970-477-8406Designer: Tom FazioDirections: I-70 west from Denver to Wolcott. Turn left and proceed 1 mile to Red Sky Road.

The Sonnenalp course is a links-style course. While the terrain on the front nine is gently contoured, the back nine is significantly more hilly. The large greens have few trees, and are well protected by bunkers.Par: 71Yards: 7,059Rating: 73.1Slope: 139Type: ResortFees: $160.00Contact: 1265 Berry Creek Road, Edwards, CO, 970-477-5370Designer: Morrish/CuppDress Code: No Denim, collared shirt, spikeless shoes are requiredDirections: Take I-70 to Edwards exit 163. Turn right and immediately right onto Berry Creek Road.

Opened in 1963, this course is the grandfather of the Valley’s courses. It has many tree-lined fairways, and water hazards on most holes. The large greens are relatively flat and well protected by bunkers.Par: 71Yards: 6,859Rating: 70.8Slope: 121Contact: 1778 Vail Valley Drive, Vail, CO 81657, 970-473-2260Type: ResortFees: $70-$105Designer: Ben KruegerDress Code: No denim, collared shirt and soft spikes requiredDirections: Take I-70 to exit 176 (main Vail exit). Head east on the South Frontage Road for 2 miles to Vail Valley Drive

Breckenridge Golf ClubBreckenridge is the only municipally owned course designed by Jack Nicklaus in the world. This is a difficult course, and accuracy is very important due to the abundance of grassy mounds, bunkers, and native grasses.Par: 72Yards: 7,279Rating: 73.3Slope: 149Type: PublicFees: $95.00Contact: 200 Clubhouse Drive, Breckenridge, CO, 970-453-9104Designer: Jack NicklausDress Code: Collared shirt, no cutoffs, denim okayDirections: Take I-70 to exit 203. Head south for 7 miles to Highway 9. Take Hwy. 9 to Tiger Road.

This 9-hole course offers a wide variety of challenging terrain. The majority of the course is flat and dotted with trees. Cottonwood Creek is a prominent feature.Par: 72Yards: 6,165Rating: 67.5Slope: 115Type: PublicFees: $23.00Contact: 28775 Fairway Drive, Buena Vista, CO, 719-395-8189Designer: Phelps/BrauerDress Code: No tank tops, cutoffsDirections: Take Highway 285 to Buena Vista. Turn right at the stop light in town and go 1 1/3 mile. There are signs for the course on the right side of the street.

At almost 9,700 feet, this is the highest altitude 18-hole course in North America. The course follows the natural alpine terrain, meandering through forests, ponds and 10-Mile Creek.Par: 70Yards: 6,094Rating: 67.6Slope: 124Type: ResortFees: $65-$85Contact: 104 Wheeler Place, Copper Mtn., CO, 970-968-2882Designer: Pete and Perry DyeDress Code: No tank tops, cutoffsDirections: I-70 to exit 195 (Copper Mountain). Proceed 1/4 mile to Copper Road and turn left on Golf Course Drive.

This course is known not only for its challenging holes, but also for its views. With views of the Gore Range, the Keystone Ranch Course winds through lodgepole pines, around sage meadows and across a nine-acre lake. Par: 72 Yards: 7,109Rating: 71.4Slope: 130Type: ResortFees: $125-$140Contact: 22010 Highway 6, Keystone, CO 80435, 970-968-2882Designer: Robert Trent Jones, Jr.Dress Code: No denim, collared shirt and spikeless shoes requiredDirections: From I-70 take Highway 6 (exit 205) south 6 miles to stop lights in Keystone. Turn right and follow the signs.

The highly acclaimed Keystone River Course premiered in 2000. The first tee features a 100-foot drop, while the rest of the front nine provides water hazards and wide, open fairways. The back nine features dramatic elevation changes and views of Lake Dillon, the Gore Range and Buffalo Mountain. Contact: 155 River Course Drive, Keystone, CO 80435, 970-496-4444Type: ResortFees: $125-$140Designer: Hurzdan/FryDress Code: No denim, collard shirt and spikeless shoes requiredDirections: From I-70 take the Dillon/Silverthorne exit #205. Go south on Highway 6 to the course.

At 9,860 feet, this is North America’s highest altitude 9-hole course. Located in the Arkansas River Valley, the course is and surrounded by many 14,000 foot mountains. The course features narrow fairways carved through a lodgepole pine forest. The greens are relatively and well-protected by bunkers.Par: 72Yards: 6,170Rating: 66.2Slope: 111Type: PublicFees: $18Contact: 259 County Road 5, Leadville, CO 80461, 719-486-2176Designer: Adolph KussDress Code: Shirt , shoes requiredDirections: Take I-70 to Highway 91 south to Leadville. The course is five minutes west of town on 6th Street.

Routed through towering pines, quaking aspens, crystal clear creeks and trout filled lakes; the Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks overloads the senses with Colorado’s mountain beauty. The Raven is located in the majestic Gore Mountain Range and offers panoramic vistas. Par: 72Yards: 7,413Rating: 73.8Slope: 135Type: Semi-Private Fees: $75-$124Contact: 2929 Golden Eagle Road, Silverthorne, CO , 970-262-3636Designer: Hurzdan/Fry and LehmanDress Code: Collared shirt, spikeless shoesDirections: From I-70, take the Dillon/Silverthorne exit #205 and head north on highway 6. The entrance is 3 miles on your left.

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