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Golfers dont need to leave Aspen to find a public golf course boasting mountain views, 7,000-plus yards and challenging hazards.Located on the edge of town, the Aspen Golf Club is a locals favorite, and not just because the course offers a discount pass to local residents. But the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond offer a plethora of golfing options, from private courses where youll need to know somebody in order to play, to nine-hole courses with reasonable green fees.Beyond the Roaring Fork Valley (Aspen to Glenwood Springs), a longer drive brings courses both east and west of Glenwood Springs within range.The options:ASPEN GOLF CLUBwww.aspenrecreation.com39551 Highway 82, Aspen 970-379-3374 Type: Public, 18 holes, par 71Green fees: 18 Holes: $95 from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., $75 from 1 to 3:30 p.m., $45 from 3:30 p.m. to close; 9 Holes: $45 from 3:30 p.m.to close Tee times: Five days in advance, from 6:30 a.m. Dress Code: Collared shirts, appropriate golf attire required. No metal spikes. Designer: Frank Hummel Tee boxes: Blue – slope: 126, rating: 70.5, ydg: 6432 White – slope: 118, rating: 65.5, ydg: 5579 Red – slope: 119, rating: 69.1, ydg: 5222 Gold – slope: 133, rating: 73.7, ydg: 7136 Practice: Driving range, chipping area, practice bunker, classes Amenities: Restaurant, bar, snack bar, tennis Misc. info: This is a championship course thats quite challenging with lots of water, trees and other hazards. Compared to many mountain courses its fairly flat, so its a very walkable, enjoyable course. From the back tees, the course measures 7136 yards, making it known as one of the longest municipal courses in the state. Directions: One mile west of downtown Aspen on Highway 82.SNOWMASS CLUBwww.snowmassclub.com 0239 Snowmass Club Circle, Snowmass Village 970-923-5600 Type: Semi-private, 18 holes, par 72 Green fees: Public, summer: 18 holes: $185; 9 holes: $95; Early season (May 5 to June 22) and late season (Sept. 10 to Oct. 14) 18 holes: $120; 9 holes: $65 Tee times: 1 days in advance Dress Code: Appropriate golf attire Designer: Jim Engh Tee boxes: Black – slope: 143, rating: 71.9, ydg: 7008 Blue – slope: 134, rating: 70.3, ydg: 6559 White – slope: 124, rating: 69.1, ydg: 6126 Gold (ladies) slope: 132, rating: 71.7, ydg: 5471 Green – slope:119, rating: 67.6, ydg: 4736 Practice: Driving range, chipping green and putting green Amenities: Restaurant, bar, pro shop, tennis Misc. info: Jim Enghs 7,008-yard course features an undulating landscape with seven different grasses including bent greens, blue grass fairways and native Colorado mix, creating a one-of-a-kind Irish links course with mountain flair. Voted No. 6 Best New Upscale Public Course by Golf Digest, 2004 and No. 16 Resort in North America by Cond Nast Traveler, 2004. Directions: Take Highway 82 to Brush Creek Road; go 2 miles to Highline Road. Turn left on Highline Road and take the first right to the club.MAROON CREEK CLUB 10 Club Circle Road, Aspen 970-920-1533 Type: Private, 18 holes, par 70 Green fees: By member invitation only Tee times: Seven days in advance, from 7:30 Dress Code: No denim, collared shirt and golf slacks or shorts required. Designer: Tom Fazio Tee boxes: Black – slope: 139, rating: 73.3, ydg: 7110 Gold – slope: 135, rating: 71.9, ydg: 6802 Blue – slope: 132, rating: 69.9, ydg: 6323 Blue (women) – slope: 154, rating: 76.4 Green – slope: 122, rating: 68.1, ydg: 5802 Green (women) slope: 148, rating: 73.4, ydg: 5802 Red – slope: 134, rating: 70.0, ydg: 5111 Practice: Driving range, chipping green, practice bunker, pro Amenities: Restaurant, bar, snack bar Misc. info: An astonishing private club with gorgeous flowers speckling the course at high season. Two-tiered greens with a lot of sloped fairways make this a challenging course. Directions: From Glenwood Springs, take Highway. 82 to Aspen. Course is just north of town, across from Buttermilk Ski Area.
ROARING FORK CLUBwww.roaringforkclub.net 100 Arbaney Ranch Road, Basalt 970-927-9100 Type: Private, 18 holes, par 72 Green fees: Invitation only Dress Code: No denim, collared shirt and spikeless shoes required. Designer: Jack Nicklaus Tee boxes: Black – slope: 137, rating: 73.1, ydg: 7130 White – slope: 131, rating: 71, ydg: 6582 Sage – slope: 125, rating: 68.6, ydg: 6018 Sage (ladies) slope: 142, rating: 73.6 Rose – slope:129, rating: 69.4, ydg: 5255 Practice: Driving change, chipping and putting greens, bunkersAmenities: Restaurant, pro shop, pool, tennis Misc. info: A Nicklaus signature course in parkland setting, with some holes along the rivers, some in woods. Directions: One mile south of Basalt on Highway 82THE RANCH AT ROARING FORK 14913 Hwy. 82, Carbondale 970-963-4410 Type: Public, 9 holes, par 3 Green fees: $17, $14 for junior/seniorsTee times: first come, first servedDress Code: Soft spikes, smooth soled shoesDesigner: UnknownTee boxes: Red – ydg: 1018 White – ydg: 1108Practice: Putting greenAmenities: Concession areaMisc. info: An open course with some water features, this well-maintained small course is ideal for a quick game after work or another activity. Also a great learning course with some lessons available. Directions: Take I-70 to Highway. 82. through Glenwood and through the Carbondale stoplight. Go three miles farther, course is on the right, between mile markers 14 and 15 on Highway 82.RIVER VALLEY RANCH GOLF CLUB http://www.rvrgolf.com 303 River Valley Ranch Dr., Carbondale 970-963-3625 Type: Public, 18 holes, par 72 Green fees: Local rates available to residents of Garfield, Eagle, Pitkin, Gunnison counties: Nonresident: Off-season $50/peak; $40 after 2 p.m.; $30 after 4:30 p.m. Summer: $75; $55 after 3; $35 after 5:30 p.m. Tee times: 2 weeks in advance from 7 a.m. mid-summer Dress Code: No denim, collared shirt and spikeless shoes required. Designer: Jay Morrish Tee boxes: Black – slope: 136, rating: 73.7, ydg: 7348 Blue – slope: 129, rating: 70.6, ydg: 6600 White – slope: 116, rating: 68.0, ydg: 5964 Red -slope: 114, rating: 68.8, ydg: 5168 Misc. info: This gently sloping, open course was cut from farmland and offers stunning views of Mount Sopris from every hole. Eight of the holes feature water and its a very walkable course. Directions: From Glenwood Springs, take Highway 82 12 miles toward Aspen. Turn right on Highway 133. After two miles, turn right on River Valley Ranch Drive and go one-quarter mile to the clubhouse on the right.ASPEN GLEN CLUBwww.aspen-glen.com 0545 Bald Eagle Way, Carbondale 970-704-1988 Type: Private, 18 holes, par 72Green fees: Guests, accompanied: $133; unaccompanied: $256 Tee times: 7 days in advance, from 7:30 a.m. Dress Code: No denim, collared shirt and Bermuda shorts required Designer: Nicklaus/Nicklaus II Tee boxes: Gold – slope: 137, rating: 75.1, yards: 7455 Blue – slope: 129, rating: 72.0, yards: 6830 White – slope: 123, rating: 69.1, yards: 6181 Green – slope: 120, rating: 69.9, yards: 5342 Practice: Driving range, chipping and putting greens Amenities: Restaurant, pro shop, beverage cartsMisc. info: Beautiful course, one of the most scenic in Colorado with Mount Sopris backdrop. Roaring Fork River runs through the course. A pretty straightforward signature Nicklaus course. Directions: From Glenwood Springs, take Highway 82 12 miles toward Aspen. Club is on the right.GLENWOOD SPRINGS GOLF CLUBwww.glenwoodgolf.com 193 Sunny Acres Road, Glenwood Springs 970-945-7086 Type: Public, 9 holes, par 35 Green fees: 18 holes, $37/walk; $49.50/cart 9 holes, $22/walk; $29.50/cart Tee times: Seven days in advance from 7 a.m. Dress Code: No tank tops or cutoffs. Appropriate golf attire appreciated. Designer: Henry Hughes Tee boxes: (9 holes) Ladies – slope: 120, rating: 69.4, ydg: 2566 Mens – slope: 112, rating: 67.3, ydg: 2947 Practice: Putting and chipping greens, lessons Amenities: Pro shop, restaurantMisc. info: Built in 1952, this course of small undulating greens is nicknamed The Hill because everythings on a slope. Not a long course, but what it lacks in length it makes up for in challenging greens and fairways. Directions: Take I-70 to exit 116 (Glenwood Springs). Turn left at 6th Street and go west until a fork in the road (one mile). Veer right to Nonegan Road and turn right at Sunny Acres Road (about one-half mile).
IRONBRIDGE GOLF CLUBwww.ironbridgeclub.com 430 Ironbridge Drive, Glenwood Springs 970-384-0630 Type: Private, 18 holes, par 72 Green fees: Guest rate, accompanied: $85; unaccompanied: $150 Tee times: No restriction, from 8 a.m. Dress Code: Traditional golf attire Designer: Arthur Hills Tee boxes: Blue – slope: 137, rating: 72.3, ydg: 6706 White – slope: 130, rating: 69.12, ydg: 6208 Black – slope: 143, rating: 74.3, ydg: 7224 Red – ydg: 5531 Gold – ydg: 4948 Practice: Driving range, putting and chipping range Amenities: Snack bar, beverage carts, pro shop Misc. info: This very new course was just named the 19th best course in Colorado by Golf Digest. They say it plays like three different course, with nine holes along the Roaring Fork River, four holes in the mountains and the remaining five links-style. With a full view of Mount Sopris in the distance, this is a signature high-country course. Directions: Take Highway 82 from Glenwood Springs toward Aspen about two miles. Turn right on Westbank Road. Cross the bridge and follow Westbank Road to the course.LAKOTA CANYON RANCH GOLF CLUBwww.lakotacanyonranch.com 1000 Clubhouse Dr., New Castle 970-984-9700 Type: Public, 18 holes, par 72Green fees: With cart: 18 holes, $89; 9 holes, $50 Tee times: 30 days in advance, from 7 a.m. Dress Code: Golf attire required, no denim Designer: Jim Engh Tee boxes: White – slope: 116, rating: 67.1, ydg: 5608 Blue – slope: 126, rating: 69.5, ydg: 6369 Black – slope: 137, rating: 72.2, ydg: 7111 Red – slope: 123, rating 68.5, ydg: 4744 Practice: Driving range, chipping green and putting greenAmenities: Pro shop, restaurant, beverage cart Misc. info: Ranked in top 10 of country by Golf Magazine, public upscale course. Mountain, target-type course with high difficulty. Extreme bunkering and sloping, bowled-out green areas. Native areas, a lot of small pines and brush. Canyons, elevation changes. Directions: Take I-70 west past Glenwood to the New Castle exit, No. 105. Go north .8 miles on Castle Valley Boulevard to golf course entrance.RIFLE CREEK GOLF CLUBwww.riflecreekgolf.com 3004 State Highway 325, Rifle 970-625-1093 Type: Public, 18 holes, par 72 Green fees: 18 holes, $39; 9 holes, $22 Tee times: Four days in advance, from 7 a.m. Dress Code: Shirt and shoes required Designer: Richard Phelps Tee boxes: Blue – slope: 123, rating: 70.2, ydg: 6267 White – slope: 115, rating: 67.9, ydg: 5797 Red – slope: 120, rating: 68.1, ydg: 5127 Practice: Putting and chipping greens, driving range Amenities: Restaurant, beverage cart on weekends Misc. info: Front 9 is more traditional, wide open course with undulating tough greens. Back 9 is up through the mountainous canyons so its a lot of elevated tee boxes, narrow fairways, more of a target golf course. Beautiful views, people travel from all over just for the scenic back 9. Directions: Take I-70 to the Rifle exit. Go north on Highway 13 about 3 miles to the north side of Rifle. Watch for the sign to the golf course and turn right (north) on State Highway 325. Go approximately 3 miles to the course.COTTON RANCH GOLF CLUBwww.cottonranchclub.com 530 Cotton Ranch Dr., Gypsum 970-524-6200 Type: Semi-private, 18 holes, par 72 Green fees: Guest: 18 holes, $55-$90; 9 holes, $35-$55; Eagle County resident: 18 holes, $55-$75; 9 holes, $35-$45 Tee times: Available online Dress Code: No jeans; proper golf attire is required Designer: Pete Dye Tee boxes: Black – slope: 130, rating: 72.9, ydg: 6980 Brown – slope: 123, rating: 71.5, ydg: 6474 Gold – slope: 118, rating: 70.8, ydg: 6048 Practice: Driving range, chipping green, bunker Amenities: Pro shop, restaurant, tennis, pool, fitness center, full service club house Misc. info: Nestled in the Gypsum Valley, Cotton Ranch is an 18-hole championship course for players of all abilities. Gypsum Creek travels through many of the holes, with spectacular views of the Red Table Mountains, New York Mountains and Castle Peak. Directions: Take I-70 west to exit 140 (Gypsum), turn and go 3/4 miles to Valley Road. Turn right on Valley Road, go one mile south; course is on the right.EAGLE RANCH GOLF CLUBwww.eagleranchgolf.com 50 Lime Park Drive, Eagle 866-328-3232 Type: Public, 18 holes, par 72 Green fees: (From June 25) Guest: 18 holes, $99; 9 holes, $55; Eagle County resident: 18 holes, $79; 9 holes, $45 Tee times: Three days in advance, available online Dress Code: Traditional golf attire Designer: Arnold Palmer Tee boxes: Black – slope: 136, rating: 74.1, ydg: 7530 Gold – slope: 133, rating: 72.3, ydg: 7151 Blue – slope: 129, rating: 70.0, ydg: 6718 White – slope: 116, rating: 68.2, ydg: 6171 Red – slope: 132, rating: 70.5, ydg: 5497 Practice: Driving range, chipping and putting greens with bunker Amenities: Pro shop, restaurant Misc. info: Several water hazards will test your accuracy as the course plays through the Brush Creek Valley. Meanwhile, the views of the surrounding Sawatch Mountains will test your concentration. Five sets of tees ranging from 5,400 to 7,500 yards provide an enjoyable and challenging design for golfers of all skill levels. Directions: Take I-70 west to exit 147 (Eagle). Head south one-half mile to Highway 6. Head west to Sylvan Lake Road and turn left. Follow signs to the course.
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