Colorado is one of just three states in the United States that don’t have any natural boundaries. Located inside a continent of more than 100,000 square miles, it is a large region that encompasses the Rocky Mountains, the Colorado Eastern Plains, and the desert region around the Uncompahgre Plateau. The season for golfing is often short but exquisite, lasting from April until October. Here are the top 10 golf courses in Colorado:
10. Country Club of the Rockies
In the Vale Valley in Colorado, there is a private, member-owned club called the country club of the Rockies. In addition to world-class golf on a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, the club offers its members and visitors award-winning dining at Vista, a nationally renowned golf shop, and year-round activities that enrich lives, improve connections and promote healthy living. The country club of the Rockies' course, which originally welcomed visitors in 1985, is usually regarded as one of Colorado's greatest. On eleven of the eighteen courses, the link-style layout has rolling topography and four holes that bridge the Eagle River and the water.
9. Red Sky Ranch and Golf Club- Fazio Course
Within a few years of one another, the red skies, Norman, and Fazio courses debuted at the turn of the millennium. They remain two of the best layouts in the state more than a decade later, as evidenced by their prominent positions in the Colorado rankings. Although the fairways wind through a mountainous area, they were created to follow the contours so that golfers never experience an extreme incline or dip while playing.
8. Red Sky Ranch and Golf Club - Norman Course
Like his golfing career, Greg Norman's reputation as a course designer is characterized by a drive for success. Norman deftly directs the game at the Red Sky Golf Club by utilizing the region's natural splendors. Wildflower meadows, tangled knots of scrub oak, and rugged rock outcroppings all contribute to the distinctive wilderness golf experience. With the majesty of Castle Peak in the background, this 7580-yard par-72 course offers some of the greatest sunsets in the Vale Valley.
7. Maroon Creek Club, Aspen
A series of excellent par-3 holes are found on the Tom Fazio-designed mountain golf course at the Maroon Creek Club, which is situated halfway between Aspen Village and the nearby airfield. The course is breathtaking and features many Tom Fazio design elements. Dennis Wise, the architect, restored the bunkers on the course in 2006, which has a 7129-yard length and a par of 71.
6. The Sanctuary Golf Course at Sedalia
A traditional golf and country club, the sanctuary golf course is situated in Sedalia, Colorado. Visitors will be treated to stunning views of the rocky mountains, gorgeous waterfalls, and lush vegetation in this wonderful setting. Their skilled team will take care of all the details so you don't have to. The Sanctuary Golf Course offers personalized, on-site planning services.
delicious food and stunning décor Up to 200 guests can be accommodated in this wonderful setting's capacity and amenities.
5. East at Broadmoor Golf Club
Another famous mountain course with renowned green features that produce optical illusions is the Broadmoor Golf Club East. Many sections that seem to be uphill are actually downhill since it is tucked up against Cheyenne Mountain. Few golfers are aware that the east course consists of nine Donald Ross holes (one through six and 16 through 18) plus additional holes. Robert Trent Jones' added those nine holes 30 years later.
4. Colorado Golf Club
The colorado golf club's par-4 tenth hole, which plays downhill to a green perched on a ridge with the Colorado Rockies in the distance, sets the tone for what may be Coore, and Crenshaw's best demonstration of how to transform what many would consider average geography into an excellent golf course. These designers completely changed this region of the front range southeast of Denver. They routed fairways through sagebrush hills scattered with pine trees and put greens on buttes and on the far sides of barrancas.
The second shot course at Colorado Golf Club has ostensibly huge landing zones that can cause balls to travel left, right, or even away from the play.
3. Cherry Hills Country Club
Cherry Hills featured a pioneering design when it initially opened in the early 1920s, with the nation's first par 5 island green and closing back-to-back par-5s, albeit the 18th is played as a route four in championship play in the 1960s. When Arnold Palmer and his partner Ed See restored Cherry Hills in 1976, they extended the opening hole so that no one could surpass Arnie's accomplishment. This helped to promote the notion of a drivable par-4. Nearly 40 years later, advancements in technology have restored tee-to-green access to the first hole.
2. Castle Pines Golf Club
When Golf Digest started awarding its annual best new courses in 1983, the judging panel selected Castle Pines as the private course winner. But Bill Davis, a co-founder of Golf Digest and the man behind all of its course rankings, objected to the course's inclusion since he didn't like it. No private courses were accredited that year as a result. As soon as Davis acknowledged his error, Castle Pines was added to America's 100 Greatest in 1987. It has been there ever since.
1. Ballyneal Golf Club
If the number 10 Sand Hills Golf Club symbolizes the notion that there is nothing more glorious than a round of golf outside the reach of cell phone reception, then Tom Doak's recreation of Nebraska's Sand Hills in northeastern Colorado, Ballyneal, shows that remote golf is even better when it is sparse in design.
Compared to sand hills without carts and dry, brown fescue grass on the fairways and greens, Balleyneal is far more austere. Because several of the greens are situated on hilltops, the impact of wind on putts must be considered. It offers incredibly stable and quick conditions. It's the only course in our rankings that has continuously become better over the past ten years.