Colorado Getaways 2022: Redlands Mesa

Redlands Mesa

Grand Junction’s Grandest

EVER WONDER WHAT it would be like to play golf along the bottom of the Grand Canyon or in the Garden of the Gods? The opportunity awaits at The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa. Using the majestic Colorado National Monument as a backdrop, Golf course architect Jim Engh seemingly painted this surreal 7,007-yard layout onto a vertiginous high-desert canvas of jagged buttes and sandstone formations south of Grand Junction. Redlands Mesa earned Golf Digest’s Best New Course of 2001, and it remains one of the foremost courses in the state and country.

Sandra Weckerly, who owns the course with her husband David and has been its general manager for the last five years, has helped polish this jewel by making “it feels like a vacation resort experience whether you’re a local or visitor,” she says.

She’s accomplished this by moving the golf shop from the clubhouse into its own building “with a better view of the first tee,” and completely renovating the dining area. The result, Ocotillo —an “upscale casual dining experience” with white-linen tablecloths and a wide-ranging menu —has proved wildly popular with both golfers and nongolfers. So has the new pool adjacent to the clubhouse, expanded event lawn, alfresco dining, golf simulators and an overall upgrade in the level of service.

The Weckerlys also plan to build on-premises lodging for their many destination golfers, but for now, stay-and- play deals with local hotels help keep the tee sheets full—as do the brisk home sales in the surrounding enclave.

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