Getting the Grand Tour…
Denver real-estate titan Buz Koelbel has had a lifelong love of Grand County, where he learned to ski and fly-fish as a boy. As a resident of Koelbel & Company’s 520-acre Grand Elk second-home community in Granby, you can pursue those activities, plus golf on the Craig Stadler-designed Grand Elk Golf Club, biking and hiking on miles of trails, boating on Grand Lake and Lake Granby and much more—all within minutes of your doorstep. Spacious ranch-style and main floor master villas along the course start in the $700s, while the new Village at Arrowhead features 32 grand one- and two-story designs on sizable golf course sites. koelbelatgrandelk.com
A GATHERING SPOT
The rustically elegant clubhouse at Grand Elk Golf Club provides Grand Elk residents with tee times and lessons, as well as access to a spa, outdoor pool and the Grand Elk Grille, where lunch and dinner choices range from burgers and tacos to garlic seared halibut and maple- chipotle pork shoulder. grandelk.com
WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE
Grand County is home to Grand Lake, Colorado’s largest and deepest natural lake, and 7,000-acre Lake Granby, a reservoir that’s the state’s third-largest body of water. The former attracts sailboaters and kayakers with its views of Rocky Mountain National Park and the moose in the shallows. The latter appeals to jet-skiers and all forms of boaters, as well as fishermen casting for mackinaw and kokanee salmon. Both offer swimming spots, as well as marinas for watercraft and SUP rentals. The shores of both lakes feature campsites, in addition to abundant dining and lodging options. visitgrandcounty.com
BUYING THE RANCH
Watch for big changes and upgrades at Granby Ranch. On May 5, the entire ski and golf property sold for $29 million to Missouri-based GR Terra, which “will commit to investing the time and resources for Granby Ranch to realize its full potential,” according to a press release. Touchstone Golf should continue to run the golf course as improvements in lodging and hospitality take place. granbyranch.com
Why not get some culture while exercising in the great outdoors? The Winter Park Art Trail is a free art trail along the
scenic Fraser River Trail between Winter Park Resort and the Headwaters Center. Walkers, runners, and bikers can enjoy this display from July 2nd through Labor Day and vote via QR Code for their favorite work, making the winning artist $1,500 richer. playwinterpark.com/art-trail
Situated across U.S. 40 from Grand Elk, the 7,123-yard, par 72 Granby Ranch Golf Course opened all 18 holes 20 years ago with a layout by Seattle-based architect Mike Asmundson, who passed away last June. Renovations by Nicklaus Design followed. The nines could not be more different: The front navigates through native grasses and wetlands along the meandering Fraser River, while the back tightropes the ridgeline of the property’s ski resort, featuring precipitous elevation changes and views of mountains and wildlife. golfgranbyranch.com
Teeming with wild trout, the Fraser River beckons fly fishers. Access the currents on foot or mountain bike via the Fraser River Trail, USFS campgrounds or road turnoffs. Outfitters include Grand County Fishing Company, Winter Park Flyfisher and Mo Henry’s Trout Shop. After a day on the river (or the golf course), have a cold one at Never Summer Brewing in Granby or Winter Park’s Hideaway Park. For more golf, go to Pole Creek (Tabernash) or Grand Lake Golf Course. Dining options abound. visitgrandcounty.com
JAZZ IT UP!
After a year of not being able to experience live music, aficionados get to welcome back the 38th Annual Winter Park Jazz Festival July 17-18 at the Rendezvous Event Center in downtown Winter Park. This year’s lineup is still taking shape, but it already features Bel Biv Devoe, Peter White, Julian Vaughn, Avery Sunshine and Elan Trotman’s Marvin Gaye Tribute (pictured). playwinterpark.com/jazzfest
This Getaways article was also featured in the June 2021 issue of Colorado AvidGolfer.