Not that anything was amiss, but expect to see some significant tweaks this season at The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa (pictured above), the masterful Jim Engh creation ranked No. 1 public course in Colorado by Golfweek. Among the more notable modifications to this pulse-quickening experience are an expanded junior program and a new daily fee rate that cools the cost of around of golf from $105 to $65 (or $50, including cart, with a Colorado AvidGolfer Golf Passport).
SURE-FIRE SIXGUN: Grand Junction’s high desert landscape and moderate year-round climate have long been big-bang draws for sun-loving golfers. Six courses grace the surrounding countryside, including esteemed Redlands Mesa, nine-hole Lincoln Park, 27-hole Adobe National Golf Club in nearby Fruita, historic and recently renovated Tiara Rado Golf Course, Chipeta Golf Course’s executive 18, and members-only Bookcliff Country Club.
STAY AND PLAY: Montrose’s Bridges Golf and Country Club (pictued below), a semi-private facility that—in addition to offering on-property luxury suites, fitness center and exceptional dining—is anchored by a highly regarded 18-hole routing by Nicklaus Design.
ON THE TEE
> Celebrating its 14th anniversary, Devil’s Thumb Golf Club in Delta remains a well-deserved favorite that, via the creative genius of architect Rick Phelps, significantly contrasts and augments the area’s stark but picturesque Adobe Hills (known locally as the “dobeys”).
> One of two municipal tracks in Grand Junction (Lincoln Park being the other), tradition-bent Tiara Rado Golf Course is a gem, made even more lustrous following a recent tee-to-green renovation performed by Phelps-Atkinson.
> At Black Canyon Golf Course in Montrose, the newly renovated Brew & Bogey Club restaurant is wowing thirsty patrons with savory microbrews from HorseflyBrewing Company—belly up for the silky-smooth Tobano Red Ale—and a scrumptious Friday Night Fish Fry.
> Head-turning highlights at the master-planned Cobble Creek (pictured below) include a meticulously conditioned golf course designed by Craig Cherry and a don’t-miss-it Friday Night Prime Rib Special that, like the golf course, includes all the trimmings.
ADOBE CREEK NATIONAL GOLF COURSE
THE BRIDGES GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
CHIPETA GOLF COURSE
THE LINKS AT COBBLE CREEK
DEVIL’S THUMB GOLF CLUB
DOS RIOS GOLF CLUB
LINCOLN PARK GOLF COURSE
THE GOLF CLUB AT REDLANDS MESA
TIARA RADO GOLF COURSE