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Posted March 13, 2012

Par for the Course in Delta County, Colo.
- Delta County the perfect escape for golfers...and those who just want to tag along -
Delta County, Colo. - Calling all golfers...and golf widows. Delta County Tourism Cabinet invites you to check out the highly rated golf courses in Delta County on Colorado's Western Slope. In addition to offering two challenging, yet affordable, courses, Delta County also has plenty of off-course activities and sightseeing opportunities for travel companions who are not interested in swinging the clubs.

Devil's Thumb Golf Club - surrounded by the Grand Mesa to the north and the San Juans, West Elks, Black Canyon and Uncompahgre Plateau to the south - is located in the foothills just north of the town of Delta. This 'prairie style' course offers five sets of tees so players can pick their distance, playing 5,180 yards from the front tees and 7,176 from the back. Devil's Thumb is ranked in the top 10 of public courses in Colorado and is flanked by 60 sand bunkers and three lakes. A number of area hotels offer 'Stay and Play' packages. The course also hosts Family Night Monday through Friday after 5 p.m. from May through September. The package includes free range balls and $25 for nine holes with a cart per family. Regular weekday green fees are $25 and $31 on the weekends.

Cedaredge Golf Club is located on the southern foothills of the Grand Mesa (one of the world's largest flat-topped mountains) in Cedaredge. The course is a challenge for even the most seasoned golfer, with elevated tees and unique hole layouts. The course plays at 6,100 feet and includes a number of scenic features, including Surface Creek, which flows through the front nine. Wildfire Pizzeria and Wine Bar is located at the golf course, serving some of the best Italian fare in the area. Green fees are $21 on the weekdays and $39 on weekends. Twilight golf rates are also offered. Anyone who registers to participate in the course's eClub, which offers specials and golf promotions, receives a free green fee on his or her birthday (valid one week before or after the actual birth date).

For those who don't want to golf (or play caddy for the day) won't get the shaft in Delta County because there are many ways to pass the time off the golf course.

Farms, orchards and wineries
There are lots of agriculture attractions in Delta County. From late June through October, enjoy the plethora of roadside stands that offer cherries, peaches, apricots, apples and more. Grape harvest happens mid-August through mid-October, and for wine lovers a visit to one of Delta County's 16 wineries and tasting rooms is a must!

Scenic drives
'Driving' doesn't only relate to golf in Delta County. The area also boasts three scenic byways - Dinosaur Diamond (featuring the paleontology of the area), The West Elk Loop (a 200 mile trek that links many of Delta County's communities), and The Grand Mesa National Scenic and Historic Byway (providing access the Grand Mesa's 300 lakes).

Fishing
One can reel in a good time on Delta County's portion of the Gunnison, Uncompahgre and North Fork Rivers. 'The Gunny' flows through the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area and provides more than 30 miles of Gold Medal waters for trout fishing. The 300 lakes on Grand Mesa offer additional fishing holes. The Hotchkiss National Fish Hatchery is a great place for kids to learn about the fishing habitats.

Parks and public lands
The north rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park features spectacular views and breathtaking depths, viewable from the park's many trails and overlooks. At the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area hiking, biking, off-roading, whitewater rafting and horseback riding are popular pastimes. The Crawford, Paonia and Sweitzer Reservoirs are great for boating, water skiing, swimming and fishing.

About Delta County
Delta County, Colo., is located on Colorado's western slope at the base of Grand Mesa, one of the largest flat top mountains in the world. An agricultural and heritage hotbed, this region is home to the communities of Cedaredge, Crawford, Delta, Eckert, Hotchkiss, Orchard City and Paonia.




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