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Escape, among rock formations, rivers and the greens
www.visitgrandjunction.com
Posted July 20, 2017

Golf and Grand Junction go hand and hand, people golf for many reasons, because it is social, or a way to escape the everyday chores, it is also a way to hang with the family and be outdoors. Golf can be therapeutic for some, and might be frustrating for others…but we can all agree that we love the game and the fresh air does wonders for our state of mind. The Grand Valley is home to the award winning Golf Club at Redlands Mesa. Redlands Mesa continues to win big on awards, named again #1 Public Course in the State, #1 Affordable Course and so many others… It is time to make a trip, visit the area for golf and experience the many other outdoor activities that The Grand Valley offers.

And with three geological master pieces surrounding the town, The Bookcliffs, The Mesa and The Colorado National Monument there are ample options. Surrounded by trails, rocky outcrops, camping, fishing, and the confluence of the Colorado and Gunnison River.. whatever your sport of choice is…filling your day in the Grand Valley is an easy task. Hiking, mountain biking and cycling are popular, and wild horses, big horn sheep, collard lizards are commonly sighted. But if you are seeking power and speed, there is no shortage of motorized sports either, with motorcycling, dirt bikes, ATV’s and even snowmobiling, there are endless miles of terrain to explore. Yes, you can even golf and snowmobile in the same day. If you are ready to cool off during the summer highs…spend a few hours after golf rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding or at the lake fishing. The Grand Valley has endless possibilities.

Day 1- All about your views… The size, shape, and color of The Colorado National Monument combine to leave an impression as tall as the red rock formations, hike the morning away at Independence Monument or Liberty Cap, a moderate hike that takes bout 2.5 hours. There's so much to explore– take in the stunning scenery, look for bighorn sheep, collard lizards, red tail hawks and more…after your hike, get in a round of golf at Redlands Mesa, taking in the amazing architecture of this course, in awe of Jim Engh’s vision for creating a course with natural rock stair steps to elevated tee boxes overlooking the City, steering clear of the deep bunkers to the undulating greens, enjoy the challenge. In the evening, shop like a local and stroll Main Street, grab a bit at the award-winning Bin 707 Foodbar.

Day 2 - Water and Relaxation… Begin with an early round at the course, appreciating the quiet surrounds and the occasional eagle that flies overhead, Morning is truly a beautiful time. After golf grab a bite at The Clubhouse 2325 for an amazing oriental chicken salad or grilled brat. Then head to the river, get in a lazy afternoon float trip. Rentals available thru Rim Rock adventures, kayak, raft or paddle board. The trip from Redlands Parkway to Loma takes about three hours and is surrounded by unbelievable views, slow moving waters. Relax. 

Day 3 - A Unique Find… Bring a cup of Joe, some water and snack. Hike Mica Mine, a beginner hike, great for the family or fur friends, meander on a path of quarts to the mine, have a snack and head back.

Get in your last round of golf, enjoy the sunshine or take the drive over the Colorado National Monument. 

Time goes fast here, especially when you are sinking putts or hitting long drives…but even when your game is a little off, the day is well spent outside and a cold beverage can put a smile on your face…because the views from the deck look pretty darn good as well.




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