Colorado Golf News
Grand County, Award-Winning Rocky Mountain Golf Courses
Admit it. We all have our favorite one or two courses near home that we play regularly, to the point where we probably seem completely predictable to our friends and family. But who doesn’t want to escape the city and head into the Colorado Rocky Mountains for a completely different, unique golf experience?
Surely the change in scenery appeals to our senses - beautiful mountains surrounding the greens, less crowded courses, and much cooler summertime temperatures lying typically in the seventies. Where can such a playground be found in Colorado? Starting just 67 miles northwest of Denver, tucked against the west side of the Continental Divide, you’ll find Grand Links’ four courses located in Grand County - Pole Creek, Granby Ranch, Grand Elk, and Grand Lake.
Once in Grand County, you’ll discover that all the courses are within 25 minutes of each other. Yet, despite their close proximity, they are quite distinctive from one another to offer a truly unique mountain golf experience worthy of a weekend getaway or two.
Pole Creek Golf Club (6827 Co Rd 51, Tabernash): Ranked as one of Golf Advisor’s Top 50 in the U.S. in 2018. Pole Creek is one of the few public 27-hole courses in Colorado. This 7,107-yard course meanders through lush fields replete with native wildflowers, drastic elevation changes, vast bent greens, and water challenge shots over two ponds and five lakes. The Ridge nine course challenges experts to a rigorous game with 3,603-yard shots and tree-lined holes, while the mellower Meadow nine and Ranch nine indulge all playing levels. All three courses play to par 36. After capping off a round of mountain golf, enjoy the “28th Hole,” Pole Creek clubhouse’s restaurant, Bistro 28. It’s especially enjoyable to sit on the Bistro’s patio, taking in the views of the golf course and the surrounding Rocky Mountains while you enjoy dinner and drinks.
Granby Ranch Golf Course (1000 Village Rd, Granby): We invite you to experience the splendor of Granby Ranch. The 18-hole championship course features strategically placed sand traps, lakes, and ponds and is perfect for golfers of all abilities. With meandering greens and unparalleled Rocky Mountain views, the course consistently ranks as one of the top mountain golf courses in the state. In addition to Granby Ranch’s golf course, the resort also offers scenic chairlift rides (Wed-Sun 10am-5pm), hiking and cross-country mountain biking, and for those seeking adrenaline rushes, the thrill of downhill biking on a variety of trail difficulties. Nearby Granby Ranch Grill is open for lunch and dinner.
Grand Elk Golf Club (1300 Ten Mile Dr, Granby): Named one of “America’s Best New Public Courses” by Golfweek Magazine in 2005. Inspired by the British Isles with its low-lying vegetation and rolling terrain, Grand County’s only “Heathland” style golf course showcases the rugged natural beauty you’d expect to find in Colorado. It is designed to challenge the imagination and creativity of the finest golfers by using the rolling terrain and natural contours to influence shotmaking. At an elevation of 7,925 feet, the front nine plays through rolling terrain where native sagebrush is abundant and the back nine plays along valley wetlands and wildlife habitat. Each hole and the Grand Elk Grille have breathtaking Continental Divide vistas. Rather than the usual golf cart, why not try one of Grand Elk GolfBoards for a twist on your round?
Grand Lake Golf Course (1415 Co Rd 48, Grand Lake): This is classic and quintessential Rocky Mountain golf at its best. Grand Lake’s beautifully maintained course designed by Dick Phelps with rolling fairways and subtle greens surrounded by lodgepole pines, aspens, and colorful native flora, offers a world-class setting with panoramic views of snow-capped mountains even into July and also Rocky Mountain National Park. Moose, elk, deer, fox, chipmunks, and squirrels are often spectators during a round and add to a memorable, unique mountain golf experience. The course is located minutes from the quaint mountain town, Grand Lake, complete with its wooden boardwalks where you can browse the shops and galleries, dine at a variety of restaurants, and then take in an evening play at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre.
When not enjoying the splendor of Grand Links’ four courses, there are endless other summer activities to enjoy while in Grand County - alpine slide rides and other family-fun at Winter Park Resort, water sports on the lakes near Grand Lake, hiking and mountain biking on over 600 miles of trails, fishing the Fraser and Colorado Rivers, horseback riding to the top of the Continental Divide, hot air balloon rides overlooking the Fraser River Valley and Rocky Mountains, scenic drives and hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park, shopping in the towns of Grand Lake and Winter Park, and spectacular dining, ranging from casual to fine dining, throughout the county.
Might you be looking for lodging during your getaway? You can stay in a beautiful course-side condo or a townhome, cabin, or luxury home in any of the nearby towns of Winter Park, Granby or Grand Lake.
To learn more about Grand Links’ four courses, how to book your tee times, golf events, and lodging options, visit the Grand Links’ websit at www.GolfGrandLinks.com.