Golfing in Glenwood Springs

In Glenwood Springs, spectacular mountain scenery is as much a draw as the championship fairways. Swing into action on two hometown golf courses with more playing options on another five nearby!

Great Scot!

A stroke of genius. Though the Dutch had a version of the stick and ball game as early as the 1200s, it was the Scots that fine-tuned the sport into the version recognized today. This fact is a national point of pride for highlanders. It wasn’t always played on an 18-hole course though; St. Andrews Links is one of Scotland’s “ancient” courses that features just 11 holes. By the 19th Century, the game had spread across the United Kingdom and was exported throughout the British Empire, arriving on the shores of the U.S. as well. It is estimated there are approximately 15,000 golf courses in the nation today.

Lessons of the Game

“Success in golf depends less on strength of body and more on strength of mind and character,”

Arnold Palmer
Whether a novice player or a 62-time winning Masters Champion, it’s a game that never stops providing enthusiasts with lessons that have applications both on and off the greens. A simple game in concept—hit the ball in the hole in as few strokes as possible—in reality, it is anything but easy. Plan to battle frustration on any given swing. Fortunately, with practice and follow-through, you’ll learn to focus, be more patient, and hopefully keep your temper in check too! You’ll also have a ball playing, especially if you’re putting around in Glenwood Springs.

Glenwood Springs Area Golf Courses

The hot springs town is home to two courses. Enthusiasts flock to the fairways as soon as the snow recedes in spring and play until the first flakes fall in winter. Throughout the season, courses provide an array of interesting terrain and scenic backdrops.

Glenwood Springs Golf Club

Glenwood Springs
A challenging, nine-hole public course in West Glenwood Springs. Designed by Henry B. Hughes, it is the eldest area golf course, opening in 1953. In addition to a quick game, the course is touted for its affordability and family-friendliness.

Ironbridge Golf Club

Glenwood Springs
A semi-private championship course located along the Roaring Fork River with snow-capped views of Mt. Sopris. A championship 18-hole course, it was designed by Arthur Hills and further refined by Tom Lehman. The Kitchen at Ironbridge is a lovely spot for a meal or cocktails at the end of a round.

Golf at River Valley Ranch

Carbondale
An award-winning18-hole course designed by Jay Morrish. It is lauded for its layout and beautiful views. Top features include elevation changes and expansive greens. Afterward, enjoy post-game camaraderie at the Homestead Bar and Grill.

Lakota Canyon Ranch & Golf Club

New Castle
Opening in 2004, the rolling greens of this award-winning 18-hole course designed by James Engh are offset by rugged canyons and natural terrain. On those days when you don’t have time or the weather won’t cooperate, take practice shots indoors at the Club’s virtual golf simulator.

Rifle Creek Golf Course

Rifle
Tucked against the Grand Hogback, this 18-hole public course was designed by Richard M. Phelps features two distinct 9-hole tracks. Rifle Creek meanders through the flat, front-9, while the rolling hills of the back-9 make for a picturesque round. The unusual limestone formations found here add even more visual interest to this beautiful and affordable course.

Battlement Mesa Golf Course

Battlement Mesa
This scenic course is a winner, not only according to national golfing publications but for its iconic setting that embraces the region’s western heritage. The undulating 18-hole course showcases stunning views of the butte for which it’s named. Celebrate the ups and downs of the game at the Tee’d Off Grill.

Gypsum Creek Golf Course

Gypsum
Designed by Pete Dye, the 18-hole course east of Glenwood Springs is almost like two courses in one. Play the front nine link-style; and enjoy mountain terrain challenges on the back end.

If golf is your game, take it up a notch in Glenwood Springs. While improving is a worthy goal, remember to always have fun. If you need advice, Arnold Palmer also has some, “I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone’s golf game. It’s called an eraser.” Along with a positive attitude, bring your sense of humor on your next golf outing.

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