Grand County: Four mountain golf course offer fun, challenge
In addition to its excellent wintertime skiing and great mountain biking in the summer, Grand County has become a Mecca for golfers with some of the best mountain courses to be found in the Rockies.Grand County has a total of four courses for golfers to enjoy. The oldest is the Grand Lake Golf Course, which opened in 1968, followed in 1985 by the Pole Creek Golf Course located outside of Tabernash in the Fraser Valley.The countys opportunities for golf were further enhanced in recent years by the opening of two courses in the Granby area. In 2001, the Headwaters Golf Course at Granby Ranch opened its fairways to golfers, followed in 2002 by the Grand Elk Golf Course.Grand LakeCourse name: Grand Lake Golf CourseWebsite: http://www.grandlakegolf.coAddress: 1415 County Road 48, Grand LakePhone number: (970) 627-8872 or (970) 627-8008Type: Public, 18 hole regulationGreen fees: 18 holes, $64; 9 holes, $49Tee times: Call 970-627-8008 for reservations. Weekdays: call seven days in advance.Weekends & Holidays: Can call at 7:00 a.m.Dress code: Shirt and shoes required.Designer: Dick PhelpsTee boxes: Women Red 5,678; Front 9, 35.1/128; Back 9, 35.9/131; 18-hole, 71.0/129Women White 6,310 yards; Front 9, 36.9/135; Back 9, 37.4/141; 18-hole, 74.3/139Men White 6,316 yards; Front 9, 34.6/118; Back 9, 34.9/115; 18-hole, 69.5/117Men Blue 6,542 yards; Front 9, 35.1/121; Back 9, 35.4/117; 18-hole, 70.5/119Practice: A driving range and putting green are available.Amenities: restaurant/lounge, pro shop, beverage cart.Misc. info: Known as the Crown Jewel of Mountain Courses, the Grand Lake Golf Course is an 18-hole championship golf course, carved out of the woods at an elevation of 8,420 feet bordering Rocky Mountain National Park. Its narrowly rolling fairways surround well-tended, subtle greens. The majestic Rocky Mountains, some still capped by the winter snows, tower high above golfers offering exclusive and unique panoramic views. Directions: From Denver or Steamboat, take US Hwy 34 East at the intersection of US Hwy 40 and Highway 34 and go 16 miles to County Road 48 and turn left at the sign marked Golf Course Road. From Estes Park, take the road over Trail Ridge Pass, after leaving the park exit gate, go to County Road 48 and at the Golf Course sign, turn right at the sign marked Golf Course Road.Pole CreekCourse name: Pole Creek Golf Club – Meadow/RanchWebsite: http://www.polecreekgolf.comAddress: 5827 County Road 51, Tabernash, CO 80478Phone number: 800-511-5076Type: Public, 27-hole regulationGreen fees: $69-$99Tee times: Call 970-887-9195 for reservations. Registration can be done 30 days online. Call for reservation if further out than 30 days.Dress code: Collared shirt, spikeless shoes, no cut-offs.Designer: Denis GriffithsTee boxes: Women Red 4,928 yards; Front 9, 34.4/124; Back 9, 34.6/130; 18-hole, 69.0/127Women Gold 5,497 yards; Front 9, 35.4/138; Back 9, 36.1/138; 18-hole, 71.5/138Women White 6,398 yards; Front 9, 38.0/151; Back 9, 38.6/155; 18-hole, 76.6/153Men Gold 5,571 yards; Front 9, 33.0/117; Back 9, 33.5/128; 18-hole, 66.5/122Men White 6,413 yards; Front 9, 34.9/137; Back 9, 36.1/131; 18-hole, 71.0/135Men Blue 7,107 yards; Front 9, 36.6/142; Back 9, 37.1/148; 18-hole, 73.7/145Practice: Grass driving range, putting green and separate chipping green with sand bunker.Amenities: Pro shop are available. On-site catering with clubhouse, restaurant and beverage cart service.Misc. info: Golfers can treat themselves to 27 holes of classic mountain golf on Pole Creeks three distinct courses: The Ranch, The Meadow and The Ridge. Pole Creeks design incorporates existing lodgepole pine, valley meadows, sagebrush and a variety of water hazards including five lakes to create a diverse course appealing to a wide range of golfers. The Ranch 9 and The Meadow 9 wander through lush fields, while The Ridge 9 showcases what golf pro JT Thompson calls the most spectacular view in Colorado.Directions: Take I-70 to Exit 232 (Hwy 40), and go north through Winter Park. At the 220 mile-marker, turn left and follow signs to the course.HeadwatersCourse name: Headwaters Golf Course at Granby RanchWebsite: http://www.granbyranch.comAddress: 2579 County Road 894, Granby, CO 80446Phone number: (970) 887-2709Type: Public, 18-hole regulationGreen fees: $60-$80Tee Times: Available online or call the pro shop.Dress code: Traditional golf attire.Designer: Mike AsmundsonTee boxes: Women Rose 5,310 yards; Front 9, 34.3/118; Back 9, 33.8/123; 18-hole, 68.1/121Women Green 6,024 yards; Front 9, 36.3/123; Back 9, 35.9/131; 18-hole, 72.2/127Men Green 6,024 yards; Front 9, 33.9/115; Back 9, 33.3/111; 18-hole, 67.2/113Men White 6,602 yards; Front 9, 35.1/122; Back 9, 34.9/120; 18-hole, 70.0/121Men Gold 7,210 yards; Front 9, 36.5/131; Back 9, 36.4/122; 18-hole, 72.9/127Practice: Grass driving range and putting green.Amenities: Driving range (double-ended), 3 practice greens, John Jacobs Golf School, snack bar & grill, indoor/outdoor seating, GPSMisc. info: The Headwaters Golf Course is set amid the beauty of the Fraser River Valley just outside the town of Granby. Headwaters provides a beautiful and challenging round of golf for players of all abilities. Elevated tees offer splendid views of mountains, wetlands and lush alpine meadows. Its groomed fairways wind around strategically placed bunkers, lakes and ponds.Directions: Take I-70 to U.S. Hwy 40. Go west about 42 miles to the Headwaters Golf Course/Sol Vista Ski Area entrance. Follow signs east 1.5 miles to course. Grand ElkCourse name: Grand Elk Ranch & ClubWebsite: http://www.golfgrandcounty.com/grandelkAddress: 1300 Ten Mile Drive, Granby, CO 80446Phone number: 887-389-9333Type: Semi-private, 18-hole regulationTee Times: Call 970-887-9122 for reservations. Seven days in advance. Members only until 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.Dress Code: Collared shirt, no jeans.Designer: Craig Stadler and Tripp Davis Tee boxes: Women Gold 5,092 yards; Front 9, 34.5/120; Back 9, 35.0/128; 18-hole, 69.5/124Women Green 5,611 yards; Front 9, 35.5/126; Back 9, 36.1/134; 18-hole, 71.6/130Women White 6,233 yards; Front 9, 37.5/132; Back 9, 37.4/145; 18-hole, 74.9/139Men Green 5,611 yards; Front 9, 32.9/116; Back 9, 33.9/114; 18-hole, 66.8/115Men White 6,233 yards; Front 9, 34.6/126; Back 9, 34.7/116; 18-hole, 69.3/120Men Blue 6,608 yards; Front 9, 35.4/126; Back 9, 35.8/128; 18-hole, 71.2/127Men Black 6,997 yards; Front 9, 36.1/127; Back 9, 36.4/132; 18-hole, 72.5/130Practice: Grass driving range and putting green.Amenities: Clubhouse and restaurant, on-site catering and GPS included with cart fee.Misc. info: The Grand Elk Golf Course is a par 71 masterwork playing 7,144 yards from the back tees. Echoing the attributes of traditional Heathland courses in the British Isles, the course features gently rolling fairways and strategically placed hazards. The variations in tee boxes will provide a test for the low handicapper or a fun round for the recreational golfer.Directions: Take I-70 west to Hwy 40. Take Hwy 40 north to Granby. The course is southwest of Granby off of Hwy 40. Turn left on Thompson Drive (at City Market), then right on Ten Mile Drive and follow to clubhouse.