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Golf

This information is compiled to assist guests who rent our Condo at the Zephyr Mountain Lodge.  If you've arrived at this page as a result of a web search on Colorado Golfing, we hope you benefit from the information.  And if you need lodging, thank you for considering us.


Golfing in the Colorado Mountains is a superb outing.  No only with you breath deeper, but at 8000+ elevation, your ball will go 15% farther than at sea level.  Golf will not be the only thing that catches your breathe.  Elk, deer, fox, ret-tailed hawks, protected wetlands, and stunning mountain peaks are sure to inspire you.

Golfing on any of Grand County's 4 full sized courses is a relative bargain.  Prices are roughly 30 percent below other Colorado resort areas such as Vail, Dillon, and Steamboat.  Play 18 holes for just $50 to $100 [depending on course, day, and season].
Winter Park Resort Miniature Golf
Just to be fair, we have to mention the putt-putt golf course at the base of Winter Park.   Enjoy splendid views of the Continental Divide, and the festive atmosphere of the summer program. 

Reservations are not required.  This course is just 100 yards from your accommodation at Zephyr Mountain Lodge.

 

Pole Creek

970-726-8847 [local] or 800-511-5076 [toll free]  www.polecreekgolf.com
Pole Creek was named the Best New Public Course by Golf Digest in 1985 when it opened and continues to win Golf Digest's approval as a top 75 public course each year.  Pole Creek has recently twice been awarded the distinction of "#1 place to play in Colorado" Pole Creek's par 72 is 6413 yards from the white tee's, and a tough 7107 yards form the championship blue tees.  Another 9 holes were added in 2001 -- the Ridge Course -- adding more vista's and golfing challenge.   The elevation averages 8600 ft above sea level!!

Although well shielded from highways and public view, Pole Creek has some of the most splendid vista's anywhere in the Rocky Mountains.    Pole Creek also offers lessons, an extensive practice range, a well-stocked pro shop, and a full service restaurant.

Tee time demands increase every year, so reservations and efficient play are a must.  There is a summer special that lets golfers who sign up for a 2PM [or later] tee time one day to be guaranteed a morning tee time the next day. 

Just 20 minutes drive from Zephyr Mountain Lodge.  Turn left [west] on CR 5 from Hwy 40 at milepost 220 [about 13 miles from the Zephyr Mountain Lodge].

 

Grand Lake Golf Course

1-970-627-8008 [long dx]
The Grand Lake Public Golf Course is a well-established par 72 tucked into scenic forest.  If offers a narrow 6650 yard challenge.  Mountain vistas, a fine little restaurant and tavern, a well stocked pro shop, lessons and rentals make Grand Lake Golf Course a favorite for visitors and locals alike.  Moose, elk, and deer as well as ball stealing foxes are relatively common.  The elevation is 8400 feet above sea level.

Reservations are a must during the busy summer months and can be made tow days in advance beginning at 7 a.m. On weekends and holidays, reservations can be made on Thursdays beginning at 6:30 a.m.  Twilight and weekday rates are available. 

About 45 minutes drive from Zephyr Mountain Lodge.  Drive to Grand Lake on Hwy 40 and Hwy 34.

 

Headwaters Golf Course (aka SolVista)

970-887-2709[local] or 800-511-5076 [toll free] Headwaters Golf Course
Headwaters Golf Course opened its first 9 holes in 2001 and second 9 holes in 2002 under the SolVista name.  The change in name to Headwaters reflects the course's location along the Fraser River, one of the headwaters of the Colorado River.

 Today you an play the 7200 yard par 72 full 18 holes.  The elevation is 8200 ft.  Once on the SolVista course, players are completely surrounded by mountains, trees, and serene alpine meadows.  No houses or highways can be seen from any of the fairways, Only an occasional deer, elk or grouse.  Natural hazards such as lakes, wetlands, and native grasses create a challenging course that blends perfectly with its surroundings. 

For golfers looking to fine-tune their skills, Headwaters has one of the largest practice facilities in the state with a double-ended driving range and a short game area at each end.  There are putting greens, and bunkers and pitching practice areas.  Headwaters' clubhouse has a popular 1500 sq ft deck overlooking the course and the Fraser River.

About 30 minutes drive from Zephyr Mountain Lodge.  One mile before you get to Granby off US 40.

 

Grand Elk Golf Course

970-887-887-9122 [local] or 877-389-9333 [toll free]
www.grandelk.com

New for 2003 are 18 holes, 7200 yards, and par 71 at the Grand Elk Ranch and Club.    This Heathland-style course skirts nationally-protected wetlands that provide habitat for hundreds of birds.  The general character is open undulating landscape dotted with shrubs.  Of course there are wonderful mountain views -- everywhere.

Grand Elk has won the "best new course you can play" award from Golf Magazine -- March 2003.

 Under the supervision of PGA Pro Craig Stadler, Grand Elk is the 4th golf course serving the Winter Park visitor.  Grand Elk is Grand County's lowest elevation course -- 7900 ft above sea level -- and should enjoy the longest playing season. 

Rental clubs and practice facility are available. 
 
About 30 minutes drive from Zephyr Mountain Lodge.  One mile before you get to Granby off US 40.


Future:  Another 18 holes at Grand Lake

Future: Rendezvous  start building summer of 2005 or 6
 


Plusses to Playing Golf in the Mountains
- The ball really does fly farther at altitude
- You only need one drink to limber up your swing
- The views are amazing in every direction
Other URL's to consider

--  Colorado's premier golf magazine

-- List of all public courses in Colorado

-- Colorado's official golf resource


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Pole Creek Golf Course Brochure Photo

Pole Creek Club House

Entrance to Pole Creek


Miniature Golf at Winter Park Base


Pole Creek Golf Course


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