With mild year-round temperatures and bluebird skies, there is rarely a bad day to golf in Colorado’s Wine Country. Five unique courses offer 90 holes of world-class golf in a variety of settings throughout dramatically different landscapes unlike any other golf destination in the state. After playing Grand Junction’s unparalleled golf courses, stop by a local winery and sample some of the state’s finest wine, or take a day off from golf to experience some of Colorado’s best outdoor adventures.
Located at the base of the towering pink and red sandstone face of the Colorado National Monument, the 18-hole Redlands Mesa course offers dramatic vistas, 11 elevated tees, 41 bunkers and unique hole-shaping. New this year, Redlands Mesa will offer a brand-new, 66-cart fleet with GPS and touchscreen technology for accurate distances. The course also offers a new restaurant, Clubhouse 2325, above the sports bar, 19th Hole, both which show off stunning vistas of the valley. Just announced, Redlands Mesa has been ranked the #1 public course in Colorado by Golfweek for 2017.
This 18-hole public course boasts spectacular views of the Colorado National Monument and features 6,182 yards — and a slope of 120 — from the championship tees. The course has recently added a Visage Touch Screen GPS system, with features including full hole flyovers and full-course maps. The new GPS system will also allow golfers to order food and drink from a select menu one to two holes before making the turn. This summer, the course will play host to the Colorado Women’s Golf Association’s Golf Experience, the Colorado Golf Association’s Western Chapter Championship and the Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado’s West Slope Championships.
Located in the center of town, the course is the site of Colorado’s oldest open tournament, the Rocky Mountain Open. The public course features nine holes of intimate, tree-lined play and a 10-acre driving range.
The 27-hole championship course (three nine-hole courses) also features stunning views of the red bluffs of Colorado National Monument.
Five miles south of downtown Grand Junction is Colorado’s premier 18-hole executive course, with flat terrain, wide fairways and no sand bunkers. The course offers views of the Grand Mesa, Bookcliffs, Uncompahgre Plateau and the Colorado National Monument.
Colorado’s Wine Country
After a day of golf, visitors can choose from Grand Junction’s 23 wineries that sit nestled against stunning red rock cliffs and mesas, and relax with a local glass of wine. The wineries offer year-round tasting rooms with complimentary tastings for visitors. For a day not spent on the course, golfers can try their legs on two-wheels while riding cruiser bikes to different wineries and orchards throughout the area.
Among the world-class golf courses and wineries, Grand Junction also sits amid one of the most beautiful outdoor playgrounds in the country. With hikes ranging from a quarter-mile to 14 miles, the nearby Colorado National Monument is a hiker’s paradise. Visitors can also bike Grand Junction’s expansive selection of mountain bike trails or climb one of the thousands of rock formations in the region.