4 Golf-Courses to Enjoy Year Round in Grand Junction, CO

Tucked away in Western Colorado among tall red cliffs and green valleys sits Grand Junction, which is known as an outdoors lover’s playground, with rock climbing, cycling, boating, and hiking. But you may not know that Grand Junction is also home to some of the most scenic golf courses in the state. From challenging 18-hole championship courses to more casual 9-hole ones, this area has it all. And with 260 sunny days a year and mild winters, it's possible to play almost year-round in Grand Junction. Here are five excellent options to hit the links on your next visit:

1. The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa

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Holes: 18; Par: 72 ; Slope 137; Length: 7007 yards U.S.G.A. Rating: 71.7

Sitting at the base of Colorado National Monument and carved through rugged red canyons, The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa is Grand Junction's newest golf course, and it has quickly become a favorite. In fact, it was ranked the top public golf course in Colorado 2017 by Golfweek. Called “The Rock” by locals, this course is known for its raw beauty, difficulty, elevated tees, and dramatic elevation changes. Designed by award-winning golf architect Jim Engh, nearly every hole has a jaw-dropping view. Its layout seamlessly incorporates its surroundings with large rock outcroppings, natural water features, and sand traps with local desert sand.

2. Tiara Rado Golf Course

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Holes: 18; Par: 71; Slope: 127; Length: 6442 yards U.S.G.A. Rating: 70.5

The public Tiara Rado Golf Course is bordered on one side by the Colorado National Monument, and it’s another place that blends harmoniously with its environment. The greens sport views of the Bookcliffs and the world’s largest flat-top mountain, Grand Mesa. It’s also a bird sanctuary that cares for more than 90 birds a year until they’re able to fly. Newly renovated, Tiara Rado’s wide-open back nine has golfers of all levels grinning ear to ear. The course features four sets of tees for different skill levels.

3. Lincoln Park

Holes: 9; Par: 72 ; Slope: 123; Length: 6678 yards USGA rating: 72.0

If looking to bang off a quick nine, Lincoln Park is the place. It’s less than 10 minutes from downtown. The play is fast, and the course is pleasantly walkable. Built in 1922, it’s the oldest course on the Western Slope. The course has six sets of tees and 10 acres of practice greens as well. Best of all, it’s incredibly affordable.

4. Chipeta Golf Course

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Holes: 18; Par: 59; Slope: 86; Length: 3749 yards USGA rating: 58.4

Bring that A-game to the short game on Chipeta. The short-but-difficult Moat Hole is legendary, and the many water hazards are feared. This executive course is shorter than a traditional par-72 course, but with a few 4-par holes in there, it’s perfect (and challenging) for all levels of golfers. And don’t be scared off, but plan on using every club in the bag while here. Built by the Wilson Golf Group, it opened in 1997. It also features a driving range and practice greens. And while there are no sand traps on the course, there is a sand trap practice area.

Written by Shaine Smith for Matcha in partnership with Visit Grand Junction.

Learn more about golfing in Grand Junction on page 29 of the Grand Junction Adventure Guide.