The picturesque landscapes and magnificent weather in Northern Colorado make it the ideal destination for golfers to challenge themselves in a beautiful setting, and fortunately, there are plenty of well-maintained courses to choose from in the area. All of them are great in their own right, but there are some that stand apart from the rest — one might say they’re better than par.
Without further ado, here are nine of our favorite golf courses in Fort Collins, Loveland, Estes Park and the surrounding areas. Whether you’re looking to play a quick game, challenge yourself to a round of 18, or simply practice your putting, we’re sure you’ll be booking a tee time in no time!
Located in the heart of Greeley, the Boomerang Links Course offers plenty of challenges to keep experienced golfers on their toes, including water features, elevation changes and more than 50 bunkers. Enjoy a round of golf on an 18-hole championship layout with Colorado’s Front Range as your backdrop, and then retreat to the Outback Restaurant and Pub for drinks and a delicious meal. The course accepts tee time reservations up to five days in advance, so go ahead and book yours for this weekend.
Southridge Golf Course fits in perfectly with the friendly and relaxed personality of Fort Collins. Offering great views of Horsetooth and the Front Range foothills, this course features tight fairways, mature trees and obstacles that will challenge golfers of all skill levels. After a great round of golf, treat yourself to a meal and a drink at the on-site restaurant, Mackenzie’s Pub & Grill.
Consistently recognized for having some of the best (and fastest) greens in Fort Collins, the Collindale Golf Course is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. The course is challenging for both newcomers and experienced golfers, and the practice facility is second to none. Play a round of nine or 18 on the 160-acre championship course, or opt for lessons through the Collindale Golf Academy.
The 18-hole, championship course at Estes Park is the perfect place to spend a sunny Saturday. The course is set in a natural valley surrounded by spectacular mountains, and on a typical day, you will be playing alongside herds of deer or elk. Estes Park Golf Course is approaching its 100th year, and celebrating the occasion with fun events and upgrades in 2018! After your round, grab a bite to eat in the Hangar Restaurant, which always receives stellar reviews.
This links-inspired course at Highland Meadows is one of the most highly acclaimed courses in Colorado. Enjoy spectacular views of the Front Range as you maneuver pot bunkers, water features and other cleverly placed obstacles. Plus, the staff is friendly and welcoming to golfers of all abilities. Come see what all the fuss is about!
The scenery at the Mariana Butte Golf course sets it apart — mountain views, lush evergreens and wildlife sightings abound — but that’s not its only great quality. The Big Thompson River winds adjacent to the course, the obstacles are challenging without being overwhelming, and the greens are meticulously maintained. Make sure to stop and snap a photo at the 18th hole with Devil’s Backbone in the background!
Although it’s a short course, it’s a great place to enjoy a quick round of golf on a warm summer afternoon. Mountain Vista Greens provides an escape from the everyday with its full-length 9-hole course and top-notch driving range. The putting and chipping area also comes complete with a practice sand bunker, so it’s the perfect place for beginners (or families) to come brush up on their game. That’s not to say that the course is easy — the water features, trees and bunkers provide challenges to golfers of all levels. After your game, retire to Bentley’s for a meal and refreshing beverage!
Photo courtesy of Pelican Lakes Golf Club
Pelican Lakes Golf Club has earned nods from Golf Digest Magazine and Colorado AvidGolfer Magazine, to name just a couple. The club boasts two different courses, Pelican Lakes and Pelican Falls, each showcasing water, wildlife, a challenging layout and spectacular scenery. The Cache La Poudre River winds through the club, offering fun obstacles along the way — in fact, both courses offer the most shoreline of any course in the country! They are open to the public, so book a tee time today.
Nicknamed the “Grand Dame” of golf in Loveland, the Olde Course at Loveland has served the area for nearly 60 years. The traditional course is carefully maintained, and provides a nice challenge for experienced golfers. Here, you can expect quality turf, tree-lined fairways, undulating greens and six ponds that define the course. The island green at hole #14 is particularly challenging, but that’s what makes it so fun!
What is your favorite golf course in Northern Colorado? We would love to hear about it in the comments!