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Colorado’s Golf Guide

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The Golf Tournament Industry’s Next Big Thing. page 8

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News

Accidental Twosome: How a Chance Meeting in Centennial Launched The Golf Tournament Industry’s Next Big Thing.

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n most days, archery, radio control flying and golf have nothing in common. For Michael Kranitz, however, the three could not be more related. Kranitz, the founder of Golfsquid.com sits at the epicenter of a cloud-based software platform that golf tournament gurus like Gary Robinson only dream about. That the two even met is mind-bogglingly coincidental and what the two are doing now may be the coolest thing to happen to tournament golf since the jet-powered golf cart. Gary Robinson’s truck needed a wash.

An event website created automatically by Golfsquid.com

Kranitz’s Jaguar had spots; the ones that only look good on real jaguars. As Robinson stood inside the Soft Touch Car Wash in Centennial, Colorado, Kranitz decided to make a phone call while standing in the sunshine that often bathes the Denver area in early January. He didn’t even want to make the call, but it was on his do-list. Kranitz was mildly scouting for a salesperson to bring archery, sport shooting and radio control flying clubs into his network of event websites. As the conversation ensued, mist from the entrance of the car wash irritated Kranitz enough to propel him inside where he stood, describing in full detail how the “Eventsquid.com” network functioned. He had no idea that Robinson, then owner of Colorado Golf Events was on the verge of launching his own website to package “white glove” golf tournament services into a single destination. He also had no idea that Robinson was standing a few feet away, eavesdropping on the conversation. Three years before the two set foot into the car wash, Kranitz began work on his latest entrepreneurial venture; a website to aggregate all of North America’s radio control flying events and simplify the process of

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online registration, accounting, promotion, ticketing and all of the other trappings of the several thousand RC events that dot the US and Canada each year. Radio control flying seems like a small and far away place from which to start a golf platform, but Kranitz, a 40-year veteran of the hobby and successful serial entrepreneur knew it was the perfect place to begin. Kranitz had made a small fortune from a classified ad platform that he incubated in the RC hobby before moving it into the mainstream and ultimately selling it to Hearst Corporation and MediaNews Group. “RC is a terrific platform for me to experiment with,” he says. “I know the players, I know the nuances of the industry and the events they hold are far more complex than most corporate events and events in other hobbies and sports.” Most importantly for Kranitz, RC represents a passionate and loyal group of users, who feel a sense of community and engagement when they use the website. “A passionate user base drives success in the online services I create,” he says. Nearly three years to the day that Kranitz launched his first event vertical, RCFlightDeck.com, he is standing in the car wash describing what is now an entire network of sites that grew from it; a network that currently serves corporations, like Comcast Business, along with hobbies and sports like archery, gun shooting, radio control racing, radio control flying, and full scale flying. The network is dubbed Eventsquid and from what Robinson can glean it has all the makings of a perfect platform for golf. As Robinson listens to Kranitz describe the capabilities of the Eventsquid platform, he cannot contain himself. He walks toward Kranitz and thrusts his business card right under Kranitz’s nose. Within seconds, Kranitz concludes the phone conversation and begins chatting with Robinson. Three weeks later, in mid-February 2015, Golfsquid.com quietly went live. A Squid of A Different Color Golfsquid.com brings something completely new to the world of tournament golf. Beginning with its whimsical name and running shoe inspired color palette, the website oozes with coolness and screams “massive step up” from whatever system tournament hosts may be using currently to run their events. The site’s well-made animated video artfully illustrates, in less than two minutes, the broad range of services that the site provides. We have found no comparable service

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in terms of sheer breadth and quality of execution. Although there have been attempts at providing online registration services by

The event host chooses what goes on the registration form

web companies and even pros, none of them bring the level of sophistication, functionality and ease of use that Golfsquid.com brings to golf’s tournament table. According to Kranitz, “breeding a platform that serves the corporate market and many disparate hobbies and sports results in a very healthy mutt that can handle events of virtually any type and complexity. Golf is no exception.” A quick tour through the site’s feature set bears this out. From the “EventBuilder” area, a nontechnical person can create a highly functional and very attractive event website that can handle everything from spectator tickets to foursome registration and hole sponsorship. As the video aptly describes it, the golfers and the software do most of the work. The event planner can simply click icons to create revenue reports, badges, parking passes, foursome lists and just about everything else needed to ensure a smooth tournament. Beyond golfer registration, the system can easily handle ancillary items like donations, banquet choices, exhibitor booths, hole sponsorship selection, spectator tickets and the collation of pictures and videos from the event into one place. For golfers, the efficiencies are no less rewarding. Once a golfer registers for any tournament hosted on the system, their personal information is stored so that registration for any future event is a 60-second affair. Golfers can return to their personal list of events and reprint receipts or access passes and post photos and videos from the event. The site will automatically create a web app that golfers can use to view details about the event, read up-to-the-minute bulletins and vote in real time on any ballots created by the event host

(like favorite hole, favorite driver, etc.). For real tournament enthusiasts, the site offers a “watch list” that sends you automatic notices when events of your preferred type that are posted within your desired radius. According to Robinson, the company’s business model is simple. For most events, the site charges $2.99 per golfer, period. For events with per-golfer registration fees in excess of $800, the charge goes to a little over $6.00 per golfer. The site makes quick work of foursome registrations. When golfers register a foursome, they can either register their foursome partners or simply fill in their email addresses and the site will send the foursome add-on members a coded invitation that allows them to simply join the foursome at no charge. Golfsquid is completely self-service and newly “squidified” tournament hosts can have an event website up and humming usually within 45 minutes. The software is extremely easy to use and typically cuts registration-related workload in half. According to Robinson, golf courses also reap the benefit of these efficiencies in the way of fewer questions and more efficient events. Golfsquid is currently signing up “partner courses” in its “Squid PRO Quo” program. As a member of the program, each partner course can get on Golfsquid’s official list of courses and they receive an allotment of nicely appointed tournament folders they can give to prospective event hosts. Each folder contains a booklet explaining how to utilize Golfsquid.com, giveaway coupons from retail and service partners and the course’s own informational and pricing material. There is no cost to the course as suggested by the Squid PRO Quo name.

Eventsquid founder, Michael Kranitz

Gary Robinson, Golfsquid Co-Founder

We will keep tabs on Golfsquid.com as it grows. We have high hopes for this business, especially with the prospect that we will be able to not only find but register for golf tournaments of all types in one place. You’ll be able to visit our website anytime and view the Golfsquid-listed events. Meanwhile, our editorial staff is heading out to get our cars washed. D


Club Feature

Perry Park Country Club... Mountain Golf on the Front Range! G

olfers who are yearning to bring new enthusiasm to their game…to escape five-plus hour rounds…and to shun those uninspiring layouts, are discovering Perry Park Country Club. Set in an area of timeless beauty in Larkspur Colorado, an easy drive from South Denver or North Colorado Springs, this unique course has captured the imagination of high handicap and scratch golfers alike. One major appeal of this course is its lush fairways, winding among pine woodlands and spectacular red rock formations. Notable is the absence of course-crowding homes. The course is framed by the Pike National Forest, and an abundance of deer, fox, the occasional bear and other Colorado wildlife make each round an occasion. In short, it’s like a spectacular mountain course, but easily accessible to Front Range golf enthusiasts. Perry Park Country Club was established in 1969, in an area that in earlier times, Native American tribes called home. On the course, one can find the spot where stagecoaches stopped to pick up passengers traveling to Denver and Colorado Springs. Later, the beauty of the surroundings drew influential Denver residents who built summer get-aways on Lake Wauconda. One, built in 1891 and thoughtfully updated to preserve its century-old charm, serves as the clubhouse.

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The layout was masterfully planned by Colorado golf architect Dick Phelps. Winding among the red rocks and pine forest, the course provides a variety of scenic views and has been continually updated to meet the needs of the modern game of golf, This course is designed for golfers of all

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skill levels, with tee positions from 7007 to 4303 yards, allowing each member to tailor the course to his or her greatest enjoyment. Though there are significant elevation changes throughout the 18 holes, this is a very walkable course. Both private carts and walking carts are allowed.

The club is fortunate to have its own senior, 1881 water rights that provide the needed irrigation to maintain its lush fairways, roughs and greens throughout the golf season. Beside adding to the beauty of the surroundings, Lake Wauconda provides substantial water storage to insulate the club from extended droughts. A limited membership of 300 provides many ways to make a round of golf more enjoyable; from finding your tee time is readily available, to faster rounds, to more time to replay the day’s highlights. For over 40-years Perry Park has been a member-owned club. This has provided a sense of continuity and assures that its members decide for themselves what's best for the club and its future. There are various categories of membership that should appeal to about any golfer or business. The club attracts many families, even though there are no pool or tennis facilities. It has a thriving woman's golf program and has one of the best junior programs in the area; open to children and grandchildren of its members. You can learn more about Perry Park on their website at; www.perryparkcc.com or by contacting Herb Miller, Marketing Director at 303.681.3305, ext. 4. D


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Events

Grand Classic Tournament Offering Golfers Opportunity to Play Two Extraordinary Mountain Courses

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ith spring weather right around the corner it’s time to think about golf in the beautiful, Colorado high country. 2015 marks the 16th year for the Annual Grand Classic Golf Tournament. This tournament is a two-day event show-

casing two extraordinary Grand County courses: Pole Creek Golf Club and Golf Granby Ranch. Ranked in the top 75 Best National Public Golf Courses, Pole Creek was named Best Mountain Course and Best Après Course by Colorado Avid Golfer

Magazine’s Caggy Awards in 2014. Golf Granby Ranch is tucked into a secluded rocky mountain valley with breathtaking views of the Continental Divide, and is ranked as one of the Best Public Mountain Courses in Colorado.

This year’s event will be held Friday and Saturday, June 19th and 20th. Friday’s events include day one of tournament play with golfers split amongst the two courses, followed by dinner, a silent auction and live music at the Base Lodge at Granby Ranch. Saturday’s activities include day two of tournament play (golfers switch courses from the previous day), followed by a putting contest, cocktail party and awards ceremony at Pole Creek Golf Club. Tournament format at both courses will be a two-person best ball of foursome. Since 1996, the Grand Foundation has granted over $6 million to over 150 Grand County charitable and service club organizations. These organizations provide programs and/or services in the areas of Health & Human Services, Arts & Culture, Education, Amateur Sports and the Environment. The Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District provides memorable recreational activities and facilities that promote health and wellness for the Fraser Valley. This tournament specifically raises funds for their youth programs. For more information or to register for the Grand Classic Golf Tournament, please contact Sam Gordon at the Grand Foundation: 970.887.3111 or sam@grandfoundation.com. D

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Feature

Gentlemen Always Replace Their Divots! By Jerry Walters Divot Contributing Writer

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very professional golfer, golf professional and astute golfer will tell you that a divot is a necessary part of the golf shot, however in moderation and clearly after making solid contact with the ball. Divots are a curious item and very different in size, weight and description. The word “divot” is derived from the Scots, who claim to be the first to strike a small orb with a walking cane and dates back to 1586. Divots are as old as the Royal and Ancient game itself. In the modern dictionary, the definition is “a small piece of turf gouged out of the earth sometimes by a golf club.” Actually, in golf terms, itʼs a small deviation from the ideal arc of the swing, resulting in a variety of flying turf. There are those who argue that the divot is a the piece of sod that becomes air-

borne, and yet others maintain that a divot is the void left by the flying lawn being flung into the sky. This fascination paradox may perplex scholars well into the future, but for me, Iʼd prefer to spend my few precious days left on this planet classifying the misplaced chunks of sod and referring to them by size and shape. • The first divot warrants very little mention and is an embarrassment to the perpetrator. Itʼs known simply as the bacon strip, very long and thin, weighing in at an anorexic 2 ounces. • Second, and this may get under your scalp, is the toupee. This divot weighs in at a paltry 4 ounces but is much broader and thicker than the aforementioned bacon strip. • Third is the rug. Now youʼre talking bulk. You can readily visualize the nap or the binding on this one, tipping the scales at a hefty 6 ounces. These are the divots you could collect and take home to patch your own lawn.

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Next is the dead cat. Usually, it takes a special machine to skin these. You normally see them in rolls on the backs of trucks driving toward the new track homes. The name comes from the flat felines seen on the road. The beaver pelt is obese at a massive 12 ounces. Amazingly, you blasted that much earth into the air without bending or breaking the shaft of the club during the shot. And, finally, comes the behemoth of divots, known only to a very few golfers possessing super human strength.

This chunk of real estate is known simply as the loaf, not because of its land mass, but because of the tonnage. This baby weighs in at over a pound and comes crashing back to earth, with a resounding thud, destroying everything in its path. Whatever terminology you prefer to use, be sure to replace your divots or pour the sand and seed mixture to fill the void. I may be in the group right behind you. Jerry Walters can be heard on 1043 The Fan, every Saturday morning on “In The Fairway” from 7-9am. D

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News

Growing Junior Golf

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ith the numbers of adult golfers dropping, there is a big push by the PGA to try to get golfers back on the golf course. One obvious approach is to introduce more juniors to the game through junior golf and school programs. APG Links Golf and Dave Vahling, who has a successful high golf program, has teamed up to develop unique junior golf programs utilizing an indoor facility. These programs are designed to help the aspiring young golfer develop the skills necessary to attain their goals. APG and Dave are offering a variety of junior programs that should fit any budget and all skill levels. APG Golf has the largest indoor practice and play facility in the Colorado region. With 16 hitting bays, full screen golf simulators, 1200 sq. ft. putting and chipping green, and numerous swing training aids, it’s a one of a kind practice oasis created to help develop the swing required to play good golf. Programs will be held at APG

Golf’s indoor facility as well as at numerous golf courses were all the different golf shots will be developed. Dave has compiled a staff of PGA Pro’s and successful High School coaches who have all competed at the college level. For more information on programs and schedules please visit APG’s website at www.apglinksgolf.com. D

New Golf Glove Creates Buzz at PGA Merchandise Show

CaddyDaddy launches new Talon Series Golf Gloves constructed of advanced materials at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, FL. The Talon Glove features an outstanding grip inspired by football and baseball gloves and plays cooler than typical leather materials. “The feedback at the PGA Show launch was tremendous and we’re excited about introducing an entirely new type of golf glove to the retail market. Attendees and golf pros were literally begging us to sell our samples on the show floor as they’d never seen anything like them,” said Greg Derbas, President of CaddyDaddy. Most leather and synthetic gloves are simply too hot and uncomfortable in the summer months and the gloves that are comfortable, only last a few rounds. The new Tack-Fusion™ fabric covers the entire palm of each glove and

provides a superior grip over leather competitors. The Talon Gloves are completely machine- washable and the Tackgrip actually Fusion™ re-energizes with every wash or with a wipe from a damp cloth. The Talon Gloves offer an amazing grip during all seasons with unmatched durability. The new gloves are competitively priced with a $17.99 MSRP and will be available online and at select retailers in early April. The new Talon glove is set to make a big shift in the industry as golfers choose to upgrade their glove rather than their grips! Established in 2002, CaddyDaddy is a leading manufacturer of golf travel bags, travel covers, gloves and golf accessories. Email rod@caddydaddygolf.com or visit www.caddydaddygolf.com for more information. D

APG Links Indoor Golf Center

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Camps • Leagues • Tournaments • Lessons

APG Links Indoor Golf Center has opened a new 10,000 sq. ft. indoor golf training center where you can play 18 holes on 30 championship golf courses (Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, The Blue Monster at Doral, Abu Dhabi and More) or practice on our state of the art driving range which gives you all the swing data a serious golfer could need (ball speed, club speed, spin rates, direction offline, carry and roll out distances)

APG Golf Links would like to invite you for a free 15 minute demo of our state of the art indoor golf and training practice facility.

Instant feedback – Shot Tracer just like on the Golf Channel. Shot data information after every swing. Play 18 holes at Pebble Beach and many other courses!

For more information please visit or call (303)680-2686.

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With With over over 300 300 days days of of sunshine sunshine aa year, year, players players enjoy enjoy basically basically year-round year-round play play on on the the Quail Quail Dunes Dunes Golf Golf Course. Course. The The Quail Quail Dunes Dunes Course Course isis aa beautiful beautiful 18-hole, 18-hole, par par 72 72 course, course, with with yardage yardage ranging ranging from from 5,300 5,300 to to 6,600 6,600 yards yards and and four four different different tee tee boxes boxes to to accommodate accommodate all all levels levels of of golfers. golfers. Built Built on on 165 165 acres acres of of land, land, there there are are 57 57 acres acres of of native native area area throughout throughout the the course. course. Wildlife Wildlife habitat habitat in in this this area area isis home home to to eagles, eagles, hawks, hawks, deer, deer, quail, quail, pheasant pheasant and and coyotes, coyotes, as as well well as as many many others. others. The The Quail Quail Dunes Dunes Golf Golf Course Course was was designated designated as as an an Audubon Audubon Wildlife Wildlife Sanctuary Sanctuary in in 1994. 1994.

The The Course Course isis home home to to two two distinct distinct nines. nines. The The original original front front 9-hole 9-hole course course designed designed by by Henry Henry Hughs Hughs was was opened opened in in the the early early 1920s. 1920s. In In the the late late 1960s 1960s an an additional 9 holes designed by Frank Hummel was added, along with a driving range. This traditional golf course features a variety of terrain from treeadditional 9 holes designed by Frank Hummel was added, along with a driving range. This traditional golf course features a variety of terrain from treelined lined fairways fairways to to rolling rolling hills hills and and challenging challenging greens. greens. ItIt offers offers scenic scenic views views and and challenging challenging tee tee shots shots from from multiple multiple tee tee boxes. boxes.

Golfers Golfers looking looking for for aa truly truly challenging challenging experience experience in in aa beautiful beautiful setting setting along along the the South South Platte Platte River River in in Northeastern Northeastern Colorado Colorado need need go go no no further further than than the the Quail Dunes Golf Course. Come find out why Fort Morgan is home to some of the best golf in the northeast corner of Colorado. Quail Dunes Golf Course. Come find out why Fort Morgan is home to some of the best golf in the northeast corner of Colorado.

• Fun and Challenging for All Age Groups. • Family Friendly. • Jr Tees on all 18 holes. • Easy Access. • Fast Pace of Play.

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16th Annual CNI Golf Classic Co-Chaired by Two Golfers with Parkinson’s This annual tournament raises funds and awareness for individuals facing neurological conditions.

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n Monday, June 1st, Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI) will hold the 16th Annual Golf Classic at the Golf Club at Bear Dance to support individuals facing neurological conditions such as stroke, brain and spinal tumors, head pain, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. Tom Draayer and Dean Mills, two golfers with Parkinson’s, are co-chairing this year’s tournament. The 2014 tournament raised more than $48,000 and the committee hopes to raise even more this year. Without fundraisers such as the CNI Golf Classic, CNI would not be able to offer a resource center for individuals facing neurological conditions. CNI’s tournament players are community partners, patients and golf enthusiasts. Each of them serves as an ambassador and storyteller for the organization. Since 1988, CNI has been providing re-

search, patient services and education for individuals facing neurological conditions. CNI is the only nonprofit organization of its kind, offering patients easy access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art care, support services, clinical trials, outpatient neurorehab, counseling and more. 2015 CNI Golf Classic sponsors include Morgan Stanley - Shawn Fowler, Dean Mills, Cerescan, Bank of the West, RIA, TEVA, Ernst & Young, Craig Hospital and Health Images. More information about this event can be found at www.thecni.org. About Colorado Neurological Institute Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI) has been providing research, education and patient services for persons with neurological conditions and their caregivers since 1988. As the only nonprofit organization in the Rocky Mountain Region of its kind, CNI offer patients easy access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art care, support services, clinical trials, outpatient neuro-rehab, counseling and more. D


Feature

A Thing For Spring By Rhett McEmma Divot Contributing Writer

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e seem to have a reputation of being a community of snow-bound stir crazies from Labor Day thru Easter, but here in Colorado, we seldom have to wait for the signs of spring to tee it up. Since winter rules last went into effect, my buddies and I have played at least once every month. Even early in February, before Denver broke a 103 year old record for snow fall, there was summer-like weather, setting new highs with multiple days in the 60’s and 70’s. In spite of all the beautiful winter weather we usually have, for me, spring always brings a bit of excitement. The days get longer. And longer still when we spring forward. I never tire of seeing the trees beginning to bud and the grass starting to green, hearing the occasional ice cream truck jingle through the neighborhood, or when Jim Nance says, “Hello friends.” This is usually my cue to help the snow shovel find its way to the rear of the shed. Spring is when the golf bugs really start to bite. My clubs take their proper place

near the front of the garage where they’ll have quick access to the trunk of the car at a moment’s notice. Of course our unpredictable spring weather is certain to interrupt my joy with an occasional bucket of rain, and most surely a spring snowstorm or two will send me back to the shed retrieving the shovel. But be discouraged not, for all this moisture always makes for incredible playing conditions when the sun pops out. It’s always good to remember a few springtime tips to help start your golf season. Be sure to check your golf bag. Be certain your children, grandchildren, or the ornery neighbor kids haven’t removed all your balls and tees and replaced them with rocks, sticks, tennis balls, and empty candy wrappers. Get back into a stretching regime…slowly. Remember, you’re a year older. Make certain your favorite tacky golf shorts still fit. Your legs, which haven’t seen the sun in months, are torture enough to your foursome, don’t make them cope with a crotch blowout the first time you squat to read a putt. Go to the range first. Don’t be that golfer who walks to the first tee after a winter of inactivity and then

Spring Golf! promptly toes one straight right, scattering everyone on the practice green. Set reasonable goals, and have realistic expectations. If you could really play the way you want, you wouldn’t have been working all winter at the job you are now trying to escape

from. Move up to the proper tee boxes, give up on balls that are more than fifty yards left or right, and give all your playing partners putts inside the leather. Lastly, remember this is your entertainment dollars at work, have some fun. D

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Denver Area Courses ●

Applewood Golf Club Map#: 3 Public 18R 303-279-3003 Fee Range: $12-$29 Golden Arrowhead Golf Club Map#: 4 Resort 18R 303-973-9614 Littleton Fee Range: $75-$115 Aurora Hills Golf Course Map#: 7 303-364-6111 Public 18R Fee Range: $25-$29 Aurora Bear Creek Golf Club Map#: 9 Private 18R 303-980-8700 Denver Fees: Guests $75 Bear Dance, The Golf Club at Map#: 216 Public 18R 303-681-4653 Larkspur Fee Range: $65 - $75 Black Bear Golf Club Map#: 21 Private 18R 303-840-3100 Parker Fee Range: $40-$80 Blackstone Country Club Map#: 300 Private 18R 303-617-3561 Fees: Members Only Aurora Boulder Country Club Map#: 14 Private 18R - 9E 303-530-2226 Boulder Fees: Guest $75 Box Elder Creek Golf Course Map#: 15 303-659-7177 Public 18R Brighton Fee Range: $22 Broadlands Golf Course, The Map#: 17 Public 18R 303-466-8285 Broomfield Fee Range: $28-$37 Buffalo Run Golf Course Map#: 19 Public 18R 303-289-1500 Fee Range: $18-$38 Commerce City Broken Tee Englewood Golf Complex Map#: 63 Public 18R 9P3 303-762-2670 Englewood Fee Range: $15-$33 Castle Pines Golf Club Map#: 22 303-688-6022 Private 18R Fees: Invitation Only Castle Rock Castle Pines, The Country Club at Map#: 45 303-688-6400 Private 18R Castle Rock Fees: Guests $75-$95 Centre Hills Golf Course Map#: 27 303-343-4935 Public 9-P3 Aurora Fee Range: $5-$9 Cherry Creek Country Club Map#: 121 Private 18R 303-755-0711 Aurora Fees: N/A Cherry Hills Country Club Map#: 29 Private 18R 18P3 303-761-9900 Englewood Fees: Guests $125 City Park Golf Course, Denver Map#: 53 Public 18R 303-295-4420 Fee Range: $20-$24 Denver Coal Creek Golf Course Map#: 33 Public 18R 303-666-7888 Louisville Fee Range: $27-$40 Colorado Golf Club Map#: 301 Private 18R 303-840-5400 Parker Fees: N/A Colorado National Golf Club Map#: 238 Public 18R 303-665-9590 Erie Fee Range: $50-$75 Columbine Country Club Map#: 37 Private 18R 303-794-6333 Littleton Fees: Guests $80 Common Ground Golf Course Map#: 129 Public 18R 9P3 303-340-1520 Aurora Fee Range: $30-$50 Deer Creek at Meadow Ranch Map#: 51 Semi-Private 18R 303-978-1800 Littleton Fee Range: $65-$95 Denver Country Club Map#: 54 Private 18R 303-733-2444 Denver Fee Range: $90 Eagle Trace Golf Club Map#: 57 Public 18R 303-466-3322 Broomfield Fee Range: $20-$30 Evergreen Golf Course Map#: 65 Public 18R 303-674-6351 Evergreen Fee Range: $22-$30 Foothills Golf Course Map#: 71 Public 18R 9E 9P3 303-989-3901 Denver Fee Range: $25-$39 Fitzsimons Golf Course Map#: 69 Public 18R 303-364-8125 Aurora Fee Range: $15-$21 Flatirons Golf Course Map#: 70 Public 18R 303-442-7851 Boulder Fee Range: $22-$29 Fossil Trace Golf Club Map#: 231 Public 18R 303-277-8750 Golden Fee Range: $36-$50 Fox Hollow Golf Course Map#: 76 Public 27R 303-986-7888 Lakewood Fee Range: $43-$62 Glenmoor Country Club Map#: 78 Private 18R 303-781-0400 Englewood Fees: Guests $60-$85 The Golf Club at Ravenna Map#: 242 Private 18R 720-956-1600 Littleton Fee Range: Members Only Green Gables Country Club Map#: 84 Private 18R 303-985-1525 Denver Fees: Guests $75 Green Valley Ranch Golf Club Map#: 219 Public 18R 303-371-3131 Denver Fee Range: $24-$32 Greenway Park Golf Course Map#: 85 Public 9-P3 303-466-3729 Broomfield Fee Range: $6-$14

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Colorado Golf Course Map & Directory

Harvard Gulch Golf Course Map#: 86 Public 9-P3 303-698-4078 Fee Range: $6 Denver Heather Gardens Golf Course Map#: 89 Public 9E 303-751-2390 Fee Range: $12 Aurora Heather Ridge Country Club Map#: 90 Public 18R 303-755-3550 Aurora Fees: Guest $45 Heritage at Westmoor Map#: 92 303-469-2974 Public 18R Fee Range: $24-$45 Westminster Heritage Eagle Bend Golf & CC Map#: 91 Semi-Private 18R 303-400-6700 Aurora Fee Range: $35-$70 w/cart Heritage Todd Creek Golf Club Map#: 227 Public 18R 303-655-1779 Thornton Fee Range: $55-$65 Highlands Ranch Golf Club Map#: 94 Semi-Private 18R 303-471-0000 Highlands Ranch Fee Range: $42-$69 Homestead at Fox Hollow Map#: 239 Public 18E 720-963-5181 Fee Range: $18-$35 Lakewood Hyland Hills, The Courses at Map#: 99 Public 27R 18P3 303-428-6526 Westminster Fee Range: $25; $37 Hiwan Golf Club Map#: 96 303-674-3369 Private 18R Evergreen Fees: Guests $85 Indian Peaks Golf Course Map#: 101 Public 18R 303-666-4706 Lafayette Fee Range: $34-$38 Indian Tree Golf Course Map#: 102 Public 18R 9P3 303-403-2541 Fee Range: $26 Arvada Inverness Hotel & Golf Club Map#: 103 Resort/Private 18R 303-397-7878 Englewood Fee Range: $70-$115 J. F. Kennedy Golf Course Map#: 104 303-751-0311 Public 27R 9P3 Fee Range: $20-$24 Denver Lake Arbor Golf Club Map#: 108 303-423-1650 Public 18R Arvada Fee Range: $23 Legacy Ridge Golf Course Map#: 113 303-438-8997 Public 18R Westminster Fee Range: $28-$45 Lakewood Country Club Map#: 111 Private 18R 303-233-0503 Lakewood Fees: Guests $75-$90 Littleton Golf & Tennis Club Map#: 26 Public 18E 303-794-5838 Littleton Fee Range: $13-$34 Links at Highlands Ranch, The Map#: 117 Public 18E 303-470-9292 Fee Range: $18-$31 Highlands Ranch Lone Tree Golf Club & Hotel Map#: 118 Public 18R 303-799-9940 Littleton Fee Range: $43-$65 Meadows Golf Club, The Map#: 126 Public 18R 303-409-2250 Littleton Fee Range: $14-$31 Meadow Hills Golf Course Map#: 125 Public 18R 303-690-2500 Aurora Fee Range: $29-$35 Meridian Golf Club Map#: 128 Private 18R, 303-799-4043 Englewood Fee Range: $65-$85 Mountain View Golf Course Map#: 135 Public 9E 303-694-3012 Denver Fee Range: $9-$12 Murphy Creek Golf Course Map#: 137 Public 18R 303-361-7300 Aurora Fee Range: $34-$44 Omni-Interlocken Resort Map#: 139 Resort 27R 303-464-9000 Broomfield Fee Range: $55-$85 Overland Park Golf Course Map#: 140 Public 18R 303-698-1975 Denver Fee Range: $20-23 Park Hill Golf Club Map#: 142 Public 18R 303-333-5411 Denver Fee Range: $18 Perry Park Country Club Map#: 145 Private 18R 303-681-3186 Larkspur Fees: Guests $50-$70 Pinehurst Country Club Map#: 147 Private 27R 303-985-1559 Denver Fees: Guests $70-$85 Pinery Country Club, The Map#: 148 Private 27R 303-841-2850 Parker Fees: Guests $40-$50 Plum Creek Golf & Country Club Map#: 149 Private 18R 303-688-2611 Castle Rock Fee Range: $65-$85 Pradera, The Golf Club at Map#: 228 Private 18R 720-851-9600 Parker Fee Range: $TBA Raccoon Creek Golf Course Map#: 156 Public 18R 303-932-0199 Littleton Fee Range: $38-$70 Ranch Country Club, The Map#: 157 Private 18R 303-466-2111 Westminster Fees: Guests $55 Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course Map#: 158 Public 18R 303-663-7150 Castle Rock Fee Range: $36-$59 Red Rocks Country Club Map#: 159 Private 18R 303-697-8008 Morrison Fees: Guests $35-$45 Ridge at Castle Pines North, The Map#: 160 Public 18R 303-688-0100 Castle Rock Fee Range: $75-$120

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Riverdale Golf Courses Public 36R Brighton Rolling Hills Country Club Private 18R Golden Saddle Rock Golf Course Public 18R Aurora

Sanctuary

Map#: 164 303-659-6700 Fee Range: $26-$37 Map#: 168 303-279-7858 Fees: Guests $75-$85 Map#: 169 303-699-3939 Fee Range: $26-$46

Map#: 171

303-224-2860 Private 18R Fees: Invitation only Sedalia Southglenn Country Club Map#: 180 Private 18-P3 303-798-1656 Littleton Fees: N/A South Suburban Family Sports Center Map#: 68 Public 9E 303-649-1115 Centennial Fee Range: $9-$19 South Suburban Golf Course Map#: 179 Public 18R 18P3 303-770-5508 Centennial Fee Range: $18-$43 Springhill Golf Course Map#: 184 Public 18E 303-739-6854 Fee Range: $20-$26 Aurora Stoney Creek Golf Course Map#: 189 Public 9E 303-431-9268 Arvada Fee Range: $16-$18 Thorncreek Golf Club Map#: 195 303-450-7055 Public 18R Thornton Fee Range: $30-$35 Valley Country Club Map#: 201 Private 18R 303-690-6377 Aurora Fees: Guests only Wellshire Golf Course Map#: 206 Public 18R 303-692-5636 Fee Range: $20-$24 Denver West Woods Golf Club Map#: 207 Public 27R 720-898-7370 Arvada Fee Range: $27 - $41 Willis Case Golf Course Map#: 209 303-458-4877 Public 18R Fee Range: $20-$24 Denver

Front Range North

Windsor Gardens Golf Club Map#: 210 303-366-3133 Public 9-P3 Denver Fee Range: $4-$8.50 Adriel Hills Golf Course Map#: 229 Private 6-P3 970-484-3098 Ft. Collins Fees: N/A Ballyneal Golf & Hunt Club Map#: 250 Private 18R 970-854-5900 Holyoke Fee Range: Members Only Bella Rosa Golf Course Map#: 248 Public 9R 303-678-2940 Fee Range: $9-$20 Frederick Boomerang Golf Links Map#: 13 Public 18R 970-351-8934 Greeley Fee Range: $22-$30 Bunker Hill Country Club Map#: 20 Semi-Private 9R 970-842-5198 Brush Fee Range: $15-$18 Cattail Creek Golf Course Map#: 230 Public 9-P3 970-663-5310 Loveland Fee Range: $7-$10 City Park Nine Golf Course Map#: 32 Public 9R 970-221-6650 Fort Collins Fee Range: $12-$21 Collindale Golf Course Map#: 35 Public 18R 970-221-6651 Fort Collins Fee Range: $21-$23 Coyote Creek Golf Course Map#: 48 Public 18R 303-857-6152 Fort Lupton Fee Range: $22-$24 Eaton Country Club Map#: 61 Private 18R 970-454-2587 Eaton Fee Range: $25-$40 F&H Park and Recreation District Map#: 66 Public 9R 970-774-6362 Haxtun Fee Range: $14 Fort Collins Country Club Map#: 72 Private 18R 970-482-9988 Fort Collins Fees: Guests $45-$103 Fox Hill Country Club Map#: 75 Private 18R 303-772-1061 Longmont Fees: Guests $40-$55 Greeley Country Club Map#: 83 Private 18R 970-353-2431 Greeley Fee Range: $87 w/cart Harmony Club Map#: 247 Private 18R 970-482-4653 Timmath Fee Range: Members/Guest Only Haystack Mountain Golf Course Map#: 88 Public 9E 303-530-1400 Niwot Fee Range: $9-$14 Highland Meadows Golf Course Map#: 174 Public 18R 970-204-4653 Windsor Fee Range: $40 to $69 Highland Hills Golf Course Map#: 93 Public 18R 970-330-7327 Greeley Fee Range: $21-$27 Holyoke Golf Course Map#: 98 Public 9R 970-854-3200 Holyoke Fee Range: $15 Indian Hills Golf Course Map#: 100 Public 9R 970-848-2812 Yuma Fee Range: $14-$16 Loveland, The Olde Course at Map#: 138 Public 18R 970-667-5256 Loveland Fee Range: $22-$28 Lake Valley Golf Club Map#: 110 Private 18R 303-444-2114 Longmont Fees: N/A

Courses not responsible for published fees. Fees ma Link-N-Greens Golf Course Map#: 115 Public 18E 970-221-4818 Fee Range: $19-$21 Fort Collins Mariana Butte Golf Course Map#: 123 Public 18R 970-667-8308 Fee Range: $28-$36 Loveland Missing Links Golf at Frederick Map#: 130 Public 9R 303-651-7060 Longmont Fees: 10 Mountain Vista Greens Golf Course Map#: 136 970-482-4847 Public 9R Fee Range: $12-$14 Fort Collins Northeastern 18 Map#: 188 Public 18R 970-521-6889 Sterling Fee Range: Guests $15-$37.50 Pelican Lakes Golf & Country Club Map#: 144 Semi-Private 18R 970-674-0930 Windsor Fee Range: $40-$50 Plainsman Golf Club Map#: 235 Public 9R No Telephone Joes Fee Range: $10 Prairie Golf Course Map#: 151 Public 9R 970-383-2211 Fee Range: $5 Cope Prairie Pines Golf Club Map#: 152 Public 9R 719-346-8207 Burlington Fee Range: $15-$20 Ptarmigan Golf & Country Club Map#: 153 970-226-6600 Private 18R Fort Collins Fee Range: $100 Quail Dunes Golf Course Map#: 73 Public 18R 970-867-5990 Fort Morgan Fee Range: $22 Quint Valley Golf Club Map#: 249 Public 9R 303-822-5509 Fee Range: $20 Byers Riverview Golf Course Map#: 165 Public 18R 970-522-3035 Sterling Fee Range: $12-$18 Saddleback Golf Club Map#: 218 303-833-5000 Public 18R Fees: $29-37 Firestone Sedgwick County Golf Course Map#: 224 N/A Public 9S Julesburg Fees: N/A Southridge Golf Club Map#: 181 970-416-2828 Public 18R Fort Collins Fee Range: $21-24

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Stratton Golf Course Public 9R Stratton Sunset Golf Course Public 9R Longmont Tamarack Golf Course Public 9R Limon Twin Peaks Golf Course Public 18R Longmont Ute Creek Golf Course Public 18R Longmont Washington County Golf Club Public 9R Akron Wray Country Club Public 9R Wray

Map#: 190 719-348-5412 Fee Range: $10 Map#: 191 303-776-3122 Fee Range: $10-$18 Map#: 192 719-775-9998 Fee Range: $12 Map#: 198 303-772-1722 Fee Range: $20-$24 Map#: 199 303-774-4342 Fee Range: $17-$35 Map#: 205 970-345-2309 Fee Range: $12-$15 Map#: 213 970-332-5934 Fee Range: $15-$17

Front Range South

Antelope Hills Golf Course Map#: 215 Public 18R 303-644-5992 Bennett Fee Range: $28-$32 Antler Creek Golf Course Map#: 221 719-494-1900 Public 18R Colorado Springs Fee Range: $28 -$40 Broadmoor Golf Club, The Map#: 18 Resort 54R 719-634-7711 Colorado Springs Fee Range: $90-$160 The Club at Flying Horse Map#: 251 Private 18R 719-487-2620 Fee Range: Members Only Colorado Springs Cherokee Ridge Golf Course Map#: 28 Public 9R 9P3 719-597-2637 Colorado Springs Fee Range: $20 Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club Map#: 30 719-526-4122 Public 18R Fee Range: $25-$28 Fort Carson Colorado Springs Country Club Map#: 36 719-473-1782 Private 18R Colorado Springs Fees: Guests $40-$50 Cottonwood Links Golf Club Map#: 44 719-263-4500 Public 9R Fowler Fee Range: $12-$14

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Colorado Golf Course Map & Directory

Cougar Canyon Golf Links Map#: 197 Public 18R 719-422-7015 Fee Range: $39 -$69 Trinidad Country Club of Colorado Map#: 46 Resort 18R 719-538-4095 Fee Range: $120 Colorado Springs Desert Hawk at Pueblo West Map#: 120 Public 18R 719-547-2280 Pueblo West Fee Range: $25-$32 Eads Golf Course Map#: 232 No Telephone Public 9R Fee Range: $3 Eads Eisenhower Golf Club Map#: 62 Military 36R 719-333-2606 Colorado Springs Fee Range: $12-$50 Elmwood Golf Course Map#: 154 Public 18R 9E 719-561-4946 Pueblo Fee Range: $24-$26 Gleneagle Golf Club Map#: 77 Public 18R 719-488-0900 Colorado Springs Fees: N/A Grandote Peaks Golf Club Map#: 81 Public 18R 719-742-3391 Fee Range: $35-$75 La Vita Hollydot Golf Course Map#: 97 Public 27R 719-676-3341 Colorado City Fee Range: $17-$23 Hugo Golf Club Map#: 234 No Telephone Public 9S Hugo Fee Range: $5 Kings Deer Golf Club Map#: 55 Public 18R 719-481-1518 Monument Fee Range: $35-$50 Kissing Camels Golf Club Map#: 106 Private 27R 719-632-5541 Fee Range: $60-$75 Colorado Springs La Junta Golf Club Map#: 107 Public 9R 719-384-7133 La Junta Fee Range: $10-$15 Las Animas Golf Course Map#: 112 719-456-2511 Public 9R Fee Range: $12 Las Animas Mossland Memorial Golf Course Map#: 133 719-765-4659 Public 9R Flagler Fees: N/A Patty Jewett Golf Course Map#: 143 719-385-6934 Public 27R Colorado Springs Fee Range: $27 Pine Creek Golf Club Map#: 146 Public 18R 719-594-9999 Colorado Springs Fee Range: $35 Pueblo Country Club Map#: 155 Private 18R 719-542-2941 Pueblo Fee Range: $65-$75 Rocky Ford Country Club Map#: 167 Public 9R 719-254-7528 Fee Range: $11 Rocky Ford Sand Creek Golf Course Map#: 236 Public 9E 719-597-5489 Colorado Springs Fees: 8 Silver Spruce Golf Course Map#: 175 Military 18R 719-556-7414 Colorado Springs Fees: Guests $25 Smoky River Golf Club Map#: 176 Public 9R 719-767-5021 Cheyenne Wells Fee Range: $12 Spreading Antlers Golf Course Map#: 182 Public 9R 719-336-5274 Lamar Fee Range: $20-$22 Spring Valley Golf Club Map#: 183 Public 18R 303-646-4240 Elizabeth Fee Range: $22-$34 Springfield Municipal Golf Course Map#: 226 Public 9R No Telephone Springfield Fees: N/A Springs Ranch Golf Club Map#: 185 Public 18R 719-573-4863 Colorado Springs Fee Range: $28-$45 Sumo Golf Village Map#: 10 Semi-Private 18R 719-784-6152 Florence Fee Range: $42 Trinidad Golf Course Map#: 302 Public 9R 719-846-4015 Trinidad Fee Range: $15(9H); $20(18h) Valley Hi Golf Course Map#: 202 Public 18R 719-385-6911 Colorado Springs Fee Range: $20-$27 Walking Stick Golf Course Map#: 203 Public 18R 719-584-3400 Pueblo Fee Range: $26-$28 Walsenburg Golf Course Map#: 204 Public 9R 719-738-2730 Walsenburg Fee Range: $14-$16 Woodmoor Pines Country Club Map#: 212 Private 18R 719-481-2266 Monument Fees: Guests $55-$65

Mountain

Adam’s Mountain Country Club Map#: 244 Private 18R 970-328-2326 Eagle Fees: Members Only Aspen Glen Golf Club Map#: 5 Private 18R 970-704-1988 Carbondale Fees: Guests $120-$245 Aspen Golf Course Map#: 6 Public 18R 970-429-1949 Aspen Fee Range: $80 Beaver Creek Golf Club Map#: 11 Resort 18R 970-845-5775 Avon Fees: Guests $160 Breckenridge Golf Club Map#: 16 Public 27R 970-453-9104 Breckenridge Fee Range: $95

Brightwater Club Map#: 243 Private 18R 970-777-1270 Fee Range: Members Only Gypsum Catamount Ranch and Club Map#: 23 Private 18R 970-871-9200 Fees: Guests $135 Steamboat Springs Cattails Golf Club Map#: 24 Public 18R 719-589-9515 Alamosa Fee Range: $30 Challenger Golf Course Map#: 119 719-256-4856 Public 9E Fee Range: $20 Crestone Collegiate Peaks Golf Course Map#: 34 Public 9R 719-395-8189 Buena Vista Fee Range: $23 Copper Creek Golf Club Map#: 39 Resort 18R 970-968-2882 Copper Mountain Fee Range: $65-$85 Cordillera, The Club at Map#: 40 Private 54R 9P3 970-926-5100 Edwards Fee Range: $225-$235 Country Club of the Rockies Map#: 47 Private 18R 970-926-3021 Fees: Guests $75-$175 Edwards Crested Butte, The Club at Map#: 49 Resort 18R 970-349-6131 Crested Butte Fee Range: $120 Dos Rios Golf Club Map#: 56 970-641-1482 Semi-Private 18R Gunnison Fee Range: $65 w/cart Eagle Ranch Golf Club Map#: 217 Public 18R 866-328-3232 (toll free) Eagle Fee Range: $45-$90 Eagle Springs Golf Club Map#: 58 Private 18R 970-926-4404 Fees: Escorted Guests Only Wolcott EagleVail Golf Club Map#: 59 Resort 18R 800-341-8051 Avon Fee Range: $35-$98 Estes Park Golf Course Map#: 64 970-586-8146 Public 18R Fee Range: $28 - $46 Estes Park Four Mile Ranch Golf Club Map#: 252 719-275-5400 Public 18R Canon City Fee Range: $44-$59 Fox Acres Country Club Map#: 74 970-881-2191 Private 18R Red Feather Lakes Fees: Guests $120-$130 Glenwood Springs Golf Club Map#: 79 Public 9R 970-945-7086 Glenwood Springs Fee Range: $25 Grand Elk Golf Course Map#: 222 Resort 18R 970-887-9122 Granby Fee Range: $45 - $125 Gypsum Creek Golf Club Map#: 42 Public 18R 970-524-6200 Fee Range: $54 Gypsum Grand Lake Golf Course Map#: 80 Public 18R 970-627-8008 Grand Lake Fee Range: $44-$80 Haymaker Golf Course Map#: 87 Public 18R 970-870-1846 Steamboat Springs Fee Range: $79 Headwaters Golf Course Map#: 225 Public 18R 970-887-2709 Granby Fee Range: $60-$80 High Country Mountain Meadows GC Club Map#: 233 Public 9R No Telephone Red Feather Lakes Fees: N/A Ironbridge Golf Club Map#: 208 Private 18R 970-384-0630 Glenwood Springs Fees: Guests $175 Keystone Ranch Golf Course Map#: 105 Resort 18R 970-496-4250 Keystone Fee Range: $125-$140 Keystone, The River Course at Map#: 162 Resort 18R 970-496-4444 Keystone Fee Range: $125-$140 Lake Estes Executive 9 Golf Course Map#: 109 Public 9E 970-586-8176 Estes Park Fee Range: $13 Maroon Creek Club Map#: 124 Private 18R 970-920-1533 Aspen Fees: Guests $195-$325 Monte Vista Country Club Map#: 131 Public 9R 719-852-4906 Monte Vista Fee Range: $18 Mount Massive Golf Course Map#: 134 Public 9R 719-486-2176 Leadville Fee Range: $18 Pagosa Springs Golf Club Map#: 141 Resort 27R 970-731-4755 Pagosa Springs Fee Range: $57 Pole Creek Golf Club Map#: 150 Public 27R 800-511-5076 Winter Park Fee Range: $80 The Ranch at Roaring Fork Club Map#: 245 Public 9P3 970-963-4410 Carbondale Fee Range: $15 Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks Map#: 60 Semi-Private 18R 970-262-3636 Silverthorne Fee Range: $75-$124 Red Sky Ranch Map#: 223 N/A 36R 970-477-8406 Edwards Fees: N/A Rio Grande Golf Club Map#: 41 Resort/Private 18R 719-873-1995 South Fork Fees: N/A River Valley Ranch Golf Club Map#: 163 Public 18R 970-963-3625 Carbondale Fee Range: $50-$75 Roaring Fork Club Map#: 166 Private 18R 970-927-9100 Basalt Fees: Invitation only

Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club Map#: 173 Resort 18R 970-879-1391 Fee Range: $80-$130 Steamboat Springs Saint Andrews at Westcliffe Map#: 186 Public 9R 719-783-9410 Fee Range: $12-$20 Westcliffe Salida Golf Club Map#: 170 Public 9R 719-539-1060 Salida Fee Range: $23 Shadow Hills Golf Club Map#: 172 719-275-0603 Semi-Private 18R Fee Range: $33 Ca-on City Shining Mountain Golf Club Map#: 211 Public 18R 719-687-7587 Woodland Park Fee Range: $32-$38 Snowmass Golf Village Map#: 177 Resort 18R 719-784-6152 Snowmass Village Fees: N/A Sonnenalp Golf Club Map#: 178 Resort 18R 970-477-5370 Edwards Fee Range: $160 Steamboat Golf Club Map#: 187 Public 9R 970-879-4295 Fee Range: $25(9H); $37 (18H) Steamboat Springs Vail Golf Club Map#: 200 Public 18R 970-479-2260 Vail Fee Range: $100 Willow Creek at Eagle Vail Map#: 237 970-845-PAR3 Public 9-P3 Avon Fees: N/A

West Slope

Adobe Creek National Golf Course Map#: 1 Public 27R 970-858-0521 Fee Range: $17-$24 Fruita Battlement Mesa Golf Club Map#: 8 Public 18R 970-285-7274 Battlement Mesa Fee Range: $35 Black Canyon Golf Club at Montrose Map#: 132 970-249-4653 Public 18R Fee Range: $24 Montrose Bookcliff Country Club Map#: 12 970-242-9053 Private 18R Grand Junction Fees: Guest $40 Bridges at Montrose, The Map#: 241 970-252-1119 Simi-Private 18R Montrose Fees: Guest $45-$87 Cedar Ridges Golf Course Map#: 25 Public 9R 970-675-8403 Rangely Fee Range: $10(9H), $18(18H) Chipeta Golf Course Map#: 31 Public 18E 970-245-7177 Grand Junction Fee Range: $17-$21 Cobble Creek, The Links at Map#: 116 Public 18R 970-240-9542 Fee Range: $37 Montrose Conquistador Golf Course Map#: 38 Public 18R 970-565-9208 Cortez Fee Range: $18 Dalton Ranch Golf Course Map#: 50 Semi-Private 18R 970-247-8774 Durango Fee Range: $79 Deer Creek Village Golf Club Map#: 52 Public 18R 970-856-7781 Cedaredge Fee Range: $29-$38 Devil's Thumb Golf Course Map#: 43 Public 18R 970-874-6262 Delta Fee Range: $26-$41 Divide Ranch and Club Map#: 67 Semi-Private 18R 970-626-5284 Ridgway Fee Range: $49-$76 Glacier Club Map#: 193 Private 18R 970-382-6700 Durango Fee Range: 125-$175 Hillcrest Golf Club Map#: 95 Public 18R 970-247-1499 Durango Fee Range: $22 Hunter’s Run Golf Course Map#: 246 Public 18R 970-884-9785 Ignacio Fee Range: $11-$20 Lakota Canyon Golf Club Map#: 240 Public 18R 970-984-9700 New Castle Fee Range: $45-$75 Lincoln Park Golf Course Map#: 114 Public 9R 970-242-6394 Grand Junction Fee Range: $10-$14 Meeker Golf Course Map#: 127 Public 9R 970-878-5642 Meeker Fee Range: $19 Redlands Mesa, The Golf Club at Map#: 220 Public 18R 970-263-9270 Grand Junction Fee Range: $49-$69 Rifle Creek Golf Club Map#: 161 Semi-Private 18R 970-625-1093 Rifle Fee Range: $34 Telluride Ski & Golf Club Map#: 194 Resort 18R 970-728-6157 Telluride Fee Range: $130-$150 Tiara Rado Golf Course Map#: 196 Public 18R 970-254-3830 Grand Junction Fee Range: $18-$22 Yampa Valley Golf Club Map#: 214 Public 18R 970-824-3673 Craig Fee Range: $28

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Featured Travel

Dublin Ireland...

First Class Stay & Play

The Island Course By Peter Hellman Divot Magazine Contributing Writer

launched my drive higher than normal, the wind being directly behind me. The ball’s gust assisted arch dropped my Titlist perfectly in the fairway about 130 yards from the middle of the green and the pin. My second shot, a high slightly drawn 8 iron, tapped the green like a loving hand on a child’s head some 12 inches from the cup. It was birdie time!

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Birdies on The Island Course just outside Dublin or any links course are rare for me and most amateur golfers. And, they are particularly rare on this course. Surrounded on three sides by the sea, pushed by healthy wind, protected by over 100 bunkers and sand dunes higher that any I have ever seen, The Island Course is a challenge and a hell of a lot of fun. But, it was just one of five courses I played on a recent trip to Ireland.

The Island is a links course, the type of course virtually every golfer wants to play and should play. Portmarnock Old is the other must links in the area. But, to focus on only links courses to the exclusion of Ireland’s many fine parkland courses will

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cheat a golfer from a better golf experience. The four other courses I played on this trip were all parkland courses (Powerscourt East, The Carton House O’Meara, The K Club’s Palmer and Druids Glen). There is no doubt that Ireland’s parkland courses are more like courses here in the USA. Instead of sandy low nap fairways and beachy wildness common to links courses, the parklands have lush grass, flowers and a well thought out design and setting. There is a reason they are called “Park Land”.

Powerscourt: Like the other courses I listed above, the East course of Power-

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scourt is part of a 5-star resort. The East and West courses are located on 1,000 acre estate that includes a modern 200 room deluxe Palladian-style hotel, one of Europe’s most important gardens and the original manor house/castle built by Lord Powerscourt in the 18th century. The East Course itself is hilly and carts are available. It’s a serious championship track with incredible views of the Wicklow Mountains and undulating greens that require a good touch to keep from three putting. Several holes are well framed by large trees while others open to wide fairways and deep binding grassy rough. The property is

modeled after Gleneagles in Scotland and offers many of the same outdoor activities and indoor amenities.

Carton House: Two quality courses grace the Carton House – the Montgomerie and the O’Meara. I played the O’Meara, which was designed by the American Pro Mark O’Meara. Though I found some of the holes to be pretty plain, there were several that stood out. The third hole was particularly nice as the River Rye skirted its left side and then widen below a commanding cascade of water that protected the green. The fourth hole, a par 3, re-

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The K Club: Palmer Course

quired a perfect shot over a 150 yard wide lake to a green carved out of a wooded amphitheatre. Too short – trouble; too long – even more. Carton House itself was to my mind an architecturally fascinating combination of old and new. The original house, also in the Palladian style, was built in 1739. An ultra modern addition was cleverly built to complement the old house. I stayed in the old house in a room called “Talbot”. It was comfortable, charming and my only complaint was the lack of adequate bedside reading lamps. The lounge off the lobby bar was the original kitchen of the house and still had the stoves, ovens and grilling racks used in the 18 century - a perfect spot for a Guinness or two.

The K Club: The opportunity to stay at the K club and play the Palmer Course, which was the site of the 2006 Ryder Cup, was a true treat. The elegance of the hotel extends out the Palmer and Smurfit courses. Playing a course like the Palmer, it is easy to become distracted. The course setting, the large spreading oak trees and the many water features all contribute to a making each shot just a bit more difficult. Currently only 70 rooms, the resort is in the process of constructing 70 more, which architecturally will blend perfectly with the existing building. This is a course that starts out good, but just gets better with each hole. I had my challenges with an occasional tree, the River Liffey and some right leaning fairways, but also a couple of holes that will not soon be forgotten. I’m coming back and this time, I may bring my wife. Staying here will certainly make me her hero.

Druids Glen: Unlike the Palmer course at the K Club, I had no great expectations of Druids Glen or the companion Druids Heath course. Bluntly put, I was surprised. The Heath is certainly the minor of the two courses but worth playing. Druids Glen, on the other hand, was challenging without being gimmicky, fun, intense, relaxed and utterly beautiful. Fairways climb and drop dramatically to generous but well guarded greens. The 12th a par 3 called St. Patrick is the signature hole with a flower emblazoned Celtic Cross just below the tee box that is a over 80 feet above the well guard green. But, my favorites are the par 4, 13th and 18th holes. Water, trees, bunkers, an elevated tee box and risk reward balances favoring the risk are truly superb examples of what makes a great parkland course. The Marriott managed hotel is not to the standards of the others, but the rooms are comfortable, the public rooms and bar are great and the club house called the Woodstock House built in 1770 has all the amenities without impacting the charm of the stately manor.

So, if the Dublin area is in your plans and you “like nice”, include a stay in one of these properties and mix parkland courses with your links in your next itinerary. You will then have a better idea of what Ireland offers.

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FootJoy: Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation Ernie Els Collection: Els For Autism Sligo: Florida Hospital for Children “We obviously want to sell tons of golf apparel,” continues Co-Founder, Robert Huck. “But we also want to generate tons of revenue for our charities. If we can do both, then it’s going to be very exciting for all of us at GolfProWears. If we hit our sales goals over the next 5-7 years, we estimate being able to donate $500,000+ annually.” GPW Charity Partners will also play a key role in the company’s success, primarily in helping generate content for social media and other vehicles. The entire team at MG 22 Apparel is working closely with each charity to learn everything about the organization and its mission, marketing efforts, opportunities and challenges. Explains Johnson, “GPW wants bring new revenue to our charities, for sure, but also tremendous awareness. We’ll help tell their stories to customers who are already becoming more socially-conscious in everything they do. It will also set us apart to talk about more than just the next clearance sale. Honestly we think we can open minds as much as wallets.” There is also support from vendors on the unique Give Back 9 Program. “adidas Golf and Ashworth are excited by the business model and potential of GolfProWears. To my knowledge, we have no other commercial partners focusing on the elite Tour players and their philanthropic endeavors, which I think is not only a unique approach but a commercial one as well,” said Mike Brown of adidas/Ashworth. For more information on MG 22 Apparel, GolfProWears or the Give Back 9, contact jeff@golfprowears.com or visit the website at www.GolfProWears.com. D


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The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club Now Open! 12,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art venue to host large golf groups and special events

he Pueblo of Sandia and OB Sports Golf Management are proud to announce the opening of The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club. This new state of the art facility is part of the award winning Sandia Resort & Casino that boasts the premier location in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Located next to the Sandia Golf Clubhouse and part of an expansion project that also includes a 4 story 1,700 space parking garage, The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club can host large golf tournaments and groups as well as all other type of events and banquets such as weddings, corporate meetings, conferences and functions, charity events, trade shows, and many more. “The new Event Center at Sandia Golf Club is going to turn heads once it opens” said Matt Molloy, General Manager of San-

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dia Golf Club. “The additional space, exceptional quality and location overlooking the golf course and the Sandia Mountains gives the team an incredible tool to generate more tournament and banquet business as well as deliver an exceptional experience to each and every guest.” The 5,300 square ft. ballroom of The Event Center features spectacular views of the golf course and the Sandia Mountains. The building features a 1,800 square ft. covered patio with a glass wall that opens to make a fantastic indoor/outdoor space. Inside it features high-end finishes and many unique details such as a state-of-the-art audio/visual system and a large bridal suite conveniently located between the Green Reed Spa salon and the Event Center. The facility can be configured for groups rang-

ing from 20 – 400 and with a production kitchen exclusively dedicated to the venue, The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club will comfortably accommodate multiple events simultaneously. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout meeting space and all of the amenities of Sandia Resort & Casino are just steps away. A gorgeous outdoor arbor and expansive event lawn create the ideal place for a wedding ceremony and outdoor events of all types. “We’re very excited to begin hosting events in the new location,” said Marisa Fallone, Director of Marketing and Events for OB Sports Golf Management. “From the initial walk-through to the final toast, this amazing facility will make every step along the way easy, exciting, and enriching for every guest.”

About Sandia Golf Club Sandia Golf Club was developed by the Pueblo of Sandia as an amenity of the Sandia Resort & Casino. The Club features a 7,772-yard golf course designed by Scott Miller and managed by OB Sports Golf Management. The Golf course opened for play on June 11, 2005. Stretching from 5,113 yards to 7,772 yards from the back tees, the Par 72 Championship Course will challenge and delight golfers with a memorable layout routed through the rugged high desert landscape featuring 48 strategically placed bunkers, challenging green complexes and panoramic views of the Sandia Mountains and greater Albuquerque area. For more information about Sandia Golf Club, visit www.sandiagolfclub.com or call 505-796-7500.

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Feature

Die Sandbagger, Die By Bob Meddles Divot Contributing Writer

Sandbagger: One who artificially inflates his or her handicap in order to gain a competitive advantage. See also: Scumbag Many people play golf more for the camaraderie than for the game itself. The chance to spend time with friends is just one of the many reasons to partake in a game that can otherwise be an exercise in frustration. But maybe you are not one of those people. Maybe you look at golf as a way to get away from others and are annoyed by the fact your solace is impinged upon by the three other players in your group. Maybe you are looking for solitude and respite from the demands of associates and other acquaintances. In fact, maybe you simply have too many friends and are looking for a way to thin the herd, so to speak. If you find this to be true, might I suggest the ancient art of sandbagging as a means to that end? Trust me, becoming a sandbagger will allow you to cull your overcrowded Christmas card list more quickly than if you were to become an Amway agent. Carriers of the Swine Flu are more welcome in a foursome. The Unabomber has a longer list of people willing to bail him out of jail than the sandbagger. In point of fact, no other pursuit can so quickly turn friends into sworn enemies as sandbagging. Serial killers and yes, even telemarketers get more respect than sandbaggers and for good reason: While serial killers may be able to point to a life-changing event beyond their control somewhere in their past that steered them down their wayward path, eliciting a modicum of sympathy and understanding if not compassion, sandbaggers are just, well, jerks. These individuals have bartered their self-respect for a few paltry coins. They have traded their conscience for mere lucre.

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Yes, they have sold their very soul for nothing more than pro shop payola worth half the value of real dollars and three times that of their character, if they had any. Sandbaggers are the lowest life form on the planet. They possess all the charm of a sexually transmitted disease and are harder to get rid of. And the very worst thing about sandbaggers is that they will spend every waking moment they are not using their puffed-up handicap to rifle through your wallet, trying to convince you they are NOT sandbaggers. With a handicap system that rivals the IRS tax code in complexity, these remorseless bottom-feeders have elevated the manipulation of that system to an art form, swimming the murky handicap waters with the agility of bottlenose dolphins–lying, cheating, scum-sucking dolphins. You know the guy I’m talking about; he consistently stripes drive after drive 300 yards down the center of the fairway when there is sufficient coinage on the line, but immediately begins snap hooking his 8-iron into adjacent fairways as soon as he’s got you three down with two to play. Magically, the putter that has not failed him from inside 15 feet becomes balky, and he has trouble getting his lags halfway to the hole. And that “once-in-alifetime, can’t-believe-it-happened” 68 that he shot last week somehow never got reported, leaving his tidy little 19-handicap intact. Stalkers have more redeeming social value. Which brings us to the question, “What can be done about this blight on the golf community?” I have a few suggestions. To find out more about how to deal with sandbaggers you can get a copy of The Hacker’s Guide to Golf at www.TheHackersGuideToGolf.com. Also available at Amazon.com. Bob Meddles is a nationally-touring comedian and an award-winning speaker. When he’s not performing at comedy clubs across the country, you can find him on the golf course. He’ll be the guy off in the trees, looking for his ball. D

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Good Drive

Divot Magazine Auto Review The 2015 Subaru BRZ

By Karl O’Keefe Divot Auto Writer he 2015 Subaru BRZ is a small, fun-to-drive, sporty car that gets a lot of looks! With responsive handling and a very low profile, you will enjoy every tight corner you encounter. That is why most of my test drive time was spent on mountain roads.

with some of the larger V-6 and V-8 engines found in some of the other two-door sports cars, the 200-horsepower, fourcylinder engine will not disappoint. And the precise, short-throw six-speed manual transmission will get you to the course on time. Because it only has a 2,800-pound curb weight, you’ll find yourself with some left over gas money to cover your bets or buy a few extra beers.

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engine, a horizontally-opposed 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 200 horsepower and is fitted with direct-injection technology, rather than a turbocharger. The BRZ has an old school sports car feel but with a modern twist and technology features you'd expect in a new car today. Most notably, a touch-screen navigation system that comes standard. It has classic sports car proportions and the five-spoke wheels, flared fender lines, sculpted flanks, arched roof and long hood help complete that look. Inside, I liked the basic, practical cockpit design and use of simple materials. The 2015 Subaru BRZ scores well with five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), as well as top marks of "good" from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) as well as "acceptable" in the new small-overlap frontal-impact test. For a small, low to the ground

sports car, visibility is good thanks to plenty of window space. There are two trims available on the 2015 Subaru BRZ, as well as the choice of either a manual or automatic transmission. Every BRZ comes with iPod controls, touch-screen navigation, xenon headlights, Bluetooth connectivity, and an eight-speaker sound system. They also include power windows, mirrors and locks, a trip computer, rear defroster, and leather-trimmed parking brake and shift knob. The Limited models have upgraded seat bolsters, heated seats and mirrors, a rear spoiler, dual-zone climate control, fog lamps, and a keyless start system and even with an automatic the sticker still comes in at just under $30k. But what is the most impressive is the standard price tag, coming in at just $26k. And at that price this vehicle is an absolute performance bargain. D


Feature

The Final Cut It may happen abruptly and unexpectedly with little or no warning...

By Tom Olkowski Divot Contributing Writer

It seems that every year the Masters provides us with a few wonderfully unforgettable moments and this year was no exception. During the closing moments of the second round golf fans could not help but be moved by Ben Crenshaw’s final appearance on the 18th green after 44 years at the Masters. As he finished his round “Gentle Ben” was greeted by a standing ovation from the patrons, a warm embrace from his longtime caddie Carl Jackson, hugs from his wife and three daughters, and salutes from club officials, fellow players and friends who had come in from his home in Texas. In a gracious post-round interview he expressed his love for the Masters and the enjoyment of his many years at August as well as admiration for the talented young players now on the scene. In not too distant future we will most likely witness similar farewells for other past champions, including Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Jose Maria Olazabal, Padraig Harrington, Bernhard Langer, and someday even Tiger and Phil to name just a few. For the majority of us, however, our final rounds will be far less dramatic. There will be no standing ovations, warm embraces or tributes. Our absence from the usual weekend foursome may be recognized only by our closest golf buddies, and for most of us our final putts may not even be planned or anticipated. They’ll just eventually occur. It may happen abruptly and unexpectedly with little or no warning or perhaps more quietly as we simply store our clubs away in the basement one last time. I was reminded of this when my own game was recently disrupted by back surgery and a rather lengthy recuperation that kept me off the course for a year while my friends continued to play on without me. As my bag gathered dust in the garage, another friend even apologized for taking my spot in the weekly match. I am hoping to make a comeback this year but wonder how the lengthy layoff will affect my game, especially since I am a bit older than Jordan Spieth, Paul Casey and Kevin Na combined. Of course I am counting on old age, wisdom and will power to overcome my physical shortcomings; it’s part of my training as a

psychologist. Reality, on the other hand, is saying, “Good luck, old timer, enjoy the game while you can.” So with that in mind, I would like to offer the following advice to everyone who plays the game: Try to fully enjoy your time on the course. Golf is more than just a score on a scorecard or out-driving your buddies. Leave your cell phone in the car and take the time to

appreciate the friends in your foursome. Take a good look at the beauty that a golf course offers – the contours of the fairways, the roll of the greens and, especially here in Colorado, the spectacular settings that surround our courses. Harvey Penick, Crenshaw’s mentor, once said that to fully appreciate the design of a golf course, you have to turn around and look behind you. Utilize all of your senses. Listen to the sounds of golf, the click of a well-struck shot, the clatter of a ball falling into the cup, the breeze in the trees, the songs of birds on the course, as well as the peace and quiet a golf course can provide. Enjoy the warmth of the sun on your skin, the breeze on your face, the wind and rain on the back of your neck and the stiffness of your muscles after

a round. They’re all part of the game. Finally, treat the course and its personnel, even the rangers, with respect; they’re all just trying to do their jobs to make your round more enjoyable. Lighten up and enjoy yourself. Take a cue from Ben and keep in mind that golf is a gentleman’s game. And regardless of how poorly you may have played be sure to tip your waitress well in the club lounge after your round. Above all, remember to enjoy the game while you can because none of us really knows when we’re going to face that final cut. Tom Olkowski is a retired psychologist in Denver whose age lies somewhere between Ben Crenshaw’s and Arnie Palmer’s, but whose scores are much higher. D

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Fitness

Women’s Golf and Yoga Retreat at Vail Golf Club June 18-21 PERFECT GIFT FOR MOTHER'S DAY

ooking for the perfect gift for mom this Mother's Day? Then the Vail Golf Club and LINC Golf & Wellness have your answer. The weekend of June 18-21, like-minded women will come together for an inclusive weekend of golf, yoga and relaxation during the second annual Vail Women's Golf and Yoga Wellness Retreat. Mothers, grandmothers, daughters and all other women will enjoy this opportunity to spend a stress reducing weekend learning, growing and exploring Vail's picturesque setting. Limited to 20 participants, golfers of all levels are welcome, including beginners, as well as those who practice yoga at different levels or not at all. Retreat costs are $1,099 for those registering by May 1 and $1,199

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after May 1. The extended weekend includes: • Three-night stay at The Antlers at Vail in Lionshead • Two 18 hole rounds at the Vail Golf Club • Evening cocktail and dinner receptions • PGA & LPGA instruction, plus specialized on-course coaching • RYT certified instruction during daily yoga classes • Golf and yoga workshops • Lunch following golf on Friday and Saturday • Additional activities such as guided hikes on Vail Mountain and more Women's Golf Passionate about living life to its fullest, LINC Golf & Wellness founder, Kathleen Heiney, who is a LPGA teaching professional, RYT certified yoga instructor and fitness expert and mother of a four-year-old, says the retreat is the perfect gift to celebrate Mother's Day. "The weekend is a perfect opportunity for moms, grandmas, daughters and all other women to take time for themselves in the moun-

tains," said Heiney. "They'll be able to unwind, relax and sharpen their golf game while enjoying all that Vail has to offer." Joining Heiney, Vail Golf Club Director and PGA Class A certified professional, Alice Plain will bring her insights and skills to the group. Plain has extensive experience in the golf industry. She played collegiate golf at Oklahoma State University and spent two years as a professional on the Future's Golf Tour. She was also recognized as the 2014 PGA West Chapter Colorado Golf Professional of the Year, 2012 PGA West Chapter Colorado Section Bill Strausbaugh Award and 2013 Merchandiser of the Year (Public) Colorado Section. Following the women's only retreat, on Sunday, June 21, the Vail Golf Club will offer two for one golf for retreat participant's significant others and fathers in celebration of Father's Day. An additional night at The Antlers at Vail will be offered at a discount. For more information about the Vail Women's Golf and Yoga Wellness Retreat, or

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to register, contact Heiney at 303-380-7175, email kh@lincgolfandwellness.com, visit www.lincgolgandwellness or www.vailgolfclub.com . D About Linc Golf and Wellness LINC Golf & Wellness believes that golf is a game of balance, focus, relaxation and fun. People may think learning golf is difficult. LINC Golf & Wellness believes that anyone of any age can learn the game. It is not about the score, the swing or how you look; it is about having fun and enjoying the game for a life time. Owner Kathleen Heiney, who is a member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional division, certified personal trainer, yoga instructor and a graduate from Indiana University. Heiney has over 25 years experience in teaching fitness, golf and wellness. She offers a wide range of teaching, instructional and business experience and offers golf instruction, women's clinics/retreats, team building activities, corporate outings, nutrition guidance, yoga and fitness coaching.

Kathleen has a simplistic approach to golf. As with anything in life we are all individuals with different needs. Because of this, Kathleen aims to help her students create the most consistent and repeatable swing matching their individual ability and level of athleticism. She prides herself in creating the most positive, goal-oriented, and fun environment for all levels of golfers. Life is like a game, it has ups and downs, each day with a different challenge - as does the game of golf! In working through these challenges, Kathleen is not only adept at teaching new techniques and how to set realistic goals for your golf game, but also at revealing how these same skills can be applied to life.


Featured Tip

Chipping: Why You Shouldn’t Always Use a Wedge • • • • • • • • • •

By Reggie Sanchez Divot Contributing Writer hen I start working on a client’s short game, the first question that I ask them is if they know the difference between the chip shot and the pitch shot. Fifty percent of my clients answer the question correctly, the other half might think the chip is the pitch and the pitch is the chip. The difference is that the pitch shot stays in the air longer than it is on the ground and the chip stays on the ground longer than it stay in the air. The chip has a very short carry and a pitch has a much longer carry. Unfortunately, the average player practices the short game less than any part of the game, yet a player cannot score without it. Through practice, you must develop the ability to take no more than two strokes to complete a hole after having missed the green. This is known as getting up and down. Chipping- I’ve seen the golfer that uses only one club around the green and changes his or her swing size to calculate distances. I believe that most golfers would chip bet-

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ter if they varied their club selection according to the shot, keeping the stroke and landing area the same. When chipping, I encourage the use of the SW to the 5 Iron according to the length of the shot and use the mathematical formula taught to me by Mike McGetrick. First, you need to understand the carry vs. roll ratios... SW PW 9 Iron 8 Iron 7 Iron 6 Iron 5 Iron

1:1 (1 yard of carry and 1 yard of roll) 1:2 (1 yard of carry and 2 yards of roll) 1:3 (1 yard of carry and 3 yards of roll) 1:4 (1 yard of carry and 4 yards of roll) 1:5 (1 yard of carry and 5 yards of roll) 1:6 (1 yard of carry and 6 yards of roll) 1:7 (1 yard of carry and 7 yards of roll)

The Setup • The feet are closer together with the left foot slightly open ( right handed golfers) • Majority of the weight on the target side 70% to 30% • Ball position off of the right of center ( this promotes a downward blow ) • Choke down on the club for extra control • Press the shaft forward so hands are ahead of the ball • Flex the knees The Swing • Hold the club without tension in the arms and hands

Look at the landing spot on the green Picture the shot before you swing Start the backswing with the shoulders Keep a rhythmic tempo Hit down on the back of the ball Keep your eyes on the back of the ball A putting stroke with a forward press Hands must lead the way After Impact left wrist is flat DO NOT BREAK THE WRIST ( No scooping)

The number one cause for bad chips is flipping the wrist. This is caused by trying to get the ball into the air, leaving the hands behind the ball at impact. When practicing the chip shot have your Certified Personal Coach show you how the carry vs. roll ratios apply on the green during your next lesson. Understanding and utilizing these ratios to select the proper club around the green will help you save strokes. Reggie Sanchez is a Certified Personal Coach at GolfTEC Denver Tech Center. Reggie is a PGA member and has taught over 8,000 lessons with GolfTEC. For more information email rsanchez@golftec.com. GolfTEC Denver Tech Center is located at 8101 East Belleview Ave. Suite H Denver, CO 80237. D

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Event

6th Annual Golf Safe-Tee-Off Tournament at the Broadmoor he Southern Colorado (SOCO) Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is having its 6th Annual Golf Safe-Tee-Off to be held on Friday June 12, 2015 at the Mountain Course at the Broadmoor! Founded in 1911, ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization. Its more than 33,000 members manage, supervise and consult on safety, health, and environmental issues in industry, insurance, government and education. The SOCO Chapter was established in 1962 and our mission is to offer an opportunity for safety professionals to meet other professionals and to share their experiences and knowledge with one another in an effort to strengthen the reputation of safety and health throughout the southern Colorado region. If you are looking for a worthy golf sponsorship opportunity this year, this might be your chance. By being a sponsor, you will be promoting your organization to a group of professionals across many in-

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dustries who are very loyal to their sponsors, the community, and to advocating safety in our local organizations and businesses. Companies like yours make available the resources that will help them hold future Professional Development Conferences and to deliver educational opportunities and safety services to their community. ASSE is a not for profit organization and contributions to the SOCO Chapter are fully tax-deductible. Last year’s tournament was the first year at the Broadmoor and we topped all previous years’ participation levels! “We anticipate that our event this year will be even more successful and well-attended. We are offering various levels of sponsorships for our partners and also the opportunity to sign-up a foursome or register as an individual,” says Troy Bridges, ASSE SOCO Chapter President. For more information please email Bill Tuten at btuten@berwickelectric.com. D

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Golf Granby Ranch rounds up summer fun and competition on its beautiful mountain course! ranby Ranch, the four-season mountain getaway located 90 minutes from Denver, released its summer line-up of golf events. Golf Granby Ranch boasts one of the most beautiful mountain golf courses in Colorado as well as a friendly atmosphere for golfers of all levels and affordable green fees. Competitive tournaments and championships, family-friendly playtime and youth camps assure summertime fun on the Golf Granby Ranch greens that won’t be subpar. Located at the base of Ski Granby Ranch, two distinct nines spread out among outstanding views looking north toward Rocky Mountain National Park. The front nine plays alongside the Fraser River through native wetlands while the back nine plays up the narrow valley with picturesque view of the Rocky Mountains, with some impressive changes in elevation. There’s even a two-hole family golf course that’s perfect for teaching youngsters the game. For more information on these events,

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lodging and other activities at Granby Ranch, visit www.granbyranch.com.

● Grand Classic Tournament June 19-20 The 16th annual 36 hole Grand Classic Tournament is a 2 best ball of the foursome event at Pole Creek Golf Club & Golf Granby Ranch. ● Nike Jr. Golf Camp Jun 22-25 or Aug. 3-6 Golfers of all abilities, ages 9 to 16, are invited to this annual camp. ● Perfect Pro Drive June 26, 4 p.m. This nine-hole event starts players from a “perfect drive” at each hole for a fast and fun round of play. ● Big Cup June 28, July 5, Aug. 23 Players of all ages are invited to Granby Ranch for six holes cut with an eight-inch cup cutter. ● Couples Night of Nine and Dine July 11, 4:30 p.m. Golf Granby Ranch invites you for date night with 9 holes of golf and dinner. ● Glow Ball July 31, Aug. 28 This unique annual event presents Granby’s spacious green under a full moon on two summer nights and equips players with glowing golf balls! ● Menhennentt Tournament Sept. 19


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We May Need to Rethink the Golf Clap: Why the EcoCruise Cruser Sport Deserves Applause

he sport of golf is equally majestic as it is intense. Its rolling greens attract strategic, creative thinkers. Such as Ecocruise: a company whose most recent invention, the Ecocruise Cruser Sport, turns the modest golf cart on its head. Who would have thought: Elevate the specs, the design and most importantly, inject it with a well-deserved dose of technological cool. What do you come up with? The Ecocruise Cruser Sport Golf Car. The vehicle is simple, futuristic, elegant and comes in a variety of colors: Equipped with safety features and heightened technology, the CS Golf Car is for golfers who are serious about quality, efficiency and beauty. The special edition will even be available in carbon fiber. The Ecocruise Design Team has 25 plus

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years in designing vehicles. Thus, it's no surprise that the CS Golf Car has gained worldwide attention from golfers and is taking the golf world by storm. Not only does the vehicle come with a removable t-top and the option for upgrading to lithium ion batteries – but get this: The vehicle is DOT approved – which

means you can drive to the golf course, play golf and drive home in your street legal CS Golf Car. Given its modernity, one wouldn't expect this green, electric vehicle to be affordable. But it is. Want one? So do we. With a release set for Spring 2015, golfers will soon be able to snap the Cruser up. Or

perhaps you'd like to become an exclusive distributor? Visit EcoCruise.com and it just may happen. And while the Cruser won't cure a wicked hook or slice, it will get you to your next shot in style. Suddenly, the conventional golf cart just doesn't cut it. D

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Bear Dance Why this place is Different…

hen you visit The Golf Club at Bear Dance in Larkspur, CO, you will enjoy a true mountain golf experience with rolling hills and contoured greens and you will meet a professional staff culminating over 120 years of experience focused on you, the guest.

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Imagine yourself surrounded by the mountainous beauty of Ponderosa pine, oak lined ridges and draws, and native grass valleys. Imagine a golf course with dramatic elevation changes and stunning Rocky Mountain views just minutes away from Denver and Colorado Springs. Imagine a chance encounter with native wildlife never more than a tee shot away. Rated as Colorado’s best and most challenging public golf courses for 2013 & 2014, Bear Dance offers golfers of every skill level an unforgettable experience. With generous tree-lined fairways and intricate rolling greens, you will enjoy a private and serene round of golf that will remind you why you love this game. Spend a day with family and friends at this award-winning property and you’ll reflect

on the day, always remembering this place, these people and this course. Starting with the impact of service you receive as you pull into the property to the immaculate golf shop and professional staff ready to make your day memorable.

A group of people await your arrival to show you they care:

Stuart Bruening is the designer, owner and leader. He developed something special based on his philosophies of value, service and relationships. “If you take care of every guest as if they were family and show them how appreciative you are of their loyalty, you will have a solid foundation to build upon”. His vision is to make every relationship lasting and every golf experience memorable. When he accomplishes this goal, he knows he has created a very special place.

Stuart built a team of proven leaders whose tenure makes his vision a reality. Dave Cahalane, former President of the Golf Colorado Section Course Superintendents

Plum Creek Golf Club Newest Member of the Family

Association of America (GCSAA) and the Head Agronomist at Bear Dance, Dave is responsible for the pristine playing conditions and the champion in environmental awareness. Dave has led many great property enhancements to the property such as the addition of a 575 yard water feature meandering down hole #8, a 565 yard par 5. The completion of this renovation and many other in-house projects this tandem has implemented keeps Bear Dance at the top of its game.

Michel Autret, Food and Beverage Director, creatively offers amazing dining experiences. The Executive Chef, Michael Hendricks strives daily to offer something for everyone. From the avid golfer, to the elegant diner, as well as the wedding couple who wants the dream, this duo goes the mile. They have recently released an amazing new menu offering selections ranging from a Pesto Goat Cheese Salad, Sweet Baby Back Ribs, to a perfectly prepared Coriander Mint Rack of Lamb.

Mark Pfingston, Head Golf Professional

and 2005 Merchandiser of the Year, leads the golf operations team comprised of customer service specialists striving to make your golf experience memorable. His teams of professionals have created many attractive membership opportunities that have produced a growing number of programs over his 12 years of service. The newly created Bear’s Club, Men’s League, Ladies Social, Corporate Events as well as their 9 & Dines are just a few examples of their creativity. The Golf Club at Bear Dance has partnered with the Colorado Section PGA and is the home site for more than 750 of its members and apprentices, combining the history and tradition of the PGA and the game of golf, coupled with a truly unique, one-of-a-kind golf experience.

And now this TEAM of Professional Golf Operators is thrilled to have added a new jewel to their family of memorable golf courses. The Plum Creek Golf Club, a classical Pete Dye Design, is a challenge you can’t pass up. Arguably the finest 3 finishing holes in Colorado, a former TPC Club and host to a Champions Tour Event, this Castle Rock gem is ready for you to exceed your expectations. Now that you have been formally introduced to the staff at The Golf Club at Bear Dance, come meet them in person. Experience the Difference yourself… D www.BearDanceGolf.com 303.681.4653

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