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Your Guide to Golf in Colorado

Vol 26 No 2

Spring 2018

39th U.S. Senior Open Championship at The Broadmoor

June 25-July 1 Page 8 David Toms

Mark O’Meara

Fred Couples

Fred Funk

Peter Jacobsen

Gene Sauers

Sir Nick Faldo

Jay Haas

John Daly

Hale Irwin

Steve Stricker

Tom Kite Jose Maria Olazabal Lee Janzen Bernhard Langer

Davis Love III

Tom Lehman

Colin Montgomerie

Rocco Mediate

Tom Watson

Kenny Perry

Scott Verplank

Corey Pavin

Vijay Singh






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U.S. Senior Open

Three Hall of Famers Filed Entries for U.S. Senior Open Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer and Vijay Singh, have all filed entries as fully exempt players for the 39th U.S. Senior Open Championship. Each World Golf Hall of Famer will compete in the U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor Golf Club’s East Course, in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 28-July 1. Couples, 58, has played in four U.S. Senior Opens. He was the runner-up in 2010 at Sahalee Country Club, in Sammamish, Wash. and tied for fourth last year at Salem Country Club, in Peabody, Mass. Langer, 60, won the 2010 U.S. Senior Open by three strokes over Couples and was the runner-up in 2012 at Indianwood Golf and Country Club, in Lake Orion, Mich. Langer has recorded six top-10 finishes in the 10 Senior Opens he has competed. Singh, 55, tied for seventh last year in his third U.S. Senior Open appearance. His best finish came in 2014 when he tied for fifth at Oak Tree National, in Edmond, Okla. Online entry applications for the Senior Open began on March 7 and continue through Wednesday, May 16, at 5 p.m. EDT (www.usga.org/champs/apply). To be eligible, a player must be age 50 or

older at the start of the championship and have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 3.4, or be a professional. More information about the 39th U.S.

Senior Open before, during and after the championship is available at usga.org. Several ticket options are available for purchase at 2018ussenioropen.com/tickets/. D

39th U.S. Senior Open Championship At The Broadmoor Seeks Junior Volunteers Junior volunteers are needed to fill an exciting role during the upcoming 2018 U.S. Senior Open Championship, conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA), will be played at The Broadmoor, from June 25-July 1. Junior volunteers, ages 13-17, interested in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be inside the ropes with the best golfers in the world are encouraged to apply. More than 100 junior volunteers are needed to act as standard bearers, which involves carrying a two-sided scoring sign and posting scores for a group of golfers. Junior volunteers are required to walk the course and should have a comfortable knowledge of the sport. All junior volunteers will receive one credential good for grounds access all seven days of the championship. Additionally, volunteers will receive one championship water bottle, complimentary admission to the Championship Kickoff Party, complimentary food and


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beverage on working days and a uniform consisting of a logoed polo shirt and hat or visor. Junior volunteers are asked to work a minimum of four, four-hour shifts over the course of the seven-day championship. All juniors must be 13 years of age by June 25, 2018. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Junior volunteer package pricing is $50. For detailed information and to apply to be a junior volunteer, visit www.2018ussenioropen.com and use the registration code, Junior. The 2018 U.S. Senior Open will be the eighth USGA championship hosted by The Broadmoor and the sixth on the resort’s East Course. In addition to the championship, The Broadmoor will celebrate its centennial during the championship’s second round, Friday, June 29. The U.S. Senior Open Championship (www.usga.org/senioropen) is for golfers age 50 and older is open to any

professional and any amateur with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 3.4. ABOUT THE U.S. SENIOR OPEN The 39th U.S. Senior Open, conducted by the United States Golf Association, and to be held June 25-July 1, 2018 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., will feature a field of 156 of the world’s best professional and amateur senior golfers (over the age of 50). Players who are eligible to compete include Fred Couples, Kenny Perry, Bernhard Langer, Vijay Singh, Steve Stricker and Tom Watson. John Elway, who has led the Denver Broncos to Super Bowl victories as both a player and a general manager, is serving as 2018 U.S. Senior Open honorary chairman. This U.S. Senior Open will be the eighth USGA Championship held at The Broadmoor. Fox Network will provide live television coverage of all four rounds of the championship. D

Davis Love III Files Entry to Compete in His First U.S. Senior Open Championship Davis Love III, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame last year and served as USA Ryder Cup captain in 2012 and 2016, has filed an entry as a fully exempt player for the 39th U.S. Senior Open Championship. He will compete in his first Senior Open at The Broadmoor Golf Club’s East Course, in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 28July 1, 2018. Love, who will turn 54 on April 13, has had a storied career. He won the 1997 PGA Championship, held at five-time U.S. Open host site Winged Foot Golf Club, in Mamaroneck, N.Y., and captured two Players Championships, in 1992 and 2003. He has recorded 21 PGA Tour victories, including the 2015 Wyndham Championship, which at age 51 made him the third-oldest winner in Tour history behind Sam Snead and Art Wall Jr. “I’m really happy that my first U.S. Senior Open will be at The Broadmoor, one of America’s historic resorts,” said Love, who is fully recovered from hip-replacement surgery last November. “Colorado has been a special place for my family. I won two PGA Tour tournaments at Castle Pines and my father captured two junior match-play tournaments on the state level here in the 1950s. Having competed in more than 20 U.S. Opens, I know that I’ll have the same type of challenges at the Senior Open because of the course and the world-class field. I’ll have to use all my skills to pass this ultimate test, but I am ready for it.” Love has competed in 23 U.S. Opens and was the runner-up to Steve Jones in 1996 at Oakland Hills Country Club, in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. He posted 10 top-25 finishes, which also included a tie for fourth in 1995 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, the site of this year’s U.S. Open. He also excelled in team competition. Love played on the victorious 1985 USA Walker Cup Team, and also competed in six Ryder Cups and six Presidents Cups. D


Be A Part Of Golf History The U.S. Senior Open Championship returns to Colorado Springs during The Broadmoor Centennial Celebration. Don’t miss your chance to see the greatest in the game such as Fred Couples, Davis Love III and Tom Watson along with Honorary Chair John Elway.

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‘Taste of the Top 100’ Package Pairs Quivira Golf Club and the Towers Program showcases world-class golf, superb accommodations, VIP perks

The Towers at Pacifica

Quivira Golf Club Los Cabos - To honor its recent selection by Golf Digest as one of the “World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses,” Quivira Los Cabos is offering a “Taste of the Top 100” package to celebrate the prestigious award. In addition to unlimited golf on a spectacular course that the magazine’s panelists praised for its sequence of “18 truly sterling golf holes,” the program includes 5 days/4 nights’ accommodations in a suite with a private pool at The Towers at Pacifica, a lavish “resort within a resort” known for its VIP amenities, including VIP Lounge and 24-hour butler service. Quivira Golf Club, an epic Land’s End layout grafted by Jack Nicklaus onto a jawdropping site marked by huge dunes, sheer cliffs and desert foothills, offers more oceanfront exposure than any other course in Los Cabos. The multi-themed layout, opened in 2014, has captivated the attention of traveling golfers (and Golf Digest panelists) by combining breathtaking views with unforgettable challenges. Adjacent to the course is an open-air, thatched-roof clubhouse and a double-ended driving range and short game practice facility within earshot of the rolling surf. Four complimentary comfort stations keep golfers fortified and refreshed throughout the round. As part of this new package, players are treated to a brief primer before the round by director of golf Antonio Reynante and his staff on how to play the course successfully. Topics include proper tee selection and risk-


reward strategies for Quivira’s key holes. Following the round, the “Taste of the Top 100” includes a culinary experience at Quivira Steakhouse, the delightful indoor / outdoor restaurant at the clubhouse. Led by Quivira’s culinary director, the custom menu features classic land-and-sea options, from signature fish tacos and ‘catch of the day’ specials to prime cuts of beef. A curated list of international wines is paired with the appetizers and entrees. Among the wines featured are selections from Mexico’s Guadalupe Valley, the nation’s finest wine-producing region. The package also features a mixology session at The Market at Quivira. Attached to Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach, this hall of gastronomy, inspired by modern food halls found in the U.S. and Europe, features an array of eclectic eateries designed to please

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every palate. In addition, The Market is anchored by a handsome bar in the center of the high-ceilinged, brick-vaulted hall. Master sommelier Antonio is on hand to introduce guests to Mexico’s two native spirits—tequila and mezcal—and create a unique cocktail in a special smoker that accentuates the taste and aroma of mezcal. As a special VIP perk, the sommelier will also pair cordials with confections created by Mexico City-based celebrity chef Jose Ramon Castillo, the nation’s top chocolatier and the new director of La Chocolateria, The Market’s most exclusive shop. Castillo uses Mexican cacao in his chocolates and has incorporated exciting flavor profiles into his top-quality confections. Golfers (and their guests) are invited to participate in the resort’s Hook & Cook program as part of the overall experience.

Hosted by butlers from The Towers at Pacifica, guests surf cast into some of the world’s richest fishing waters. Even if there’s no action, the butlers ensure that fresh fish is always available for the resort’s signature mesa de ceviches using house-made emulsions and salsas. Sashimi is also popular. Special catches can be taken to Peninsula, the gourmet Baja cuisine restaurant at The Towers, for a cooked preparation. The “Taste of the Top 100” package also includes two, one-hour Golfer’s Massages at Pacifica’s award-winning Armonia Spa. The treatment, designed to relieve tension and fatigue, also heals and stimulates sore muscles. The spa’s exclusive line of organic products is used in all body treatments. Pricing for the “Taste of the Top 100” package starts at $3750 per person, double occupancy. D

John Elway Files Entry for 2018 U.S. Senior Open Championship John Elway, who has led the Denver Broncos to Super Bowl victories as both a player and a general manager, has filed an entry for the 39th U.S. Senior Open Championship, which will be contested at The Broadmoor Golf Club’s East Course, in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 28-July 1, 2018. To be eligible, a player must be age 50 or older at the start of the championship

and have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 3.4, or be a professional. Elway, who was named honorary chairman of the 2018 U.S. Senior Open in November 2016, is in his seventh year as the Broncos’ executive vice president of football operations/general manager. His Hall-of-Fame playing career with the Broncos included five Super Bowl appearances and back-to-

back victories in 1997-98. Elway became the first starting quarterback for a Super Bowl champion to also win as a general manager when the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Elway has played in two Colorado Senior Opens and is a past president of three-time U.S. Open host site Cherry Hills Country Club. D

Nestled within stunning massive red rock formations, our challenging, mountain-style golf course offers a panoramic view of natural red rock formations and the Denver skyline. The Clubhouse’s intimate and relaxed atmosphere, combined with attentive service, superior food quality and a full social schedule provide member families and friends a central gathering space. Whether playing on our Championship style 18-hole golf course, relaxing by the pool, or savoring a meal, Red Rocks Country Club provides the perfect setting for making special memories in our newly renovated Clubhouse. 303-697-4438 303.352.2030 16235 W. Belleview Avenue, Morrison, Colorado 80465

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Golf Paradise... Los Cabos, Mexico

By Kirk Hulbert DIVOT Director of Business Development

Los Cabos, Mexico is the home of beautiful golf courses with ocean views, beaches, cactus and desert scenery all in one. Questro Golf (www.questrogolf.com) is comprised of 3 fantastic and varying golf courses, Puerto Los Cabos, Club Compestre San Jose, and Cabo Real. Questro Golf offers 2-round and 3-round packages at a discount price and twilight rates are also available for afternoon play. Puerto Los Cabos-BEGIN with the SHARK, FINISH with the BEAR!!! This course has been a 9-hole front nine designed by Greg Norman Signature golf, the Mission Course, and a 9-hole back nine designed by Jack Nicklaus Signature golf, the Marina Course. A recently completed additional 9hole course designed by Jack Nicklaus provides Puerto Los Cabos with 27 holes with

another 9 holes planned in the future that will be designed by Greg Norman. The new Norman 9-hole course will provide all holes with vistas of the Sea of Cortez. Norman’s Mission Course, a 3,590-yard, par 36 has over 400 feet of elevation change. With its large bunkers that serve as signposts for the fairways and defend the greens, the layout displays Norman’s fondness for Australia’s classic Sandbelt courses. Nicklaus’ original 9 holes of the Marina Course, a 3,871-yard, par 37 features undulating greens and rippling fairways. The Marina Course is intended to be the resort course and skirts the new Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Resort with the beachside par-3 15th hole. The crashing waves tests one’s ability to focus on putting. A distinct feature of Puerto Los Cabos is their on-course culinary palapas offering a full range of food and beverage that is included in the green fee, complete with bartenders and chefs! You will remember the

Shark’s Cove on the Mission Course and the Bear’s Den on the Marina Course. Club Compestre San Jose is a five-minute drive from downtown San Jose’s historic downtown and Marina at Puerto Los Cabos. Club Compestre San Jose is a Nicklaus Design golf course spread across the gently rolling foothills of the Sierra del la Laguna Mountains. The course has been recognized for being the best conditioned golf course in Los Cabos, the best value of all Resort Courses in Los Cabos and was voted the favorite golf course by Los Cabos locals. The beautifully manicured and landscaped course (including waste areas) displays numerous Saguaro Cactus, ocean views from every hole. Its serenity provides a haven for many birds reminiscent of a sanctuary. Nicklaus’s design features Hole #7 that contains an amazing peninsula green with a magnificent view accenting the beautiful contrast between desert and ocean. The restaurant/snack bar is a must either at the turn or before/after your round. The food is excellent, and the service goes above and beyond what you would expect. The servers are very friendly and even brought our food to us on the course! Cabo Real Golf Club is the oldest of the 3 courses that comprise Questro Golf and opened 25 years ago in 1993. Cabo Real features a multi-themed, target-style course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Cabo Real is proud to have hosted 3 major televised golf

events including the Sr. PGA Grand Slam. The recently reversal of the club’s nines have greatly enhanced the layout’s flow and drama. The course provides fantastic ocean views, a scenic and gentle front nine with broad fairways tumbling down to the Sea of Cortez. Hole 5 is a short par-4 that plays across an arroyo in route to the beach. The par-3 6th hole is propped up along a seaside bluff. Looking back provides a scenic view of endless palm trees and beautiful white sand beach. The back nine offers a test of golf skills with breathtaking holes chiseled into desert foothills at the foot of rugged mountain peaks. Many greens are elevated with fairways that play along ridge tops. The 14th hole plays 454 yards that run along the edge of a steep canyon to a green carved into a precipice at the layout’s highest point, nearly 500 feet above the sea. A classic finishing hole awaits as a brawny par-4 18th hole crossing an arroyo on the right and a large lake on the left. A visit to Questro Golf in Los Cabos provides and excellent opportunity to challenge the beautiful golf courses for any level of ability. The beautiful views, beaches, arroyos, mountains and canyons, deserts will leave you with a fabulous golf experience in the Baja California desert. Whether you play only one or all three of the courses, you will be given an excellent memory of your golf outing! www.questrogolf.com. D

Heather Gardens Executive 9-hole Golf Course. It’s the most beautiful 9-hole public golf course you’ve never seen. Heather Gardens Executive 9-Hole Golf Course is not just superb, it’s “out of sight” – literally out of sight. So, it’s no wonder how you may have overlooked this urban gem. Yet, you can find it easily. It’s close to the junction of Parker Road and I-225, and near Yale Avenue. Set in the urban enclave of Heather Gardens, this public 9-hole executive course is open to golfers, young and old, and challenges even the most talented golfer. Heather Gardens’ traditional design is enhanced by its lush, treelined fairways, elevated greens and well-positioned bunkers. The 2,461-yard, par 32 course provides a challenging yet fair test for golfers of all skill levels.

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Featured Instruction

3 Turns to Curb Your Slice By Nathan Morris, PGA DIVOT Contributing Writer

Two Great Shots at Two Great Deals

Over the last 10 years and 18,000 lessons with GOLFTEC, I have learned that there are a few things that you have to do every time to get rid of that slice forever. There are three key moves that will set you up for success. Do these and TURN that slice into the perfect draw!

1 – TURN your grip. I see tons of students walk into my door with a grip that

of the ball position and the fact that most golfers turn their chests toward the target when they look at it, most golfers set up with open shoulders. This is when your shoulder line points well left of your target for a right-handed golfer. This promotes an OUT to IN, or over the top swing path. This is exactly what we don’t want. Instead, LEAVE YOUR FEET SQUARE to the target and corkscrew your shoulders closed so that your shoulder line points a little right of the target. This will promote that INSIDE swing path that we all need to stop the slice. 3 – TURN your hips in the backswing. This one has been debated over the years so stick with me on this one. Allowing your

sets them up for failure. By turning your grip towards your trail shoulder, you give the club face a chance to be closed relative to the swing path. To do this, lay the club face down square on the ground. Rotate your hands over towards your trail shoulder until the creases between your thumbs and index fingers BOTH point at your trail shoulder.

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2 – TURN your shoulders. Because hips to turn A LOT in the backswing is the only way that we can create a full shoulder turn and get our hands far enough behind us to swing IN to OUT. If you have ever been told to keep your lower body stable or quiet in the backswing you will have a hard time creating the proper upper body position unless you are built like Gumby. Us mere mortals have to let the hips turn because we aren’t that flexible. If you follow all three of these turns, that slice will TURN in to a draw in no time. If you are still having some issues, feel free to stop in and see your local GOLFTEC Coach for more help. For more information or to find a location close to you, please visit the website at: www.golftec.com. D


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Zen Golf

Golf is an inside job... Golf is one the most challenging mental sports ever played. We spend countless hours on the range practicing all the mechanics, shaping shots, chipping, pitching, putting and more. Practice is a necessity to getting better. However, we forget one of the most important parts of becoming a great player is the mental side, the inside job. As an instructor for over 12 years and a player for over 40 I can’t stress enough how important practicing the mental side is. During a recent yoga class one of my favorite teachers talked about how the practice of yoga is an inside job. One that we don’t take enough time to look at more closely. Yoga is a physical practice and we often lose sight of the inner job of yoga. What our thoughts are when we are in a pose. How we compare ourselves to others in a class or our unrealistic expectations we put on ourselves when we step on to our mats. How about when we step on to the golf course? How often have you experienced stress, fear, and/or anxiety during a round? You know the feeling, heart palpitations, increased breathing, boost of energy and

“The mind messes up more shots than the body” - Tommy Bolt.

overall heightened senses. This is the result of an adrenaline rush. The adrenaline rush can and will change the timing of your swing. I can recall many times during a round when I felt this way. My heart rate is the first physical sign for me. It feels like it

is jumping out of my chest. One thing I have learned, with the practice of yoga, is to check in with my thoughts and make a conscious effort to take deep slow breaths. This in turn slows the rush down! Our brain controls everything. If our



thoughts are scattered, negative, and anxious our bodies follow suit. I can think of many times, when I first started teaching golf, how nervous I became when I would play with my students. My inner dialogue went something like this; “what if I miss a shot, what if I embarrass myself, what if I can’t perform under pressure” the list goes on. I still go there sometimes but have made a “conscious” effort to shift my inner dialogue which is now part of my mental practice. A few of my favorites are “I am a solid player, I am committed to the shot and golf is not a game of perfection.” The mental side, the inside job is a big part of the entire game. Time is a factor for all of us. Making the time to practice and play is crucial to becoming a better player. Part of the inside job of golf is the time you spend working on the mental aspects. Some of the best tour players create routines to help them stay calm, focused and present. All which comes from within. If you want to become a better player, calmer, less stressful and have more fun on the course, then make part of your practice an inside job! D




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Estes Park 18-Hole Golf Course to Celebrate Its 100th

Estes Valley Recreation and Park District (EVRPD), the provider of numerous recreational opportunities in Estes Valley, is excited to launch its 100th season of golf at the Estes Park 18-Hole Golf Course. Opening day will be Saturday, April 14, 2018 with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. and the first tee off at 8:30 a.m. Tee-times can be booked by calling the Estes Park 18-Hole Golf Course at 970-586-8146. In honor of the celebration, all green fees on opening day will be $19.18. A beer— Centennial Smash—was brewed by Lumpy Ridge Brewing to commemorate the 100th season, which will be available all season long at the course clubhouse. On November 10, 1917, The Estes Park Golf and Country Club filed articles of incorporation. Some of Estes Park’s most notable men of the time served on the Board of Directors—H.P. James, H.E. James, E.J. Mills, Ed B. Andrews, J. E. McDonald, Samuel Service and Julian Hayden. Over the next few months by-laws were written, 250 stock shares were issued with a value of $25,000, and three members— Howard James, Homer James and Ed Andrews—were appointed to build the course. The first design was an 18-hole course set against Fish Creek, where a former course financed by Lord Dunraven once stood and a clubhouse used by that course was built in 1909. (That clubhouse is the same one on the 18-hole course today that is home to Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ at the Hangar Restaurant and the golf course pro-shop.) H.E. James was appointed the first golf operator. The three men worked hard through the winter and spring, and the course opened for the first round of play on July 4, 1918. Since that time, the course has seen a variety of changes, updates and even changed ownership. Due to the financial crisis happening in the U.S. in the 1930s, the 18-hole course was converted to a 9-hole course and an airstrip was built on the western edge of the course with hopes to improve sagging tourism in the area. The airport did very little to promote travel to Estes Park and was a dangerous location that resulted in several bad crashes. It

closed in the late 1940s. Finances at the course continued to stumble along and on July 6, 1944, a two-thirds majority of the stockholders voted to turn The Estes Park Golf and Country Club over to the Town of Estes Park. In March 1957, the Town of Estes Park signed a long-term lease agreement with the recreation district, then called the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Recreation District. The recreation district soon thereafter started the process of obtaining funding to transform the 9-hole course from one with buffalo grass fairways, sand greens and prairie for rough back into an 18-hole course with grass fairways, a watering system and locker rooms with showers. Henry Hughes, a golf course architect from Denver who designed and built more than 40 golf courses in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nebraska and Texas during his career, was hired to transform the Estes Park Golf and Country Club. The remodeled course opened on July 5, 1960 as the Estes Park Municipal Golf Course, which has evolved into being called the Estes Park 18-Hole Golf Course. A centennial golf tournament is planned for July 4, 2018, where breaking out the knickers and hickory golf clubs will make for fun photo opportunities. Specials and promotions will also be available all summer long to commemorate the 100-year theme. Season passes are also still available for the centennial season, and the preseason bonus is available if purchased by April 16. To reserve a tee-time or for more information about the centennial season, contact Mark Miller, Manager of Golf Services, at 970-5868146 or visit evrpd.com/golfcentennial. About Estes Valley Recreation and Park District: Estes Valley Recreation and Park District is a quasi-municipal corporation and political subdivision of the State of Colorado. Established in 1955, the organization’s goals are to plan, direct, organize and implement recreational programs, manage facilities and provide public park and recreation opportunities for residents and visitors of the District, an area that encompasses 320 square miles. D

Celebrate 100 Years of Golf in Estes Park

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Eagle Ranch Golf Club is located in the beautiful small town of Eagle, Colorado, just 30 minutes from Vail. The majestic Colorado Rocky Mountains provide a spectacular setting for this Arnold Palmer Signature Design Course. The course opened in 2001 as part of a new, master-planned residential community called Eagle Ranch. With the addition of the golf course and other fantastic amenities such as an outdoor pool, ice rink, recreation trails and fitness center, Eagle is an idyllic place to live and play. Even with the proximity to world-class ski areas, Eagle is known for its “hole in the sky”, meaning we enjoy a long golf season from late March to early November. 18

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Out Drive the Competition — PLAY QUAIL DUNES — The Course is home to two distinct nines. The original front 9-hole course designed by Henry Hughs was opened in the early 1920s. In the late 1960s 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 tree-lined fairways to rolling hills and challenging greens.

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Bella Rosa Golf Course

Bella Rosa Golf Course located in Frederick, Colorado is a 9-hole, par 35 regulation golf course that opened for play in 2006. Measuring 2,974 yards from the blue tees, Bella Rosa offers something for every player.

• Well-stocked golf shop • Driving range/practice facility • Restaurant • Golf club repair service • Individual/group instruction

Book your league or golf outings now for the 2018 season! We offer great rates!

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303.678.2940 www.bellarosagolf.com

5830 Bella Rosa Parkway, Frederick, CO 80504


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Limit one coupon per foursome PGA Family Course • Excellent Course Conditions PGA Professional on staff • Course Rating 26.9, Par 27 1962 Henry Hughes Design • Average Playing Time 1.5 Hours BOGO Drinks at the Emerald Grill • Twilight Green Fee Specials Tournaments, Golf Learning Center, Dining, Entertainment, and more… Plan your next round of golf at Emerald Greens Golf Club. The Challenge Awaits You! Call for your tee time today!



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Lenny’s Golf Shop

We have been around since the early 1980's and during its history, the shop has become a staple for excellent customer service, quality products, and an extremely knowledgeable friendly staff.

Lenny and his employees are dedicated to their customer’s satisfaction.


2601 S. Parker Rd., Aurora, CO 80014 Sun-Thurs 9am-7pm & Fri-Sat 9am-8pm


The shop also provides full-service golf repair, Offering quality products and state-of-the-art fitting technology. If you're bored with the big box store mentality and want a more personal experience with a staff that cares, then stop by and experience the difference.

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STAY & PLAY Come play Breckenridge’s 27 hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. After a day of teeing off stay at Beaver Run Resort, nestled between mountain and Main Street. Beaver Run Resort has everything you need for your Rocky Mountain escape. CALL OR GO ONLINE FOR GREAT RATES!

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2018 Denver Golf Expo Draws Enthusiastic Crowds Despite Snow and Freezing Temps

February snow and cold only fueled the vision of lush fairways and sunny days for attendees at this year’s Denver Golf Expo. Held Feb. 9-11 at the Denver Merchandise Mart, close to 9,000 golf fans braved the wintry weather to try out new clubs and gear, participate in contests and enter to win 150 giveaways over the course of the show, including stay-and-play vacations, golf clubs, plus apparel and gear. This year’s grand prize was a dream trip to Oregon’s Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. “Bandon Dunes is more than a resort—it’s a ‘bucket list’ trip,” says show president Mark Cramer. “It’s a golf experience that takes you a golfer’s paradise, a wonderful opportunity for links golf right along the Pacific Ocean. It comes close to golf in Scotland.” Golf expo attendees can complete a survey that not only gives them an entry for giveaways, but helps Cramer and company keep the show fresh and enticing from year to year. Why do people keep coming back? Cramer says, “From our survey, we know that 43 percent buy

golf merchandise, 23 percent try out new-model clubs and 19 percent come to win prizes.” Attendees could also compete for prizes at daily putting contests, and improve their game with onsite mini-lessons. While that pesky snow and cold dipped into attendance numbers, everyone who made it to the Mart was treated to expected quality exhibits and activities, plus 20 new vendors among 180 booths. “We had good feedback that exhibitors broke records from the year before,” says Cramer. “If not for that Northern freeze that descended on us on Saturday, we would have been over last year’s numbers.” Major expo sponsors and supporters include: Lenny’s Golf, Colorado Golf Association (CGA), Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado, the Colorado Section PGA and Divot Magazine. Cramer is already planning next year’s expo, scheduled for Feb. 8-10, 2019. He says everything will be back, with even more activities. For more information, go to DenverGolfExpo.com. D

Just $49

Now in it’s 19th year, the Green Saver Book is the longest running golf discount program in the state and has saved Colorado golfers thousands of dollars on golf and golf related products and services. In every book you will find free green fees, 2for-1 green fees, 50% off green fees, discounted green fees, free cart rentals, free range balls, discounts on retail, lodging, lessons, food, beverage and much more!


2018 Elite Players Pass Just $199.99

Limited time available at this price. Free Benefits: 2 – Free 18 Hole Rounds (valid after 12:00PM) 3 – Free 9 Hole Rounds (valid after 4:00PM) 6 – Free Cart Rentals (valid after 12:00PM) 6 – Free One Hour Group Lesson Clinics

4 – Bring a guest green fee $40.00 (Mon-Sun anytime) 6 – Half price buckets of range balls 3 – Series of (3) Private half hour golf lessons $99.00 1 – Custom Club Fitting $39.95 (Shakespeare Golf),

Many more benefits included.

Details at: www.raccooncreek.com

Discounted Benefits: 6 – 18 Hole $20.00 Rounds (after 12:00PM) 4 – 18 Hole $30.00 Rounds (Mon-Thurs anytime) 4 – 18 Hole $40.00 Rounds (Mon-Sun anytime) 4 – 9 Hole $10.00 Rounds (after 4:00PM) 4 – 18 Hole Cart Rentals $10.00 (good anytime), 4 – Bring a guest green fee $30.00 (Mon-Thur anytime),

303-932-0199 7301 West Bowles Avenue, Littleton, Colorado 80123

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Grand Classic a True Mountain Course Tournament

With spring weather right around the corner it’s time to think about golf in the beautiful, Colorado high country. 2018 marks the 19th year for the Annual Grand Classic Golf Tournament. This tournament is a two-day event showcasing two extraordinary Grand County courses: Pole Creek Golf Club and Golf Granby Ranch. Ranked in the top 50 Best National Public Golf Courses, Pole Creek was named Best Après Course in 2014, and Best Mountain Course in 2017, by Colorado Avid Golfer Maga-

zine’s Caggy Awards. 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 Mountain Courses in Colorado. This year’s event will be held Friday and Saturday, June 15th & 16th, 2018. 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 $8.3 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 the Grand Foundation: 970.887.3111 or nicole@grandfoundation.com. D

Grand Elk opens 2018 season with new General Manager Larry Burks

Grand Elk is pleased to announce that Larry Burks has accepted the position of General Manager at the Grand Elk Club. Larry has previously been the General Manager at both Pole Creek Golf Club and Grand Lake Golf Course, and brings more than 30 years of experience in the golf business to Grand Elk. Larry arrives at Grand Elk as a number of new houses and townhomes are being built this summer in the residential community, and sees a bright future for the Club. Mr. Burks says, “I think it’s a very opportune time for Grand Elk to re- establish itself in the community for both golf and residential living. Great strides have been made in the last few years since the Homeowners bought the course and that truly shows in the condition of the facilities and the golf course. I look forward to leading Grand Elk to the next level and into the future. Mike Ritter will continue as the PGA Head Professional, and Austin Anderson as the GCSAA Superintendent of the golf course, as the Club looks to build on the success and growth of recent years. For more information about Grand Elk Golf Club, please visit www.grandelk.com. As in past years, a variety of Annual Membership and Player’s Card programs will be offered for the 2018 season. D


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WELCOME TO THE GOLF CLUB AT FOX ACRES What began as a family getaway, over the course of almost a half century, The Golf Club at Fox Acres has become a unique retreat where the woes of the outside world can be replaced by a multitude of entertaining outdoor activities, especially golf. The golf club, which began life as 38 pine-laden acres and a log cabin, has grown more than tenfold and the club now includes 15 lakes, trails for skiing and fishing. In short, Fox Acres is a refuge in

which the splendors of nature can be absorbed in all the ways that can bring a family together – whether it be day spent fishing, an early morning hike through a flowering meadow or the mere silent contemplation of the overwhelming serenity. And for those who are addicted to Golf all 18 holes Fox Acres provides one of the most acclaimed golfing getaways in the

state, with holes that meander through the rock outcroppings and the trees that close in to form a barrier against the outside world.

(970) 881-2574 1700 County Road 67J Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545


“Same valley, different climate”. Gypsum Creek is the only golf course in the valley which attracts locals and visitors to ski in the morning and golf in the afternoon. Pete Dye championship 18 hole golf course with the longest season and best value around! Open March – December (snow permitting).

Fun for the whole family! 530 Cotton Ranch Dr. Gypsum, CO 81637 970.524.6200 gypsumcreekgolf.com 30 26

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One 18-Hole Round Including 1/2 Cart at

Mariana Butte for $48

Valid Mon-Fri after 12pm for each person (up to 4)

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UNFORGETTABLE Mariana Butte 701 Clubhouse Drive Loveland, Colorado (970) 667-8308


2115 W. 29th Street Loveland, Colorado (970) 667-5256

18-Holes at Olde Course 18-Holes at Mariana Butte (both played on the same day)

$97 per person

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For your Double-Double Tee Times Call up to 21 days in advance.


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