Feature

Tee-Time Travel

May 2004

No matter how you arrive, the drive into Grand County is spectacular. From Denver, the drive over Berthoud Pass to Grand County’s eastern border is only 76 miles. From Estes Park, Trail Ridge Road, the highest paved road in America, rolls into Grand Lake after passing over the Continental Divide in Rocky Mountain National Park. Once you’re here, the down-to-earth cowboy culture and four scenic, challenging, and fun golf courses – Pole Creek, SolVista, Grand Elk Ranch & Club, and Grand Lake – await the travel golfer.

Winter Park (12,060 Elev., 24,090 Pop.) is ideal for families who crave golf at the 27-hole Pole Creek Golf Club, mountain biking (660 miles of fat-tire trails), as well as fishing, rafting, and horseback riding.

Staffers say Pole Creek is a 10,709-yard par 108 with three challenging nines: Ridge, Meadow, and Ranch. When it opened in 1985, Golf Digest proclaimed it one of the Best New Courses in the USA. Pole Creek’s best amenities are the down-to-earth staff, helpful rangers, and great facilities. This course features evergreen-lined fairways, elevation changes, dramatic doglegs, and breathtaking views of the Continental Divide and Indian Peaks Wilderness. Holes play down the valley and back up, and involve crossings of Pole Creek; seven lakes and ponds also get in the way.