When travelers think of Colorado, visions of Aspen, hiking in the Rockies, kayaking the Colorado River or attending a festival in Telluride usually come to mind. If you’d rather just hit the links and be pampered at a golf resort—well, Colorado has that, too.
As you prepare for your next Colorado golf vacation, plan to visit one of the following resorts, each of which offers access to beautiful courses, fabulous restaurants and a wide array of amenities.
Cheyenne Mountain Resort and Country Club, Colorado Springs
If you are an outdoor enthusiast, plan a weekend getaway to the Cheyenne Mountain Resort and Country Club at the very least.
For starters, the resort features an immaculate 18-hole layout designed by the legendary Pete Dye, renowned for classic layouts including Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida’s TPC Sawgrass. Nestled along a 35-acre private beachfront lake, the course provides guests panoramic views of the Cheyenne Mountain range—not to mention the well-manicured greens and fairways for which Dye is famous.
Once you finish your round, play tennis on one of the resort’s 18 courts, two of which are clay. Or, if you’d prefer to swim a few laps, the resort offers guests five outdoor pools from which to choose, including a family-friendly splash park and kiddie pool.
After exploring the resort’s lake and nearby hiking and biking paths, you’ll want to kick back and take it easy. As you unwind from the day, visit the Mountain View Restaurant, which serves delicacies including roasted Colorado lamb loin, or savor a hand-crafted cocktail at the Western-themed Will Rogers Lounge.
Get there: www.cheyennemountain.com, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, Colorado Springs, CO, 719.538.4000
Keystone Resort, Keystone
As you prepare to hit your tee shot on The River Course’s par-four 16th hole, which features a 194-foot elevation drop from the tee box to the green, your breath is taken away by the views.
Breathtaking moments are quite common at Keystone Resort, whether you are gazing at gorgeous Lake Dillon while playing The River Course, a Hurzdan-Fry design, or the Rocky Mountains valley layout of the Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed Keystone Ranch Golf Course.
The scenery will continue to baffle you after you finish your round at either one of the resort’s two golf courses. Perhaps the most popular early evening entertainment option is the 30-minute horse-drawn wagon ride, which concludes with a buffet-style dinner.
While meandering through the valley and learning about the history of the area, you will arrive at a historic ranch homestead. There, you will be entertained by live music as you socialize with other resort guests and eat grilled barbeque chicken and smoked ribs.
After dinner, you can play horseshoes, listen to wood crackle over an open fire or even see a cattle roping—a true welcome to the Wild, Wild West.
Get there: www.keystoneresort.com, Keystone Ranch Golf Course: 1239 Keystone Ranch Road, Keystone, CO; The River Course at Keystone: 155 River Course Dr., Keystone, CO; 800.328.1323
Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield
Simply put, Omni Interlocken Resort is a haven for avid golfers, as it features 27 holes of championship golf, most of which overlook the Rocky Mountains. But you don’t need to have a low handicap to enjoy yourself, as each nine-hole course—the Vista, Eldorado and Sunshine—features five sets of tees.
Whether you choose to play nine or 18 holes or decide to challenge yourself on the entire trio of courses in one day, an evening of relaxation awaits you afterward.
If you’re feeling a bit tense from your round(s), consider visiting the resort’s elegant spa, which provides a variety of massages, including Swedish, deep tissue and the Mokara Signature, distinguished for its heat-activated, whipped shea-butter balm.
After casting your worries aside at the spa, visit the Meritage Restaurant and try the surf and turf: an 8-ounce Australian lobster tail and two bison medallions. Or continue to relax at the H20 Poolside Bar and Grill, where you can sip a cocktail and watch a “Dive-In Movie” on the weekend.
Get there: www.omnihotels.com/hotels/denver-interlocken, 800 Interlocken Blvd., Broomfield, CO, 303.464.9000
The Peaks Resort and Spa, Telluride
Nearly 9,500 feet above sea level and surrounded by mountain peaks that reach upward of 14,000 feet, Telluride Golf Club’s prodigious views will distract even the most focused golfers. But with views that prove Colorado is one of the world’s premier golfing destinations, your playing partners will certainly understand if you miss a putt from time to time.
After you finish taking pictures and return to the resort, you will continue to be enamored by the natural beauty of the Rockies. In fact, each of Telluride Peaks Resort’s spacious rooms and suites was designed to provide every guest the best amenity available—awe-inspiring views.
Aside from the views, the resort also offers guests a rejuvenating spa, featuring an oxygen-inhalation lounge, hot stone therapy and couples massages, amongst other offerings. If you’d prefer to burn some calories instead, the resort also has a multi-level fitness center that includes a tennis court and yoga and Pilates studios.
End your day with a meal at the Palmyra Restaurant, which is well-known for its seafood and organic produce. Or settle down in a chair and have a drink as live jazz or acoustic guitar music is soothingly played in The Great Room.
Get there: www.thepeaksresort.com, 136 Country Club Drive, Telluride, CO, 970.728.6800
The St. Regis Aspen Resort, Aspen
Although The St. Regis Aspen Resort does not have an onsite golf course, it does offer access to three exceptional courses, all located within an hour of the resort.
Oftentimes, guests will book tee times at nearby Aspen Golf Club, which is suited for golfers of all experience levels, as it has four sets of tees to choose from. The semi-private Snowmass Club also is a popular destination, especially if you’d prefer to play in the afternoon or evening; the course is open to nonclub members only after 1 p.m.
In addition, you are welcomed to visit the Arthur Hills-designed Ironbridge Golf Club. Located in Glenwood Springs, the course’s ravines, cliffs and numerous elevation changes challenge even the most experienced golfers.
Upon returning from one of the golf courses and arriving at your elegant room or suite, visit St. Regis’s Shadow Mountain Lounge and have an afternoon tea, house-made scones and miniature desserts, a tradition that began at the resort more than 100 years ago.
Or drink some champagne as you receive a facial, massage or body treatment at the Remède Spa, which was remodeled in 2014. It is one of only 120 spas across the world to have earned the prestigious Forbes Four Star Award.
Afterward, visit the Shadow Mountain Lounge again and enjoy a grilled Kobe beef burger or a house roasted turkey club, followed by homemade gelato or sorbetto, as you lounge near the fireplace.
Get there: www.stregisaspen.com, 315 East Dean St., Aspen, CO, 970.920.3300
Photo credits: Courtesy Cheyenne Mountain; Courtesy Keystone Resort; Courtesy Omni Interlocken Resort; Courtesy The Peaks Resort and Spa; Courtesy St. Regis Aspen