If you’re looking to plan the ultimate golf getaway, then look no further than Aspen, Colorado. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 8,000+ feet, hitting the local links in Aspen is truly an experience to behold. Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley offer a number of exclusive and non-exclusive courses, so this week our blog team sat down with Frias Vacation Specialist (and avid golfer) Andrew Myatt for a little Q&A to help us plan the perfect itinerary.
As both a Vacation Specialist and golf enthusiast, Andrew can provide a firsthand account of Aspen golf – so here we go!
Q: We’re looking to plan a 3-day golf getaway to Aspen, Colorado. What’s the first thing I need to know about golfing in the valley?
A: “There are a bunch of courses from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. Some are private and most are open to the public. … Also, remember to club up as the ball travels farther in the altitude!”
Q: What are your favorite local courses to play?
A: “I like the Aspen public course and the Snowmass Club.”
Q: Are there any restrictions on the local courses (membership fees, etc.)?
A: “Maroon Creek Club and Roaring Fork Club are the only members- only courses. All the rest of the courses are open to the public.”
Q: What’s your favorite course?
A: “Snowmass Club.”
Q: Why do you like this course the best?
A: “The course is very forgiving and has a lot of elevated tee boxes with amazing views.”
Q: Favorite hole?
A: “The 19th hole.”
Q: What size groups should I plan on?
A: “We have lodging accommodations for groups of all sizes for a group of four to a 68-group scramble.”
Q: What do I need to know about tee times?
A: “Our concierge will be able to arrange them for you. You can just relax and enjoy the fresh mountain air.”
Q: Can I get lessons?
A: “Yes lessons are available at all of the valley courses.”
Q: Is there a Pro Shop?
Q: Where do you recommend that I get gear/clubs?
A: “All of the courses offer get clubs for rent or you can ship your clubs ahead to use and we will have them waiting in the condo for you.”
Q: How far in advance should I make my golfing plans?
A: “About a week in advance to make sure you get the tee time you want.”
Q: How far in advance should I make lodging reservations?
Q: What lodging do you recommend?
A: “Frias Properties of Aspen has you covered. Lots of lodging options.”
Q: What’s the best thing about golfing in the mountains
A: “Driving a golf ball at 8,000 feet is a lot of fun!”
Thanks, Andrew! We look forward to seeing you on the links!