(This week, our blog team presents Part 1 of a two-part series on golf in the Aspen area. Be sure to read Part 2 next week!)
One of the most popular summer activities in Aspen is golf. Makes sense, right? AspenaEU(tm)s beautiful scenery provides the perfect backdrop at a number of local golf courses aEU" The Aspen Golf Club, the Maroon Creek Club, the Snowmass Club, the Roaring Fork Club, River Valley Ranch and Aspen Glen.A If these amazing local courses arenaEU(tm)t enough to get your balls out of your bag, then phrases like aEUoechampionship course,aEU aEUoeJack Nicklaus Signature CourseaEU A and aEUoejewel of the RockiesaEU should do the trick. In the Rocky Mountains, nothing is par for the course. Ready to tee up? Read more below on each course and click a link to find out more information. (Note: Many of these club are private and membership is required. Click on a link or call the club directly for more information.) Aspen Golf Club aEU" This challenging 7,156-yard, 18-hole course was ranked #21 in Golfweek MagazineaEU(tm)s 50 Best Municipal Golf Courses (U.S.), and is just minutes from downtown Aspen. The course was designed by Frank Hummel. ThereaEU(tm)s also a PGA award winning Pro Shop, a putting green, chipping area and practice hitting area; and full-service locker rooms; and on-site golf cart rentals. The on-site restaurant aEU" the Red Mountain Grill aEU" offers an array of fine foods and beverages, and is a hot spot for Happy Hour and apres-ski. Maroon Creek Club aEU" The course, designed by Tom Fazio, offer a unique and challenging one-of-a-kind golfing experience just one mile west of Aspen. Members at the club enjoy the spectacular views and amenities at the Maroon Creek Club, including golf, tennis, swimming, fitness and fine dining. Snowmass Club aEU" This 18-hole Jim Engh-designed course offers big views and majestic landscapes along sculpted fairways and challenging greens. Thistraditional Irish links course is one that you aEU" or your handicap aEU" wonaEU(tm)t soon forget. Offering five sets of tees, this course is a great adventure for all skill levels. Roaring Fork Club aEU" This Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course offers five holes that plan on or near either the Roaring Fork River or Spring Creek. Another five holes play through wetlands and lakes. The east-west design of the course allows for stunning views and dramatic play during both mornings and afternoons. River Valley Ranch aEU" This 520-acren golf and resort community rests along the banks of the Crystal River and is known as aEUoethe new jewel of the RockiesaEU by Golf Magazine. It was also recognized by Golf Magazine as one of the aEUoeTop 10 You Can PlayaEU listing, and was names to the Golder Magazine aEUoeBest of AmericaaEU(tm)s New CoursesaEU list. Aspen Glen aEU" Located downvalley near Carbondale, this private, gated community features a co-designed Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and offers a plethora of outdoor adventure in an idyllic setting with Roaring Fork River views and spectacular views of Mount Sopris.