Golf reflection

Wherever you decide to spend summer vacation, it’s usually a safe bet to pack your sticks. Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley are full of golfing options, whether you’re a scratch golfer, beginner or just here for the beers and the views.

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Our favorite track is the Aspen Golf Club, a municipal course within a few minutes of town. But don’t let the “municipal” designation fool you. With water coming into play on 14 of the 18 holes, spectacular views on every tee box, and a masterfully maintained course, this parkland style track will impress even the high-end country clubbers.

New this summer are a few bonus bunker locations with freshly imported sand as well as an added water feature. Located only a couple of miles outside town (about a stiff 4-iron past the roundabout), it’s no wonder most locals consider this their home course.

If you’re looking to stretch the valley and experience a range of other courses, you have options. If you can find a member of the Maroon Creek Club (or another one of the private clubs in the valley), make them take you out for 18 holes of relatively easy golf and exceptional comfort stations. River Valley Ranch in Carbondale is another local favorite thanks to its great layout, spectacular views of Mt. Sopris and more approachable greens fees. Iron Bridge is partially private and offers the most unique back nine with its canyon holes.

If life is golf and golf is life, you can take a trip out of the valley and I-70 will connect you with some other world class courses. But for the rest of us, you don’t need to travel far to get your fix.