Discover a golf course with good views and reviews

PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER TOMLINSON—Golfers on the No.10 green at the Redlands Mesa Golf Course in GJ.Art to go with Pat’s story.Sent as041910 Grand Valley golf.



PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER TOMLINSON—Golfers on the No.10 green at the Redlands Mesa Golf Course in GJ.Art to go with Pat’s story.Sent as041910 Grand Valley golf.

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The new back nine at Tiara Rado Golf Course.



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The new back nine at Tiara Rado Golf Course.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Golfers can find some memorable moments in and near the Grand Valley, even if they haven’t time to play a full 18 holes — and, of course, if they do.

To begin, a golfer who wants to warm up but hasn’t time to actually play can still get a chance to hit into one of the more interesting views most anywhere.

The driving range at The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa, 2325 W. Ridges Blvd., is perched high above the Grand Valley, offering distinctive views of the Bookcliffs to the north and the red rocks of Colorado National Monument to the south and west.

But the stunning view is to the east, where golfers can practice their game hitting practice shots into the backdrop of the ancient Grand Mesa, whose flat top sits at 10,000 feet in elevation. From the driving range, golfers can see their shots take off against the aspen forest halfway up the mesa, up over the volcanic cap and into the clear, blue sky of western Colorado.

Of course, if you have time for a full 18, set up a tee time by calling 263-9270 or 866-863-9270 or check http://www.redlandsmesa.com.

No time for a championship 18?

Try a faster round at Chipeta Golf Course, 222 29 Road, on Orchard Mesa. Golfers can work on their short games as well as hit longer shots at this par 59 executive track.

Call 245-7177 or go to http://www.chipetagolf.com.

Many golfers want to devote half a day or more to the business of swinging a club.

For the full experience of driving through the Grand Valley along the Colorado River to a stern test of golf, try Battlement Mesa Golf Course in the community of Battlement Mesa, 45 miles east of Grand Junction in Parachute.

Battlement Mesa opened in 1987 to rave reviews, and its value as one of Golf Digests “Best Courses in America You Can Play” remains.

Battlement Mesa Golf Course, 3930 Battlement Mesa, can be reached at 970-285-7274, 888-285-7274 or http://www.battlementmesagolf.com.

Golfers who have nothing but time can do no better than to check out Cedar Ridges Golf Course in Rangely, about 75 miles north of Grand Junction on Colorado Highway 139.

It’s about a two-hour drive up and across the Bookcliffs to Rangely and the course is at 502 County Road 108. More helpfully, drive to the northern terminus of Highway 139, turn right on Colorado Highway 64 and follow the signs to the course, which sits like ribbons of green fairways amid the gray sage.

To set a time, call 970-675-8403. Information can be found at http://www.westernrioblanco.org/GOLFCOURSE.html.

Golfers can play the nine-holer once, or twice for the full 18. It’s a great place to stretch and get away from the car if you’re headed to points beyond, as well.

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