Nestled in the cool shadows of Cheyenne Mountain, Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club’s 18-hole course invites clubbers with its scenic layout cleaved through high-desert terrain. Drives knife through the air with a little extra gusto, as the dry desert air—at an elevation of 6,224-feet above sea level—and golf angels conspire to add length to shots. The club’s verdant expanse also encompasses a multifaceted learning center, including a driving range with grass hitting areas, a short-game green flanked by a practice bunker, a putting green, and a three-hole children’s course. The casual dining room of Mulligan’s Grill awaits to quench hunger pangs with a menu of burgers, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, and salads.
Valley Hi Golf Course’s 18 fairways have been flourishing with rye grass and deciduous trees since 1954, when golfers first began cursing the course’s tricky water hazards and bunker-guarded greens with old-timey swear words such as "leaping argyle!" The 1st hole boasts the course’s longest fairway, whereas the 7th hole stops short to become the shortest par five – the best hope for a birdie. The putting green at the 18th hole keeps golfers on their cleated toes until the very end by demanding, like medieval kings, to be approached from the left and on one’s knees. Those hoping to hone their game can take lessons with a staff headed by PGA golf pro Mike Northern, whose more than 30 years in the game have netted him a full trophy case. Before hitting the greens in the morning, golfers drop by the Caddie Shack Restaurant and Bar to fill their bellies with omelets, and those finishing up a later round can bite into sandwiches or burgers.
Course at a Glance:
Snow-capped peaks peer over Springs Ranch Golf Course, adding a scenic backdrop to a 7,107-yard layout that reflects the player-friendly design philosophy of course architect Richard M. Phelps. In a gesture of sympathy for golfers who crush seemingly perfect drives only to find their ball in the angry grip of a well-concealed bird watcher, Richard placed hazards in plainly visible locations with few to no blind spots. However, transparency doesn't always transfer to success on the course—Springs Ranch packs plenty of hazard-ridden holes that demand precise shots, including the 404-yard, par-4 third hole, where golfers must avoid a pond off of the tee and clear a waste bunker with their approach shot or a perfectly timed kick. Along with two ponds and a gauntlet of bunkers, tall grasses line the fairways, tempering aggressive play and adding an authentic, Scottish feel to the links-style layout.
Springs Ranch also offers a driving range, lessons, and clinics taught by resident aces. After a day at the links, golfers can revive muscles weary from bench-pressing golf carts with a burger, bratwurst, or platter of fish 'n' chips at the Springs Ranch Bar and Grill.
Course at a Glance:
When golfers approach the elevated first tee box at Gleneagle Golf Club, they’re greeted by a view of Pikes Peak and the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains hovering on the horizon and the U.S. Air Force Academy campus sprawling below. From this panoramic overlook, they send golf balls screaming against the course’s dramatic backdrops, with lines carefully orchestrated by designer Frank Hummel so golfers never have to worry about hitting a low-flying stealth bomber. The course rewards accuracy off the tee, with the par of 72 often attainable only for those players who can manage to stay within the confines of the narrow fairways. After finishing up with the reachable-in-two par 5 18th hole, golfers can head indoors to the club’s La Zingara Italian Restaurant to escape the sun and dine on classic Italian entrees such as veal, pasta, and Neapolitan-style pizza. Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 7,230 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 74.6 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
For more than 10 years, King's Deer Golf Club's challenging Scottish-style, Redstone Golf–designed course has challenged the swings and putts of all levels of linksmen. A scenic backdrop, featuring 200 acres of rolling hills, lush wetlands, Pike's Peak, and the Rockies, is visible from nearly every corner of the course, which is open year-round. Teach your ball proper travel etiquette on King's Deer's large elevated practice range, putting station, or chipping area, then drive your electronic rickshaw to the well-kept course, its tee yardages averaging 5,054 yards from forward tees and 7,000 yards from professional tees.
The U.S. Women's Open is one of the United States Golf Association's premier majors and a chance to see the world's best female golfers display their driving, chipping, and golf-ball-levitation skills. Spend one of seven days analyzing the rhythmic, controlled shots from expected competitors such as Michelle Wie and the steadily putting Ai Miyazato—both trying to best last year's champion, Paula Creamer. Golf-following youths age 17 and under will be admitted free of charge with every ticketed adult, and the front row of the grandstands is reserved for children to soak in the action without being blocked by tall adults or over-large foam fingers.
Within each of Diamond Sports Training Center's five batting cages, bat brandishers polish their wrist extension and calibrate their bunts as they work toward becoming better baseball and softball players. Though pitching machines can be found in each cage, a pitching mound and L-screen are also available for a live pitcher so that the batter can practice against different pitch speeds, placements, and invisibility spells. Aspiring diamond stars can also enroll in private lessons and clinics with the center's staff, wherein they'll learn proper technique for pitching, fielding, and developing a sweet swing.