As garage doors slowly open, the spartan practice room is revealed; an indoor golf studio with a green carpet floor specked with square golf hitting mats that transforms into a covered driving range. Located inside a stately, sandstone-brick clubhouse, the practice area serves as the practice grounds of Colorado State University golf teams and ground zero for the Golf Academy at Harmony Club, where golfers consult PGA-certified instructors about their golf swing rather than waiting in vain for Jack Nicklaus’s spirit animal to appear in their dreams. Outside, players take advantage of a practice facility featuring tee box training as well as a short game area.
Collindale Golf Academy's PGA Director of Instruction Vince Buelk calls upon 18 years of experience to shore up the pin-hunting panache of golfers of all abilities. The passionate pedagogue develops the academy's club-flailing curriculum and puts it into practice at its stately facilities, which include a full-length driving range, an oversize putting green, and a practice bunker ideal for wedging balls out of sunken lies and replacing them with incriminating scorecards. The academy's thriving junior program strives to develop an affinity for the game at a young age, and club-fitting services pair each unique swing with its crooked-stick soul mates. Though the academy's kempt lawns, mountainside vistas, and lush pines affect a sense of old-time rusticity, its instructors utilize the latest in technological teaching aides, including V1 video-swing-analysis software and pitching wedges that double as prosthetic hooks for grabbing cookies on the high shelves.
The nine holes of Mountain Vista Golf Course present a charming, 3,500-yard challenge set against a dramatic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. Box Elder Creek weaves through the middle of the course and into play, and mature pine trees frame spacious fairways. Golfers are immediately thrown into risk-reward scenarios on the first and sixth holes, two lengthy par 5s that extend to 536 yards and 579 yards from the back tees and challenge shots with two large ponds. At Bentley’s, the grill located just off the course, two covered patios welcome those looking to grab a bite to eat as they transition from a round of golf to a round of beer or a round of boxing against a disgruntled caddie.
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Brave New Wheel's passionate bike people perform meticulous feats of maintenance, customization, and repair work in a shop lined with new and vintage bikes. During the basic tune-up, the shop's experienced bike whisperers change the oil before the oil changes them and then rotate the tires to ensure even wear. The service then concludes with an all-over polish, leaving the cycle as shiny as a freshly minted nickel dipped in a puddle of stars.
Composed of a small group of cycling enthusiasts, The Cycologist specializes in customizing and maintaining commuter, racing, and off-road bikes, as well as repair and fitting services. Snap up a retro Marin Drake's Beach 3-speed to cruise in two-wheeled fashion ($409.99), or contribute to your junior's jubilance by showing them how to ride on a Marin MBX 50, complete with training wheels ($219.99). The Cycologist even offers one year of free adjustments with the purchase of any new bike, helpful for when an 11-year-old grows 9 inches and four mustaches over the course of 36 hours.