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:
18-hole, par-72 course
Length of 7,107 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 72.9 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 136 from the farthest tees
Five tee options
A private, outdoor range sets the stage for about 90 percent of the material taught during Umbrella Tactics' classes. The facility allows for training in pistol, rifle, breaching-shotgun, and close-quarters-battle techniques, among others. The range also accommodates nighttime training.
For groups of 4–25, and for an additional fee, instructors can supply rental firearms such as AR-15 rifles and Beretta 9-mm handguns.
At a Glance
Owner Jesse Johnson understands public service better than most people. He enlisted in the Navy at 17 and has served as a police officer in three states, becoming one of the youngest chiefs of police in Montana. As a result, he's spent more than two decades serving his country, including time as a contracted agent for protection services and combat overseas, in addition to serving as an Emergency Response Team Element Commander and Quick Response Team Leader for two departments. He eventually used the encyclopedic knowledge of firearm tactics and safety he gained during his decades of service to open Umbrella Tactics. Whether it’s security training or basic firearm safety, he and his team of law enforcement and NRA-certified instructors prepare students for real-world situations.
Helmed by a staff of 15-year veterans, Allstar Paintball lets pigment-powered gunsmiths run wild across a five-man indoor field situated within a 12,000-square-foot facility or on the exciting terrain of the newly opened outdoor field. After strapping on safety gear, filling tanks with CO2, and loading Tippmann 98 hoppers, players maneuver across turf, crouch behind inflatable bunkers, and blend seamlessly into kindergarten art displays as they blast nonstaining, easy-break paintballs in the direction of opposing players. As all-day play unfolds, the facility's veteran referees mix up field patterns to avoid repetitive rounds and monitor each contest to ensure participants compete against visitors of similar age, ability, and devotion to abstract expressionism. Off the field, spectators can check email and live blog battles with complementary WiFi, or admire the paint-splattering play from behind protective netting. To crank up the competition, Allstar Paintball also plays host to friends and frenemies during birthday parties, corporate outings, and oddly vengeful retirement sendoffs. The facility boasts a 5,000-square-foot area replete with chairs and picnic tables for birthday cake cutting and other celebratory activities.
Chocolate. Coffee. Champagne. For generations, these luxuries were the domain of the privileged few, those with the riches or geographical good luck required to enjoy each delicacy in its purest form. The Colorado Indulgence Festival celebrates these rare treats, but it doesn't try to hide its richest away. Instead, it invites ticket holders to partake in a full afternoon of fanciness while raising money for charity along the way. Samples of artisanal chocolates, small-batch spirits, and aromatic coffees and teas fuel guests as they make their way around a 20,000 square feet of exhibit space populated by chefs, chocolatiers, sommeliers and other luxury experts. The day also features events that reflect the high-end vibe; food and wine seminars run throughout the day, and a designer fashion show will features models draped in garments from Guess, Michael Kors, and Coach. VIP guests can even scope out the premium electric cars of Tesla Motors, whose reps will be on hand for exclusive test-drives throughout the day. Whether they're browsing or making an appointment for a rejuvenating massage, guests aren't just helping themselves; proceeds from the event benefit the Zonta Club of Pike Peak Area, an organization dedicated to advancing the causes of women in political, public, and cultural life.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Springs Equestrians is a full-service riding school located in the Colorado Springs area. We offer a 100'x200' outdoor all-weather riding arena as well as 70'x140' indoor riding arena. Our lessons horses range from beginner friendly to advance jumper and dressage mounts.
What is the experience customers can expect?
Riders will experience all the aspects of horse management from riding to horse care. We start riders out with correct riding position as well as proper horse care.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I love watching new riders fall in love with horses. There is a saying there is nothing better for
the inside of a man than the outside of a horse and I believe that is true. Horses teach compassion, patience, and unconditional love.
What do you love most about your job?
I love when a new rider finds their passion for riding and horses and wants to learn and become better. I love watching horses teach children how to be more patient, understanding, empathetic, and responsible.
A great wine hits all the right notes—and so does a great musician. At the Vino & Notes festival, audiences are immersed in the harmonies of both as jazz and wine (and their special guest, cuisine) meet on a summer's day to make beautiful melodies together. Here's what to expect from this dulcet day.
The Wineries: Sniff, swish, and savor the fruits of over 20 Colorado wineries, including host winery Aspen Peak Cellars and vino purveyors such as Greystone Winery, Catriona Cellars, Mountain Spirits Winery, and Ten Bears Winery
The Music: Saxophonist and scat vocalist Max Wagner shows why the The Coloradoan calls him a "world class jazz artist" in a captivating set, while smooth jazz saxophonist Tony Exum, Jr. gets audiences in the groove
The Food: Island Style BBQ, Lucy’s Armenian Mediterranean Grill, Phil’s Pig Out BBQ, and Carmen's (tapas) keep appetites satiated
The Place to Be: Definitely the Food and Wine Pairing Booth, where you can catch hourly demonstrations from participating wineries and learn master the art of food and wine matchmaking