Telluride’s natural beauty is one of the main reasons it is such a popular vacation destination and ski spot. However, the Colorado Rockies are also an excellent place for golfing. With courses nestled high above sea level within the mountains, the air is thinner and provides less resistance for balls in flight. This allows golfers to increase their distance by up to 15 percent. If you are an avid golfer looking to experience unique high-altitude courses, here are seven all within driving distance of Telluride.
Telluride Ski & Golf Club
Private course for members only
18 holes over 6,739 yards with a par of 71
565 Mountain Village Blvd
Telluride, CO 81435
Rising out of Turkey Creek Mesa at 9,500 feet above sea level, this course is one of the highest in the world. It also features the highest concentration of 13,000 and 14,000 foot mountain surroundings within the U.S. This course has unparalleled vistas that set the backdrop for your long drives. In addition to a full outdoor course, the club also has a state-of-the-art practice facility with a 350-yard-long hitting area, three 100-yard-wide tee boxes, and a 7,900-square-foot chipping area and putting green. Golf professionals are on-staff for private instructions as well. The course is a private course and membership is required to play.
Cobble Creek Golf Community
18 holes with a par of 72; course length varies from 5,133 to 6,982 yards
699 Cobble Dr
Montrose, CO 81403
Voted Montrose’s best golf course in 2019, Cobble Creek sits at an elevation of 5,807 feet with views of the San Juan Mountains. The links style course is open year-round with four seasons of mild weather. It is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Roughly a ten minute drive from the Montrose airport, the course is an easy stop for golfers on their way to or from Telluride. It also makes a pleasant day trip.
The Bridges Golf & Country Club
18 holes with a par of 71; course length varies from 5,380 to 7,207 yards
2500 Bridges Dr
Montrose, CO 81401
Another option close to the Montrose airport, The Bridges is a Nicklaus Design golf course boasting a design with native plants, natural arroyos, rock features and waterfalls, all surrounded by stunning natural vistas. This championship course derives its name from the 17 golf cart and walking bridges that cross its ten lakes and other water features. The clubhouse features an award-winning casual dining restaurant with an expansive patio overlooking the golf course.
Devil’s Thumb Golf Course
18 holes over 7,176 yards with a par of 72
9900 Devils Thumb Rd
Delta, CO 81416
Situated at the base of the Grand Mesa, the world’s highest flat top mountain, Devil’s Thumb is a hidden gem just under two hours’ drive from Telluride. Offering panoramic views of the mountains surrounding the Uncompahgre Valley, this scenic course is known for its pristine greens. The town of Delta makes an excellent day trip from Telluride, with hiking, fishing, wineries and more for visitors to enjoy.
Hillcrest Golf Club
18 holes over 6,838 yards with a par of 71
2300 Rim Dr
Hillcrest aims to provide anyone the opportunity to play golf, with affordable green fees and welcoming staff. The golf course is situated on top of a mesa that overlooks the town of Durango and the surrounding Southern Colorado Rockies. Durango is roughly 2.5 hours’ drive from Telluride, making it an easy day trip during your stay in Telluride.
Dalton Ranch Golf Club
18 holes over 7,002 yards with a par of 72
589 County Rd 252
Experience the beauty of the scenic Animas Valley while enjoying a game of golf. The golf club and restaurant are open to the public, and the links style course features four sets of tees across 7,000 yards. The unique river terrain makes this beautiful course a must-see. Visitors may call the pro shop for tee times.
Black Canyon Golf Course
Front 9 holes are park style with a par of 34; back 9 holes are links style with a par of 36
1350 Birch St.
Montrose, CO 81401
As the oldest course in the nearby city of Montrose, Black Canyon Golf Course is full of nostalgic charm and natural beauty. Great for golfers of all skill levels, this well-groomed course was built in 1959 and is open year-round. Additional course amenities include a casual dining restaurant and virtual golfing simulator. The course is open daily between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tee times may be reserved online.
Whether you are visiting Telluride with a large group of friends or just your immediate family, there are plenty of outdoor sports and activities to keep everyone entertained. High-altitude golf is unique to this region, and it is absolutely worth giving it a shot on your next vacation. The luxury accommodations at SilverStar Properties are perfect homes away from home and centrally located to keep you close to the best that Telluride and surrounding towns have to offer. To view available properties for your next vacation, visit silverstartelluride.com today.