Estes Valley Recreation and Park District operates two golf courses within Estes Park town limits. They provide affordable mountain golf and two different types of courses suitable for all levels of players. Visit www.golfestes.com for current rates at each course.
The Lake Estes 9 Hole Course plays to a par of 31 with four par fours and five par threes playing to 2,188 yards. The summer season runs from the first week in May until around the third week in September. Play winter golf from November through March. This is a walking-only course. Pushcarts and rental clubs are available. There is a putting green for practice. Tee times are strongly recommended. Weekday tee times may be made seven days in advance. Weekend tee times may be made by calling at 4pm on the Friday immediately prior to the weekend you want to play. Steel spikes are not allowed and, please, no children under age nine on the golf course. The course has beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains as it winds around the Big Thompson River. The terrain is flat and the walk is easy. You can go around nine holes in two hours or less depending on the time of day. Since this is a relatively short layout, it’s great for those who don’t hit that far or are just taking up the game. 970-586-8176, www.golfestes.com.
Estes Park 18 Hole Course is recognized as the sixth most beautiful course in the United States by The Golf Book of Lists. This is a regulation 18-hole, par-71 course that plays from 5,250 to 6,321 yards. Don’t let the short length fool you; the greens and strategically placed tees are a true test. This course is open mid-April through October. There is a full practice facility with a multi-station driving range and chipping and putting greens. Onsite individual or group lessons are available from several teaching pros. Tee times are strongly recommended and can be made by calling the course and choosing extension 0 (zero). Weekday tee times may be made seven days in advance. Weekend tee times may be made by calling at 4pm on the Friday immediately prior to the weekend you want to play. No steel spikes. No children under age nine allowed on the golf course. This is a player-friendly course where you are not severely punished by errant shots. 970-586-8146, www.golfestes.com.
Winter Golf in the Estes Valley, more often than not the fairways are free of snow and full of elk. The special, winter green fees are only $8 to play all day. No tee times needed. Open daily 8am-12 noon, weather permitting, and longer on nice days.