Aspen Colorado's Premier Golf Course and Club Destinations: A Guide to the Lush Links of the Roaring Fork Valley

Stephanie Kroll

In the shadow of Aspen's towering peaks, known predominantly for their snowy slopes and winter sports, lies an equally compelling attraction during the warmer months: a collection of golf courses that offer both beauty and challenge in equal measure. The Roaring Fork Valley is home to some of the most scenic and challenging golf courses in Colorado, providing a perfect blend of natural beauty and golfing excellence. Here’s a closer look at six of Aspen’s most prestigious golfing destinations, promising a memorable experience for golfers of all skill levels.

Aspen Golf Club

Location: 39551 Highway 82, Aspen

Aspen’s pride, this public course designed by Frank Hummel, stands as the top-ranked municipal golf course in Colorado. Just a stone's throw from downtown, the Aspen Golf Club weaves through an enchanting landscape, featuring water hazards and tree-lined fairways that demand strategic play. Suitable for all levels, it's a must-visit for anyone looking to enjoy a round of golf amidst Aspen's breathtaking scenery.

Maroon Creek Club

Location: 10 Club Circle, Aspen

An exclusive, members-only sanctuary designed by the acclaimed Tom Fazio, the Maroon Creek Club offers an unparalleled golfing experience. If you get the chance to play as a guest, you'll be treated to a course that's as challenging as it is beautiful, with stunning views that encapsulate the essence of Aspen's natural splendor.

Snowmass Club

Location: 0239 Snowmass Club Circle, Aspen

In the heart of Snowmass Village lies this Jim Engh-designed marvel. An award-winning course, it surprises with its traditional Irish links layout amid the mountainous terrain of Colorado. Its undulating fairways and strategic bunker placements make for a thrilling round of golf.

River Valley Ranch Golf Club

Location: 303 River Valley Ranch Road, Carbondale

A picturesque journey 25 miles outside of Aspen takes you to Carbondale, where the River Valley Ranch Golf Club awaits. Designed by Jay Morrish, this course offers a captivating blend of natural beauty and golfing challenge, featuring elevation changes, river carries, and fast greens that will test every aspect of your game.

Aspen Glen Golf Course

Location: 545 Bald Eagle Way, Carbondale

The drive to the Jack Nicklaus-designed Aspen Glen Golf Course is well worth the effort for the unique challenges and scenic beauty it offers. Nestled in a stunning mountain setting, this course presents a golfing experience like no other, making it a standout choice for those willing to venture a bit further from Aspen.

Ranch at Roaring Fork

Location: 14913 CO-82, Carbondale

Perfect for those just starting out or looking for a more relaxed round, the Ranch at Roaring Fork’s nine-hole par-3 course is deceptively challenging. With water hazards that demand precision, it's a delightful place to hone your short game or enjoy a quick round in a beautiful setting.

Beyond the Greens: A Complete Golfing Experience

Aspen and Snowmass not only offer stunning courses but also complete golfing experiences that include top-flight instruction, elegant clubhouses, and dining options with panoramic views. While some clubs like Maroon Creek and Aspen Glen cater exclusively to members, public courses like Aspen Golf Club and River Valley Ranch extend a warm welcome to all visitors, offering a slice of Aspen's luxurious lifestyle.

For those intrigued by the less-explored, Ironbridge Golf Club presents itself as the valley's best-kept secret, offering an alpine course with breathtaking views of Mt. Sopris and the Roaring Fork Valley.

Whether you're a seasoned golfer seeking new challenges or a beginner looking to enjoy a day on the greens, Aspen’s golf courses offer a diverse array of options set against the backdrop of Colorado's stunning natural beauty. From the lush fairways of Aspen Golf Club to the challenging terrain of Maroon Creek Club, each course promises a unique golfing experience that captures the spirit of Aspen and Snowmass.


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