New for 2011 at Western Colorado Golf Courses -- Major Investments, Loyalty Programs Highlight Grand Junction Course Enhancements

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The Grand Valley golf trail mixes mild year-round temperatures and some of the sunniest skies in the country with five unique courses offering 90 holes of world-class golf – and greens fees starting at less than $25 for 18 holes. Additions and enhancements for 2011 range from a new irrigation system and course re-design to loyalty programs and expanded venues. Here’s a summary of what’s new for the year.

Redlands Mesa Golf Course in Grand Junction

The Grand Valley golf trail mixes mild year-round temperatures and some of the sunniest skies in the country with five unique courses offering 90 holes of world-class golf – and greens fees starting at less than $25 for 18 holes.

Additions and enhancements for 2011 range from a new irrigation system and course re-design to loyalty programs and expanded venues. Here’s a summary of what’s new for the year.

Tiara Rado – The 18-hole public course boasts spectacular views of the Colorado National Monument, and features 6,182 yards – and a slope of 120 – from the championship tees. From the back tees, it’s 4,967 yards and a slope of 113. Designed by Tom Kolacny, Tiara Rado is a member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary program, and is home to quail, pheasants, owls, herons, deer, rabbits, foxes and all three species of bluebirds found in the United States.

New for 2011

  •     $3.5 million investment
  •     Full irrigation system: The addition of two lakes, and expansion of one, provides greater water storage. With the additional capacity, the course was able to begin watering for the season a month earlier than usual, providing much better conditions earlier than ever in the season. The new system also cuts the time to water the course on a regular basis by more than 25 percent.
  •     Redesign of the back nine holes: With the new irrigation system, the course added nearly 400 yards from the back tees, and added a fourth set of tees for the entire course.
  •     All-electric golf cart fleet.
  •     Affordable greens fees: $45.25 (with cart) on weekdays, and $50.75 (with cart) on weekends.

Lincoln Park Golf Course – Located in the center of town, the course is the site of Colorado’s oldest open tournament, the Rocky Mountain Open. The public course features nine holes of intimate, tree-lined play and a 10-acre driving range.

New for 2011

  •     Business discount program: Employees of local businesses can obtain discounts on season passes, based on number of employees the business enrolls. The program extends to both Lincoln Pak and Tiara Rado.
  •     Expanded eligibility for limited season passes: This year, golfers will be able to use limited season passes every day of the week, vs. weekends only. The passes may be used at both Lincoln Park and Tiara Rado, although Tiara Rado maintains some restrictions on weekend and holiday hours.

Redlands Mesa – Located at the base of the towering pink and red sandstone face of the Colorado National Monument, the 18-hole Redlands Mesa course offers dramatic vistas, 11 elevated tees, 41 bunkers and unique hole shaping. Designed by award-winning architect Jim Engh, the course measures 7,007 yards from the back tees and 4,890 yards from the front tees, with corresponding slopes of 137 and 115. The course has been ranked among the top 20 public courses in the United States by Golf Digest for the fourth year in a row.

New for 2011

  •     General Manager: Tad Holloway, from Rifle Creek Golf Course, joins Redlands Mesa.
  •     Food and beverage manager: (Mr.) Chris Montano, promoted from within the Redlands ranks, takes over.
  •     Chef: (Mr.) Randy Jones, previously with the Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction, joins as chef.

Chipeta Golf Course – Colorado’s premier 18-hole executive course features flat terrain, wide fairways and no sand bunkers. The course offers views of the Grand Mesa, Bookcliffs, Uncompahgre Plateau and the Colorado National Monument.

New for 2011

  •     Birthday club: Golfers can receive a round of golf at no charge within one month of their birthdays during peak season, and within three months if their birthday falls during the off season.
  •     Awards program: Golfers can register to earn free rounds of golf or free cart rentals by accumulating points each time they play.
  •     Defector program: Golfers registered in the course’s electronic database will receive e-mail reminders and coupons for a free basket of range balls or free cart rental if they have not played for 30 or 60 days.
  •     Wedding ceremonies: A perennial favorite for wedding receptions in the clubhouse, Chipeta will make available an adjacent outdoor area for ceremonies. The course also will start plans for a 2012 wedding garden.
  •     Facebook (Chipeta Golf Course): Added electronic communications will advise players on news and specials.

Adobe Creek National Golf Course – The 27-hole championship course (three nine-hole courses) also features stunning views of the red bluffs of the Colorado National Monument. (970) 858-0521

New for 2011

  •     Season passes – Adobe Creek will offer both limited and unlimited passes this year, beginning at $950.
  •     Family passes – Couples and families now can purchase season passes, beginning at $1,300 for couples.
  •     Cart rental discounts – Golfers who purchase season passes will be eligible to receive discounts on cart rentals.

Grand Junction
Nestled near 11,000-foot Grand Mesa and the 7,500-foot Book Cliffs, Grand Junction is the largest city in western Colorado. At an altitude of 4,586 feet, warm summers and moderate spring, fall and winter seasons allow for year-round golf, hiking and biking. Boasting more than 275 days of sunshine annually, Grand Junction recently was named one of the eight sunniest cities in the United States by TourismReview.com.

Among Grand Junction’s spectacular red cliffs and winding canyons are the Grand Mesa, the world’s largest flat-topped mountain, the Colorado National Monument, Bookcliff Wild Horse Area, two national scenic byways and five golf courses. Grand Junction lies in the heart of the Colorado-Utah Dinosaur Diamond. The area also is home to Colorado’s wine country, with nearly 30 vineyards and wineries.

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