Golf and Play Durango

Golf and Play Durango

The extended economic recession put the brakes on new golf course constructionthroughout America, but not so at Durango’s Glacier Club. In July the exclusive golf community will open a new mountain-style course designed by Hale Irwin and Todd Schoeder—nine brand new, nine newly renovated—that will bring the high-altitude property to 36 holes, a sweet complement to the semi-private Cliffs Course crafted in the 1970s byArthur Hills.

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COWBOY UP: Just a few miles north of the Glacier Club is one of theregion’s more amazing amenities, Rapp Corral, a four-season horsebackand sleigh ride operation celebrated for its forays into the San Juan Mountains.Guided giddy-ups include excursions into water-carved caves, over historicwagon trails and above timberline to Nikon-prompting panoramas of SouthwestColorado’s magnificent fourteeners.

RWIN GOLF EXPANDS: Last year, Irwin Golf Management took overDalton Ranch Golf Club, generating capital with a membership drive andupgrading the clubhouse, practice area and non-golf amenities. Open to publicplay, the course was crafted by Ken Dye, best known for his praise-worthyhandiwork at Piñon Hills Golf Course in nearby Farmington, N.M.

ON THE TEE
>Sporting some of the slipperiestpush-up greens in the state,Hillcrest Golf Course is planninga major late-summer rebuildto its tees, greensites and bunkers.The popular, tradition-steepedrouting sits high atop a mesaoverlooking Durango, the AnimasRiver and the surrounding La PlataMountains.

>Tom Wishon could live anywhere, yet in 1994 he openedhis internationally acclaimed golfclub design and engineering businessin Durango. Wishon’s R& Doperation is based at DaltonRanch Golf Club, which alsoserves to professionally custom-fitavid golfers from throughout theFour Corners.

>Nearby Cortez, just 45minutes west of Durango, offerstwo rewarding golf options—the
historic Press Maxwell-designedConquistador Golf Course(fourcornersgolf.com) and the nineholeSouth Forty Golf Course(southfortygolf.com), a homespunpar-3 layout.

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Colorado Getaways Resources Durango Featured Courses

DALTON RANCH GOLF CLUB
Durango
970-247-8774
daltonranch.com

GLACIER CLUB
Durango
970-382-7800
theglacierclub.com

HILLCREST GOLF CLUB
Durango
970-247-1499
golfhillcrest.com

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