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10 Best Mountain Golf Courses in Colorado (2023)

We analyzed thousands of online reviews to identify the top 10 public mountain golf courses in Colorado. Discover which ones made the cut.

We analyzed thousands of online reviews to identify the top 10 public mountain golf courses in Colorado. Discover which ones made the cut.

River Valley Ranch Golf Club - Photo by rvrgolf.com

Trying to find the top mountain golf courses in Colorado? We’ve got you covered. We analyzed thousands of online reviews to bring you the definitive list.

We scoured the internet for public reviews of Colorado’s mountain courses. Then we gave each course a score between 1 and 100 based on the quantity and quality of golfer’s online ratings. Note: We only looked at regulation 18-hole layouts.

Here are the top 10 mountain courses in Colorado, ranked by golfers like you. As part of this series, we did similar breakdowns for the best public courses in Colorado and Denver. Check them out if you’re looking for more courses to explore.

Top 10 Mountain Golf Courses in Colorado

1. Pole Creek Golf Club

Pole Creek Golf Club

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With an incredible review score of 95.9, Pole Creek Golf Club in Granby is not only the best mountain course in Colorado. It’s the highest rated course in the whole state, based on online reviews. This hidden gem is worth every bit of the 1 hour 40 minute drive from Denver. Pole Creek is an underrated and beautiful mountain course, with a plenty of awards to prove it.

2. River Valley Ranch Golf Club

River Valley Ranch Golf Club

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Scoring a solid 92.9, Carbondale’s River Valley Ranch Golf Club takes the second spot. Tucked between Glenwood Springs and Aspen, this one’s pretty far off the beaten path for Denverites. But if you’re ever visiting the area, be sure to stop by River Valley Ranch and cross this one off your bucket list.

3. Breckenridge Golf Club

Breckenridge Golf Club

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Coming in at 91.7 on our review score, Breckenridge Golf Club is a divine mountain course. This is one of the few public courses in Colorado designed by the golden bear himself – Jack Nicklaus. Expect to see snowcapped mountains, towering pines, and the occasional beaver, moose, or bear.

4. EagleVail Golf Club

EagleVail Golf Club

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Scoring 91.7, EagleVail Golf Club claims the ninth overall spot and is the highest rated public course in Vail Valley. This is a quintessential mountain course and a personal favorite of ours. Expect to hit shots off towering tee boxes over rushing rivers while weaving your way through a dense forest landscape.

5. Haymaker Golf Course

Haymaker Golf Course

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With a score of 91.3, Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs is a treat. Nestled in the Yampa Valley, the course plays as relatively flat, links-style layout compared to the other mountain tracks on this list. But Haymaker will challenge you with thick native grass, water hazards, and undulating greens.

6. Grand Elk Golf Club

Grand Elk Golf Club

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Scoring 91.1, Grand Elk Golf Club in Granby is a must-play mountain course. The unique “Heathland” style layout is a refreshing change of pace from the typical mountain course. Inspired by British Isles courses, Grand Elk still has a rugged Colorado flavor.

7. Aspen Golf Club

Aspen Golf Club

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With a review score of 90.0, Aspen Golf Club is unsurprisingly one of the top public courses in Colorado. The steep price of ~$200/round is also unsurprising. After all, it’s Aspen. But if you’re willing to splurge, this course is a real treat.

8. Grand Lake Golf Course

Grand Lake Golf Club

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Scoring 89.8, Grand Lake Golf Course in Grand Lake is an under-the-radar gem. The least expensive course on this list, Grand Lake is a great value at around $110 in peak season. It’s beautiful, well kept, and full of wildlife. Just watch out for the moose!

9. Eagle Ranch Golf Course

Eagle Ranch Golf Course

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With a golfer review score of 89.3, Eagle Ranch Golf Course is a great option in Vail Valley. It’s an Arnold Palmer Signature Design, and approachable for all skill levels with 7 different set of tees.

10. Vail Golf Club

Vail Golf Club

Photo courtesy of Vail Golf Club

Rounding out our top 10 with a score of 89.0, Vail Golf Club is a classic mountain course. Right off I-70 to the left before you get into Vail Village, you’ve almost certainly seen it out the window if you’ve done much Colorado mountain driving. Vail Golf Club is an apporachable resort style course in a beautiful setting.

Honorable Mentions

These courses missed the cut for our top 10 based on user review. But they’re still worth checking out.

Interestingly, Raven Golf Club, the self-proclaimed “best mountain course in Colorado” didn’t perform well in our scoring system. The avalanche of bad online reviews dragged it’s score down to 78.1, one of the worst scores we’ve measured. This might be due to the steep price tag to play there. Raven Golf Club is the most expensive public golf course in Colorado, with green fees approaching $250(!) for peak tee times.

  • 88.9 Salida Golf Club, Salida
  • 88.8 Gypsum Creek Golf Course, Gypsum
  • 88.2 Lakota Canyon Ranch Golf Club, New Castle
  • 87.0 Granby Ranch Golf Course, Granby
  • 78.1 Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks, Silverthorne
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