Fresh off the 2016 Masters Golf Tournament, and the gorgeous weather we have been having in Northern Colorado, that itch you've had to get the sticks out and play a round needs to be satisfied.
Full disclosure, I have only lived in Northern Colorado for about eight months. My pre-requisites for a golf course include cold beer, a women's yardage of +2700, well-manicured greens, exquisite tee boxes, immaculate fairways, just kidding, really just the cold beer.
One of the best bonuses to playing golf in Colorado, in addition to the beautiful courses, is watching your ball fly further
Here are some of my favorite Northern Colorado golf courses, if you have any to add, please send them my way!
Mariana Butte Golf Course - Loveland, CO
Rates: $43/18-holes | Cart Fees: $16/rider Mariana Butte is simply gorgeous, from elevated tees to challenging holes that run alongside the Big Thompson River, and not to mention the stunning views of the Rocky Mountain Front Range. Best time to play is leading up to sunset. Complete your round with a great dinner at the Wapiti Pub located in the clubhouse.
Cattail Golf Course - Loveland, CO
Rates: $11/9-holes | Bucket of Jumbo Balls: $12 Perfect course for beginners or if you're looking to improve on your short game. Located across the street from The Olde Course at Loveland. Just when you think this course is only for beginners, you will find water coming into play on five of the nine holes.
Highland Meadows Golf Course - Windsor, CO
Rates: $44/18-holes/M-Th | $54/18-holes/Fri-Sun (Prime Season April 1 - Labor Day) Highland Meadows is a links-inspired course with few trees, "pot" bunkers and is one of the most widely acclaimed courses in Colorado. Stunning views of the Rocky Mountain Front Range, with one hole, boast a view of Long's Peak as the backdrop.
Pelican Lakes - Windsor, CO
Rates: Non-members $69/18-holes | Cart Fees: $20/rider Pelican Lakes is a semi-private club and the first to open within the Windsor city limits. Pelican Lakes has a challenging layout with over 300 surface acres of water, most of it stemming from the Cache la Poudre River that winds its way through the entire course. Four man-made lakes come into play on ten of the holes.
Mad Russian - Milliken, CO
Rates: $32/18-holes (Weekend) | Cart Fees: $16/rider Okay, how can you not want to visit a course called "The Mad Russian?" Golf Digest found the name so unique it called "Mad Russian" the most unusual named course in the U.S. Mad Russian is challenging, well-maintained course with spectacular views of the Rocky Mountain Front Range and just enough water to get you into trouble.