3 Great Ways to Not Golf

Is tee time your code for time to fly? If golfing isn’t your thing, opt for one of these stellar alternatives located right by some of Colorado’s greatest public greens.

1Relax

People riding horses
Photo courtesy of Collective Vail.

Check into Collective Vail in Wolcott for a rejuvenating stay while the others play (golf at nearby EagleVail Golf Club, just 23 minutes away). Find your flow in the Mountain Restorative Yoga class, walk along the Wellness Trail, enjoy bubbles while branding your own charcuterie board, or commune with nature on horseback or while fly fishing. And when the rest of the group returns, enjoy a communal happy hour and the chef’s multicourse tasting menu.

2Indulge

Wine being poured in glasses
Photo courtesy of Unsplash.

While Grand Junction boasts six beautiful destination golf courses, it is also the hub for Colorado’s vineyards, home to 30 wineries and tasting rooms. Just 18 minutes from the famed Redlands Mesa Golf Course lies Whitewater Hill Vineyards, a proud purveyor of Colorado wine like the exclusive Dry Muscat Blanc and Rkatsiteli. Featuring a dog-friendly tasting room and patio, the winery offers experiences from classic tastings to sensory workshops to chocolate pairing events.

3Explore

Person on zipline
Photo courtesy of AVA.

Ready to quench your thirst for adventure? AVA, Colorado’s premier outdoor guide, has an outpost in Buena Vista, only 15 minutes from Collegiate Peaks Golf Course. It offers a myriad of activities that are thrilling alternatives to a focused day on the green. Whether you tackle Brown’s Canyon in a whitewater raft or on the ziplines or embrace the adrenaline on the via ferrata course or rock climbing routes, AVA has something for every wild-at-heart explorer.