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Golf & Tennis

Have you ever played golf with an elk herd?  In the fall, elk love to graze on the golf course grass as they move down from the mountains for the fall rutting season.

Estes Park has two golf courses, both open to the public.

The 18 hole golf course is open mid April through October.  It was  recognized as the sixth most beautiful golf course in the US by Mitch Kaplan, author of The Golf Book of Lists!

The 9 hole golf course is open all year daily.  In winter, 8am – noon (longer on nicer days!).  More often than not, the fairways are free of snow and full of elk – feel free to play through!  No tee times needed!

From Nov. – March winter green fees are only $8 per day!

A Disc Golf course adjacent to the 9 hole course opened in 2019.  Disc golf has the same rules as regular golf, but the players use  frisbees thrown into a chained catching net instead of putting into a hole.  Discs are available to rent.

The 9 hole golf course has changed their child policy to be more family  oriented and inclusive.   Kids who are not golfing are now allowed on the course once a series of waivers are signed.

It’s true – golf balls travel farther in the thin Estes Park air… but not any straighter!

Web site: www.Golfestes.Com

Estes Valley Parks and Recreation District– 970-586-8191

Estes Park Recreation Center– 970-586-8625

Visiting a nearby Front Range golf course makes a great day trip.  Combine a round of golf with shopping or a brewery visit in Fort Collins.

Golf courses in nearby communities are listed below so you can combine a scenic drive with a round of golf.

Mariana Butte Golf Course (Loveland)– 970-667-8308
Mountain Vista Greens (Fort Collins)– 970-482-4847
Crown Club (Fort Collins)– 970-225-2582
Sunset Golf Course (Longmont)– 303-774-4342
Pelican Lakes (Windsor)– 970-674-0930

Miniature golf is a favorite family vacation activity where kids are included too!  There are three miniature golf parks in town, phone numbers below.

Fun City Mini Golf– 970-586-2070
Tiny Town Mini Golf– 970-586-6333
Cascade Creek Mini Golf– 970-586-6495

Tennis courts at Stanley Park are maintained by the Estes Valley Parks and Recreation District.