Not too many golfers would pass up a chance to add a little distance to their shots, nor would many pass on an opportunity to play at one of the top ranked courses in Colorado. You get both at Red Sky Ranch & Golf Club in Wolcott, CO. You can play either one or two rounds, and score relaxing accommodations with the Westin Riverfront’s golf packages.
Located roughly 3 1/2 hours from Colorado Springs, the golf club boasts 2 top-ranked courses, one designed by famed course architect Tom Fazio and the other by champion Greg Norman. The courses are ranked #1 and #2 in Colorado respectively by Travel + Leisure Golf. The golf club is minutes away from most lodging options, and both courses have stunning views of the mountains and elevation to give your swing some extra distance in the rarified air.
The golf club is part of the Red Sky Ranch community with facilities for both members and guests. Depending on the day, you have the option to play either the Tom Fazio, or Greg Norman Courses, as members and guests alternate between the two. The guest clubhouse features The Summer Thyme Restaurant, locker rooms and pro shop. The driving range features Titleist NXT practice balls and tees, and a great short game area to get your game on. The grounds are kept immaculate with continuous maintenance. The Bellyache Grill(Halfway House) makes a mean burrito if you missed breakfast. Golf carts are fully equipped and the staff is friendly and helpful.
On a perfectly clear day on the Tom Fazio Course, with no wind, the promise of a fun round, if not a good score was palpable. While not necessary, it’s great help to play with, or at least talk to someone who knows the course. The holes are challenging, but not evil. Karma goes both ways as you get lucky bounces away from, and unluckily into bunkers. You’ll always remember the 50-foot putt you made, but you may pay for it with a dismal short game on the back 9. One valuable tip is that everything pulls to the river. Whether you’re keeping score or not, it’s still a game. Savor your triumphs, and learn from the failures over drinks at the clubhouse.
While you can setup the trip on your own, a sweet package that will get you at least a one round at Red Sky is the Swing and Spa package from the Westin Riverfront Riverfront Resort & Spa. The package includes a round of golf at Red Sky, a spa treatment at the Westin Riverfront’s Spa Anjali, on top of swank and eco-friendly accommodations, conducive to a relaxing, rejuvenating retreat from full day of play. Spa treatment is key (ask for Audrey, no arguments!) as the therapist is able to size up your sore spots from either practicing your glitchy swing (yours truly) or playing on the course.
Another Westin Riverfront package gives you the option of two rounds of golf without the spa treatment, keeping you swinging your whole stay there.
Red Sky also has a world class golf academy with knowledgeable instructors and state-of-the-art training equipment, making it a great destination to pick up the game, or work on it.
Red Sky Ranch & Golf Club also offers other packages, so there are many ways to play, for anyone at any playing level (even for guys with glitchy swings).
For More Info: Visit the Red Sky Ranch & Golf Club website for info and tee times. Call the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at 1-800-937-8461 for info on their golf packages.
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