Golf fits Windsor to a tee. While that may come as a surprise to first-time visitors to Windsor, it is no surprise to those who have come to know and enjoy the nearly year-round golf that can be found in the region. With five local courses to choose from and two others in the future plans, golf novices and professionals alike can play a round that is as challenging as it is enjoyable.
Featuring stunning views of the Rocky Mountains and magnificent sloping fairways, the Highland Meadows Golf Course offers weekend warriors and skilled players alike a golf experience that is memorable for its beauty and its challenges. Golf Digest rates the Highland Meadows Golf Course as “#5 of America’s best new affordable public golf courses.” With its championship golf course, restaurant, banquet facilities and full staff for practice and teaching, the Highland Meadows Golf Course offers players of every skill level amenities usually found in more exclusive private golf clubs.
Offering two of the premier golf experiences in Colorado is the Pelican Lakes Golf & Country Club. Located in the serene setting of the Water Valley community, the Pelican Lakes Golf Course is an 18-hole semi-private championship course that has been given a four-star rating by Golf Digest, as well as being highly rated by Colorado Golf Magazine. With a design that meshes the course superbly with the winding Poudre River, Pelican Lakes offers golfers views of the beautifully manicured foliage, several lakes and the wonderful tall trees that propagate the landscape.
The new Pelican Falls is a 9-hole course offering golfers all the challenges of a traditional 18-hole course and then some. “It’s going to be the nicest 9-hole in the state,” exclaims Pelican Lakes Head Golf Pro Bob McNamee. Showcasing a par 3 No. 7 hole that features a waterfall in front of the tee and a 174 yard, par 3 No. 9 hole with an island green, the Pelican Falls Course promises to be one of the most challenging 9-hole courses in the country.
Sand, sand and more sand. That was Jack Nicklaus’s thinking when he designed Ptarmigan Country Club over 20 years ago. A challenging course that can border on frustrating for even the most seasoned golf pro, Ptarmigan is undoubtedly one of the toughest courses in the area to play. With over 100 carved out bunkers in this hillside course, Ptarmigan also features some narrow fairways, shots up blind ridges and tight greens. But for those who appreciate the challenge this course offers, there are many rewards as well. With spectacular views of the mountains, impeccably landscaped homes that flank the fairways and a creek that winds its way through eight of the 18 holes, Ptarmigan offers just as many perks as it does challenges.