Scenic Mountain Experiences
Colorado features gorgeous outdoor golf courses, with views of snow-capped mountains and peaceful fields. There’s nothing like a round of golf in the fresh Colorado air for relaxation. From inspiring mountain views to traditional courses, the unique terrain and high elevation offer a variety of experiences. Enjoy the crisp air and sunny summer days meandering on the golf courses with friends and family. Browse the list of golf courses below in Buena Vista and Salida, and plan on visiting some of them on your next trips to the area.
There are several great mountain golf courses situated between the towns of Buena Vista and Salida. Visit the websites (listed below) of the golf courses to see pricing and rental fees for golf clubs. Or, you could bring your own golf clubs to the courses. Be sure to book a reservation with the Creekside Chalets & Cabins nearby.
Visiting Buena Vista
On your way to a golf course, drive through scenic Buena Vista. This is a charming town in Chaffee County, Colorado. This town is nestled between Sawatch Range (the highest range of the Rocky Mountains) and the Arkansas River. The views are absolutely stunning. Buena Vista a premier location for many recreational activities due to its scenic surroundings.
Popular outdoor activities in Buena Vista include hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, rafting, and golf. If that’s not enough variety, the location is also prime for snowmobilers in the winter and off-roaders in the summer. Plan on visiting Buena Vista during various seasons of the year to get away from the busy pace of everyday life – and make the most of what this town has to offer.
A Glance at Salida
Salida, Colorado, affectionately known as the “Heart of the Rockies”, is located at the seat of Chaffee County. It lies at the bottom of the Upper Arkansas River Valley in central Colorado. Salida rests at an elevation of just over 7000 ft. and despite being surrounded by jaw-dropping 14,000-foot snow covered mountains, it maintains a pleasantly mild climate.
Salida has a small hometown feel, laidback energy, and world-class outdoor recreation. You’ll enjoy feeling relaxed, comfortable yet entertained. And best of all, it offers magnificent fairways for those looking to hit the courses.
Photo credit Collegiate Peaks Golf Course
Golf Courses in and around Buena Vista & Salida
When it comes to mountain golfing, Buena Vista and Salida deliver. Below are some of our top picks for the best mountain golf courses in the area.
Collegiate Peaks Golf Course
28775 Fairway Dr.
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Visit Collegiate Peaks Golf Course, one of the most breathtakingly beautiful and challenging golf courses in Colorado. This course has 9 holes and caters to golfers of all levels. This golf course is situated near the Rocky Mountain’s majestic Collegiate Peaks Range. It’s just 1.3 miles west of downtown Buena Vista. The website of this golf course features videos and photos of each of the holes, along with descriptions of the surroundings.
Mt. Massive Golf Course
259 County Rd 5
Leadville, CO 80461
Mount Massive Golf Course is nestled between two of Colorado’s highest mountains, located just outside the historic mining town of Leadville. Originally founded in 1939, the beauty of the scenery has drawn golfers here several decades. This charming, small-town course welcomes players of all skill levels in an awe-inspiring setting.
Salida Golf Club
411 Crestone Ave
Salida, CO 81201
Located in Chaffee County, near the Rockies, this course lays between the Sangre de Cristo and Collegiate Peak mountain ranges. Resting at an altitude of 7,000 feet above sea level, you can enjoy a cool game of golf minus the humidity. A full service restaurant is available and open all day long.
Rocky Mountain Mini-Golf
413 1/2 W Rainbow Blvd
Salida, CO 81201
For a fun and relaxing adventure, try a round or two of miniature golf. Take the kids to Rocky Mountain Mini-Golf for birthday parties or family outings. It is well known for its fun and affordable atmosphere. This course has 18 holes, so you can challenge yourself and enjoy spending time with a group. Despite being a mini-golf course, it can still quite challenging. This location has the warm welcome of a family-owned business.
Tips for Mountain Golfing
You may already be aware that golfing at a high altitude can cause your golf shots to soar further – another reason to visit this region. Do keep in mind that it can take some time to adjust to golfing at higher altitudes. Physical activity at higher altitudes can cause you to become dehydrated more quickly. It’s also easier to become short of breath. Be mindful to stay hydrated and pace yourself. It’s helpful to work your way up to eighteen holes. You may want to start with nine holes on your first day to avoid over-exerting yourself and give your body time to adjust.
For a more in-depth overview of what to expect, continue on below…
All golfers, from pro to amateur, try to predict ball flight and try to calculate (within reason of human error) how far each club will be able to move the ball.
But when it comes to mountain golfing, it’s a whole other ballgame. Golfing at high altitudes means you’ll need to re-calibrate trajectory and distancing, meaning you may need to alter your club selection when hitting the tees.
In general, many golfers recommend a basic 10% rule. This means that your ball typically will travel a distance 10% greater at higher altitudes than it does at, say, sea level. For example, if you usually hit around 150 yards with your 7-iron, at a high altitude you might find that your range is closer to 165 yards.
Another consideration is the height of the ball. The higher your shot is in the air, the less drag it will have, which can also impact the distance shot.
If slicing the ball is the bane of your existence, things are about to get a little bit friendlier for you. Golfing at higher altitudes reduces the amount of curve in your shots.
Want to adapt your game to the altitude without a lot of practice? We’ve got just the trick! Consider using a “softer” golf ball. Softer golf balls tend to spin more, which helps to make up for the decrease in air resistance.
Weather / Dress
When it comes to predicting mountain weather, one thing is certain: change. No matter what time of the year it is, weather can abruptly take a turn for the better (or worse) at a moment’s notice. This unpredictability adds a layer of complexity to the game which many golfers enjoy…but you’ll want to dress appropriately.
We suggest lighter wear that can be layered with a sweatshirt, vest or cardigan, and a jacket just in case. This way you can easily strip down or bundle up as necessary, and still look stylish while doing so.
Athletic conditioning, in general, is worth noting when discussing mountain golf. At higher altitudes, there is less oxygen density in the air. As such, your lungs have to work harder to supply your body with the amount of oxygen it is used to receiving.
Give your body time to adjust, and don’t push too hard. Slowing down your pace is always a good idea if you’re feeling a bit winded. During your stay in the area, you’ll acclimate and become more comfortable enjoying the many recreational activities in Buena Vista and Salida.
Get Ready to Golf!
If you’re looking for majestic scenery, challenging but enjoyable fairways, and fresh mountain air, look no further. Explore what the courses have to offer in Buena Vista, Salida, and beyond. We promise you won’t be disappointed. If you’re in search of accommodations, consider Creekside Chalet for an amazing experience that you and your family won’t forget.