Lakota Canyon Ranch Golf Club features 18 holes of world-class golf, combined with spectacular views of the surrounding Western Colorado canyons and some breathtaking mountain vistas.
Opened for play in 2004, the championship-caliber course was designed by nationally renowned course architect James Engh. The par-72 course plays to 7,111 yards from the back tees, and features lush fairways and greens nestled in mountain valleys surrounded by the classically unforgiving landscape of western desert courses.
Many holes feature elevated greens and elevation changes that add to the challenge, giving the course a slope of 116-137 and a USGA rating of 67.1 to 72.2, depending on tee choice. Once golfers reach the greens, the challenge doesn't end as the putting surfaces tend to play firm and fast and feature dramatic undulations.
The course also offers a 20-tee driving range, practice green and PGA professionals to provide instruction for individuals and groups. Carts are equipped with GPS systems for more accurate distancing.
The resort is located in the community of New Castle, Colorado, 10 miles west of Glenwood Springs and just below the Flat Tops Winderness Area, which is one of the most unique mountain ranges in the state. The Flat Tops Area has been described as "breathtaking openness'' - a great expanse of rolling, sub-alpine meadows and tundra, with many loop routes for bikers and hikers.
In addition to the golf course, the Lakota Canyon Ranch Community features an outdoor pool and an 8,000-square-foot recreation center that has something for just about everyone. The center offers a free-weight training room, Nautilus machines and cardiovascular equipment, aerobics and yoga for all levels, as well as a treatment room for massage.
The Olympic-size swimming pool features three lap lanes, as well as a slide and shallow area for children. The center also offers 10 flat-screen TVs, a fireplace for colder months, and a restaurant and bar. The downstairs area features a game room with billiards, ping pong, foosball, and video games.
The New Castle area is named after an English coal-mining town, Newscastle-on-Tyne, and is located on the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains, 173 miles west of Denver. The Colorado River flows through the town, presenting anglers and outdoorsmen with excellent trout fishing, white-water rafting and kayaking, as well as opportunities for viewing the local wildlife.
The area also boasts some world-class Alpine and cross-country skiing and snowboarding, snowmobiling, hunting for big game, wilderness hiking, camping and mountain biking, as well as boating in the warmer months.