Originally founded as a mining town, Aspen has become a haven for the rich and famous, boasting great winter sports like skiing and dog sledding, a terrific cultural scene and endless summer days of fly-fishing, rafting, horseback riding and golf.
The public golf scene in Aspen isn’t large — about a half dozen golf courses altogether — but it’s tough to beat the environment with clean air, mountain and valley views and average temperatures in the 70s in the summer. The Aspen Golf Club, for example, has been ranked as one of the best municipal golf courses in the country. Audubon certified, the nearly 7,200-yard golf course is just minutes from downtown Aspen and offers full practice facilities as well as lessons and a grill. Other public golf courses in Aspen include the Glenwood Springs Golf Club, River Ranch Golf Club and Snowmass Club, a semi-private Jim Engh design with limited public play.