Golf courses that sit beside the ocean are nice, but there's nothing like a mountain layout. The diverse topography, the ever-changing elevations and the 360-degree views will quickly convince you that few layouts stack up to Battlement Mesa Golf Club.
The course challenges with length (7,309 yards from the tips), but shorter hitters will appreciate the fact that our high-desert elevation (5,200-plus feet) helps the layout play a little shorter, and that we offer a total of four tees to accommodate all ability levels. There's one tip we can offer to help you score well at Battlement Mesa: Don't go left. This is particularly true on our back nine, where the Colorado River flows to the left and far below holes twelve through fourteen. It's one lateral hazard you'll never forget! The biggest hazard, though, are the wide-open views, which can distract and overwhelm golfers accustomed to playing on courses surrounded by housing.
Our golf course, designed by Joe Finger and Ken Dye, offers a traditional layout on land that is anything but traditional! The front nine rests in a valley in the mesa and has a few more trees than the back nine. The opening side features a series of three holes that stand out and "go together." The fifth, sixth and seventh holes are known around Battlement Mesa as "the gauntlet" — and for good reason. The fifth is a 554-yard par 5, the sixth is a par 4 of 476 yards and the seventh is another par 5, some 615 yards in length. On the fifth hole, you're heading right at the Battlement Mesa and enjoy majestic mountain views. The sixth hole plays back in the opposite direction, while the seventh hole is one of the prettiest on the front side, with an elevated tee offering breathtaking views of the clubhouse and the mesa that sits across from Battlement Mesa. If you can get through this monstrous stretch, you will truly have tamed the Wild West!
Despite dramatic changes in elevation, the course is very fair and in most cases even players new to the layout will be able to decipher the best areas to play to. (It's no secret that a golf course is much more enjoyable when you can understand the best strategy for each hole while you're standing on the tee.) Most green sites on the golf course offer run-up opportunities, but there are exceptions. The striking first green is perched high above the fairway, so you'll need to attack from the air on this hole. Rough is placed in front of the green, and this is one time you'll actually appreciate the taller grass as it prevents balls hit a little short from returning to the bottom of the hill. Short one-shot holes, such as the 145-yard eighth, give golfers the truest opportunity to test their accuracy. There's water on the front and right of the green, along with bunkers on the left, making the tee shot a good test of the your iron skills. This charming hole is proof that a golf hole doesn't need to be long to be challenging.
The back nine at Battlement Mesa is nearly devoid of trees and offers a true high-desert experience on a mesa overlooking the Colorado River. While the vistas are more open, the final nine holes are just as demanding in terms of accuracy thanks to the presence of "The River." From the eleventh and twelfth holes, golfers get their first look at the Colorado River, which flows at the bottom of a steep slope. That slope and the beautiful views continue on holes thirteen and fourteen. This is a tough course for hookers—you don’t want to be left on these holes!
Given our Wild West heritage, it's only appropriate that the course closes with a "bang." Find out if you’ve got what it takes to be a champion cowboy golfer and see if you can par our eighteenth hole! The closing hole is a dogleg-left par 4 of 445 yards, with out-of-bounds left. While you'll need to hit it long to reach this hole in two, drives that carry too far will find a watery grave in the lake the runs from the drive zone all the way up to the green. Make a par here and you'll ride off into the sunset with an unforgettable memory.