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46 SUMMER 2019 | NCGA.ORG T R AV E L Rocky Mountain HIGH I always wanted to smash 300+ yard drives and rip 8-irons nearly 200 yards. Who knew all I had to do was tee it up in the Rocky Mountains? In the high, thin air of Colorado, golf balls fly farther, eggs take longer to cook, and visitors tend to lose their breath just getting out of bed. In Denver, the state capital and gateway to the Rockies, the sun never sets, but rather slips behind the mountains. Ah, the mountains. Have I mentioned the mountains? As I left the airport I thought I was driving on a movie set towards the backdrop for the Paramount Pictures opening credits. Some of the jagged edges appear to climb straight out of the golf greens. Prepare to be awestruck as you play in the shadow of snow-capped peaks in shirt sleeves and shorts. It doesn't get much better than that. My GPS steered me north to Berthoud, nicknamed the garden spot of Colorado, and situated along the Little Thompson River, approximately halfway between Fort Collins and Denver. In 2018, it became home to TPC Colorado, the state's first new golf course development in nearly 10 years. The course sits beneath the imposing pres- ence of Long's Peak and the majestic Front Range and features sweeping majestic views of the Rocky Mountains. That alone would be a treat for The air is thin and the ball seems to fly forever in Denver and Colorado Springs. What's not to like? BY ADAM SCHUPAK Pictured, center clockwise, TPC Colorado boasts a mixture of holes designed to reward the bold and penalize the errant golf shot; Red Rocks Amphitheater is one of the world's best concert venues; Bighorn Sheep, with its large curling horns, is the state animal of Colorado; Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs offers a slew of outdoor adventures and breathtaking scenery; The Broadmoor Resort celebrates its rich USGA championship history; Colorado Springs is home to the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.

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