Redlands Mesa - Colorado - USA

The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa,
2325 West Ridges Boulevard,
Grand Junction,
Colorado (CO) 81507,

  • +1 970 263 9270

  • Heather Field

  • Jim Engh

  • Shad Johnson

The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa occupies a stunning Grand Valley location, where architect Jim Engh laid out the course around an attractive housing development in 2001. The property extends to over 500 acres, with more than one third of that area devoted to the 18-hole layout.

The verdant hues of the fairways contrast sharply against a “moonscape” of desert scrub and rocky outcrops that frame each and every hole and spectacular elevated tee positions offer golfers unparalleled vistas of the Grand Mesa and Colorado National Monument.

The 373-yard 4th (“The Cliff Hole”) is a dazzling par four that falls away severely on the right side of the hole. Slice the ball off the fairway here and forget about ever seeing it again.

The 164-yard par three 8th is another remarkable hole on the front nine, played from a rocky crag over a sizeable lake to a shallow green that’s bounded by huge boulders to the rear.

On the inward half, the short par four 14th is another memorable hole, its fairway narrowing towards a green than dips sharply down to the right, behind a large rock formation.
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Description: The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa lies in the shadow of imposing rock formations on a spectacular Grand Valley site where Jim Engh routed the fairways around an attractive housing development in 2001. Rating: 8 out of 10 Reviews: 2
M. James Ward

Architect Jim Engh is a most resourceful designer and equally fine player too. He spent his early development years in Europe and then when coming back to the States took on some of the most demanding of sites to create golf courses. Redlands Mesa is very attractive layout -- the rolling land the course occupies provides for a wide range of situations. But there are times when Engh overplays his desire to shape the flow and tenor of the course. Sometimes, a less is more approach can yield even more striking outcomes. Among my favorites are the mid-length par-4's at the 11th and 16th holes respectively. My issue with Redlands Mesa is that the totality of the layout is just not there -- and the course benefits immensely from its setting near to the Colorado National Monument.

One of the more noted dimensions at Redlands Mesa is the deep and jagged edge bunkers which Engh specializes in creating. They are to be treated with respect because there's a far greater likelihood that anything but a flat stance and simple lie will happen.

Redlands Mesa reaped a good deal of awareness for Engh but the sum of his philosophy would come just a short time later with his more comprehensive efforts at two other public courses in the Centennial State -- Four Mile Ranch in Canon City and Lakota Canyon in New Castle and his fine effort with the private club Pradera.

by M. James Ward

April 23, 2018
6 / 10
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Dave Finn
The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa is one of the most unique and dramatic courses that I have ever played. Continuously ranked in Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses” since 2005, this layout reminds me of the controversial Michael Stantz designed Tobacco Road in NorthRedlands Mesa Golf Course - Photo by reviewer Carolina. Ranging from 4,890 up to just over 7,000 yards, Architect Jim Engh offers banked fairways for ease of play, 41 unique shaped bunkers to test you and dramatic downhill par 3’s. There are eleven elevated tees which is ideal for ladies. The 4th hole is a short par 4 where you need to conscious of the cliff on the rights with a second that is paramount as the green juts out on the edge of a cliff. Hole #5 is the toughest on the course - a very unique downhill par 5 with a great view of the city and mountains in the background. You need a booming drive to reach the corner of this right angle dog leg so that you can see your uphill approach shot to a two tiered green. The 16th hole is a dog leg left with an amphitheater green banked so your ball should filter to the green but if not you are left with a tough downhill chip. Do not miss this course!
July 25, 2013
10 / 10
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