Golf Courses in Fort Collins

To start off this list let’s explore the municipal golf courses in Fort Collins, Colorado. Information on each of these courses and how to book at tee time can be found on the municipal golf website.

Collindale

An image of a sign depicting the Collindale Golf Course in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Let’s first take a look at Collindale golf course. Collindale is an 18 hole course with a par of 71. Additionally, it is characterized by a medium green length which are fast and well manicured. Collindale also features a driving range for those of us who need to shake the rust off early in the season. This course also features the C.B. & Potts restaurant and bar at the clubhouse. The clubhouse is a great place to finalize your business deals post play, or just grab a bite to eat before heading home.

Golf Courses in Fort Collins: City Park 9

Shorter greens and old growth trees characterize this 9 hole course located near Old Town Fort Collins. City Park 9 has a par of 36 and is great for a fast game when you don’t have time for a full 18 holes. This popular short course is great for those who want to walk while they play. Just make sure to lighten up your bag before hand.

Southridge

Rolling hills medium green length and spectacular views make Southridge a local favorite golf course. With 18 holes at a par of 71 this course is one that you should not miss when visiting or living in Fort Collins, Colorado. A fun fact about Southridge is that it is also a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Who knows what neat birds you might see when you play this course.

Golf Courses in Fort Collins: Fort Collins Country Club

Our area also has a number of privately run golf courses. The most notable of these is the Fort Collins Country Club. The course features 18 holes that features great mountain views and mature trees lining the fairways. In order to play here you will need to be a member. If you are interested in membership more information can be found at the Fort Collins Country Club’s website.

Mountain Vista Golf Course

Mountain Vista is another private course in our area. It is 9 hole course located just North of town. Want to get in 18? Just play the course twice. This course also features a driving range, putting range, and chipping area. The chipping area even has a practice sand pit. Find yourself getting thirsty out there? No worries there is a full service beverage cart for all your needs. Visit the Mountain Vista website for more information.

XGolf

While it is not really a golf course XGolf offers a unique golfing experience. You will be able to play digital golf using the latest technology. These golf simulators have a 98% shot prediction accuracy. This is a great way to work on your golf game when the weather is less than ideal. There is also a bar, ping pong, foosball, and shuffle board. More information about booking a session can be found at the XGolf website.

Contact Us if you have any questions about the recreation opportunities our area has to offer.

Best Things to do in Loveland Colorado

Have you been trying to come up with some new ideas for activities? While Fort Collins always gets a lot of attention there are plenty of worthwhile activities in Loveland. With that in mind here is our list of the best things to do in Loveland Colorado.

Devils Backbone

Devils Backbone Open Space Loveland Colorado

Horsetooth Mountain Open Space gets a lot of attention, and is extremely popular. However, with limited parking this often means that you might not get the chance to hike the trail. Devils Backbone in West Loveland is a beautiful hike and often less popular. Additionally, it can be as difficult as you want to make it with the trail running from Loveland all the way North to the Blue Sky Trailhead near HTMOS. This is a hike that should not be missed. More info including trail closures can be found through Larimer County Natural Resources, make sure to check before you head out for the day.

Skate At Centerra

The Shops At Centerra Loveland Colorado

While you may have taken the opportunity to do shopping at Centerra, you may not have known that you can also ice skate there during the winter. While it is no Olympic sized skate rink, it is still a unique opportunity to have a romantic evening with your partner, which can be capped off with dinner at one of the nearby restaurants. This is also a great activity for children to do during the daytime. More info about Skate at Centerra can be found here.

Chapungu Sculpture Park

Chapungu Sculpture Park Loveland Colorado

While you are visiting the Shops at Centerra, you might also take a minute to visit the nearby sculpture garden. While the sculptures do not change there are often special night time light decorations depending on the time of year. The Christmas lights for instance are a can’t miss spectacle. This is a great location for a free experience. Purchase a coffee from the nearby Human Bean, and wander around enjoying yourself. More information can be located at the Chapungu Sculpture Park Website.

Rialto Theater

Rialto Theater Loveland Colorado

The Rialto Theater in downtown Loveland is a great place to catch a show. From comedy, to concerts and theatrical performances there should be something to please every type of entertainment seeker. More information about upcoming performances and events can be found at the Rialto Theater Website.

Budweiser Event Center

Budweiser Event Center Loveland Colorado

When you think of fun things to do in Loveland, it is impossible to ignore all of the special events that take place at the Budweiser Event Center. From the semi professional Eagles Hockey team to the Circus and the Larimer County Fair, there is usually something going on. Upcoming events can be seen on the Events Center Website.

Hopefully, these ideas help you to formulate a must do list of your own. If you have any questions about what it is like to live in Loveland or other parts of Northern Colorado, we are always happy to help. Simply Contact Us and we can provide ideas for activities, or even provide regional tours that fit your needs.

Great Fort Collins Shopping Spots

If you have come to Northern Colorado looking for great Fort Collins shopping spots then you have certainly come to the right place. Here is a collection of a few of our favorites. Of course this is not an exhaustive list because we can’t spoil all the local secrets all at once.

Jax Outdoor Store

Jax Outdoor Store Fort Collins

Jax has multiple locations throughout Northern Colorado, but none have the size or selection of their original Fort Collins location. There is honestly something here for everyone. If you enjoy outdoor pursuits, or even just the Colorado lifestyle you will feel at home here. There is a wide variety of your typical outdoor equipment, but also a vast kitchen and cooking section, and a great selection of photography equipment for the photog in your life. You can find out more at the Jax Outdoor Website.

The Cupboard

The Cupboard Fort Collins

The Cupboard is your one stop shop for all things kitchen. From specialty hot sauces to a wide array of chefs knives. If you use it in the kitchen you can find it in the Cupboard. If you love to cook or entertain you will be hard pressed to leave without walking out with something new for your home. You can find out more at the Cupboard’s Website.

Rocky Mountain Olive Oil

Rocky Mountain Olive Oil Company Fort Collins

Ever wanted to try something new in the kitchen? If the answer is yes then you need to check out Rocky Mountain Olive Oil. Their oils are infused with a variety of different flavor notes from oranges to green chilies. You can also taste test each oil to find the one that is right for you. This might help put your next dish over the top. You can find out more at the Rocky Mountain Olive Oil Website.

Old Fire House Books

Old Fire House Books Fort Collins

Located in Old Town, Old Fire House Books is another of the great Fort Collins shopping spots. It is Northern Colorado’s largest independent bookstore. Looking for something new and interesting, or even out of print, there is a chance you might find it at Old Fire House Books. You can find out more about them at the Old Fire House Books Website.

Need More Great Fort Collins Shopping Spots?

If you need any suggestions of great places in the area to shop for something specific, contact us, we would be happy to help.

Disc Golf Course in Fort Collins

There are quite a few disc golf course in Fort Collins. Disc Golf is a popular sport in Fort Collins and Greater Northern Colorado. This is reflected by the sheer number and quality of courses that we are fortunate enough to have here. Locals often have their top courses that they continue to play over and over again. Our local courses vary from beginner friendly to expert. With that in mind we will break down the different courses beginning with the easiest and moving to the most difficult at the end. Of course, any article like this is likely to be subjective so please don’t @ us if you don’t agree with our assessment. Make sure to download Udisc to get more in depth information on each of these courses.

Boltz Junior High

First, Boltz is one of our personal favorite disc golf course in Fort Collins. This is a 9 hole course with short-medium drives and relatively easy difficulty. As this course is mostly open there isn’t a lot to get in your way. However, beware of the tennis courts which are often locked. This can make retrieving an mis-thrown disc difficult. There is also a water hazard running down the middle of the course. The ditch can vary in moisture content depending on the season. You definitely want to be more concerned with in in spring and summer. Park by the tennis courts to find hole 1 near the massive cottonwood tree on the West side.

Cache La Poudre Middle School

Second is CLP which is a really fun course. While technically not “in” Fort Collins city limits it has earned its spot on this list. CLP is a 9 hole course with short drives and easy to moderate difficulty. This course is all about control with lots of big trees and plants to eat discs. The benefit is that lots of trees also mean lots of shade in the spring and summer. When arriving, park in the school lot after hours/on the weekend. From there find hole 1 near their outdoor amphitheater.

Fort Collins High School

Third is FCHS which is a pretty wide open 9 hole course with medium drives and easy to moderate difficulty. FCHS is usually one of the least crowded courses on any given day. Unlike CLP, FCHS openness means less shade in the hotter months which is something to keep in mind. Park on the Southwest corner of the high school building to find hole 1 to the West.

Aggie Greens

Aggie Greens is an 18 hole course with long drives and a moderate difficulty. It is a newer course without a lot of older growth trees which can mean hotter play in the summer. This is a course you should make sure to play at least once while in Fort Collins. CR23 will take you directly to the proper parking area.

Edora Disc Golf Course Fort Collins

Finally, Edora is an 18 hole course with medium to long drives and a hard difficulty. With this in mind, long driving ability is a must on this course or it can quickly become a slog. It is easy to mix things up with long holes interspaced with shorter ones. With 18 holes there is a lot of opportunity to mix up your play if you don’t want to do it in order. Edora is a well known course and as such it is often crowded on weekends. Park near the pool and ice center to find hole 1 down the hill to the North.

Hopefully you were able to discover a new disc golf course in Fort Collins from this list. As always if you have any questions or need any recommendations about the Fort Collins and Greater Northern Colorado area we are here for you. Don’t hesitate to reach out and Contact Us for any of your needs.

Fort Collins Community Events

With the temperatures warming up many of us are beginning to look forward to some of the spring and summer experiences our area has to offer. There are a few Fort Collins Community Events every year that you simply should not miss. After a couple of years of question marks some of our classic events have returned. If you are new to Fort Collins Colorado or a seasoned local you should make sure to check out some or all of these events.

Fort Collins Community Events: FoCo MX

An image of public art depicting two musical animals playing a bass guitar.

Taking place on April 22 and 23, FoCo MX is a collection of distinctive local music. Event participants will be able to view live performances from a number of Colorado artists. Old Town will be transformed into an outdoor concert venue. It will feature 30 stages and over 300 performers. Visit the FoCo MX website for more information and to book your tickets today.

Taste of Fort Collins

Occurring on the weekend of June 11th and 12, the Taste of Fort Collins offers something for the foodie. Participants will have access to a large number of vendors throughout the sectioned off area that will be located in Washington park in Old Town. There are currently 29 food vendors and counting that will be at Taste of Fort Collins. This means there will be something for everyone. As part of the event be prepared for performances from Collective Soul and T.I. You can pick up a weekend pass for $20 to the event making this a very affordable way to have a great time. Visit the Taste of Fort Collins website for more information.

Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks

An image of an exploding firework depicting the Fort Collins Community Events for the Fourth of July

Coming to City Park July 4. Every year the City of Fort Collins hosts a Fourth of July celebration. Details for this years event are still being finalized so we aren’t quite sure what to expect. It usually includes a public parade during the day. The celebration often features an evening concert from the Fort Collins Symphony. At the conclusion of the event is always the public fireworks display at City Park. Make sure to get there early to ensure finding a parking place. Or bring the bikes down along with a camping chair. Just make sure to bring bike lights for the ride home. Visit the City of Fort Collins website for more information as it becomes available.

Fort Collins Community Events: FOCO Fondo

Taking place one day only, July 24. This is a newer Fort Collins event that helps solidify Fort Collins as a cycling mecca. FOCO Fondo is a gravel bike race with a variety of lengths for every competitor. All the way from 12 to 145 miles riders can select the level of suffering they care to endure. The longest 2 options have a prize purse that you can compete for if you’re feeling ambitious. Just remember you will be competing against some amazing local cyclists. Additionally, you may need to be an early riser as the longest route departs from New Belgium Brewery at 6:00 AM on race day. After the ride enjoy the Fondo Festivities at New Belgium Brewery. Additionally, you will have a chance to win some great giveaways from event sponsors. Visit the FOCO Fondo Website for more information.

Fort Collins Peach Festival

Headed your way August 27. This year the Fort Collins Peach festival will be taking place at the Holiday Twin Drive In on the West side of town. Unfortunately, details are still being ironed out for this event but you can expect live music, food, and beer. Remember that everything will probably have a peach spin. So you can expect to be inundated by all things peach. Visit the Fort Collins Peach Festival website for more information as it becomes available.

Tour de Fat

An image of a bike at sunset depicting the Fort Collins Community Events for Tour de Fat

Occurring one day only, September 3. Tour de Fat is a classic event put on by New Belgium Brewing. The event begins with a bicycle ride down Mountain avenue. Ride might be a strong word as the crowd and slow pace often leave you duck walking your bike as you wait for space to open up. Most people dress in funky costumes and decorate their bikes. Moreover, seeing the different costumes is often one of the best parts of the event.

For this reason, folks often gather on the side of the road in lawn chairs to watch the unofficial parade pass by their homes. Additionally, after the conclusion of the ride New Belgium hosts a fair of sorts in Old Town. You can expect drinking throughout the day, and if you need to cool off there are many bars in Old Town to pop into. Just make sure to bring a bike lock. Visit the Tour de Fat website for more information.

Contact Us for more information about other events that happen in our special community. We would be happy to point you in the right direction.

Culture Makes Fort Collins Special

Fort Collins is a great place.  As we discussed earlier the trail system is a major contributor to our sense of place.  However there is so much more about Fort Collins that makes it a great place to live.  Our local culture makes Fort Collins special. With that in mind here are some pieces of our local culture that set Fort Collins apart from other communities in the area, and nationwide. 

Art in Public Places

First, Fort Collins enjoys the beauty of art in public places. Art helps to form the culture that makes Fort Collins special This program was started in 1995 to bring art to outdoor spaces for all to enjoy.  This includes painting on transformer boxes around town, pavers in sidewalks and pianos around town.  This program showcases local artists work and even children are able to get involved with the sidewalk pavers. You can learn more about this program here.

Pianos About Town

This project started in Fort Collins in 2010.  Pianos about town is a seasonal project that combines art and music. Each spring more than one dozen pianos are painted by local artists and then the pianos are placed about town for people to play.  I recall sitting at a restaurant patio last summer.  While we ate someone walking by one of the pianos sat down at the piano and started to play.  All of us sitting on the patio enjoyed the spontaneous music of this person for the brief time that they entertained us. You can learn more about Pianos About Town from their website

Alley Beautification

In 2004 the City of Fort Collins began a strategic alley beatification project. The purpose was to improve the beauty of the alleys in Old Town and make the alleys more pedestrian friendly. Since the inception of this project, seven different alleys have been beautified.  The process includes adding pavers, planters, art, lighting and more to make the use of the space more desirable. Some local artists have added art to the alleys too! You can find out the locations of these works of art from the Downtown Development Authority’s website.

Live concerts in Old Town and at CSU

We do love our arts and music in Fort Collins.  During the summer enjoy live music in Old Town or at the Lagoon on Colorado State University’s campus.  The schedule of the concerts, location and who is preforming will vary from year to year, but how much locals enjoy this tradition does not change. Concert lists are updated annually for CSU at their website.

Culture Makes Fort Collins Special, But There Is So Much to Enjoy

It is hard not to mention our over 300 days of sunshine a year.  While the sun is shining you can enjoy outdoor recreation at Horsetooth Reservoir which is just outside of town, or enjoy a hike at Lory State Park or Horsetooth Mountain Park.  If something a bit easier is more to your liking, enjoy one of our many city parks or how about a visit to The Farm at Lee Martinez Park.  It is an actual working farm.

Additionally, there is always the Discovery Science Museum just north of Old Town.  How about a stop and a sip at one of our local brewers?  There is always the option of visiting The Gardens at Spring Creek.  They are not just to visit in the spring and summer. They are beautifully decorated for the holidays too.  I guess that is one of the other things that makes Fort Collins so special. There is always something to do here. Contact Us if you would like some personalized recommendations or for a free tour of the area. You can call this amazing area your home too.

Fall in Love: Some Fun Things To Do In Northern Colorado

Fall is here! There are all sorts of activities to do in and around Fort Collins. Here is a list of ideas of fun things to do In Northern Colorado this fall. Grab this list and get out there and enjoy yourself.

1) Take in a CSU football game.

This tops the list of our fun things to do in Northern Colorado this fall. If you have not been to the new stadium, is it beautiful! Go to tickets-center.com and plan a fun time!

2) Autumn colors are sure to be beautiful come mid to end of September.

The exact time cannot be determined much in advance. Listen to the TV news or check the Coloradoan for more details. They will usually announce when we are at peak viewing for colors. Then take a trip up the Poudre Canyon and while you are there why not stop at the historic Mishawaka for a burger.

3) Elk Bugling at Rocky

It is not fall if you have not gone to Rocky Mountain National Park and heard the elk bugle. It is the most and beautiful sound that just cannot be described. Once you arrive at the park the ranger can give you advise on where best to go. Best times are in the evening.

4) Pick a Pumpkin!

A great place to go is Bartels Farm. This family operated farm was established in 1905. They have pumpkins that start at just $1.00. They offer hay rides and a corn maze too. All sorts of fall fun is available at 3424 E. Douglas Rd. Fort Collins. Be sure to call for their hours. 970-493-3853.

5) Road Trip To See the Gnomes

Fall is a great time to just hit the road and go for a drive with no particular destination in mind. Take a trip up to Red Feather lakes. Try your hand at fishing at many of the local lakes in that area that are open to the public. Ask for directions to the Gnome Road. This is where locals have created their own attraction of gnomes on the side of the road. See if you can find the Elvis Gnome. Do not take them, break them or relocate them. Just enjoy!

6) Local Beer Offerings

Sip a seasonal beer on a patio. New Belgium is sure to have a new one this year. Go check it out.

7) Outdoor Theater

Another of our fun things to do in Northern Colorado this fall is to go see an outdoor movie at the Lyric. The lyric offers outdoor movies all summer and into the fall. The Lyric is located at 1209 N. College Ave. Fort Collins. For what is showing and schedule go to lyriccinema.com

8) Autumn Apple Picking

How about going to pick apples. You do not have to live in Wisconsin to enjoy doing this. You can do it right here at Adam’s Apple Orchard in Ault. Visitors are invited to pick their own apples during their approximately 11-week season. They also have a general store. They are located at: 42135 Co Rd. 43 Ault.

9) Go For A Hike

One of the wonderful things about hiking in the fall is that the days do not get as warm. Take a jacket in case the weather changes and remember that the days are not as long. Rocky Mountain National Park is full of great hiking and the trails are not as busy this time of year!

10) Visit A Farmers Market

The season is winding down but there is still great things to find at the farmers market. Check out the Fort Collins Sunday Market that is open until November.

Fall is a great time to enjoy northern Colorado. The fun does not stop just because the days are getting cooler. There is still plenty to do! Get out and enjoy! If you need any suggestions we are always happy to be your local guide, just contact us and we would be glad to help.

10 Things To Do In Fort Collins This Summer

Fort Collins is an award winning place to live. As things begin to reopen, here is a list of 10 things to do in Fort Collins this summer.

10 things to do in Fort Collins this summer

  • Catch a movie at the Holiday Twin Drive-In.  Nestled near the foothills of Fort Collins for almost 50 years, the Holiday Twin is one of Americas few remaining drive in movie theaters. Bring a blanket or camp chairs and head down out for that double feature.
  • Ride the Tolley.  Ride back in time on Birney Car 21, a restored 1919 street car that has been running its summer route from City Park up Mountain Ave. for 32 years.  Car 21 is owned by the city and operate by the volunteers of the Fort Collins Municipal Railway. Take a ride Noon to 5pm weekends from May through September.
  • Take a Dip.  Gather the kids for a day at the pool.  The city operate on outdoor pool.  City Park Pool, offers daily admission $7 for adults and $6 for children age 2 to 17 years of age. City Park Pool is not just a pool it also include water slides for fun. 
  • Want so more water fun?  Head to Horsetooth Reservoir.  There is no place quite like it.  Head to Inlet Bay Marina at 4314 Shoreline Drive to rent a boat, canoe, kayak, paddleboard or hydrobike.

Some Other Ideas

  • Do I even have to say it?  Go on a brewery tour,  Call head to schedule your tour of New Belgium to secure a spot or make a reservation 24 hours in advance for Odell’s tour.  We have a whopping 21 breweries so even it some don’t offer tours they are likely to have a patio for a relaxing spot for a beer. 
  • Tube the Poudre.  Why head to a water parks lazy river when we have one of our very own. From Mid-July through August dust off the tube stashed in the garage and drop it in the river for a cooling trip down the Poudre.  Know the dangers and tube at your own risk.  Note I did say Mid-July through August.  Earlier may have the river too high and moving too fast.
  • Bike to work. Every month is bike month in Fort Collins but June is actually Bike Month in Colorado.  To celebrate pedal yourself to work and enjoy all that our bike trails have to offer.  Find out more at the Bike to Work Website.
  • Go Put Putting!  Have some fun and play mini golf.  Fort Fun is located at 1513 E, Mulberry is just waiting for you with one of the most fun mini golf courses in the area.  They also offer go karts, bumper cars, giant slide and an arcade.  You do not have to be a kid to have fun here.

And Finally

  • Play a painted piano in Old Town. Pianos about town, brings locally painted pianos to our city’s nooks, crannies and alleys.  Thirteen donated pianos are all about town.  Sit down and show the world what you can do on a piano.  Is your song a simple one?
  • Catch a concert. Try out the Lagoon Summer Concert Series at Colorado State University. They are making a comeback after 2020 series being canceled.  This year they have two scheduled.  One on July 9th and the other on July 31.  Go to LagoonSeries.com for more information. Grab your lawn chair and a blanket and get ready to enjoy some live music.