“The economy is down 30-35 percent, so that’s how much we’ve lowered our rates,” says Divide Ranch and Club Director of Golf Kevin Folga, who reports that a regularly priced greens fee is currently $65 – down from last summer’s price of $95.
Furthermore, Divide Ranch has taken their rate-slashing a step further in recognition of the coming Independence Day holiday. This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, greens fees have been reduced an additional 25 percent to $50, including golf cart rental.
Of Divide Ranch’s shrinking rates, Folga says, “We’re trying to make it affordable for nonmembers, who want to enjoy a great round of golf without having to travel to Montrose or further.” And speaking of this weekend’s Forth of July special, Folga recommends a round at the Divide as a relaxing start, or end, to the holiday’s festivities.
“The golf course is in the best condition it’s been in in years,” Folga reports of the Divide’s secluded, 18-hole, par-72 course nestled amid the pines atop Log Hill Mesa, northwest of Ridgway. Cool and wet early summer conditions have helped make the Divide’s greens and fairways as lush and inviting as ever, he says.
And if you haven’t visited the Divide Ranch and Club recently, Folga says this summer is a great time to rediscover golfing at this high-end mountain club, owned and operated by Equilibrium Resorts.
When Folga took over as Director of Golf three seasons ago, golfers maneuvered gas-powered carts on dirt paths throughout the Divide Ranch golf course, after checking in to the Divide’s “shoebox” clubhouse.
But what a difference a few years has made. Today, native plant landscaping abuts manicured greens and fairways, all reachable via paved cart paths. Gone are the gas-powered carts, exchanged for the quieter and smoother rides delivered by state-of-the-art electric carts. And golfers, members, and guests will find the Divide’s new, 6,500-square-foot clubhouse, which opened less than a year ago, to be a refreshing departure from the rough-around-the-edges clubhouse quarters of yore.
The Divide’s new, rustic-feeling clubhouse features a leather, stone and wood-embellished interior complete with an indoor lounge, grill and kitchen, golf shop, and upstairs Member’s Tower with wide windows to soak in 360-degree views. While the clubhouse’s interior has been adorned with decidedly rich yet relaxed elements, from its granite and dark-wood decorated locker rooms, to the plush leather couches and easy chairs scattered throughout and concentrated in front of the inviting lounge fireplace, the ambiance at the Divide maintains a distinctly unfussy air. Its wood- and stone-adorned exterior is redolent of a Western rancher’s comfortably outfitted cabin, which has, of course, been finished with the finer details expected of a high-end golf resort. Deep wicker chairs boasting comfy cushions dot the outdoor seating area, a popular place for weddings and other special get-togethers.
But the best ornament found at the Divide Ranch and Club is its spectacular setting, perched upon Log Hill Mesa and wrapped on all sides by the dramatic mountain ranges that have made the area famous. It is those views that await golfers at nearly every tee box, and those same spectacular vistas reward golfers from nearly every seat in the new clubhouse.
“It’s just such a serene golf experience,” says Folga. “It’s really a spectacular place to come and forget about everything else in life – at least for a little while.”
To make tee times, call the pro shop at 626-5284. To take advantage of this weekend’s special holiday golf discount, you must bring in a coupon (printed on the back page of this week's Ouray County Watch newspaper.) In addition to the reduced greens fees, everything that is colored red, white, or blue in the golf shop is 25 percent off. Golf attire is required at Divide Ranch and Club (no denim.) There will also be a Fourth of July barbecue and festivities at the clubhouse on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.