Swingin' Into Adventure
WITH A ROBERT TRENT JONES JR. COURSE among its 90 holes, Casper is the Cowboy State golf destination.
When planning your next great golf getaway, put Casper at the top of your list. After all, Golfweek recently recognized Casper's Three Crowns Golf Club as one of the 50 Best New Courses in the world. And according to Kyle Nuss, Executive Director of the Wyoming State Golf Association, Casper offers something for golfers of every stripe.
The world class Three Crowns Golf Club features a Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed course. According to Nuss, Jones, Jr. is "a renowned golf course architect who has brought a tremendous facility to the city of Casper." There are 110 acres of playable turf, with A-1 bentgrass on the putting surfaces, Kentucky bluegrass roughs, white sand from Idaho, and eight bodies of water scattered throughout. Amazingly, this award-winning course was built on the remediated site of a former oil refinery. The property is the crown jewel of the 350-acre Platte River Commons, which also has a restaurant, a running trail, and a whitewater kayak park.
Avid golfers will also want to check out the Casper Municipal Golf Course, a 27-hole facility with full public access. "What's neat about the Casper Golf Club is that there's three unique nines," Nuss says. There is also a large practice facility, chipping green and putting green for golfers who want to polish their game.
For a more "grass roots" experience, Nuss recommends the pasture golf course at the Salt Creek Country Club. For just $2, adventurous golfers can play nine holes of mowed prairie grass fairways and sand greens.
If playing a private course is more your style, check out Paradise Valley Country Club or the Casper Country Club. "The Paradise Valley course was renovated in 2007 to add new bunkers," notes Nuss. "They also revamped some greens and tees." Nuss points out that this facility also has a practice range, restaurant and lounge. The Country Club, on the other hand, is an 18-hole course with back-and-forth tree-lined fairways. Fully private, this club offers a full pro shop and restaurant.
Even when the skies promise rain or snow, Casper has you covered. When poor weather threatens your tee time, Nuss suggests one of Casper's three indoor golf facilities. Lifetime Fitness has an indoor driving range and putting green with five hitting areas, while the Wyoming Athletic Club and Durbin Street Golf offer an indoor golf simulator.
Golf aficionado or not, you'll find adventure at every turn. "The North Platte River has some of the best fly-fishing opportunities in the world!" reminds Nuss. And, when you factor in the area's shopping, dining, and recreation, you have all the makings of a memorable vacation. So grab your clubs, your family and your fishing pole and find out what the Adventure Capital has in store for you!
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