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March 14, 2013
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ADVENTURE: Spring golf is underway in the Grand Valley

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Springtime in the valley means the grass is greening, temperatures are pleasant, and soon flowers will bloom in the dessert. It also marks the start of Mesa County's substantial golf season, an exciting time for both locals and visitors to the area."It seems as if the weather has turned," the Golf Club at Redlands Mesa General Manager C.J. Rhyne said. "It will be in the mid-'60s and low '70s this weekend. Without another snowstorm, we should be on our way. Ground temperatures are rising."Want to golf? Here's the local listing.

2325 W Ridges Blvd., Grand Junction, 970-263-9270, www.redlandsmesa.comThe Golf Club at Redlands Mesa, which offers tee times to the public, is finally open. Currently, the course will allow cart-path-only golf until the end of March to preserve the grass during the early season. Springtime also marks a reduced rate - until the end of the month, golfers can enjoy $59 per person including the cart. On April 1, rates will start at $77.

2057 South Broadway, Grand Junction, 970-254-3830, www.golfgrandjunction.net800 Mantlo Circle, Grand Junction, 970-242-6394, www.golfgrandjunction.netBoth Tiara Rado and Lincoln Park golf courses are managed by the City of Grand Junction, and Manager Mike Mendelson said both courses are now fully open for riding and walking."We have great conditions," he said. "It's greening up. It's starting to look like spring. Irrigation started, too."There are no spring discounts, however.At Tiara Rado, weekday rates (Monday through Thursday) are $18 for 9 holes and $34 for 18 holes. Weekend rates come to $20 for 9 and $37 for 18.Tiara Rado will also host two spring events - the NCAA Division II Western Super Regional May 4-7 and the CHSAA 5A State Girls Golf Tournament May 19-21.Lincoln Park's daily rates start at $15 for 9 holes and $25 for 18 holes. There's an additional fee for cart rentals. New this year, college students with an ID will get a discount of $5 on 9 holes.Junior green fees are $7 for 9 holes and $12 for 18 holes at both Lincoln and Tiara Rado. Junior golfers are 18 years of age or younger.

229 29 Rd, Grand Junction, 970-245-7177, www.chipetagolf.comThe Chipeta Golf Course is now fully open and allowing golf carts out. The seasonal rate is $15 to walk 9 holes and $23.30 to walk 18. Monthly passes are also available this year, which is different from past years. Before, golfers just enjoyed a flat membership.

2730 G Road, Grand Junction, 970-242-9053, www.bookcliffcc.comBookcliff Country Club is a private membership golf course offering an "inclusive experience" with a pool, snack bar, workout facility and massage therapist, a staffer said. It's fully open for the season and there's availability to join. Cost is $265 in dues per month with a one- or two-year contract. The initiation fee is $2,500.

876 18 1/2 Road, Fruita, 970-858-0521, www.adobecreekgolf.comEverything is open at the Adobe Creek National Golf Course. The staff is already starting to water and mow. Basic adult rates for weekday riding (Monday through Thursday) are $45 for 18 holes. Weekend riding is $49. Other rates apply. Check with Adobe for more information.

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