15150 Brighton Rd.
Brighton, CO 80601
Phone: (303) 654-1400
Fax: (303) 654-7973
Thorncreek Golf Course has received honors as one of the best championship courses in Colorado. The par 72 course has a nice layout with plenty of rolling fairways and greens to challenge even the most experienced player. Spanning 7268 yards (6646 meters), the course also has a host of water hazards, bunkers and traps. A popular place with local players, there are several beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains, creating a stunning backdrop for the course. Kids play free.
Water World offers rides that range from steep slippery slides to raft rides down the "Lazy River." The wave pool is ideal for wading, and Wally World, with geysers and shallow water slides, is a perfect water introduction for young ones. Although an array of food is available here, personal picnics are allowed in the park. Pets, glass, and alcohol are not allowed anywhere within the park premises. The water park is only open seasonally, so check their website for more information.
The Legacy Ridge Golf Course was once voted as one of the "Top Ten New Public Golf Courses" in the United States by Golf Magazine. Designed by Arthur Hills, this par 72, championship golf course spans 7,251 yards and offers narrow fairways, an ever-present wind, pond-bordered greens, numerous blind shots and spectacular mountain views. It is a nice departure from the usual golf challenge.
Hyland Hills Golf Course is one of the best championship courses in Colorado. Its popularity prompted management to create two new courses from the original one making for one giant golf center. The Gold Course is now a grouping of the original nine holes, while the Blue Course is a new par 72 championship course created by adding nine new holes to the original nine. Two par three nine-hole challenges have been added as well. Tee times can be reserved up to seven days in advance.
The Butterfly Pavilion is the pioneering sanctuary for invertebrates in America. The not-for-profit organization boasts five exhibit spaces, each promising a unique experience. Wings Of the Tropics flutters to the movement of an outstanding assortment of exotic butterflies from globe-spanning rainforests. Water's Edge is a marine haven with tropical starfish and sea cucumbers occupying the oceanic pool. Follow the outdoor trail for a glimpse of mammals in their natural habitat. The conservatory organizes various evolving and interactive programs that are both enchanting and educational for visitors.
Most people view Boulder as a mountain playground, or as a cozy tourist destination. But Boulder's true heritage lies in mining. Driving through the area you cannot help but notice mining's manifestations on the surrounding landscape. The Lafayette Miners Museum celebrates the mining tradition in a restored coal mining cabin. Dating back to the 1890s, the six room cabin, run by the Louisville Historical Society, features period clothing and furniture, along with various mining tools of the day.
Here is your chance to speed across the raceway to the checkered flag. Experience the thrill of racing on a quarter-mile paved indoor track, complete with hairpin corners and challenging curves. Compete against 10 to 12 other racers at speeds topping 50 mph. The track provides helmets and gives driving instructions and safety rules before each race. Drivers must be 16 years old and 60 inches tall. Group discounts are available.
National Western Complex spread over 600,000 sq.ft. is Colorado's prime location for stock shows, horse shows and rodeo. The venue can also be rented for any other kind of event. Rodeo is an exciting all-American entertainment sport and The National Western Complex is a great place to catch the action. The website lists the events for the months; there is a little something for everyone.
The Events Center at the National Western Complex is a multipurpose stadium which is rented out for various shows and sporting events. One of the most popular events that is hosted at the center regularly is the Rodeo. If you happen to have some time in the city, a visit to the Rodeo comes highly recommended. The stadium has 4777 seats in addition to 1000 floor seats. It has all the other facilities like rest rooms, canteen, lighting and sound systems.
The Stadium Arena in the National Western Complex is an open-air sports and trade fair venue. It has 25,000 square feet of exhibition area in addition to 4000 fixed and 2000 on floor seats. It has an attached cafe and deli. The other facilities at the stadium arena includes skylight roof over the seating area, two raised platforms, elevators and a paging system. To find out details about renting or attending any of the events call up or check the website for latest details.
Although the course has only recently opened to the public, it proudly boasts of a long golfing tradition. Designed by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1939, it began with only three sand greens. Later, it became a favorite place among military personnel, including former President Dwight Eisenhower. Now the home of the National Toyota Golf Skills Challenge, the course features a yikes-what-is-this 585-yard, par-five 18th hole with a dogleg to the right and then to the left.
Once the haunt of former US Open Champion Orville Moody, the 5,865-yard, par-70 course ranks as one of the best courses in the metropolitan area. The exceptionally manicured greens require a delicate short-game to make the ball stick, and a good eye to read the lightning-quick putts. A host of water and sand hazards add to the difficulty. In 1998, a new clubhouse opened to celebrate the course's 25th anniversary.