Golf in Colorado

As the weather gets warmer people are beginning to head to the golf course.  If you’re interested in the history of golf in Colorado, or are a landscaper, manager, or owner of a golf course, our library has several resources that may be of interest to you.

The Economics of Colorado’s Golf Industry, The Golf Industry in Colorado, and Resource and Economic Aspects of Golf in Colorado, all publications from Colorado State University’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, discuss golf’s contribution to the state’s economy, factoring in tourism, environmental impacts, drought, and more.

Greening Your Golf Course is a publication from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment that teaches golf course managers how to keep their golf courses green without polluting the air and water.

If you’re looking for information on the history of golf in Colorado, a 1992 publication from the University of Colorado’s Business Research Division gives a snapshot of Colorado golf a quarter-century ago.  Colorado Golf Highlights:  A Review of Available Data, 1989-91 is available for checkout from our library.  You can also check out issues of Colorado Heritage magazine, which contain several interesting articles on the golf industry in our state.  See “Lost Links:  In Search of Estes Park’s Oldest Golf Course,” January/February 2010, and “The Sage and Cactus Golf Club:  Hugo, Colorado, 1939-42,” Summer 2007.  Finally, see James Whiteside’s Colorado:  A Sports History (University Press of Colorado, 1999), also available for checkout from our library.