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Walking Stick Golf Course, located on the northeast side of Pueblo by Colorado State University Pueblo, is an excellent public course that’s won lots of accolades, including a 4-star rating from Golf Digest Magazine. The 18-hole, par-72 course is the home course for the golf teams at the university. The course, along with other Pueblo courses, is playable more days of the year than any other Colorado course. Walking Stick is 7,147 yards from the long tees and 5,181 yards from the short tees and has a course rating of 72.0 and a slope rating of 134. The well-designed course is surrounded by treeless scrubby desert, with a great layout and fast but true greens protected by bunkers. The undulating fairways are bumpy with mounds, and lined with desert rough, bunkers, and a single lake. Walking Stick, named for cholla cacti, is also a great golf value, with affordable rates and stay-to-play deals with local hotels.

Pro Tips

  • Walking Stick is a full-service golf course, with a driving range, putting green, and teaching pro. A pro shop sells a big variety of golf equipment and apparel. Carts and clubs can be rented. Walking is allowed but no metal spikes are allowed. The course, located at 4301 Walking Stick Boulevard, is easily accessible from Interstate 25 via U.S. 50 East by exiting onto Bonforte Boulevard.
  • You can usually get a tee time during the week as a walk-in, but it’s advisable to reserve for weekends by calling 719-553-1181. Weekend times can be reserved on the previous Wednesday morning, starting at 8:00 a.m. Weekday tee times can be reserved from 8:00 a.m. on the previous Saturday morning. You can also book online.
  • If you want to score, get birdies on the course’s par 5 holes since the par 4s are toughies. The 544-yard, par 5 fourth hole is a dogleg left alongside a deep arroyo. The par 5 fifth hole has a fast green with two tiers, allowing for tough putting depending on the pin placement. The 197-yard, par 3 sixth hole is dramatic, with the arroyo and desert rough between the tee and the green. Good scoring holes at the 489-yard par 5 thirteenth hole and the fifteenth hole with a lake on its left side and two bunkers by the green.
  • Walking Stick has a mild climate with generally mild days for most of the year, including winter. It can be windy in spring. Summers are hot, with temperatures often spiking at 100 degrees. Make sure you carry water or sports drinks to stay hydrated. After your round of golf, stop at the full-service restaurant in the clubhouse for breakfast or lunch and drinks.
  • Recommended season(s): Year-round.

    —Stewart M. Green


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