Mark Twain was wrong. In Estes Park, golf is a good walk that spoils – you! Play a round of golf with the Rocky Mountains looking on, but be prepared to share the course with herds of deer and elk with an occasional coyote running past.Estes Park boasts two beautiful golf courses.

Estes Park 18-Hole Golf Course: Designed in 1917 by Dick Phelps and Henry Hughes, the Estes Park 18-Hole Golf Course is a par 71 regulation,6,321-yard course that sits in a natural valley surrounded by spectacular mountains. Mitch Kaplan, author of "The Golf Book of Lists," recognized the course as the sixth most beautiful golf course in the United States. The course opens April 15 so call 866-586-8146, ext 0 for tee times.After your round, visit the pro-shop for souvenirs and clothing. Relax and enjoy a meal at the Hanger Restaurant. Sit on the deck and enjoy the wonderful view of Longs Peak.

Lake Estes 9-Hole Executive Golf Course: If time’s at a premium, play the Lake Estes 9-Hole Executive Golf Course. The 2,209-yard course, with five par 3's and four par 4's, snakes around the Big Thompson River next to Lake Estes. The course will close April 15 and re-open for the summer season on May 13. Call 970-586-8176 for tee times.

Winter Golf in the Rocky Mountains: If you’re enjoying one of Colorado’s many sunny winter days and get the hankering to dust off those clubs, stop by the Estes Park 9-Hole Executive Course. Open from the beginning of November through April 15, the fairways are usually free of snow and full of elk. Feel free to play through. Special winter green fees are only $7 to play all day and no tee times are needed.

Miniature Golf: Test your putting skills at beautifully landscaped miniature golf courses that feature waterfalls and tricky, multi-level holes. Fun City and Estes Park Ride-A-Kart & Cascade Creek Mini-Golf each offer two 18-hole courses to challenge you.If you’re on a budget, check out Tiny Town Miniature Golf where the 18-hole course costs only $3 to play. Make sure to duck when the hummingbirds zip past.