Redlands Mesa one Colorado's most dramatic courses
The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa - no. 8
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The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa - no. 8
The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa near Grand Junction, Colo., is certainly one of Colorado's most scenic courses. Here's a shot of the par-3 eighth. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa - no. 1
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The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa - no. 1
The beauty of The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa is evident from the start, the 419-yard par 4 first. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa - no. 2
Playing from an elevated tee is the 429-yard par 4 second hole at The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa - no. 6
The sixth hole at The Golf Club at Redlands is a par-4 dogleg right. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa - no. 7
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The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa - no. 7
The seventh hole at The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa is a par-5 that plays 575 yards from the tips. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa - no. 11
The elevated tee shot on the par-4 11th at The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa - no. 12
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The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa - no. 12
Just 151 yards from the back tee, the par-3 12th at The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa is anything but easy. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa - no. 13
Here's what the approach looks like on the par-5 13th at The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa - no. 16
The par-4 16th at The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa works around a lake. Mike Bailey/GolfPass
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The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa - no. 17
The 17th, a 208 yards, is the longest par 3 at The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa, but i plays much shorter than its yardage. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa - no. 18
The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa ends with a 410-yard par 4, rated as the no. 5 handicap hole. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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In pictures: Redlands Mesa, one of Colorado's most dramatic public courses

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- Located at the base of the towering pink and red sandstone faces of the Colorado National Monument, The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa course offers some of the best views of any golf course in the Rocky Mountains.

There 11 elevated tees as well as 41 bunkers on this terrific Jim Engh design that's been around since 2001. With unique holes carved out of a Canyon, there are picture-taking opportunities on every hole.

To help you navigate, the course offers carts with GPA. There's also a new restaurant, Clubhouse 2325, which is located above the sports bar 19th Hole, both which show off great views of the valley.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.

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In pictures: Redlands Mesa, one of Colorado's most dramatic public courses