Black Canyon Golf Course
and Divot’s restaurant
[May 2019 | San Juan Silver Stage | By Kathryn R. Burke]
Montrose’s municipal golf course is the venue for the city’s summer concert series, held here the first Friday, June through September. “We love hosting it,” said golf pro, Tom Young, “because it gets people out here to become familiar with the facility, which they might not have known about.”
Black Canyon Golf Course (BCGC) is a major community asset. The par-34 front 9 is a ‘park style’, tree-lined course with a pond water feature, while the back 9 ‘links style’, par-36 course features smaller brush, deeper bunkers, and longer fairways.
User-friendly and affordable, it’s open almost year-round and provides a great place to play for golfers of all ages and abilities. “It’s a really good course for everyone from higher handicappers to beginners,” said Young. “We have challenges for every age and level.” BCGC has youth programs that allow 13 and under to play for free and discounted annual passes for kids 14 through high school. “Our goal is to help the kids learn and enjoy the game,” said Young. “Once they do, it’s their game for life.”
The course is well-maintained and offers incredibly-scenic, mountain views. Yet, because it is in the valley, golfers can enjoy the wintery scenery without trying to play golf in it. Montrose’s weather is ideal for nearly year-round golf—rarely too cold or too hot to enjoy a game. Committed golfers are out on the course almost every day, unless it is covered with snow.
BCGC is open all year, seven days a week, regardless of weather— except for January. “We need that month to give the course a break,” Young said, “give it a chance to recover.” Course condition is weather-dependent. Because this past winter has been a wet one, Young said the course “is in really good shape.” Winter refurbishing projects include redecked bridges, a new chipping green, and continued maintenance of nursery greens (places to grow and harvest grass).
It takes about six hours for a game, four hours to play and another hour or two to check in and hang out afterwards. Time is one of the factors that limits who plays. Golf is a time-consuming game. It’s also an expensive sport. Green’s fees and membership dues can be fairly high, depending on where you play. Then there is all the golf gear: clubs, bag, shoes, and accessories.
Even so, time and money don’t keep people from playing. BCGC makes it easy, too. If you aren’t sure where you are going, or where to find the net fairway, the golf carts are equipped with GPS! This gives players a course description. They can even keep score on it. And the course can keep track of the players. Pretty slick.
“We’re open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the golf season (May through September),” Young said. “We love to see people come out and enjoy the course and stop in at Divots (restaurant) afterward.”
After all, talking about your game afterward is almost as big a part of the game as playing it!
A great place to talk about your game (or just hang out for the great food) is Divot’s. It has all new furnishings this year, inside and out, and is open seven days a week, 8 .m. – 8 p.m. during the golf season (except during the music concerts). It has a full bar and great food, including salads and sandwiches. The views are spectacular, from inside or outside on the patio, a great place to relax and enjoy adult beverages or other cool refreshments.
The restaurant is also a popular local’s lunch spot, known for its 1/3 lb. burger and hand-cut fries. Right now, with the construction for a traffic circle at the intersection of Miami and Hillcrest, it takes a little longer to ‘do lunch’ there. “Not to worry,” says Janece Culver, who manages the restaurant. “You can call ahead and place your order, we’ll have it ready when you get here, or pack it for you to take and go.” Phone 970-249-0252 to place an order at Divot’s.
The Black Canyon Golf Course is located at 1350 Birch St. Turn into the club from Hillcrest, across from the entrance to the Elks Club. 970-249-4653. https://www.cityofmontrose.org/538/Black-Canyon-Golf-Course