Combo attraction

Walsenburg Golf Course adding a unique amenity: an adjoining RV campground

By Gary Baines – 3/28/2023

Colorado already presents some unique possibilities for combination activities when it comes to golf, among them the opportunity to tee it up and ski on the same day at certain times of the year.

Another such combo will present itself starting this year — as the folks from San Isabel Electric pointed out in a recent press release.

SIE noted that with the planned spring opening of a 10-site RV campground near Walsenburg Golf Course in south central Colorado, it will mark one of the few — if not the only — RV park on golf course property in the Centennial State. SIE is one of the donors for the project, which may open as soon as mid-April.

The new RV campground will be located roughly 100 yards from the clubhouse for the nine-hole Walsenburg GC. The area, located adjacent to Lathrop State Park, features impressive views of the Spanish Peaks, Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Martin Lake.

“It’s kind of unbelievable that our state park is the only one that features a golf course.” Walsenburg Golf Association president Gary Vezzani said in the press release. “We may be the only — or one of a few — RV campgrounds in the state that features a golf course.

“At the new RV park, golfers will be able to wake up, step out of their camper, and (in short order) tee off, without having to drive their personal vehicle anywhere.”

The nine-hole Walsenburg GC public facility — which includes a driving range, miniature golf and a bar & grill — doesn’t require a state parks pass, though it and Lathrop SP share a main entrance. But people staying in the new RV campground who visit the state park will be required to purchase a parks pass.

There’s no lack of activities in the area near the golf course, including two lakes that feature boating and fishing, along with a horse trail, a free archery range, and campsites.

Walsenburg Golf Course has been around since 1965, and Huerfano County has subsidized course costs since 2015, kicking in about $15,000 annually to help with fertilizer costs, sprinkler equipment and other things. Volunteers play a big part in running the course, but Lathrop State Park officials suggested that an RV campground might add an additional revenue stream for the facility.

All the pull-through gravel sites will be equipped with 50-, 30- and 20-amp electric service, free high-speed Wi-Fi and its own picnic table. Rates will run $36 per day for the electric campsites, and there’s a possibility in the future of bundled prices that could include the RV park and green fees — and maybe other amenities.

The yet-to-be-named RV park might expand its number of RV sites in the future if the demand is there. It’s hoped that campsite reservations will open sometime in April.

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