While the Jack Nicklaus designed Cougar Canyon closed, there is a very agreeable option, and while it’s only nine holes, it’s generally rated as the best nine holers in the state. Trinidad Municipal Golf Course, one of the oldest golf courses in Colorado having been established in 1910, is located just off I-25 on the south side of town at exit 13A to the east. There’s an unfounded rumor that it’s a Donald Ross design, and while there’s no documentation to support the claim, the design elements are consistent with Ross’s philosophy
The setting for the course is parkland style with some change in elevation, surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Fisher’s Peak. The course is known for its blind tee shot “bell hole” where you ring a bell to alert the group behind that the fairway is clear. The fairways are lined with trees, there’s sand around a couple of greens, and no water in play. The greens tend to be small and elevated, sloped back to front, many with false fronts, with rarely a straight putt. There’s several sets of tees, from the tips it’s 6,160 yards, 68.9/119, course/slope, if you go around for 18 holes, with the back nine tee boxes providing a different look at the hole.