June 21, 2017 – Colorado’s Grand Valley is ripe with people and organizations who know how to work, play and live grand. As part of GJEP’s profile series of the people and businesses supporting Grand Day 2.0, a video project that takes viewers through the Valley’s amazing outdoor playground, we’re excited to introduce Shad Johnson, general manager of the Golf Club Redlands Mesa:
I understand the sport of golf takes up a lot of time and everyone these days is starved for time, myself included. As a family man, I can relate to the demand of work requirements, juggling kids’ school and sports’ schedules, finding time to take care of the house or just trying to get away to golf or mountain bike to clear the mind. The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa can help with clearing the mind, and is a pretty good way to do business or spend time with the family. We typically have more open space available between 3-5pm so you can come out and play a quick 9-holes by yourself, with a co-worker or a potential client often in under 2 hours. The new GPS system on the carts also allows you to play faster by providing instantaneous distance feedback instead of fumbling around for your range finder.
We feel pretty fortunate to have such incredible assets in our valley, the weather contributes greatly to that, and the more time we can be outside the better we feel (which means the better mood we are in). Redlands Mesa was recently awarded Golfweek’s “Best Courses You Can Play” in Colorado. We think that is due to this amazing landscape but also the affordability of our course, see how we stack up nation-wide. Redlands Mesa is among the least expensive to play, and happens to be the least expensive of the Top 10 courses in Colorado as well. It is a win-win for everyone, you can enjoy the breathtaking views of The Monument and landscape while playing an award winning golf course and socialize while you are at it.
If you don’t have time to play a round you can come out and practice while enjoying the views and serenity that Redlands Mesa provides or just sit on the patio and enjoy a beverage at the New Clubhouse Restaurant. Additionally, we want people to know we are family friendly…we enjoy seeing parents bring out their children to play on the putting green or have them ride along while they play and teach the youngsters this great game. No need to start the kids by playing the entire course, their attention span is shorter and they get tired fast. So, we invite you to bring them out and hit a few shots while you play to give the kids a good taste of golf with no pressure to score. Children 11 years and under play free with a paying adult so it is a great way to spend time with the family.
About the Author
Shad is a Western Slope native whom has lived in Grand Junction since 2000. He has earned two degrees, one from Colorado State University and another from Colorado Mesa University. Shad has been a part of the PGA since 1997 and has worked at various courses in Colorado including The Snowmass Club, Aspen Glen Club, Yampa Valley Golf Course, and Bookcliff Country Club. When not working, Shad enjoys spending time with his family, mountain biking, camping, hiking and just about anything outdoors.