Written by Will Lancaster & Chad Galaszewski
Ahhh, golfing in the Rockies — the grass is greener, the air is thinner, and the players abundant. Our county’s five golf courses provide just that. If you’re looking to hit the greens while visiting Summit County, we’ve put together a breakdown of everything you’ll want to know before you book your tee time.
Breckenridge Golf Club
Courtesy Breckenridge Golf Club
First, let’s head west toward the Tenmile Range to the Breckenridge Golf Club, where you’ll find 36 holes between the Elk, Bear, and Beaver courses at Breckenridge Golf Club. We had the privilege of hitting off the Elk and Beaver Courses. All three, however, are Jack Nicklaus signature courses and have absolutely stunning views of the Tenmile range. In fact, it’s rumored that it’s the only public 27-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course in the world. Regardless of any combination of the three, accuracy and skill are definitely required. All are very challenging providing elevation change. One aspect you certainly can expect golfing these holes is wildlife. Seeing the local red fox and beaver are always a pleasant surprise. You can never go wrong with this establishment being awarded the ‘Certificate of Excellence-2014’ by TripAdvisor.
For more information about the Breckenridge Golf Club, click here.
The Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks
Courtesy The Raven at Three Peaks
Located in Silverthorne, the Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks weaves through towering pines, lush groves of aspen, grassy wetlands and trout-filled lakes. Positioned at an elevation of over 9,000 feet, the golf course offers stunning views of Buffalo Mountain and the "Three Peaks" for which it is named. The bunkers have steep faces and deep-furrowed edges that provide a unique challenge and also help to contain tee shots, which can have increased carry due to the course's impressive elevations. The rolling fairways are surrounded by trees, and water hazards come into play on a few holes as well. The Raven has been recognized by several golf publications nationally. Also, it is considered by the locals as one of the best courses in the state.
Hole 16, otherwise known as King Solomon’s hole, is the signature hole of the course. This was a favorite feature of the course for us. The dogleg right, with sand bunkers surrounding the green, make for a fun and challenging hole. One of our favorite things about the Raven was the alacrity of the employees. Everyone there was very informative and willing to give tips and info about the course.
Overall, The Raven at Three Peaks makes for a very enjoyable round of golf. The Raven is a fantastic bargain for the quality of the course and employees. Make sure to get a round in at this course while visiting Summit County!
For more information about the Raven at Three Peaks, click here.
Keystone Ranch & Keystone River Courses
Courtesy Vail Resorts
As you look at the Keystone Ranch/River courses, each provide a separate but equal quality product. The courses, year after year, are given the utmost care and love regarding overall upkeep. You can expect the River course (Par 71) to be the easier of the two with incredible views of Lake Dillon. But don’t be fooled; elevation changes, variable bunkers and water hazards are persistent, in addition to five sets of tees per hole that make it a challenge for golfers of all abilities. As you look at both comparatively, you can anticipate the Ranch (Par 72) having an overall better ambiance and higher difficulty level. In addition, pertaining to the female clientele, the Ranch Course has been voted top 50 courses for women because of how it plays with slight elevation changes. Both are managed by Vail Resorts Development Company.
For more information about the Keystone Ranch and River courses, click here.
Copper Creek Golf Course
Courtesy Copper Creek Golf Course
A mix of links and mountain style holes, Copper Creek at Copper Mountain accommodates the greenhorn golfer from the forward tees while still providing a great test for the savvy golfer. Copper Creeks also boasts the highest tee box in North America at 9,863 ft. Captivating views of the Tenmile Range provides the ideal backdrop for any golf excursion. JJ’s Tavern acts as a perfect starting and ending point for pre/post game food and cocktails.
The front nine cuts through natural alpine terrain, including numerous lakes, streams and imposing pines. All this lead to rolling jade greens that command your best concentration. The back nine changes in character as the fairways wrap through the forest and the paltry remains of a 19th century mining town. The inclusion of the natural alpine terrain, interesting use of railroad tie bulkheads and intricate mound systems present you with gripping challenges and scenic gratification.
For information about Copper Creek golf course, click here.
There are two things you don’t want to forget while golfing in Summit County: a rain jacket and sunscreen. Have a great time!