29 May 2020
The snow has melted, the skis are stored for the summer, it’s time to get into the swing of things! Golf is always a favorite activity to kick off summer. From big-name designed courses from the likes of Robert Trent Jones and Arnold Palmer to the stunning backdrop of the Gore Range, there’s no better place to hit the links than Vail and Beaver Creek.
And did you know that the high altitude of the Rocky Mountains makes golf balls fly 10% farther? While it sounds like inflated folklore, the aerodynamic researchers at Titleist concur. With a driver, you get an extra 2.5 yards per 1,000 feet of altitude. At a base elevation of 8150’ your game can certainly go the distance! Fortunately, the extra boost only kicks in for long drives, meaning your short game doesn’t require any adjustments.
While there’s no shortage of fantastic courses in the Vail Valley. Here are a few of our favorites.
Please note that all courses have various protocols because of Covid-19. While the new etiquette is similar at all of the courses, we’ve included links to the detailed changes for each course. Advance tee times are paramount. No walk-up tee times are permitted right now. Some mitigation phases prohibit courses from allowing golf club rentals, be sure to check with each course in advance for the most up to date rules if you were planning on not bringing your own golf clubs on vacation. Bring your own bottled water.
Vail Golf Course
Located in East Vail, this course, designed by Vail pioneer, Ben Krueger, is a classic. Built-in 1962, its greens have had over 50 years to mature, while its recently built clubhouse is one of the newest in the valley. Golf Digest has given the Vail Golf Course the distinction of being one of the top 100 resort courses in the country and it’s a Colorado Avid Golfer CAGGY award-winner. Its tree-lined fairways are flat making it one of the easiest courses in the valley to walk or golf bike around (carts are also available) and the Beaver ponds and greens that hug that Gore Creek challenge even the best golfers’ game.
For detailed information about its current COVID-19 protocols, visit: http://vailgolf.com/
EagleVail Golf Course
This beautiful Championship 18-hole course, built by the Devlin-Van Hagge design team, is located in EagleVail just about 5 minutes from both Vail and Beaver Creek resorts. They take their birdies seriously at EagleVail Golf Course. In 2017, after an extensive 2-year review process, EagleVail became certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. For those newer to golf, there’s also the nearby Willow Creek par 3 course at EagleVail Golf. Besides being an approachable par 3, Willow Creek has taken introducing golf to the younger set to new levels. There’s even the latest craze, fling golf available. It’s touted as a game we can all play, this easy to master mix between golf and lacrosse is a popular one. Don’t worry, fling golf at the Willow Creek doesn’t interfere with the Championship EagleVail course. It’s just a fun family alternative.
For detailed information about its current COVID-19 protocols, visit: https://www.eaglevailgolfclub.com/
Eagle Ranch Golf Club
About 30 minutes west of Vail, this Arnold Palmer designed signature course is well worth the ride. This former ranch turned golf course gives you plenty of room to work on your game. And it’s also certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
“The landscape, the natural water coming off the mountains really makes for a great venue. Eagle Ranch is about as pretty as you’d ever want to see. When designing a course at this high altitude, you have to give consideration to a lot of things. One, the ball flies a little further. This golf course, at sea level, would be very, very tough because we’ve added some length in certain areas to accommodate the altitude.” - Arnold Palmer
For detailed information about its current COVID-19 protocols, visit: https://www.eagleranchgolf.com/
Gypsum Creek Golf Course
Located in Gypsum, about 45 minutes west of Vail, this Pete Dye designed course, initially opened in 1997 as a semi-private club called Cotton Ranch, but the Town of Gypsum bought it in 2010. It is now open to the public. Its West of Vail (close to the Eagle airport) location means milder weather and the longest golf season in the valley. It also boasts beautiful views of Red Table Mountains.
For detailed information about its current COVID-19 protocols, visit: http://www.gypsumcreekgolf.com/
Beaver Creek Golf
This Robert Trent Jones designed course is a semi-private favorite. With challenging fairways and the beautiful Beaver Creek ski mountain as its backdrop, this course welcomes our guests (staying within the Beaver Creek gates) between June 15 and September 15. Just as you would expect from anything Beaver Creek resort related, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies are passed on platters at 1 pm and eucalyptus cold towels are available at the end of the game (Covid-19 protocols may limit some of these amenities right now). While eagles may not be prevalent on your scorecard, you very well might score a sighting or two above your head.
For detailed information about its current COVID-19 protocols, visit: https://www.beavercreek.com/explore-the-resort/activities/summer-activities/golf/beaver-creek-golf-club.aspx
While you might strive to shoot under par on your Vail or Beaver Creek vacation, you definitely don’t want to stay somewhere that’s subpar!
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