Memorial Day weekend is the tradition kickoff to summer. What better way to celebrate the start of the summer season than with a round of golf.
Golfing in Breckenridge and Summit County is a summer activity that locals and visitors anticipate eagerly each season. As soon as the snow starts melting golfers start counting down the days (minutes even!) to the opening of Summit County’s magnificent golf courses.
Golf at high altitude can be a wonderful experience. The ball flies on average 30 to 50 yards further than down at sea levels. The weather is mostly agreeable especially in the morning with temps staying in the 70’s and abundant sunshine. The golf courses in Summit County offer some of the best scenery in Summit County and most interesting fairways and greens from links to water hazards to challenging bunkers to 100 foot vertical drops from the tee box. IF you are a golfer and coming to Breckenridge check out these 4 golf courses all located within a 25 minute drive from Breckenridge or less.
Breckenridge Municipal Golf Course
The Breckenridge Municipal Golf Course is the closest golf course to Breckenridge and is the only Jack Nicklaus designed municipal golf course in the world. Offering 27 challenging holes it is also the only golf course you can choose to walk in Summit County. Of course you can take a golf cart as well. Since the opening of the course, national and regional honors have been bestowed on Breckenridge. Honors awarded by the Colorado Golfer (the State Golf Newspaper) have included; Best Mountain Course, and Toughest Mountain Course. Golf Digest “Places to Play” rates Breckenridge as a 4 1/2 Star Facility, and as one of their top “Upscale Places to Play” in the nation. In May 2011, Golf week rated Breckenridge as one of the “Top 50 Municipal Courses” in the nation. The course is also Zagat rated.
Keystone Ranch and River Courses
The tiny hamlet and ski village of Keystone is located in snug little valley just to the east of Breckenridge. Only twelve miles away Keystone offers wonderful family skiing featuring the longest groomed ski runs in Summit County but the secret of Keystone is its ideal location and conditions that make it a wonderful place to enjoy some summer fun. Keystone offers two of the most spectacular golf courses that this author has seen. From dizzying drops in elevation to challenging links Keystone offers 36 holes of breathtaking golf. Broken into two distinct courses the Ranch and the River Keystone golf will challenge and amaze.
The Ranch Course is a challenging course tucked into a deep mountain valley. Bordering a national elk preserve the course winds through lodgepole pines, around sage meadows and across a nine-acre lake, this par-72 golf course features slight elevation changes and many bunkers. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Keystone Ranch Golf Course follows the legendary links-style of a Scottish course on the front nine, while the back nine presents a traditional mountain valley layout. Total yardage is 5,582 – 7,090.
Built in the early 200’s the River Course is a par-71, Hurdzan-Fry course that highlights all of the best elements of a mountain course. The par-35 front nine is oriented around the path of the Snake River and the par-36 back nine winds through a lodgepole pine forest. Impressive elevation changes, variable bunkers, water hazards, combine to challenge golfers of all abilities. The 16th hole features a 194-foot elevation drop from tee to green and the scenic 18th hole offers 12 bunkers and spectacular views of Lake Dillon. Add to that the magnificent views of snow-capped peaks and wildlife and it’s easy to see this is a golfing experience unlike any other. Total yardage is 4,762 – 6,886.
The Raven at Three Peaks
It you are looking for a challenge, with a slope rating of 146 you will find it at The Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks. Considered one of the top courses in the country The Raven is located in Silverthorne about 20 miles north of Breckenridge. The challenging and beautifully landscaped Tom Lehman and Hurdzan/Fry golf course features lush rolling fairways and immaculate greens surrounded by towering stands of pine and aspen, snow capped 13,000 foot peaks, crystal clear creeks and trout filled lakes. Click here to visit The Raven’s Website.
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