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The Club at Cordillera. This upscale resort has three 18-hole courses. Hotel guests can play the Jack Nicklaus–designed Summit Course, which surrounds a peak like a string of pearls. The Hale Irwin Mountain Course runs through aspen groves, past lakes, and through meadows surrounded by luxury homes. Tom Fazio's Valley Course is lower than the other two by 2,100 feet but still has magnificent views and, with a southern exposure, a longer playing season. 2205 Cordillera Way, Edwards, CO, 81632. 970/569–6460. www.cordillera-vail.com. Reservations essential. Summit: 18 holes. 7530 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $185. Mountain: 18 holes. 7413 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $185. Valley: 18 holes. 7005 yds. Par 71. Green Fee: $185. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, carts, pull carts, caddies, rental clubs, pro shop, golf lessons, restaurant, bar.
Gypsum Creek Golf Course. This Pete Dye–designed course climbs around a rocky mesa. There are plenty of blind holes and precipitous drop-offs, especially on the eighth hole. 530 Cotton Ranch Dr., Gypsum, CO, 81637. 970/524–6200. www.gypsumcreekgolf.com. Reservations essential. 18 holes. 7052 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $54. Facilties: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf lessons, restaurant, bar.
Eagle Ranch Golf Club. This 6,600-foot-high course was landscaped in the lush wetlands of the Brush Creek valley. Caddies like to joke that the perfect club might actually be a fly rod. Arnold Palmer, who designed the 18-hole course, said, "The fairways are very playable and the roughs are not extremely rough." 0050 Lime Park Dr., Eagle, CO, 81631. 970/328-2882 or 866/328-3232. www.eagleranchgolf.com. Reservations essential. 18 holes. 7500 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $96. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, pro shop, golf lessons, restaurant, bar.
Red Sky Golf Club. At this tony private course a few miles west of Beaver Creek members alternate with guests on two courses designed by Tom Fazio and Greg Norman. The Tom Fazio Course's front nine are laid out on sagebrush-covered hills, but the back nine flows up and down a mountainside covered with groves of junipers and aspens. The Greg Norman Course sprawls through a broad valley. Some shots require carries across jagged ravines. Norman's signature bunkers abound, guarding slippery greens. In order to play at Red Sky Golf Club you must be staying in the Lodge at Vail, the Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, other hotels owned by Vail Resorts, or other partner properties. Non-members must book caddies a day in advance. 376 Red Sky Rd., Wolcott, CO, 81655. 970/754-8425. www.redskygolfclub.com. Reservations essential. Greg Norman: 18 holes. 7580 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $250. Tom Fazio: 18 holes. 7113 yds. Par: 72. Green Fee: $250. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, caddies, rental clubs, pro shop, golf lessons, restaurant, bar.
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