Golf getaways take different forms. There’s the buddy trip, the family vacation, and, even the couples escape.
Colorado’s golf landscape brims with prime spots for each, but three mountain destinations—Keystone Resort,Vail/Beaver Creek and The Broadmoor—really elevate the experience, no matter who joins you.
Keystone: The resort features two golf courses, The River Course at Keystone and Keystone Ranch. Designed by Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry, The River Course, set up around the Snake River, features pine-stacked fairways and plunging tee shots. Robert Trent Jones Jr.’s Keystone Ranch feels like two separate courses, with the front nine routing through an open meadow and the back showcasing the pine-studded high country.
Vail/Beaver Creek: Red Sky Golf Club’s two eponymous courses, Fazio and Norman, offer such different experiences that you have to try both. The somewhat gentler Fazio winds through groves of aspen and through forest. The Norman sits higher, challenging with steep elevation changes and three-puttable greens.
Other must-plays include the 27-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed Breckenridge Golf Club, about 30 minutes away, and The Raven Golf Club At Three Peaks, a Hurdzan/ Fry collaboration with Tom Lehman in nearby Silverthorne.
The Club at Cordillera’s three courses—Summit, Mountain and Valley—are equally memorable, while Vail Golf Club and EagleVail are more economical options.
The Broadmoor: The site of numerous national championships, The Broadmoor delivers an outstanding troika of courses. The East, which will host the 2018 U.S. Senior Open, and West are a challenging composite of two legendary designers: Donald Ross and Robert Trent Jones Sr. Nicklaus designed the Mountain course, which tucks into the side of Cheyenne Mountain and overlooks the resort.
Keystone: There are plenty of places to meet every budget. Find some of the most affordable options at Keystone Resort. Everything from standard hotel rooms, townhomes and condominiums are spread throughout the village. Book your Stay, Play & Save Golf Trip with exclusive summer rates.
Vail/Beaver Creek: Perfect for a group of guys, Beaver Creek Resort rents everything from homes to 1-4 bedroom condos to standard hotel rooms. Locations are set up throughout town in Beaver Creek Proper, Avon, EagleVail and Arrowhead and many spots can be booked with a hot tub and pool. The Broadmoor: The five-star, five-diamond hotel in Colorado Springs offers the ultimate in luxury service. Groups should book a cottage— choose from one to eight bedrooms—that features parlors, high beamed ceilings, wood floors and views along the East Course’s 18th fairway.
Keystone: In Keystone, find everything from Mexican food, pizza and informal steakhouses. Kickapoo Tavern is a local favorite serving up hearty house favorites like the 2 Mile High Meatloaf the River Run burger stacked with bacon, crispy fried onions, jack cheese and jalapeños. Vail/Beaver Creek: Mountain Standard is a top pick for Vail for both location and a flavorful menu. Good luck choosing between the Corned Pork Shank, Colorado Lamb Sirloin and Prime Flat Iron Steak.
The Broadmoor: The resort’s numerous options include the new Ristorante Del Lago, which specializes in Italian fare including wood fired pizzas and fresh house-made pasta. Consider, too, Play, where bowling a few games never tasted so good.
Keystone: Don’t miss Happy Hour at the Ranch 4:30-5:30. Then hit the local craft breweries: the Dam Brewery in Dillon and Breckenridge Brewery. Breck’s classics include Avalanche Ale and Agave Wheat, while Dillon Dam pours a slate of beers such as Chili Lager and Paradise Pilsner.
Vail/Beaver Creek: The Red Lion in Vail rocks out with live acoustic music nightly, but get there early for a spot on the deck to enjoy a cold beer first.
The Broadmoor: Find a pub style atmosphere at the Broadmoor’s Golden Bee and a long list of English and Irish drafts. A pianist brings in ragtime tunes nightly and after a few yards of beer you’ll find yourself singing along.
Keystone: Rent a mountain bike from Keystone Sports and pedal through Keystone’s Bike Park, where 100 miles of lift-serviced single-track mountain biking terrain spans 55 trails. With clinics, lessons and progressive terrain, the Bike Park welcomes riders of all ability levels. For a milder ride, hop on the miles of paved Summit County trails.
Vail/Beaver Creek: In Vail, shops like Gore Creek Fly Fisherman offer full day and half day fly fishing trips and can accommodate large groups and all skill levels.
The Broadmoor: Although people can no longer waterski on the lake, the Broadmoor does offer everything from fly-fishing, horseback riding, rock climbing, mountain biking, white water rafting and jeep tours.
Tee for Two?
Golf and romance make the perfect combo, so grab your
clubs and get ready to tee off with your gal or guy.
Keystone: Playing Keystone’s 36 holes with your partner can be as romantic as skiing its 3,000 acres together. Both the River and Ranch courses have multiple sets of tees and stunning views. The River’s precipitous drops, water hazards and bunkers make for some friendly competition. The Ranch winds along the Snake River, lodgepole pines, sage meadows and around a nine-acre lake.
Vail/Beaver Creek: Red Sky Golf Club’s two courses, Fazio and Norman, consistently rank as some of the state’s best mountain courses—for both men and women.
Another option is the Cordillera Couples Experience. Colorado AvidGolfer presents this annual event September 12 & 13 on Cordillera’s Summit and Valley Courses. Choose from competitive and noncompetitive flights and savor world-class food, wine and lodging.
The Broadmoor: The Broadmoor’s three championship courses cater to everyone’s golf ability. So do the 18 stunning Pete Dye-designed holes at the nearby Country Club of Colorado at Cheyenne Mountain Lodge.
Keystone: Take a gondola to the top of Dercum Mountain for some yoga where you can stretch out and find Zen with your sweetheart. Classes happen every Saturday on the Overlook Deck at 10:30 a.m. You can also choose from hiking, tennis, horseback riding, fly-fishing, whitewater rafting and plenty more.
Vail/Beaver Creek: Step up the adventure with your significant other and hit the water with Alpine Quest for a stand up paddleboard lesson on Nottingham Lake. Other top picks include nature walks, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. After a day outside, explore boutique shops, bars, restaurants and art galleries in Vail Village.
The Broadmoor: Hop on a hot air balloon ride for aerial views of Colorado Springs, the Rocky Mountains, the Spanish Peaks and Long Peaks. For something more extreme, go rock climbing with skilled guides at places like Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Canyon. Half-day trips will teach you how to tie knots and climbing safety before conquering challenging routes. See the resorts concierge to book these trips.
Keystone: Book a couples massage at Keystone Resort. The Two-Gether Massage comes in 50-minute and 80-minute options and takes place in the Massage Suite For Two. Afterwards, continue unwinding in the resort’s Relaxation Room, Steam Room, sauna, pool or hot tubs.
Vail/Beaver Creek: A top pick for a romantic experience is the spa romance package at the Allegria Spa, which includes a wildflower scrub for her, eucalyptus scrub for him, a couples steam shower, 75 minute massage, lavender bath for two and champagne and truffles to top it off.
The Broadmoor: Choose from restorative body treatments like a Deep Tissue Massage or an indulgent option like the Chardonnay Scrub at the Spa at the Broadmoor. Or, spend time side by side with your sweetheart with a couples massage. Upgrade the experience with hot stones or aromatherapy oil.
Keystone: It doesn’t get more intimate than Keystone Ranch Restaurant, housed in a rustically elegant original 1930s ranch homestead. Savor a luxurious five course dinner featuring acclaimed Colorado cuisine and wild game specialties, or choose a more casual fare with soup or salad and an entree.
Vail/Beaver Creek: Splendido offers some of the finest dining in Beaver Creek. Start with an appetizer from the raw bar, tuck into some Country Fried Rocky Mountain Trout and then grab a drink at the piano bar.
The Broadmoor: For the ultimate dining experience book a table at the Penrose Room, Colorado’s only Five Star, Five Diamond dining experience. The menu abounds with contemporary European cuisine and dishes inspired by the seasons. Expert sommeliers can recommend the best wine to enjoy as you listen and dance to live music.
Bring the Kids
A family vacation involving golf means quality time
spent on and off the course.
Keystone: Families or newcomers can take advantage of ‘Time For Nine’ rates and SNAG (Starting New at Golf ) Golf, a development program designed for new players of every age, in a fun and easy program that begins at just $15 per family, including equipment.
Vail/Beaver Creek: At EagleVail Golf Club, the Willow Creek Par 3 course is a great alternative to all 18 holes at an affordable price. The course also hosts footgolfers, so call ahead to know what size ball to bring. Vail Golf Club offers two- and three-day Junior Golf Camps for two hours per day.
The Broadmoor: At the Broadmoor, kids under age 12 play free with a paying adult after 2 p.m. and juniors aged 12-17 play for $90 with a paying adult. For a less challenging course, head 20 minutes east to the nine-hole Sand Creek Golf Course, where seven par threes and two par fours accommodate younger and beginner golfers.
Keystone: Soak up a day at Kidtopia Play Park, inside River Run Village, playing on bungee trampolines, gem panning and rock climbing. New daily Kidtopia Programming ranges from Thursday Family Dodgeball to Sunday Splash Fest. For off-mountain adventure, check out Keystone Stables for a horseback ride or the Keystone Adventure Center where kids and families can kayak, canoe and rent bikes.
Vail/Beaver Creek: The Kids Day Camp is open for kids ages 5-13 and offers the chance to visit the Matawin Teepee Village, ride horses and make arts and crafts. For older children, check out Adventure Ridge, at the top of Eagle Bahn Gondola, for rock climbing, disc golf, lawn games and live music.
The Broadmoor: Canoeing, electric boats, horseback riding, biking and hiking trails are just the start. Bee Camp is offered for kids aged 3-12 and includes activities like nature walks, arts and crafts and trips to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Camps are offered for full days, half days and also evenings.
Keystone: Bighorn Bistro & Bar offers fine dining for the family, without all the fuss. Come dinner, Der Fondue Chessel offers an authentic fondue experience at the top of Keystone’s North Peak Mountain where you are greeted with a Bavarian-style entertainment.
Vail/Beaver Creek: Right in the heart of Beaver Creek Village, Blue Moose Pizza will swap out the red and white-checkered tablecloths for paper ones so kids can color. Chow down on New York Style Pizza like the Big Moose with pepperoni, sausage and Canadian bacon. Salad Pizza is also a hit. Try the Mediterranean with roasted red pepper, pesto humus, onions and feta.
The Broadmoor: As elegant as the Broadmoor is, it still incorporates family- friendly dining at spots like the Golden Bee, where pub style food like fish ‘n chips, pizza and burgers satisfy any appetite. The Golf Club Dining Room serves clubhouse classics on a patio where you can roast s’mores in the fire pit come sunset. Don’t miss the sliders at PLAY bowling alley.
Keystone: Keystone’s Wagon Ride Dinner takes you on a entertaining 30-minute ride in a hay-free wagon through a remote valley to a historic ranch homestead. Enjoy a buffet dinner under the stars (or a tent if it rains) and live guitar music. Toss horseshoes, learn cattle roping and cook s’mores around the campfire. On Tuesdays, Keystone Stables presents Wild West Nights with a bike-in movie, munchies from the Giddy Up Grill and more.
Vail/Beaver Creek: Catch a movie and dinner with your family at CineBistro in Solaris Plaza, an upscale theatre featuring the latest feature films and comfy leather recliners. If you still have steam after, check out bol, a 10- lane bowling alley next door.
The Broadmoor: Aim for strikes and spares at PLAY., a glamorous six-lane bowling alley at the resort. Chandeliers, cherry wood flooring and cozy leather banquettes dress up the space. Or head to Seven Falls for a night hike to see seven cascading waterfalls. Seven Falls is open Friday and Saturday for a night lighting until 10 p.m.