Rocky Mountain High: On top of the Summit golf course at Cordillera in Colorado



EDWARDS, Colo. -- At more than 9,000 feet, the Summit Course at Cordillera just west of Vail is one of the highest and most picturesque golf courses in Colorado.

With five sets of tees, this Jack Nicklaus design, one of four courses at Cordillera, can play as long as 7,530 yards, but that's really not the story here. The views are incredible, but the design manages to keep up. Nearly all the holes are memorable with elevated tees and greens perched on the horizon with views that span a hundred miles or more.

Fairways are generous for the most part, but the greens are anything but easy. Find the wrong part and you can easily invoke a three-putt or worse.

Managed by Troon Prive, the private club operating division of Troon Golf, the Summit Course is private, but available to guests at the Cordillera Resort & Spa.

Aug 14, 2015



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Mike Bailey

Senior Staff Writer

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.