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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Municipal
Par 72
Length 6980 yards
Slope 130
Rating 72.9

Situated in the beautiful Gypsum Valley, Gypsum Creek Golf Course is known as much for its beautiful views as it is for the challenging Pete Dye and Perry Dye design. The course is perched atop a sage-covered mesa that looks out across the surrounding Red Table Mountains. Though it may be tempting to be distracted by the views, the golf course requires full concentration. This tough layout features rolling fairways that are flanked on both sides with native pinion and juniper trees. The undulating terrain provides dramatic challenges including steep drop-offs and tricky twists and turns. There are several formidable holes at Gypsum Creek G.C. but one of the toughest is the par-5 sixth, which is the signature hole. Thanks to the prevailing winds, even the best golfers will have trouble making it in two.

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6980 yards 72.9 130
Brown 72 6468 yards 71.5 123
Golf 72 6048 yards 70.8 118
Green 72 5197 yards 70.1 117
Scorecard for Cotton Ranch
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 73.1/123 335 441 194 561 392 401 514 196 389 3423 420 380 209 555 411 568 395 164 455 3557 6980
Brown M: 70.7/121 W: 71.7/123 312 394 162 529 361 385 476 178 359 3156 401 353 178 497 361 547 351 161 443 3292 6448
Gold M: 69.5/119 W: 70.2/122 286 379 141 511 328 371 471 160 344 2991 383 324 158 475 318 524 308 151 416 3057 6048
Green M: 66.1/111 W: 67.1/113 264 349 124 452 278 307 415 107 317 2613 342 297 114 460 243 460 241 99 328 2584 5197
Handicap 10 2 14 16 8 12 18 6 4 5 15 11 7 13 1 9 17 3
Par 4 4 3 5 4 4 5 3 4 36 4 4 3 5 4 5 4 3 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 10 4 16 2 12 14 8 18 6 5 11 15 1 9 3 13 17 7

Course Details

Year Built 1997
Golf Season Year round
Architect Pete Dye (1997) Perry Dye (1997)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Amex MasterCard Visa Discover card(s) Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

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4.9
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5.0
First Time Playing

Fun course

My little family and I were road tripping through the area and decided to stop and play and we're glad we did. We had a lot of fun on a nice course on a beautiful evening. The staff was extremely nice and friendly and went out of their way to make us feel welcome. The course was well maintained, but the bunkers need some work. Even though the par 3 17th is kind of a ridiculous hole going straight down the mountain, it was super fun to play. Pace of play was awesome. Will definitely be back.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 500 Contributor
Colorado Advisor

Interesting

The routing of this course was really strange. It's almost as if Pete Dye had one idea for what he wanted to do for the first 13 holes or so and then completely changed his mind once he saw the mesa just west of the course. Very goofy and highly difficult at times, but can't complain about price. Could see myself playing there again under the right circumstances.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Average weather

Goofy golf

No idea how this course gets great reviews. It has some very poor designed holes. #16 and #17 are terrible. #2, #10, #14, #15 are questionable. That makes for a third of the holes as bad. Not to mention #1 is a weird starting hole. Some big walks between holes as well. Eagle Ranch is 10 minutes away and highly recommended.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

We always make time to play this course when in CO.

We love this little course because of the excellent conditions, the fact that it usually isn't crowded, the beautiful scenery, and most of all...the people who work there are ALL so nice and friendly.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Gypsum Creek in November

Thanks to to Gypsum Creek for staying open and keeping everything well maintained, especially considering the time of year. And thanks to the golfers of Gypsum Creek for realizing that a round of golf doesn't have to take 5 hours. So many courses in the Vail Valley close on a date regardless of beautiful weather. We've probably played 15 rounds at Gypsum after the other courses have closed! And for the money the course is great. The greens roll better than many of the other courses that view themselves as premier courses in the valley.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

difficult and aesthetic. I'll keep going back!

I've played the Gypsum course 3 times and will play again tomorrow. Highly recommended!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

This course's surrounding are Beautiful!

I have nothing negative to say about this course. The grounds had just been aerated, but because of that, the green fees were lowered. If I were a millionaire, I'd play this course everyday!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

good time

good course, good cond, not crowded, great veiws...do it!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course has varied terrain and is challenging.

Great mountain course. Well maintained by friendly and knowledgeable staff. Will play again soon.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Back nine was memorable.

Design was excellent, especially the back nine holes starting from Hole #9 were interesting and challenging. The course has a continuous running stream which is an interesting feature, but it was not maintained and overgrown with tall grasses. If they maintain it better to be seen, it will make a positive asset. Overall, it was enjoyable course.

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

great cousrs

Course was great but really slow play in front of us don't know if I would play again because of this

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great views! Good pace of play. Not crowded. But overall too difficult from 6400 yards.

The course is a Pete Dye course & the fairways are extremely narrow for a mountain course. Too long & difficult for the average golfer.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

A Pete dye master piece

Gypsum creek is an excellent course, designed by Pete dye. It is now ran by the city of gypsum creek, but don't kid yourself by no means is this a city park course. The staff has done an fabulous job bringing this course back to great shape, it was previously semi private course that struggled to keep up. Staff is super friendly !!!! Don't forget to stop by the grill the club sandwich is awesome !!!! For real this is a great place to spend the whole day

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Interesting scenic course with a few awkward overly difficult holes.

It's a links course with most holes open enough to avoid the deep grass. A few holes were forced into a mountainous terrain where the layout was bordering on ridiculous. Having said that, it was overall a good golfing experience.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Beautiful course with great staff

This is the second year that we have visited this course and it is one of our favorites. The staff is great; very friendly and helpful. The course is challenging but has enough choice of tees to be fair. The scenery by itself is well worth the trip. Green fees are very reasonable and the course is a great value. We play this course every chance we get while we are on vacation. Just a short drive from Vail.
Thanks to the staff for making our family golf outings very enjoyable!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fantastic 'find' in the Vail area!

This great little course (which used to be private and still looks like it) is only 30 minutes from Beaver Creek/ Avon. We had played Vail the day before and we thought Gypsum Creek was in better condition and the staff could not have been nicer. We felt like we had the course to ourselves because we never had to wait on a tee and never felt pushed from behind, even though there were a fair number of people playing the course. Number 14 is a super elevated par 3 that was breathtaking! We definitely plan to play there a lot more in the future!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Course. Fun and challenging holes. One hole has an elevation drop of at least 200 feet.

Staff was really friendly and helpful. At 50.00 this course is a hidden gem in the Vail Valley with some of the other courses available topping out at 250.00. Will play it again the next trip out here.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Beautiful

Love this course. Stunning views. It's in great shape.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The course is very scenic,especially #14 thru 18.

A good value for the price. Holes # 1 and 2 are short but require a good tee shot. The course plays thru a valley with beautiful mountains in the background. The grees were true and relative fast.. I played the course twice in the week I was in the area. I would certainly recommend this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great for the price

Challenging course, and great views. I'm pretty novice, but it was $25 well spent!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
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