About VailIs there a better place for thrill-seekers than Vail? With skiing and snowboarding on North America's third longest slope, mountain biking, snowmobiling, ziplining, bobsledding, climbing, rafting, tubing, and kayaking, there's so much to do and so little time. While playing golf is decidedly less adrenaline fueled, there are courses in the Vail area that can provide the rush. The two best are at Red Sky Ranch and Golf Club.
The Greg Norman Course and the Tom Fazio Course rank nos. 1 and 5 respectively among public golf courses in Colorado (Golf Magazine). Another high-end choice is the Golf Club at Cordillera, where Hale Irwin's Mountain Course plays amid snow-capped peaks, glistening aspen and multi-million-dollar homes. Other strong courses nearby are Sonnenalp Golf Club (Bob Cupp/Jay Moorish) and Beaver Creek Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Jr.), which allows limited public play.
Bargains are rare in ritzy Vail. But you can find them at EagleVail Golf Club, municipal Vail Golf Club, and further out at surprisingly player-friendly Copper Creek Golf Club (Pete/Perry Dye) and Eagle Ranch Golf Club (Arnold Palmer), which Colorado Avid Golfer Magazine named the best course in Colorado priced under $100. Excellent choices within an hour's drive include Adams Mountain Country Club, Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks, Breckenridge Golf Club, and Keystone Ranch Golf Course.
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Consistently ranked at the top of its class, Red Sky Golf Club’s Greg Norman course features dramatic mountain views from greens surrounded by aspen forests, wildflower meadows and sage covered hills. This 7,580-yard (Par 72) course enjoys the Vail Valley's finest sunsets silhouetting the majesty of Castle Peak. Guests at Beaver Creek and Vail Resort’s lodging properties enjoy coveted access to the courses of Red Sky Golf Club.
Colorado’s best mountain golf awaits at Keystone Resort. The Hurdzan-Fry River Course at Keystone and the Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Keystone Ranch provide 36 picturesque holes across two championship courses that will challenge and entertain. Stunning Rocky Mountain scenery, comfortable summer temperatures and resort amenities for the whole family beckon at Keystone Resort.
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When the Vail Mountain ski slopes opened in 1962, the next question was: "What are we going to do in the summer?" It didn't take long to come up with the idea of Vail Golf Club. It's hard to beat a round of golf in the summer at these cooler temperatures. Vail has always done things first class, and that describes the experience here, David R. Holland writes.
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