Red Sky Golf Club - Norman Course
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Red Sky Golf Club - Norman Course
A look back from the sixth tee to the par-3 fifth green reveals a great view from the Norman Course at Red Sky G.C. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Red Sky Golf Club - Norman Course - 1st hole
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Red Sky Golf Club - Norman Course - 1st hole
The elevated first tee looks down upon a fairway that climbs uphill on the Norman Course at Red Sky Golf Club in Wolcott, Colorado. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Red Sky Golf Club - Norman Course - 3rd
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Red Sky Golf Club - Norman Course - 3rd
The difficult third hole on the Norman Course at Red Sky Golf Club drops from an elevated tee, then hops over water. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Red Sky Golf Club - Norman Course - 6th
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Red Sky Golf Club - Norman Course - 6th
The sixth hole on the Norman Course at Red Sky Golf Club plays short, even though it's uphill. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Red Sky Golf Club - Norman Course - 7th
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Red Sky Golf Club - Norman Course - 7th
Avoiding bunkers is the biggest challenge on the seventh hole of the Norman Course at Red Sky Golf Club in Wolcott, Colorado. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Red Sky Golf Club - Norman Course - 9th
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Red Sky Golf Club - Norman Course - 9th
The ninth hole on the Norman golf course at Red Sky drops to a ledge, leaving a tough approach. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Red Sky Golf Club - Norman Course - 10th
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Red Sky Golf Club - Norman Course - 10th
Danger lurks left of the par-3 10th hole on the Norman Course at Red Sky Golf Club in Wolcott, Colo. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Red Sky G.C. - Norman golf course - 12th
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Red Sky G.C. - Norman golf course - 12th
Bunkers dot the landing area of the second shot on the par-5 12th hole of the Norman Course at Red Sky Golf Club just west of Vail, Colo. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Red Sky G.C. - Norman golf course - 17th
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Red Sky G.C. - Norman golf course - 17th
Drop-shot par 3s like the 17th hole on the Norman Course at Red Sky Golf Club are always enjoyed by golfers. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Red Sky G.C. - Norman golf course - 18th
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Red Sky G.C. - Norman golf course - 18th
The par-5 18th hole on the Norman golf course at Red Sky ends in the shadow of the impressive member's clubhouse. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor

Fly high on the Norman Course at Red Sky Golf Club in Wolcott, Colorado

WOLCOTT, Colo. -- The debate at Red Sky Golf Club will never end. Just which is better, the Norman Course or Fazio Course? Just like individual golfers, raters at national magazines are split.

Red Sky's 7,580-yard Greg Norman Course ranks higher in the most recent top 100 public lists at Golf Magazine (no. 43 vs. unranked in 2014) and Golf Digest (no. 79 vs. no. 86 in 2015-16).

The Fazio rates higher among the top public golf courses in Colorado by Golfweek (no. 3 vs. no. 10 in 2015).

The Norman Course ebbs and flows on the highest piece of property at Red Sky, delivering awe-inspiring views of the surrounding mountains. Players will encounter a pond (at the par-3 fifth), a stream crossing four holes (nos. 3, 9, 10 and 18) and plenty of sculpted bunkers. Elevation changes come to a head at no. 16, a par 3 that plummets off the tee. Play the slope of the land both off the tee and on the greens. That will help you score.

Red Sky, while technically a private club with a separate members-only clubhouse, rotates public access to one of its golf courses every day, catering to guests at high-end resorts throughout the Vail Valley. Ask your concierge if you're lucky enough to make a tee time on the Norman Course or Fazio Course at Red Sky G.C.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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Fly high on the Norman Course at Red Sky Golf Club in Wolcott, Colorado
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