Cordillera - Summit golf course - No. 7
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Cordillera - Summit golf course - No. 7
The Jack Nicklaus-designed Summit Course at Cordillera in Edwards, Colo. excels in views and design. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Cordillera - Summit golf course - 1st
The first hole at on the Summit Course at Cordillera is a dogleg left par 4. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Cordillera - Summit golf course - 2nd
The second hole at Summit Course at Cordillera is a 460-yard sharp dogleg right, the no. 3 handicap hole on the golf course. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Cordillera - Summit golf course - No. 3
The short par-3 third on the Summit Course at Cordillera isn't as easy as you might think. The front of the green has some slope in it. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Cordillera - Summit golf course - no. 4
The par-4 fourth hole on the Summit Course at Cordillera plays nearly 440 yards from the back tees. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Cordillera - Summit golf course - no. 5
One of the most panoramic views on the Summit Course at Cordillera comes overlooking the green of the par-5 fifth. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Cordillera - Summit golf course - no. 6
The 481-yard, par-4 sixth is the no. 1 handicap hole on the Summit Course at Cordillera in Edwards, Colorado. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Cordillera - Summit golf course - phone booth
An English phone booth before the ninth hole on the Summit Course at Cordillera is available to order lunch at the turn. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Cordillera - Summit golf course - no. 9
A look at the fairway and bunkers on the par-4 ninth on the Summit Course at Cordillera in Edwards, Colorado. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Cordillera - Summit golf course - no. 11
The par-3 11th on the Summit Course at Cordillera can play as long as 272 yards, which is really far, no matter what the altitude. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Cordillera - Summit golf course - no. 12
The par-4 12th on the Summit Course at Cordillera includes a fairly difficult approach shot. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Cordillera - Summit golf course - no. 14
The approach on the 14th on the Summit Course at Cordillera plays uphill. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Cordillera - Summit golf course - no. 15
The par-4 15th on the Summit Course at Cordillera works its way to the right to a well protected green. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Cordillera - Summit G.C. - 16th
The par-3 16th on the Summit golf course at Cordillera is surrounded by Aspens. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Cordillera - Summit G.C. - 17th
An elevated green awaits at the end of the par-5 17th on the Summit Course at Cordillera in Edwards, Colorado. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Cordillera - Summit G.C. - 18th
The Summit Course at Cordillera ends with a pretty straightforward par 4. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor

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.

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.
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