Golfing in Summit County
Summit County is mainly known for its ski resorts in the winter, but there is somthing to be said about the quality of golf in the area as well. There is something special about playing golf in high elavation; the air is lighter and the weather is crisp, plus your ball flies a little farther which never hurts! There are three main courses here in Summit County; The Breckenridge Golf Club, The Keystone River Course, and The Raven at Three Peaks in Silverthorne. All are highly sought after courses that each have their own unique draw to them.
Breckenridge Golf Club
The Breckenridge Golf Club
boasts three championship level nine-hole courses all designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus; the BEAR the BEAVER and the ELK. Playing at over 9,300 feet in elevation each course offers a different mountain experience, and panoramic views of the snowcapped Colorado Rockies can be seen on every hole.
Jack Nicklaus came to visit Breckenridge and fell in love with the landscape so much that he decided to design and create The Bear back in 1985. The second nine to open two years later was the Beaver. The Beaver gets its name from the scattered beaver ponds on 6,8 & 9. If you look to the left of holes 6,7 &8 yoiu'll notice rock piles referred to as "tailings" by the gold miners who called this piece of land Buffalo Flats before it was ever known as The Breckenridge Golf Club. The success of the original 18 holes, prompted Town officials expand the facility. In 2001 the Elk nine opened giving golfers 27-holes to play. The Elk offers the most elevation change of the three nines, as well as the beautiful panoramic views of the Ten-Mile mountain range.
Keystone River Course
Located just 20 minutes away, the Keystone River Course
offers terrific views and challenging play for golfers at every skill level. Well-groomed fairways and greens keep The River Course At Keystone difficult yet friendly. The Course opened in 2000 and has received numerous awards including three consecutive Silver Medals as one of America's Best Golf Resorts by Golf Magazine 2002-2007. The front nine opens with a gorgeous view of the Snake River valley and the back 9 winds through a lodgepole pine forest. Impressive elevation changes, variable bunkers, water hazards, and five sets of tees on each hole combine to challenge golfers of all abilities.
The Raven at Three Peaks
The Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks
is touted as one of the best mountain golf course in Colorado and even one of the best courses in the country. Towering forests of pine and aspen frame the rolling fairways and manicured greens on this scenic layout. The crystal clear creeks and trout-filled lakes are a striking contrast to the lush green of the course and the snow-capped peaks in the distance. The golf course is known for more than its scenery though, its challenging design is a test for all skill levels. The steep-faced bunkers have deeply furrowed edges, which can be tricky but they also serve to contain tee shots that might have an increased carry because of the course's dramatic elevations. There are also water hazards to contend with on several holes.
Stay at Beaver Run and Enjoy it All
Wherever you decide to play, after your round, head back to Beaver Run and treat your fellow golfers to a delicious Colorado craft beer or glass of wine on the patio of Spencer’s restaurant nestled at the base of Peak 9. Take a dip in one of the nine outdoor hot tubs and two pools overlooking the mountain, or play a round of pool and darts in the Base Nine Bar. Dine at one of these fantastic restaurant and bar locations on property or take the short walk down the street and experience the nightlife of Main Street Breckenridge.