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Summit County’s finest

Staff Report

Summit County boasts five championship golf courses, all of which are laid out across sprawling valleys and mountainsides.

“In the mountains, people expect beautiful views,” said Breckenridge Golf Club assistant pro Robbins Manley. “We have to offer excellent service, as the others do, too.”

All five courses – the Raven, the River and Ranch courses at Keystone, Breckenridge Golf Club and Copper Creek – feature natural beauty and a commitment to excellence.

Keystone Resort offers two 18-hole courses, the River and the Ranch. Amenities include a driving range, putting and chipping greens and a fully stocked pro shop.

The Raven’s 18-hole course has been updated, remodeled and rerouted.

The Breckenridge Golf Club maintains a driving range as well as chipping and putting practice facilities.

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Copper Creek, just off Interstate 70 at Copper Mountain, also has a driving range.

The Raven, located in Silverthorne, is more than a reincarnation of its predecessor, Three Peaks. Building on selected holes preserved from the short but tricky former course, parent firm Intrawest added grace, style and class.

The Raven’s 18 holes route the golfer through and around stately lodgepole pines, color-changing aspens, crystal-clear creeks and trout-filled lakes. The majestic Gore Range provides dramatic changes of elevation, as well as endless beauty.

For its efforts to preserve that beauty, the Raven management received the Environmental Stewardship Award in 2000, presented by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

Club pro Eric Hastings said this season the Raven is adding a driving range and a practice green.

Copper Creek, at Copper Mountain, presents 18 quality holes with beautiful views on a challenging course in an absolutely wonderful condition at affordable rates.

Designed by brothers Pete and Perry Dye in 1986, Copper Creek is North America’s highest championship-rated 18-hole course.

Tee times and information are available by calling (970) 968-2339. Resort guests may reserve tee times 60 days in advance, and the general public can reserve tee times seven days in advance.

As with all River Course holes, five tee boxes provide golfers of all skills a chance at a fair round. And with all River holes, beautiful views and compatible challenges are par for the course.

Mixing length with precision, the course requires all the skills.

The par-71 course, designed by the award-winning Hurdzen-Fry company, features a par-35 front nine and a par-36 back nine. The front nine, known as the River Nine, meander along the scenic Snake River. The back nine, the Mountain Nine, ramble through lodgepole pines and up and down dramatic elevation changes.

The Ranch opened in 1980 and continues to provide some of the greatest challenges and best scenery found on any Colorado golf course.

Rambling through forests of pine and aspen and across valleys and streams, the Ranch’s maturity reflects its 20-plus years of existence. Fairways are lush and greens are smooth.

Situated above 9,300 feet elevation, shots travel further and higher, by about 10 percent.

Breckenridge boasts what no other town of any size can claim – the only municipally owned Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course in the world.

Playing from the back tees, the course in rated as one the toughest in the state. That difficulty only serves to attract, rather than deter, more and more golfers to the course.

Adding to that tradition will be the addition of a new nine-hole course in August. All 27 holes will be Nicklaus designed, a rarity in the High Country as well as Colorado. The Elk Course comes on line beginning Aug. 1, nearly doubling the available tee times.

For additional information or to make tee times, call (970) 453-9104.

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