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Glenwood’s Ironbridge wins notice

Aspen Times Staff

The members-only Ironbridge Golf Club in Glenwood Springs has earned recognition from the golf mags, both for its play and its aesthetics.

The members-only Ironbridge Golf Club in Glenwood Springs has been ranked the 19th best golf course in Colorado in the 2005 rankings by Golf Digest magazine.

Golf Magazine has ranked the private, par-72, 7,224-yard course 63rd in the nation.

The best-in-state rankings are produced by the same Golf Digest panel that selects the magazine’s lists of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses and America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. This group consists of roughly 800 low-handicap golfers from around the country, who rank courses on eight criteria, including “shot values,” “aesthetics” and “memorability.”

In addition, Ironbridge designer Arthur Hills was recently named one of the top five “Favorite Present-Day Architects” by a team of 535 raters for Golf Digest.

“This layout has it all: Traditional, mountain and Scottish Links-style golf. The views are spectacular on the most challenging and best-conditioned course in Colorado,” said Dave Alvarez, head golf pro at Ironbridge.

Alvarez joined Ironbridge this year after running golf operations at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale. He said he considers the condition of the greens at Ironbridge to be some of the finest he has ever played.

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Golf photographer and Carbondale resident Dick Durrance II calls Ironbridge one of his favorite Colorado courses.

“Ironbridge is great fun, easy going and one of the best kept secrets in the area,” he contends.

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