Golf

Experience Summit County's only 36-hole golf facility at Keystone Resort

November 14, 2013 — 

Golf in the Colorado High Country can be a unique and awe-inspiring experience. From sweeping vistas from elevated tee boxes to natural water features that provide an unexpected challenge in a state known more for its mountains than its streams and rivers, golf at altitude is a rare combination that can both elate and frustrate during the same round.

Those looking for the adventure of playing two distinct courses don't have to travel far between rounds. Keystone Resort is home to both Keystone Ranch Golf Course and The River Course at Keystone. The two courses, located back to back, offer separate clubhouses and practice areas, helping to lend to each course's unique feel.

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Why this is golf heaven: The skinny on High Country golf courses

November 15, 2013 — 

Hey, there’s a reason we live here and it’s not what most would expect.

For some reason, the High Country is known for skiing and snowboarding. It’s best-kept secret is golf.

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Cordillera returns to the golfing landscape

November 15, 2013 — 

Fazio, Irwin, Nicklaus.

It’s quite the lineup and they’re all in one place.

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Keeping pace: What golf courses are doing about one of the game’s biggest issues, and how you can help

November 15, 2013 — 

And you’re waiting on the tee and you’re waiting.

And while you’re waiting, the foursome pulls up, making it a pileup.

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Fine tune your clubs this season

November 15, 2013 — 

Landing the ball three feet from the pin after carrying 160 yards over a bunker is the kind of shot seen on Sports Center by tour professionals and the kind of shot that the 20 handicapper never forgets when it happens to them. For the average golfer, shots like these are usually the result of that rare combination when everything comes together in perfect harmony — a relaxed swing, good contact, the right mix between daring and ability, you get the idea. But while these shots may come less frequently than most golfers would like to admit, when they do it reinvigorates the passion for the game.

In a world of ever changing technology, most golfers want to harness the latest and greatest equipment in their quest to shoot a better round. But before you scrap your current clubs for the next big thing from TaylorMade or Titlest, pull out your sticks and take a look at the grips, suggests Jimbo Deines of Precision Ski and Golf in Frisco.

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Mount Massive Golf Course in Leadville: A gem 'above' them all

November 15, 2013 — 

For golfers who like to cross things off their bucket lists, Mount Massive Golf Course offers a unique opportunity. At 9,680 feet, the nine-hole course on the outskirts of Leadville is the highest in the nation — that’s 1,000 feet of elevation per hole, plus a little extra.

Another asset found at Mount Massive Golf Course is solitude. Fewer than 30 miles from the Interstate 70 turn-off at Copper, the same stunning mountain views as nearby courses are available, but without the crowds and cars.

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Longer & Straighter: High Country golf brings more than just great views 

November 15, 2013 — 

There is something special about playing golf in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. From sweeping views to the breath-taking drives, High Country golf is truly at a different altitude.

As anyone who has come from sea level or even the Front Range can attest, the ball flies farther up here. The reason for this is simple physics.

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Finding the right golf ball: Odds are you're spending too much

November 15, 2013 — 

The 2005 Masters. Hole No. 16. Tiger Woods.

Tiger chips well above the pin. His ball starts rolling toward the hole, stops for a second on the edge, makes one final revolution, which shows the Nike swoosh, and falls in for the improbable birdie.

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Gear for your Game

November 15, 2013 — 

The golf industry has invented just about everything needed except a self-swinging club and a golf ball with its own homing device when it goes into the weeds. (Whoever figures out these two will make the late Steve Jobs look like a pauper.) ¶ Short of these miraculous inventions, here’s a checklist of what should be in your bag.

The essentials

Before we even get to a club or a golf ball, a reminder that you are playing at altitude. ¶ That means sunscreen and layers. While being at 6-9,000 feet helps your shots go further, you are closer to the sun. A minimum of SPF 30 is required up here and reapplying it at the turn isn’t a bad idea. You can turn into a lobster very quickly on our local courses. ¶ And while the weather is generally pleasant during the summer — the high 80s without humidity is a serious heat wave — things change quickly in the mountains. Keep a rainsuit and a fleece in your bag. Showers roll through the Rockies pretty quickly, but keeping yourself from being drenched to the bone during that quick rain is a good idea. An extra layer after said shower drops the temperature about 15 degrees allows you to finish your round in comfort.

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The right address: How your stance affects your swing

November 15, 2013 — 

Everyone has heard the old line about how if you have a poor or reverse weight shift it can adversely affect your game and shot consistency; but did you know that most reverse weight shifts are caused by factors established during your set-up?

Much has been written on the topic of controlling your weight shift and hitting better shots. Unfortunately many people fail in their basic understanding of how proper body positioning during the set-up can make shifting your weight almost automatic.

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