Summit County’s Dream 9: The best holes from some of the best courses in Breckenridge, Keystone and beyond
Ryan Summerlin September 6, 2013
Find your round
Breckenridge Golf Club
200 Clubhouse Drive, Breckenridge
The Elk, Beaver and Bear courses allow golfers to create the perfect round at the only 27-hole, municipally owned, Jack Nicklaus-designed course in the world. Yardage varies based on courses selected.
Copper Creek Golf Course
104 Wheeler Place, Copper Mountain
Copper Creek provides the unique opportunity to play the highest-altitude championship golf course in North America, complete with a sign marking the continent’s highest tee box. Pete and Perry Dye designed this par-69 course.
Keystone Ranch Golf Course
1239 Keystone Ranch Road, Keystone
This unique High Country course features a links-style layout for the front nine and transitions into a traditional mountain course for the back. Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed this 5,582- to 7,090-yard, par-72 course.
The Raven at Three Peaks
2929 Golden Eagle Road, Silverthorne
Postcard views and challenging holes make this course, which winds from the valley floor up into the mountains, one of the most unique in the High Country. Tom Lehman and Hurdzan-Fry designed this 5,235- to 7,413-yard, par-72 course.
The River Course at Keystone
155 River Course Drive, Dillon
This course gets its name from the Snake River, which winds in and out of the front nine before ducking into a lodgepole forest for the final nine holes. Hurdzan-Fry designed this 4,762- to 6,886-yard, par-72 course.
Summit County is home to some of the most dramatic natural terrain found anywhere in North America. This grand landscape serves as a spectacular backdrop for some of the best golf in the High Country. Here are our favorite nine holes from Summit’s five world-class courses.
1. The Raven, No. 16, par 5, 601 yards
Welcome to mountain golf, people. A dramatic tee shot on a downhill 601-yard par 5, the Raven’s postcard hole has amazing views and a long, sweeping fairway down to a large green. A good tee shot will award you with another downhill shot to the green for your second, leaving you with a great opportunity for eagle or birdie.
2. Keystone Ranch, No. 5, par 3, 190 yards
If one hole can accurately describe this great course, this is it. The most challenging par 3 comes in at 190 yards and is as intimidating to the eye as it is to play. This hole requires a solid tee shot that will land softly on the elevated green. Good luck there.
3. Breckenridge Golf Club, Elk, No. 7, par 4, 435 yards
This 435-yard par 4 has the most elevation change of any of the holes on the course. It’s roughly a 75-foot difference from the tee box down to the green. With the dogleg right, after you’ve hit your drive down there, the green is on the other side of a big ravine with Buffalo Mountain in the backdrop.
4. Keystone Ranch, No. 9, par 4, 368 yards
You might have noticed that pretty much all of these holes are ridiculously long — even the par 3s. So, here’s a short par 4. It is a risk-reward hole that allows golfers to take aim at the green. Knock it on, and you will have a great chance at eagle or birdie, or lay up to the fairway to set up a short approach shot to the green.
5. Keystone River, No. 7, par 3, 195 yards
This par 3 is called “The Snake” for good reason. Pay close attention to the prevailing wind on this challenging 195-yard par 3. Tee shots should be played to the middle of the green to avoid hazards located in front, left, right and behind the green.
6. Keystone River, No. 16, par 4, 509 yards
Golfers should be at the peak of their games on this 509-yard par-4 hole, which features a dramatic elevation drop of nearly 200 feet. Stay right on this hole and enjoy the challenge, as well as the views of Keystone Ranch Golf Course, Bald Mountain and Mount Guyot.
7. Copper Creek Golf Course, No. 17, par 3, 167 yards
One of two signature holes at Copper, North America’s highest championship 18-hole course, this par 3 is lined with towering pines and offers golfers a beautiful yet challenging experience. The green features a two-tier design that demands the ball be in proper position to have any chance at an elusive birdie.
8. The Raven, No. 9, par 4, 514 yards
Yes, it’s pretty long for a par 4, but the tee sits almost 300 feet above the green. If you’re fortunate enough to find the fairway off the tee, your work is not over, with an approach to a well-protected green that slopes away to the water hazard with mounds in front sure to stop the timid approach.
9. Breckenridge Golf Club, Beaver No. 8, par 3, 580 yards
This set of nine gets its name from the beaver ponds that run alongside the holes. No. 8 is a challenging hole; it’s a pretty hole, but the ponds are what really make it unique. Golfers beware, though: There are hazards everywhere.
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