Scenery abounds at this special mountain course
With views of the breathtaking Gore Mountain Range, Vail Golf Course is a scenic, 18-hole public mountain course that’s accessible for all playing abilities. With five sets of tees, the course has everyone covered from beginners to juniors to low handicap golfers.
This valley course is surrounded by mountains on all sides and was the first golf course in the Vail Valley. One of Vail’s pioneers, Ben Krueger, built the course in 1962.
The greens are challenging with subtle undulations throughout, and the views are amazing across all 18 holes. There are 6,766 yards of golf from the longest tees, for a total par of 71.
At more than 8,000 feet in elevation, golfers get an added bonus at the Vail Golf Club: their balls will fly about 10 percent farther than at lower elevations. It’s also a surprisingly walkable course considering its mountain setting.
For those looking to try something a little different, the club also offers golf-bikes to pedal your way around the course. “Transfer your clubs into the saddle bag on the back of the bike and pedal your way down the fairway – enjoy your golf and your biking all in one,” said Director of Golf Alice Plain. The driving range is located near the clubhouse and hits from west to east, facing the spectacular Gore Range. Plain said it’s the most beautiful driving range view in the state.
Hole 11, Par 4
Hit your tee shot across the Gore Creek while enjoying the beautiful view of the Gore Range. There’s a challenging putting green with lots of undulation.
Hole 15, Par 3
This hole is a short shot with an elevated tee, hitting over the Gore Creek. It’s usually a wedge shot and with the prevailing wind blowing left to right, accuracy is key.
Course designer: Ben Krueger
Year built: Mid 1960’s – opened in 1966.
Classification: Public 18-hole course.
Hours of operation: Open mid-May through mid-October. Hours vary throughout the summer. Visit vail.golf for more information or to book a tee time.
Director of Golf: Alice Plain
Head Professional: Nathan Mead
Dress code: Collared shirts, no denim and no tank tops.
Fees: $69 to $119.
Dress code: Collared golf shirts, soft spike golf shoes or sneakers, no denim jeans.
Course description: The course is set within the Eagle Ranch community and is considered to be a very challenging course by top players. Although challenging, it is also considered to be a fun course for golfers of all abilities. There are five sets of tee markers ranging in yardage from 5,400 to 7,500 yards, so highly skilled golfers can play the course long, while less skilled players can play it shorter. There are also a set of tee markers in the fairways called the “Junior Tees,” which measure 4,000 yards.