Breckenridge Golf Club, Breckenridge

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#3 of 61 in Golf in Colorado
The Town of Breckenridge can boast that it is the only municipality in the world to own a Jack Nicklaus designed, 27-hole golf course. The course opened for play in 1985. During the summer 2001 golf season, the Town opened another nine holes also designed by Nicklaus and every bit as challenging as the original 18-holes. The new Elk nine as it is named, offers more elevation change than the Bear and Beaver nines.

Since the opening of the course, national and regional honors have been bestowed on Breckenridge. Honors awarded by the Colorado Golfer (the State Golf Newspaper) have included; Best Mountain Course, and Toughest Mountain Course. Golf Digest "Places to Play" rates Breckenridge as a 4 1/2 Star Facility, and as one of their top "Upscale Places To Play" in the nation. In May 2011, Golfweek rated Breckenridge as one of the "Top 50 Municipal Courses" in the nation. The course is also Zagat rated.

The golf course is situated in a beautiful mountain valley. The clubhouse sits at an elevation of 9,324 feet. At this elevation the golf ball flies farther and straighter than at lower elevations, as there is less air resistance. The air not only allows you to hit the ball farther, but also offers temperatures that make you forget about the heat of the summer. Typical daytime summer temperatures range from 65 degrees to 80 degrees. Quite rarely will the temperature exceed 80.

The course has five sets of tees so that each golfer may select the challenge equal to their game. From the Nicklaus Tees on the Beaver/Bear rotation, the course plays 7,266 yards and has a course rating of 73.9 with a slope rating of 147. A challenge for even the best golfer. Each set of tees plays to a par 72.
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  • Excellent course in great condition! Be sure to play all three courses - Beaver, Bear and Elk. Friendly staff on the course, in the pro shop and in the restaurant/bar.  more »
  • Jack Nicklaus's only municipal course in the US is a truly marvelous experience. We played all 27 holes on the same day and couldn't have had a more varied weather day. Wind, rain, and sunshine all ap...  more »
  • The Breckenridge course has 3 nine hole courses called Bear, Elk and Beaver. I choose Elk for no other reason than I liked the name. I don't think I got lucky with my choice as I bet all 3 are spectac...  more »
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  • Beautiful course with some challenging holes. Best feature is the views of the Rockies and the occasional visit by deer and elk. Heard coyotes during one early evening round! Reasonable prices
  • All around great experience. Course is kept in top notch shape. The few who have complained about their "tee times" being past 6:30 pm has no one to blame but themselves. That is the standard for many well-kept courses. You pay for better tee times so you can actually play. If you thought you could golf for cheap here then think again. Anyways, this course is absolutely worth bringing your clubs and hitting the ball 300+yrds at altitude!
  • Wonderful Experience! Great Staff..
  • An Amazing Course. The elk has highest elevation change so a great course for visitors
  • Nice course. It is a tough one. Great staff and nice snacks at the bar.

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Where to stay in Breckenridge

Many cabins and lodges take inspiration from the mountains in their design at Breckenridge. If you're there to ski, find a hotel or inn near the slopes that offers ski in/ski out options, or choose lodging along the free shuttle route so you don't have to worry about parking. If you're traveling with a family and are planning to stay a week or so, consider booking a condo or private home with plenty of space to spread out. You'll find small and exclusive bed and breakfasts in the center of town, while sprawling resorts are located away from the main street on the forested mountainside.
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