Our annual Colorado Golf Binge group of 8 guys played Breckenridge this year for the first time in several years. What a great public course this is. Our weather was threatening but the rains held off until we were about to get our lunch of the patio.
This Jack Nicklaus designed 27-hole public course sits beautifully at 9,324’ above sea level. Breckenridge is a charming Victorian town most known for skiing but has increasingly become a popular destination for that perfect summer or fall get away. What better way to enjoy the beauty of the Colorado Rockies than to play 18 or 27 holes on a great golf course without breaking a sweat?
Elk is the newest and most challenging of the three nines at Breckenridge. Playing the par 72 Elk/Beaver is probably the toughest public golf in Colorado measuring 3,556 yds on Elk and 3,564 yds on Beaver for a 7,120 yd total and a 72.8 rating with a whopping 146 slope from the Gold tees.
The Elk course has some wild holes. The wildest are the par three downhill 5th, then uphill par 4 6th followed by the blind dogleg right downhill par 4 7th. Get through those three in par and you’ve earned a Rocky Mountain High!
The Bear course plays at the lowest altitude along the entry to the course. Hole #9 is a long and very challenging par 4. We played the silver tees and this hole was tough even from silver.
Breckenridge Golf Course is walker friendly. The greens are every bit as good as could be expected in these high altitude conditions. The fairways are near perfect even though Breckenridge Golf Club has finally dropped their carts on paths only policy to the pleasure of many players visiting from lower elevations.
You’ll want to bring your camera to capture the beauty of Breckenridge’s lush bluegrass fairways, beaver ponds, meadows, wildflowers, wildlife, pine and aspen forests and the backdrop of the snowcapped Ten Mile Range, Mt. Baldy and Buffalo Mountain. And, of course, the famous Breckenridge Ski Resort is clearly visible on many of the holes (see photo).
The practice facility is also excellent so arrive early and get a feel for launching your ball through thin mountain air.
Lodging and great bars and restaurants are plentiful in Breckenridge and throughout Summit County.
PGA Professional Erroll Miller is very accommodating to visiting golfers. Including Texans! Give yourself time for a great 18 or 27-hole day at the only 27-hole municipally owned Jack Nicklaus-designed course in the world. It’s a “must play”.
Sam Sherstad Writer, Recreation Travel Reviews
Breckenridge's service from their pro, Erroll Miller, on through their starters, ambassadors and waitstaff are all helpful, Rocky Mountain spirited folks very accustomed to handling out-of-state visitors.
Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating
The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this: links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses!
All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course. In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40. We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.