Copper Creek Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.7

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 70
Copper Mountain, CO
Online Specials · Discounted Tee Times · Stay & Play
Date Last Played: August 10, 2009

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Copper Creek Review

Copper Creek Golf Club is covered with snow and skiers half the year (Copper Mountain Ski Resort). But in the months of June through September it is a wonderful place to enjoy the the fresh air, soft green grass, bright blue skies and beautiful mountain vistas of Summit County without blowing your budget on a day of golf. Copper Creek caters to visiting families, avid golfers rounding out their Rocky Mountain golf experience and locals galore.

Copper Creek opened in 1980 with clever designing by Pete and Perry Dye. The distances, ratings and slopes are all low and Copper Creek should be an easy course to challenge or break par...if you can avoid the water and the ball-eating roughs and forests.

The front nine winds through the many ponds, creeks and condominiums. You'll think birdie when you tee it up on #5 (strangely the #1 handicap hole measuring less than 500 yds from the Gold Tee). But you'll have to avoid 3 ponds, a creek and a couple of sand traps to hit a partially hidden green and sink your birdie (or eagle) putt.


The ninth hole is a par 4 that is reachable from the tee but the risk/reward is significant thanks to strategic front and back bunkers and tall pines protecting the shallow green. The back nine is more traditional and offers gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains and double diamond ski slopes of East Copper Mountain. The pine forests are surviving better here than at the much higher priced Summit County courses of Breckenridge, Keystone and The Raven at Three Peaks. This is probably due to the higher altitude and cooler temps of Copper Creek.


The mornings start out chilly but warm up fast. The icy sign by the first tee this morning was the result of the sprinklers running with temps below freezing at 7:30am....but an hour later I was comfortably playing in short sleeves and golf shorts in bright sunshine and no humidity. So bring your camera and your accurate irons and you'll truly enjoy your day and feel OK about treating yourself to a nice lunch or dinner at Copper Station or any of many fine area eateries.


Copper Mountain offers some great lodging package deals. Check out This summer Copper Mountain is running the chairlift free for folks wanting a nice picnic and hike down the mountain. Bikes can be rented from Rebel Sports for a fun and easy ride from Vail Pass 14 miles down a smooth paved bike trail through Copper Creek Golf Club and on to Frisco. I've done that with large groups of family and friends and all have thoroughly enjoyed it. Copper Mountain and Copper Creek are well known for wholesome fun, friendly service and outstanding recreation options for all ages and skill levels. Try it. It's fun!


Sam Sherstad Writer, Recreation Travel Reviews

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 5,704 66.3 110
White 5,163 64.0 102
Gold 6,057 68.2 115
Red 4,460 63.2 111

Course Information

Course Architect:
Pete & Perry Dye
Greens Type:
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Course Map
Beware of water on 6 holes and the 20 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.7 out of 10
Fun to Play:
Front Nine Rating:
Back Nine Rating:


Approximate Weekend
$29.00 to $59.00

Copper Creek is staffed by a fine team of guys and gals (most of which work both the ski and golf seasons here). Dave Glissmann heads both the golf operations and the Ski and Ride School. Attitudes and service are healthy year round.



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! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

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. 


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