Golf - Semi Private Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Snowmass Village, Co
Snowmass Club is what makes me excited about another round of this silly, frustrating, and expensive game. When you play this fantastic course at the base of Snowmass Village and ski area, you'll find:
Snowmass Club twists and turns up and down the rolling Rocky Mountain hills at the base of Snowmass Village and has the feel of an Irish links course - open, roughs and natural areas, and no trees. To score well here, you really need to study the hole layout, check pin placement, manage the course, and deploy your "A" game on the approach shots and on putting. What makes Snowmass both fun and challenging is that it throws a little bit of everything at you including: blind shots, ups and downs, dramatic elevation changes, risk reward opportunities, strategically placed bunkers, plus water and natural areas. This is a course where you can bite off as much as you want (7000 yards and a 146 slope from the tips) or move forward one or two tee boxes and have a more relaxing round.
There are a lot of very fun holes that will make you want to come back and play Snowmass again. For example: #1 is a beaut at 595 yards as it plays along a lake and heads left over to a green that is at a right angle to the end of the fairway - which offers lots of risk reward go-for-it second or third shots; #9 requires an accurate drive from an elevated tee box to a narrow down sloping fairway and then a precise second shot to an oblong green protected by a lake; on #14 you need to nail your tee shot to avoid trouble and make the turn to carry a waste area to a green with pin placement that can be a killer; and 18 is a fantastic finishing hole - an elevated tee box with dramatic panoramic views to a dog leg right narrow and well protected green. Not wanting to end the round, I was tempted to order lunch and just sit on the 18th tee box soaking up the sun and views for a couple hours.
When we played in early September 2009, the conditions were near perfect. The sculpted fairways were lush and green, the rough was cut playable, greens were in fantastic condition, and the course was well manicured and maintained. The greens can be killers and can make two putting rare. They are fast with lots of slope and undulation and pin placement can add multiple stokes. So practice putting before you head out, study the pin placement, and take your time reading the green. The bunkers can also be killers - do whatever you can to avoid these deep, big, steep faced monsters, some of which could swallow a school bus!
Wow, what a fantastic course - can't wait to get back and play it again.
Rates: $75.00 to $195.00
Snowmass is a first class operation all the way - great service, excellent pro shot, complete practice facilities, and a good restaurant and bar.
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.