Breckenridge Golf Course is one of the world’s few Jack Nicklaus-designed municipal golf courses. Whether you’re an avid golfer or a never-ever, Breckenridge is a great place to learn, not only because of its surrounding beauty and course design, but also because of its pros.
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The golf pros at Breckenridge Golf Course truly make a difference in your swing.
Mike and Linda Hessel, Breckenridge residents, paid for one lesson for their daughter when she was 8 years old, and head golf pro Eroll Miller fixed her swing in an hour, Mike said. (Sidenote that I never thought of, not having kids: They say it’s an advantage for women to know how to golf as business execs, so they’re preparing their youngster early. So, I guess whether you’re young or older, golf lessons aren’t a bad bet.)
I took a beginner lesson because nearly the only thing I knew about golf was of the plastic windmill, fake-volcano-spewing, Eiffle Tower type found in mini-golf courses. So, I knew how to interlace my fingers to hold a club, but that was about it.
Without Eroll’s help, I wouldn’t have stuck out my butt so far. I wouldn’t have lined up the ball correctly. And I certainly wouldn’t have realized how important it is to follow through with my swing.
Once my instructor pointed out I wasn’t following through with my whole body and I began to continue to move my body in the direction the ball was going, it made all the difference in the world.
Instructors offer group lessons on Mondays and Thursdays, and private lessons are also available.
The 27-hole course meanders through one of Breckenridge’s most scenic mountain valleys. At approximately 9,325 feet, golf balls soar farther, due to less air resistance, which makes the game a bit more exciting. And, with cool temperatures ranging from 65-80 degrees in the day, you won’t sweat a whole lot — unless it’s your swing you’re sweating over.
Breckenridge offers three nine-hole courses, with the newest, the Elk, providing more elevation change than the Bear and the Beaver nines.
Five sets of tees allow any type of golfer to challenge themselves, and each set of tees plays to a par 72. From the farthest tee the course measures 7,266 yards and holds a rating of 73.9, with a slope rating of 147.
Golf Shop awarded Breckenridge Golf Club America’s 100 Best Golf Shops eight separate times, so it’s a great place to gear up.
The Clubhouse Restaurant offers a full menu and well-stocked bar and also accommodates weddings and special events.
The course typically opens around Memorial Day weekend and closes in early October. Fees for 18 holes walking start at $67, with carts starting at $18 per person. Check out twilight or happy hour tee times for the best discounts.
If you just want to practice your swing with a bucket of balls, you can enjoy the greenery and the scenery on the range for $7 anytime during the season. Visit BreckenridgeGolfClub.com for a detailed description of tee times, green fees and more in Breckenridge.