UPDATED: 11/26/14

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.

The beauty of the Breckenridge Golf Club begins long before you enter the course.

The beauty of the Breckenridge Golf Club begins long before you enter the course.

Take a lesson

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.

The range has a beautiful backdrop for a warmup.

The range has a beautiful backdrop for a warmup.

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 course

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.

The Breckenridge Golf Course is challenging, yet beginner friendly.

The Breckenridge Golf Course is challenging, yet beginner friendly.

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.

Outside the clubhouse sits a serene pond.

Outside the clubhouse sits a serene pond.

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.

 

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Kimberly Nicoletti always knew she was meant to escape gray Chicago winters and spend her days skiing the Colorado Rockies. So, two months after she turned 18, she moved to Breckenridge to be a ski bum "for a season," assuring her parent's she'd return to Illinois to finish college. But, the ski bum life stuck. After three years of full-time skiing in Summit County, she decided to finish her degree at CU-Boulder in Creative Writing (granted, she took a semester off to ski). Once free of classes, she took yet another year off to ski in Summit (do you see a pattern here?). Then, she moved back to Boulder to earn her master's degree in Somatic Psychology/Dance Therapy. Upon graduation, she spent a winter teaching skiing at Mammoth Mountain. (Surely you see the pattern now.) In 2002, she moved back to Summit full time, to work at the Summit Daily as the arts and entertainment editor. She stayed with the company for 10 years, enjoying Summit's great events and later working as the managing editor of magazines covering the High Country. She still revolves her life around adventure and creativity, taking time to travel, ski, paddleboard, dance, ice skate, play with her dogs, learn new things and generally enjoy life. She's highly addicted to powder skiing and keeps her winter mornings commitment-free so she can indulge in "deep play" when Mother Nature cooperates. Off the mountain, she's a freelance writer and editor and teaches fitness and mind/body classes throughout Summit County.

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