30th Jul, 2012

Great Golf and Homes at Breckenridge’s Nicklaus-Designed Golf Course

Surrounded by neighborhoods of exclusive Breckenridge Colorado homes, the Town of Breckenridge offers superb mountain golf.  At 9324 foot elevations in the Rocky Mountains west of Denver, several Highlands subdivisions of Breckenridge real estate feature large home sites, glorious views, and enviable proximity to the golf course then Nordic ski center in the winter. Breckenridge homes at the golf course and Breckenridge Ski Resort are served by a free shuttle system.

Breckenridge Golf Course is the only Jack Nicklaus course in the world owned by a municipality.  In the Summit Daily News (06/27/2012), Geoff Mintz touts the perfection of the Elk, Beaver, and Bear – three great 9-hole golf courses at Breckenridge Golf Club.  In the mid-1980s, Jack Nicklaus was a familiar face in Breckenridge.  He helped open the Bear in 1985 the Beaver in 1987.   The Town of Breckenridge asked Nicklaus to work on the Elk Nine over a decade later.  It opened in 2001.

Each course features five sets of tees with challenges and difficulties bunkered in unique guises.  The Bear Nine features generous fairways leading to protected greens.  The Beaver Nine has more restrictive fairways and more readily accessible greens.  With bold elevation changes, the Elk Nine disciplines the golfer with its sidehill and downhill lies.

Inevitably, the Elk No. 7 par-4captures the golfer’s attention.  The 435-yard hole has more elevation changes than any hole at Breckenridge Golf Club. From the tee box – past a dogleg right – down to the green in a big ravine at the foot of Buffalo Mountain, golfers deal with a 75-foot vertical decrease.

Breckenridge Golf Course continues to be awarded national and regional honors.  Colorado Golfer, the State Golf Newspaper, bestowed honors of Best Mountain Course and Toughest Mountain Course.  Golf Digest Places to Play rated Breckenridge 4 ½ Star Facility and as a Top Upscale Places to Play in the nation.  In May 2012, Golfweek Magazine rated Breckenridge as a Top 50 Municipal Courses in the nation. The course is rated by Zagat.

In addition, Breckenridge Golf Club features an award-winning pro shop, grass driving range, practice greens for putting and chipping, sand bunker practice area, and qualified golf instructors.

Mountain golf is known for air quality that allows the ball to fly farther and straighter than it does at lower elevations.For 18-hole games, golfers enjoy the freedom to change up subsets of any of the three courses.  The peak season rate is $130, not a bad price to access a golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus.

For information about buying real estate in Summit County, call Barrie Stimson, Breckenridge Realtor® at (970) 390-2560.

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