From Tee to Green, Snowmass Club is reestablishing its alluring cachet.
By: Daniel B. Glover
“We’re very family-oriented…it’s an all-inclusive mountain experience for all ages and interests.”
TO THE ROOTS
While it’s been around for four decades, over the last couple of years under the current ownership, Snowmass Club has placed great emphasis on becoming a more welcoming place.
“The owners of the Snowmass Club all have strong local ties. They are respected business owners, industry leaders and long-time supporters of the local community who are combining their expertise and enthusiasm to make the club one of the top year-round mountain clubs in the world,” says Joanna Mallory, Snowmass Club’s Marketing and Communications Director.
Just a short drive from Aspen, nestled in Snowmass Village, Snowmass Club is indeed focused on its “family- forward” atmosphere, an attitude that permeates every aspect of its operation, be it recreationally at its year- round pools or 11 outdoor tennis and Pickleball courts, or gastronomically as members dine at the recently redesigned Three Peaks Restaurant and Black Saddle Bar & Grille.
AN IRISH TWO-STEP
Noted Colorado golf fixture Jim Engh took on a redesign of Snowmass Club’s course in 2005, in the process pulling off an impressive two-step—remaining true to and taking cues from the ranching families that had inhabited the land decades earlier, but also envisioning a layout that would hearken memories of the traditional links courses found in Ireland.
That duality can perhaps be most notably found on the 535-yard, par-5 fourth hole, which not only features massive bunkering, but also offers an unobstructed view of Mt. Daly, rising majestically at more than 13,000 ft. Golfers shouldn’t be so entranced by the splendor that they fail to take heed of the sights much closer to terra firma—the hole narrows as you progress and requires an approach shot over a creek that crosses in front of the green.
IN AND OUT
Away from the links, Snowmass Club offers multiple opportunities for members hoping to maximize their connection to nature. Besides golf, there are also extensive hiking trails, as well skiing and snowboarding at nearby Snowmass Mountain. There’s also a dedicated Nordic Center, with cross-country skiing across the golf course in winter.
Those seeking an indoor respite will certainly find it in the club’s redesigned spa and fitness area—anchored by a new clubhouse, members will be able to pedal and stretch to their heart’s content in the new Spin and Pilates studios.
Members come here for the natural beauty, the incredible range of indoor and outdoor activities and amenities—for all seasons and all ages—and the amazing community of people who call this place home.
This article was also featured in the May Issue of Colorado AvidGolfer.