Colorado Getaways 2022: Vail Golf Club

Vail Golf Club

Vail Golf Club

THE FIRST COURSE IN the Vail Valley remains its most popular. Currently its 60th season, the 6,766-yard Vail Golf Club layout sits at 8,200 feet, with views of the Gore Range and Gore Creek on most holes. The club just finished the second phase of a greens reconstruction project that will finish this time in 2023.

“The greens were basically the same as they were when we opened in 1963,” Director of Golf Alice Plain says. To improve the drainage and overall health of the putting surfaces, Vail is building sand-based “California-style” greens and carpeting them with dominator bentgrass, which will survive the winters better. In addition to course conditions, Vail has improved its already impressive pace of play by spacing tee time intervals from 10 to 12 minutes.

“If it wasn’t for the pandemic, we never would have done it,” Plain says. “We lost one tee time per hour, but we didn’t lose any revenue. People are still playing in 4:07, but they’re happier and enjoying themselves more.”

Other Eagle County courses, such as Eagle Ranch and Gypsum Creek have also shifted to 12-minute intervals.

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