Colorado Getaways 2023: Eagle County

Arnold Palmer Design a Rare Challenge

AS EAGLE COUNTY fills each summer with hikers, bikers, concert jammers and mountain cabin dwellers seeking a respite from the heat, Eagle Ranch Golf Club’s tee sheet fills up. The Arnold Palmer-designed 18-hole course near the town of Eagle is 30 minutes from Vail, which makes it an easy destination for players seeking a medley of mountain courses. The course was a working ranch before Eagle Ranch opened in 2001. The course’s selling point is players get to look at beautiful mountain vistas – they don’t have to clear them with their drives. The course plays generally flat and as it is 1,500 feet lower than Vail the course can be enjoyed much deeper into the fall. That is when the ski and tee set show up – hoping to get at least nine runs in on the earliest ski slopes before they head to the first tee. New this year is an additional set of forward tees. Eagle Ranch is joining an industry-wide shift toward offering more tee boxes and calling them what they are – forward, middle, or back. The point is to encourage people to play from the tees that enable them to succeed and enjoy the round – not to stay stuck in a ‘ladies’ tees’ ‘men’s tees’ and ‘competition tees’ rut.

While you are here

Eagle Ranch Golf Club features a women-only golf clinic taught by PGA Professional Erica Webster. The classes help players improve their game and meet other women on the same journey. Register at (970) 328-2882, ext. 1,

Hiking, biking, running: Your legs may never forgive you for visiting Eagle, because the town is the epicenter of more than 100 miles of trails outfitted for mountain biking, hiking and trail running. The network is turning Eagle into a summer biking mecca. The variety of trails are enough to put anyone’s fitness to the test.

The Eagle Block Party is an annual concert weekend that can act as a blistering swan song as summer ends and schools resume, or else the key event to a summer concert calendar. The Block Party this year is Aug. 11 to 13 with bands Lettuce, Oteil & Friends, Pepper, Paul Cauthen, Sam Bush and more through the three-day bash.

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