From Tee to Green to points beyond and between, The Broadmoor is about far more than great golf.
By Jon Rizzi
A PEDIGREED PAST
Perpetually ranked at or near the top of every list of greatest North American golf resorts, The Broadmoor has set an unrivaled standard of excellence since debuting in 1918 with 18 holes laid out by the masterful Donald Ross at the foot of Cheyenne Mountain. By 1964, Robert Trent Jones had added 18 more. Today, The Broadmoor’s East and West courses each seamlessly mix nine holes from both architects.
The East, which has hosted two U.S. Women’s Opens and will welcome its third U.S. Senior Open in 2025, enjoys more cachet, though both layouts feature the fiddly greens that Bernhard Langer compared to Augusta National’s.
The East launched the careers of Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sörenstam, who won, respectively, the 1959 U.S. Amateur and 1995 U.S. Women’s Open. You can immerse yourself in that legacy and so much more in the plush Heritage Hallway between The Broadmoor Golf Shop and its vintage-photo-filled Grille.
ADD TO THE LEGACY
The Broadmoor Golf Club is private, but also considers hotel guests “visiting members,” providing a locker and all the requisite services and amenities. To be clear, you need to stay there—which is not exactly roughing it—to play there.
These are championship courses, but as PGA Director of Golf Russ Miller says, “We make it so all guests can enjoy a course setup similar to what the pros face, just with lower rough heights and slower green speeds.”
Late summer and early fall present an ideal time to
book. Through October 31, the Unlimited Golf Package allows non-group participants to stay overnight Sunday through Wednesday and play as many rounds as they want—all for the base price of $695 per night, double occupancy.
For something truly special, check into the “Golf with a Legend” package featuring Colorado native and World Golf Hall of Famer Hale Irwin. Starting at $9,000 per room based on a minimum of six double-occupancy rooms, a group of 12 to 24 players gets a three-day, three-night feast of golf, fly-fishing, food and, on the third day, a round of golf with Irwin. He’ll play an equal number of holes with each foursome on the East Course. The experience caps off at The Broadmoor Seven Falls with a classic Colorado dinner at 1858 restaurant.
It doesn’t get much better than The Broadmoor precisely because The Broadmoor doesn’t settle for just being better. Every visit brings a new experience—even avoiding three- putts. There’s the return of the Cog Railway up Pike’s Peak; fly-fishing at Emerald Valley Ranch; rustic elegance at Cloud Camp; zip-lining through canyons; beginning falconry; and upscale bowling. These represent just a few of the ongoing enhancements that complement the wide range of restaurants, shops, spa services and accommodations that make this the state’s only five-star, five-diamond resort.
This article was also featured in the July 2021 Issue of Colorado AvidGolfer.