On Top of Its Game

Cornerstone Club
LONG VIEW: Cornerstone overlooks the West Elks, Cimarron Ridge and San Juan Mountains. (Photo courtesy of Cornerstone Club)

THE PRIVATE COURSE some consider Colorado’s finest mountain layout is set to reopen this month. Perched on 4,800 acres atop the Uncompahgre Plateau—40 miles from Telluride and 22 from Montrose—Cornerstone Club fell victim to the recession, mothballing its breathtaking Greg Norman-designed layout after the 2012 season. The Cornerstone Owners Association eventually took over, with a number of members devoting substantial resources to resurrect the golf course. In 2017, they brought in former Norman associate Matt Dusenberry with the mandate to improve strategy, playability, memorability, player enjoyment, aesthetics and long-term water usage. “Most people wouldn’t notice the changes,” Dusenberry says, “but they’ll make the course more playable, sustainable and efficient to operate.” The snowy winter has made the reopening date a moving target, but superintendent Jason Stroehlein believes members and their guests will be playing a full 18 by the end of this month.


This article appeared in the 2019 July Issue of Colorado AvidGolfer.

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