Country Club of the Rockies

Golf Course Review by: Billy Satterfield

Quick Facts

Designer:  Jack Nicklaus in 1984

Cost:  Private

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Course Website:  Official Website - Visit Country Club of the Rockies's official website by clicking on the link provided.

Directions:  Get here! - 676 Sawatch Drive, Edwards, CO 81632

Photos:  See additional photos of Country Club of the Rockies

Accolades:  Ranked 9th on Golf Digest's 2013-14 Best in State list for Colorado.

What to Expect:  Located a dozen miles west of Vail, this Jack Nicklaus design isn't a mountainous as the name suggests. In fact, the course has more of an inland links feel with water coming into play on more than half the holes, including the signature holes on the back nine that play along the Eagle River. The course is consistently rated at or near the top of the rankings for courses in the Vail area and is second to only Castle Pines as Nicklaus' finest work in Colorado. The course is known for its great conditioning and in particular the fast greens. When the course opened in 1984 the well protected greens were more undulated in order to put some teeth in the layout since at 7200 feet elevation it was going to be difficult to protect par with length. In the mid-90s the grass type was changed, undulations softened, and speed ramped up. Bottom line, the Country Club of the Rockies is the premier club in the Vail area.

Signature Hole:  14th - 175 Yard Par 3

14th Hole at Country Club of the Rockies (175 Yard Par 3)
14th Hole at Country Club of the Rockies (175 Yard Par 3)

By the Numbers:

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Tournament (Green) 72 7402 73.8 136
Back (Blue) 72 6859 71.3 131
Middle (White) 72 6500 69.6 126
Forward (Black) 72 6101 67.2 117
Front (Red) (Women) 72 5369 70.1 131


Individual Hole Analysis

Best Par 3:  8th - 176 Yards

Best Par 4:  18th - 415 Yards

Best Par 5:  7th - 571 Yards

Birdie Time:  2nd - 389 Yard Par 4

Bogey Beware:  12th - 477 Yard Par 4

12th Hole at Country Club of the Rockies (477 Yard Par 4)
12th Hole at Country Club of the Rockies (477 Yard Par 4)

Final Cut:    Grade B-

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