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The Club at Cordillera. The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera has three 18-hole courses and a 10-hole course. Hotel guests can play the Jack Nicklaus-designed Summit Course, which surrounds a peak like a string of pearls. The Hale Irwin Mountain Course runs through aspen groves, past lakes, and through meadows surrounded by luxury homes. The Dave Pelz-designed 10-hole course lets you show off (or makes you practice) your short-game skills. 2205 Cordillera Way, Edwards, CO, 81632. 970/569-6480. www.cordillera-vail.com. Reservations essential. Mountain: 18 holes. Yards: 7413. Par: 72/72. Green fee: $175.
Gypsum Creek Golf Course. This course, designed by Pete Dye, climbs around a rocky mesa. There are plenty of blind holes and precipitous drop-offs, especially on the eighth hole. 530 Cotton Ranch Dr., Gypsum, CO, 81637. 970/524-6200. www.gypsumcreekgolf.com. Reservations essential. 18 holes. Yards: 7052. Par: 72. Green fee: $45-$85.
Eagle Ranch Golf Club. This 6,600-foot-high course was landscaped in the lush wetlands of the Brush Creek valley. Caddies like to joke that the perfect club might actually be a fly rod. Arnold Palmer, who designed the 18-hole course, said, "The fairways are very playable and the roughs are not extremely rough." 0050 Lime Park Dr., Eagle, CO, 81631. 970/328-2882 or 866/328-3232. www.eagleranchgolf.com. Reservations essential. 18 holes. Yards: 7500. Par: 72. Green fee: $95.
Red Sky Golf Club. At this tony private course a few miles west of Beaver Creek members alternate with guests on two courses designed by Tom Fazio and Greg Norman. The Tom Fazio Course's front nine are laid out on sagebrush-covered hills, but the back nine flows up and down a mountainside covered with groves of junipers and aspens. The Greg Norman Course sprawls through a broad valley. Some shots require carries across jagged ravines. Norman's signature bunkers abound, guarding slippery greens. In order to play at Red Sky Golf Club you must be staying in the Lodge at Vail, the Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, other hotels owned by Vail Resorts, or other partner properties. 376 Red Sky Rd., Wolcott, CO, 81655. 970/754-8425. www.redskygolfclub.com. Reservations essential. Greg Norman: 18 holes. Yards: 7580. Par: 72. Green fee: $250. Tom Fazio: 18 holes. Yards: 7113. Par: 72. Green fee: $250.
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