24 Jul 2015
The Telluride Ski and Golf Club in Mountain Village boasts an unforgettable golf course that will leave you stunned – regardless of how you play. Telluride is surrounded by the largest concentration 14,000’ peaks in the United States, so it’s no surprise that the course offers a fantastic view of Telluride’s famous Wilson Peak - more popularly known as the Coors brand mountain logo.
The course is par 71 (6,739 yards), with six par-3s and four par-5s with plenty of variety including dramatic elevation changes, bunkers, dogleg holes and water hazards. Despite these seemingly daunting obstacles, the Rocky Mountain elevation is sure to give you some unexpected yardage – which may or may not help your game. At 9500’ the thin air produces a noticeable difference on how far your ball will glide. The decreased air resistance translates to ~15% farther distance, so be careful not to send each ball soaring past the green – that said, beginners will be WOWed by how far they can drive each ball off the tee. The San Juan range responsible for the elevation also provides the course’s best feature, the beautiful scenery. Each hole is a different view surrounded by dense aspen groves, rolling hills spotted with babbling brooks, and dramatic mountains. It is not uncommon to see a herd of elk meandering in nearby meadows.
The fairways are generous in width, but that’s only to compensate for the lack of playable terrain outside. Hit the ball too far wide and you might send it into a lake, dense forest, or in some cases onto the road.
The Pro Shop and Clubhouse are located in the downstairs of the Peaks Resort in Mountain Village, with exceptional service and staff. The clubhouse staff are more than willing to answer any questions you might have or help you find clubs or shoes to rent.
If you are new to the sport, you’re in luck. Telluride Ski and Golf Club employs some of the best teachers in the game to help you perfect your strokes, including local favorite Dale Abraham. Dale is golf veteran. Not only has he dedicated his life to golf, Dale has won numerous PGA and Golf Digest awards, including two Section of the Year teacher awards and is a Golf Tips Magazine Top 25 Instructor. Private lessons or group clinics are available every day and can be scheduled ahead of time. The course fee is $195 for an adult and $115 for a minor in the morning and early afternoon, but drops to $120 per person after 3pm. Prices vary in the offseason.
A day on the green includes access to putting and chipping greens, driving range, GPS equipped luxury golf carts, and a stop at the halfway-house snack shack located after the 9th hole (service not complimentary). The course is open May to mid-October (conditions permitting), but is most beautiful to play in the summer months during twilight or sunset hours.
Everything accounted for, this course is a must play – perhaps one of the best in North America.