Just look around … then ask yourself,
“I wonder how the golf is in Jersey?’
Apologies if that seems like a cocky stance to take, but we are extremely proud of our Rocky Mountain golf — and can’t imagine playing anywhere else!
Elevate your game at Eagle Ranch!
We love this rarified opportunity to play Rocky Mountain golf and think you will, too!
The course is an 18-hole public course, with our fair share of visitors to the region looking for a unique round of golf. We offer memberships and passes – and again, because of the transient nature of some of our golfers, we offer a wide array of memberships and passes. We have five sets of tees, plus Junior Tee markers in the fairway on each hole so anyone can play as much or as little of the course as fits their comfort level.
There’s not a lot of elevation change here when compared to some of the other courses in the area. “I think this makes the course more straight-forward and enables you to hit driver off the tee more,” says GM Jeff Boyer, PGA.
There’s a lot of undulation to the fairways, which are bordered by mounds of long native grasses that give the course the feel of a links-type course. The greens are fairly large with subtle slopes.
Strategically placed water hazards and bunkers add to the challenge and beauty of the layout. With five sets of tees, the course can be played from 5400 yards to over 7500 yards.
At 6,600 feet above sea level, golf balls fly about 10% further. Golfers of all abilities can play from a distance that suits their game. Even at the high altitude, the golf season lasts from early April to early November.
We usually aerate the greens the last week of September, which significantly impacts the playability of the greens for about two weeks or so. Any other aeration we do does not have a significant impact to the playability of the course.
The course is completely covered with snow from December through March. In fact, we groom cross-country ski trails on the course in the winter. Come give them a try!
We open in early April, but the grass doesn’t really start growing much until May, so April and early May conditions are fair. Then, mid-May through late September the golf course is in good, consistent condition until we aerate greens in late September. From late September through early November when we close, the course is in good condition, except for the aerated greens.
- Tees: Kentucky Bluegrass
- Fairways: Kentucky Bluegrass
- Greens: Bentgrass
Ask the expert: Jeff Boyer, PGA , our General Manager.
Who better to garner tips and coaching points about playing Eagle Ranch than the house PGA pro! Jeff offers these timely pieces of advice for you to consider before your next round:
How should I play the first hole?
“Our first hole is a great warm up. It’s a straight, medium-length Par 4 and, if the wind is blowing, it’s usually downwind. The fairway is wide, so I recommend driver off the tee to put a shorter club in your hand for the approach. There are bunkers guarding the front and right sides of the green. The green is fairly deep, so it’s a good idea to check the pin placement for precise yardage.”
What is the best par 5 on the course?
“Hole #12 is considered our Signature Hole. It plays up a draw with sagebrush and juniper trees on both sides. Abrams Creek meanders through the hole, tightening up the landing area for tee shots and often forcing a layup on many golfers’ second shots. It plays uphill all the way and into the prevailing wind, which makes it difficult for even the big hitters to reach in two.”
What’s the best par 3 on the course?
“Hole #11. On the scorecard, it says it’s a Par 3 and the yardage from the tips is only 187, but many like to refer to it as the ‘shortest Par 5 in the Vail Valley.’
“Short and right tee shots get swallowed by Abrams Creek, which meanders in front of the green and around the right side. Long and left tee shots go in a large bunker, which is very difficult to get up and down from. The green has a very shallow depth on the left portion, so it intimidates the golfer into going for the larger landing area that crosses over the creek.”
What is the toughest hole on the golf course?
“If it’s not 11 or 12, I think it’s #9, a long Par 4 that’s 490 yards from the tips. Two lakes come into play all along the left side of the hole and there’s out-of-bounds right. The lake guards the left, front side of the green. The green is one of the largest on the course and also has the largest undulation out of all the greens.”
What’s the most difficult green on the golf course?
“While #9 green probably has the largest undulation, I think #14 green is the most difficult to putt. When the pin is cut anywhere near the right side or front of the green, it can be tough to hold your first putt near the hole, because there is a gradual slope in the right middle of the green.”
Take me through the final finishing holes; how can I expect to finish a round here?
“Holes 16-18 are three great finishing holes:
- Sixteen is a great three shot Par 5. You have to hit two perfect shots to hit the green in two and it just usually isn’t worth the risk.
- Seventeen is a straight Par 4 with OB left and a creek on the right. It feels tight off the tee, but the fairway is actually fairly generous. On the scorecard and the map, this hole doesn’t seem like much, but it is actually our number one handicap hole.
- Eighteen is another tough Par 4. It’s long and has water all along the right side. The green is narrow and deep.”
One of our members has named the last three holes, the “Badger’s Den.” We have quite a few badgers around the course. They are neat animals, but are known for having a bit of a temper when they feel threatened.
Read “Eagle Ranch Golf Club: Friendly lies meet awesome Vail Valley views,” a review of the course and a re-cap of architect Arnold Palmer’s time here.
The staff at Eagle Ranch strives to make every golfer’s experience at Eagle Ranch exceptional. You’ll feel right at home, whether you live down the street or across the country.