Best Golf Resorts In The Rockies And Great Plains
BIG CEDAR LODGE
Tiger Woods' design team's new course, Payne's Valley, opened in 2020 and hosted an event with Woods, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose on Golf Channel. Ozarks National, a Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw course that opened in 2019, and earned Golf Digest's Best New Public course honors. Big Cedar Lodge features a rustic lodge and lakeside cottages, the eye-opening nine-hole par-3 Top of the Rock by Jack Nicklaus, one of the more fascinating practice ranges in golf designed by Arnold Palmer, a 13-hole course designed by Gary Player and the 18-hole Buffalo Springs by Tom Fazio.
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A grand hotel at the base of Cheyenne Mountain overlooks two 18s, both a combination of Donald Ross and Robert Trent Jones-designed holes. A third 18, by Arnold Palmer and revised by Nicklaus Design, is nearby.
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THE PRAIRIE CLUB
There are courses designed by Tom Lehman and Graham Marsh and a fun 10-hole pitch & putt by Gil Hanse to offer the complete Sandhills experience. Lodging and one 18 edge the pine-lined Snake River gorge.
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THE RITZ CARLTON, BACHELOR GULCH
Jeff Andrew/Vail Resorts Signature Clubs