Eagle Vail Golf Club: Vail Valley Golf with Autumn Golden Splendor
AVON, Colo. - During the Colorado Rocky Mountain golfing season, there are many choices in the Vail Valley. I recently had the opportunity to play Eagle Vail Golf Club in Avon, just west of Vail off Interstate 70. The course is a collaboration of golf course architects Devlin / Von Hagge, and was opened in 1975.
Upon arrival at the course, you should take in the beautiful scenery that surrounds you, as the courteous staff takes care of your golfing equipment and prepares your Golf cart for that day's round. The clubhouse and pro shops are spacious and well designed, with "Mulligans restaurant and tavern adjoining the pro shop.
I did not get a chance to dine in the restaurant, but the menu looked nice and the restaurant was open and airy. The pro shop staff was very helpful, and there were many choices of equipment and apparel for the golfing shopper.
When you begin your warm-up for the round, you will take a shuttle to the driving range, which is on a lower level of the course. The driving range was spacious and accommodating for the warm-up session. After returning from the range, I had a few minutes to practice putting and get the feel of the greens.
I was disappointed in the practice putting area, as it was small and the green was in bad shape. I was unable to get a feel for the speed of the greens do to the poor practice putting area. Myself and I'm sure other golfers would like to see some attention put to this area.
It was time to begin our round, and hole number one was in that intimidating place for the average golfer, right by the clubhouse. The view was fantastic off of #one tee box, which is elevated overlooking the valley and the fairway below. This whole is a 552 yds, par 5, which a good tee shot will give you a scoring opportunity.
Upon arriving at the first green, actually in regulation, I discovered the greens to be very quick and sandy. They seem to have been aerated recently, because they had spots of grass and sand that were not consistent. When my hundred yard sand wedge shot landed on the green,Icould see the sand fly, and when I got to the green there was a very small ball mark, hardly noticeable.
My partner and I both commented that the greens were very hard and fast, which is fine, but we weren't ready for that feel of the green.
Upon playing #2, the 432 yds, par four, my partner and I felt that the fairway and rough were very lush and green. These areas of the course were in excellent shape. That is why we were so surprised by the condition of the greens. They may have been aerated recently, but we were never told this. This hole is a sharp dogleg right, with a well bunkered green.
A tough whole where par is a good score. Holes number three through six, play out and back along the Eagle river. Numbers 3 and 5 are par threes, with four and six being par fours. This is a great area of the course, with lots of lush green scenery and the crystal clear Eagle river meandering through the holes.
No. 7 is a challenging 411 yds par four, with water down the left side, and out of bounds on the right. Par is a great score for this hole. As you play, you will notice the many bunkers on this course. I found the bunkers to be in great shape and positioned in challenging areas of the course. A sand wedge is a definite recommendation for this course.
Hole No. 8 is a par 5, 538 yd dog leg left with water right and forest left. A narrow green is difficult to reach in two, a right side fairway layup is recommended on your second shot. No. 9 takes you way up the hill to the toughest hole on the course. With out of bounds on the right and mountains on the left, your tee shot needs to be well-placed.
The fairway and green are blind from the tee box, making it difficult for the first time player on this hole. Hopefully, like us, another player in the group will have played the course and can help explain the hole. A great golf hole with lots of challenge.
No. 10 is a 208 yard par-3, the highest tee box on the course. Club selection is important because of the elevation drop, but it is the easiest part 3 on the course with good scoring opportunity. After this hole you will find the Halfway Grill, which has all your needs for food and beverage.
No. 11 is a 565 yd par-5, with lots of water. This difficult par-5 starts off with water on the left down and then as the stream cuts through the fairway, the water will be on your right for your second and approach shots to the green. No. 12 is a 404 yd par-4 with water down the right, and a forgiving fairway .
This is a good scoring hole. No. 13 is a 197 yd par-3, which plays slightly downhill to a green that slopes away from the mountain. No. 14 is a 566 yd par-5, which is pretty wide-open and a good opportunity for birdie and par. The finishing holes I will talk about in more detail as a link to this article.
Overall we found the Eagle Vail course to be in excellent shape, except that the greens were different speeds depending on whether they played along the mountain or in the Valley.
I am sure with different levels of sunshine it is difficult for them to all play the same. The course offers many types of golfing holes, with elevation changes and different terrain for the area of the course you are playing.
Eagle Vail Golf Club
431 Eagle Dr.
Avon, Colorado 81620
P G A professional: Mike Fox
Golf course Superintendent: Chris Leavitt
green fees: $90
slope: 131 par: 72 yardage:6819
Web site: eaglevail.org
Residency rates and season passes available
February 2, 2012