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paradise The links lure summer crowds

to Vail Valley resorts By MICHAEL HILLER Special Contributor

Ifyou thinkColorado sVail andBeaver Cre k resorts are famous only as ski destinations

you re missing out on the true allure ofthe valley Somewhere between the last snowmelt and

the first snowflake Colorado transforms into a golfer s dream Crowds thin out the air warms up and moun tain eddies blow the stars around an inky sky While the —

weather is heating up in Texas it s the golfthat s hot

mountains right now

— in Col rado s

When I first moved to

Colorado it was for the winter ski season said Pentti Tofferi

a golfer and ski instructor but I quickly fell in love with the spring summer and fall All over the Vail Valley from the tony town ofVail on the east to the swanky Beaver Creek resort farther west the call to action is unmistakable

Hikers bikers paragliders climbers rafters kayakers and golfers flock to this area during spring and summer to take advantage ofthe cool air and blue skies

There s no better place to swing your 9 iron than on the second hole of Beaver Creek

GolfClub The mountaintop elevation gives you a two club advantage since balls travel farther at these high eleva

tions The 190 yard par 3 drops nearly 10 stories from tee to green trimmed by a creek on the right From the elevated tee the enormity of Beaver Creek s village spreads out below you in the distance After years ofunscripted nips

and Beaver Creek hotels

Red Sky s two courses are the gems ofthe Valley No detail seems to have been too

small Service is enthusiastical

ly attentive whether on the practice range or on the course Tinted cart paths blend in and tucks a recent renovation naturally with the reddish soil returned the course close to its More than 25 000 sage plants original design No one seems were sheltered in greenhouses during course construction to have told the beavers who then transplanted back so the still like to dam the creek chew land would retain its natural the trees and occasionally look interfere with the routing Fazio and Norman took full At the base of nearby Vail Mountain skirting the narrow advantage ofthe wide vistas from Red Sky s elevated perch strip offlatland between In terstate 70 and Gore Creek the painting the high desert with sinuous lines ofgreen white Vail Valley golfcourse serves and brown From a distance tall pines and log homes lend a planted vertically at the edge of finger painted texture to the more formal contours of Fa the rough mark fairway yard ages If an errant shot happens zio s and Norman s square tee to find its way into Gore Creek boxes and curled fairways Red Sky is quiet and re you may find that an upstream mote From the apex of Fazio s kayaker spotted your shot and

double duty as a Nordic ski

track in the winter Old skis

will guide you to it A few miles away between Vail and Beaver Creek a pri vate residential development called Red Sky Ranch offers two outstanding courses one designed by golfpro Greg Norman and another from

famed golf architect Tom Fa zio Nonmember play is re stricted to guests of several Vail

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course you can make out Bea ver Creek s Gold Dust ski run

in the distance

Up here the only sounds you re likely to hear are the clicks of well struck irons and

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the occasional puttering ofthe beverage cart as it makes its way up the hill MichaelHiller w a Dallas

based golftravel writer and the editor ofEscapeHatch Dallas com After the

snow melts the Vail Golf Club trans forms from a Nordic ski area back to

a golf course

John Marshall The Associated Press

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Michael Hlller Special Contributor

Red Sky Ranch offers two outstanding courses One is designed by golf pro Greg Norman and another is by famed golf architect Tom Fazio

When you go Vail Golf Club Vail Colo 970 479 2260 vailgolfclub net Green fees through


cart through June 28

64 with


107 with

cart from June 29 Sept 6 Beaver Creek Golf Club Beaver Creek Colo 970 754 5775

beavercreek com golf Green fees

92 through Junel4


from Junel5 Sept l5

Red Sky Ranch and Golf Club Wolcott Colo 1 866 873 3759 redskygolfclub com

Green fees

250 June 8 Sept l6

stay and play packages available

Kayakers and golfers both

enjoy the views from the Vail Golf Club

Michael Hlller Special Contributor

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