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Norman course opens in June

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Norman course opens in JuneColorado’s first Greg Norman-designed golf course opens June 30 at Red Sky Golf Club in Wolcott. The private, 18-hole championship course joins one designed by Tom Fazio, which opened for play last summer. Each course has its own clubhouse, and play alternates between the two courses.”The Greg Norman course boasts stunning views of Vail’s legendary Back Bowls and features bent-grass collars unlike any other course in Colorado. A bit longer than the Fazio course located next to it, the Norman course also features smaller greens with less undulation, favoring the long-hitter that hits accurate iron shots,” said Jeff Hanson, director of golf for Red Sky Golf Club.The par 72 Norman Course is at an elevation of about 7,880 feet and plays 7,556 yards from its championship tees. The course’s 24,000-square-foot clubhouse offers lunch for members only with dining available to the public in the evenings, a lounge and bar, men’s and women’s locker rooms, a full-service pro shop, member-only driving range, outdoor swimming pool, bag storage, two tennis courts and a member boardroom. The course will be open until Oct. 26.Red Sky Golf Club is open to members and their guests as well as guests of select Vail Resorts’ lodging properties, which are offering a variety of lodging/golf packages this summer.Vail officially bids on ’09The Vail Valley Foundation earlier this month made it official, according to Ski Racing Magazine, throwing its hat in the ring for the 2009 World Alpine Ski Championships. Long reported to be interested in hosting the races, Vail made its official announcement at the spring calendar meetings of the International Ski Federation (FIS) held in Strasbourg, France the first week of May, Ski Racing reports.&quotWe are making it official,&quot the magazine quotes Vail Valley Foundation President Ceil Folz as telling the U. S. delegation to the calendar meeting. &quotWe will bid for the 2009 championships.&quotFolz in the past has told The Vail Trail the foundation is also interested in simultaneously hosting the 2009 snowboard and freestyle championships.Ski Racing reports that the FIS expressed initial surprise at the three-pronged championship concept, but after some thought, “the organization seemed favorably disposed to considering the first single-location, triple-discipline championships in the sport’s history.”Three other sites are in being considered for the 2009 alpine worlds: Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; Val d’Isere, France; and Schladming, Austria. Ski Racing reports that Val d’Isere, which just missed out on the 2007 championships, is probably Vail’s stiffest competition.Vail has twice before hosted the alpine championships in 1989 and 1999 and is the only U.S. ski area other than Aspen to have ever hosted the prestigious event.

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