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Weiskopf designs course for Frost Creek

Austin Richardson
Bret Hartman/Vail DailyGolf course designer Tom Weiskopf speaks in an interview Friday at the Adams Rib Ranch office in Eagle about the new Adams Mountain Country Club golf course.

EAGLE Tom Weiskopfs easy style and commanding demeanor make believing his golf course designs are smooth and natural. Hes been involved in more than 50 golf courses in his design career.

His latest is the Adams Mountain Country Club at Adams Rib Ranch. Even at first glance it looks spectacular. Frost Creek runs through the property like a wisps of smoke from a cowboys campfire.There are two benches available for development on the Adams Mountain Country Club site. From the top bench, most of the golf holes will be within eyeshot, providing members with a scenic treat. The bottom of the bench shows golf holes spreading out like childs fingers, seeking a treat from its mother. The higher of the two benches characterizes the front nine holes on the golf course. The back nine are separate with very few of the golf holes are side-by-side.

There are man-made lakes in the works for both the golf course and the neighborhood development. The wide, soft scale of the project constricts neither the golf course nor the housing development. High chaparra offset by rock formations in both canyon and stream setting create a chance for unique development.Weiskopf said the ridge holes and elevation change characterize the golf course. The best views from the parcel havent been sacrificed for either the homes or the golf course. One of the best parts, Weiskopf says, is that long mountain vistas are evident with parts or all of a golf hole in the line of sight.

Words like beautiful, unique and picturesque flow easily from Weiskopf when describing the development on Frost Creek, south of Eagle.Extras like a driving range, also with a spectacular view, are included within the golf course design. This is a very special piece of property, Weiskopf said. Its rare to have a perfect balance of property development and golf in the same project.The intent is to have some of the holes grassed this year, but of course that is subject to lots of factors. The goal is to have the clubhouse and most of the course completed before all the homesites are sold.

In terms of shheer size, the golf course will encompass roughly 110 acres. Normally, golf courses are set on smaller parcels, ranging from 70 to 85 acres.Weiskopf said by having such a large amount of turf, the golf course will be quite forgiving. And in terms of playability, the course will have several different sets of tees for players of different skill levels. Ranging from 7,300 yards from the championship tees, to 6,700 yards for the back tees to a more moderate 6,200 yards and 5,800 yards all the way to 5,300 yards on the forward tees, this course will fit everyone. Settling in at a par-72, the holes are evenly divided. There will be ten par-4s, four par-5s and 4 par-3s.This is designed to be a members golf course, Weiskopf said. It will be challenging, but fair.Traditionally styled bunkers and subtle green contours accentuate the medium to large greens. Trouble on both left and right makes the course challenging without giving certain playing styles an advantage, said Weiskopf.Each hole is unique unto itself, Weiskopf said. Fred (Kummer) has given me a great palette to work with. The contractor and the people involved in this project have been a perfect fit.Long vistas with lots of grass will be a strong selling point to the golf course homesites. Weiskopf said many of the golf holes on the course will be showcased in the views from each of the homes in the development. There will be about 400 memberships available to the Adams Mountain Country Club, derived from the owners of the homesites around the golf course. Also included in the development will be cottages available to property owners within the development. These cottages will be available for rent, allowing homeowners in the development a chance to entertain extended family and friends without them having them stay in town or at the homeowners own home. The idea is to have more moderately-sized homes (4,000 sq. ft.) with fewer bedrooms and the opportunity to rent another house for guests. Adams Mountain Country Club at Adams Rib Ranch1,107 acres total97 homes on an average of 5.5 acres18 hole golf courseequestrian centertennis courts trout fishingcross country skiingsnowmobilingsnowshoeingnature parkfitness centerswimming poolTom Weiskopf History:PGA Tour victories1968 Andy Williams-San Diego Open, Buick Open1971 Kemper Open, IVB-Philadelphia Classic1972 Jackie Gleason Iverrary Classic1973 Colonial National Invitation, Kemper Open, IVB-Philadelphia Classic, Canadian Open1975 Greater Greensboro Open, Canadian Open1977 Kemper Open1978 Doral-Eastern Open1981 LaJet Classic1982 Western OpenPGA Senior Tour victories1993 Chrysler Cup1994 Franklin Quest Championship1995 U.S. Senior Open1996 SBC Dominion Classic, Pittsburgh Senior ClassicOther victories1963 Western Amateur1972 Piccadilly World Match Play (England, unofficial event)1973 World Series of Golf (not yet a PGA Tour event)1973 South African PGA1979 Argentine Open1981 Benson & Hedges International (England)1982 Jerry Ford Invitational

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