New golf pass available |

New golf pass available

Yeah, Blue Sky Basin opened Wednesday.

But, if you’re a golfer at heart, the way you look at this is – it’s probably only about 10 weeks until Cotton Ranch is open.

With that in mind, the Vail, Eagle-Vail, Eagle Ranch and Cotton Ranch Golf Clubs have teamed up to present the Golf Vail Valley 10-Round Punch Card.

For $750, that’s 10 rounds of golf – with cart and range balls – at any of the four aforementioned links. The average cost of $75 per round is below the high-season rates at these courses.

And, wink, wink, nudge, nudge, if you have a golfer on your Christmas shopping list, this could be an idea.

“You’d have a very happy golfer on your hands,” laughed Eagle-Vail Golf Club assistant manager Bill Vancuren.

Golf Vail Valley is a cooperative of the four courses to promote Eagle County as a golf destination. While this area will always be best known for snow sports, the county is a golfer’s paradise from April to October. Where else can you hit a 7-iron 200 yards (Eagle-Vail No. 10), drive tee shots which soar toward the snow-capped Gore Range (Vail), play an Arnold Palmer design with a fantastic back nine (Eagle Ranch) and tackle some of the toughest holes you’ll ever see (the mesa holes No. 4-8 at Cotton Ranch)?

“We sort of get overlooked with the majority of the population on the Front Range,” Vancuren said. “The Denver newspapers and magazines tend to focus on those courses over there. As far as really good courses, and fabulous weather in the summer, I can’t think of another place in the country that’s going to be any better than here.”

To promote Eagle County golf, Golf Vail Valley has a new Web site – It has links to all four courses with descriptions and photos. By the beginning of next season, Vancuren hopes that golfers will be able to book tee times at the four courses, as well as find hotel packages and other information about the Vail Valley.

“Hopefully, we’ll be getting the destination golfer who’s coming up from Denver who’s going to play two rounds or he and his wife end up playing four rounds of golf – one at each golf course,” Vancuren said. “We think it’s going to be a big benefit to golf in the Vail Valley and a benefit to all the businesses in the Vail Valley if we can get more golfers from this area. They’re going to spend money on hotels and restaurants.”

The card is also a viable option for locals, especially those who do not have a home course. And, as much as golfers become attached to their home courses, players can use the card to add a little variety to their season.

“If you live in the Edwards area and you’re not a member at Sonnenalp or Country Club of the Rockies, who needs a place to go play golf and don’t want to play at one place all the time, this is the card,” Vancuren said. “(If you’re a member at Vail or Eagle-Vail), you can go downvalley and play few rounds down there at a discounted rate. We think it’s a win-win for everyone.”

For more information on the Golf Vail Valley 10-Round Punch Card or Golf Vail Valley, check out or call (970) 390-5034.

Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. He can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614., or via

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