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When you want to putt around, try one of The Broadmoor’s three 18-hole golf courses: two are on the resort proper and one is a short shuttle ride away.
The expansive, historic East Golf Course was designed by master architect Donald Ross way back in 1918 and reconfigured to include holes — namely 7 through 15 — from the equally renowned Robert Trent Jones Sr. in the 1950s. The steeper and more obstacle-laden West Golf Course is also a combination of Ross’s and Jones’s work. Both courses have hosted major tournaments, including the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open Championship. A hop, skip and jump (okay, a quick ride) away, the Mountain Golf Course is the newest of the bunch. Designed by the firm of Jack Nicklaus — coincidentally, the pro golfer won his first national title at The Broadmoor in 1959 — this course is the most easygoing one at this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel.
It’s important to note that all three courses are seasonal, usually closing at the end of October and reopening at the beginning of April; in winter, only the original 10 holes designed by Ross remain open for play.
The Broadmoor offers three private championship golf courses. The East Course is where USGA events have been played, including the 1959 Amateur, the 1995 U.S. Women’s Open, the 2008 U.S. Senior Open, and the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open. The West Course is nestled along the contours of the mountains; the Mountain Course has sweeping vistas of the mountains and the plains.