Magnificent, splendid, extraordinary. These are just few to describe the ultimate golf experience you will have at the Keystone Ranch Golf Course. This mountain Keystone golf course is a real gem amongst the golf courses in the United States. Situated amidst the breath-taking views of the White River National Forest, the Continental Divide, the Ten-mile Range and the Buffalo Mountain, Keystone Golf Course was rated one of the top golf resorts by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. This 18- hole, par-72 championship golf course is located 9,300 feet above sea level in the most picturesque mountain valleys, rolling hills and alpine lakes of Keystone, Colorado, making it the second highest course in the country.
As the designer, Robert Trent Jones, Jr., depicts it, "We use our vision to reveal and sculpt the course inherent in each site so golfers can enjoy the challenges and wonders of the game." Thus, your golf experience here would surely be marvelous, if not the best. What make the Keystone Golf Ranch Course unique and challenging are the holes winding through pine trees, sage meadows, and native grasses across a nine-acre lake. It also features a total yardage of 7,090 in a legendary links-style of a Scottish course on the front nine, while the back nine presents a traditional mountain valley layout.
The Keystone Golf Ranch Course opened in 1980, and located just an hour drive from Denver. A second course, the Keystone River Course was added in 2000 for the total enjoyment of golfers. The centerpiece of the course is the Ranch, which was an old log homestead built in 1938 surrounded by a lettuce farm and a cattle ranch. Actually, the signature hole of Keystone Golf Course is 5th green because it features an island green amidst bunkers, meadowland and historic Ranch barns.
At Keystone Golf Ranch Course, you will not only have a remarkable golf experience but a first-rate dining experience as well. The old log homestead now houses the top-rated Colorado restaurant--Keystone Ranch Restaurant, specializing in six-course entrees served with Western flair, like wild game entrees. The restaurant is also rated AAA Four-Diamond and a winner of the Wine Spectator DiRoNa Award. Lunch is served on the patio overlooking the magnificent course and also in the main dining area. An added flair of the Keystone Ranch Restaurant is the two-story stonefireplace, which wasbuilt as a wedding present for Bernadine Smith and Howard H. Reynolds. Thecouple then built their home around the fireplace, and later the cabin wasadded on to to include a kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom, which nowmakes up the Keystone Ranch Restaurant.
The Keystone golf course rating is 71.4 and a slope rating of 130. The elevation change is 80 feet. The most scenic holes are 4, 10 and 18 while the most difficult holes are 6 and 10. Number of bunkers totaled to 68 and 6 water hazards (most notably a nine-acre lake) which come into play on seven holes. The longest hole is 18 with a 589 yardage. Bent grass is the type of greens while blue grass and rye are the types of grass for the tees, fairways and roughs.
Keystone golf course features practice facilities, including range, putting green and bunkers. Professional instruction, women and junior-specific clinics are likewise offered for the total enjoyment of the game of those would-be golf professionals. It also offers on-course beverage cart service so you will never feel the pangs of thirst while enjoying the game. Club cleaning, storage and lockers rooms abound for your security and pleasure. A fully-stocked Keystone golf shop is likewise available in the clubhouse for your total game enjoyment.
Once you’ve tried the game at the Keystone Golf Ranch Course, it will pull you like a magnet not just because of its spectacular scenery but more because of the fabulous and ultimate Keystone golf experience it offers.
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