The Keystone Golf River Course

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The Keystone Golf River Course

Playing outdoors and regular exercise can provide you with so much health benefits. These are the advantages of playing golf, you get to experience the beauty of nature and you become physically fit. 

Aside from ultimate enjoyment that the golf offers, just walking the whole golf course and carrying your clubs can make wonders on your fitness and endurance, and can even help you avoid heart-related diseases. Practicing your golf swings regularly can likewise result in better agility, coordination and flexibility. Thus, golf can help you avoid muscle, ligaments and joint strains. 

And, regular golf games can help improve your sleeping patterns because usually after a day of exercise, people can doze off restfully. 

But did you know also that playing golf in a wonderfully designed golf course, which capitalizes on the beauty of nature, could help both your physical and psychological well being? Researchers claim that being close to the splendor of nature can aid concentration and productivity – the things needed for a successful golf game. Nature-inspired golf courses offer tranquil and beauty of the outdoors that can result in much happier golfers thus, more effective in their golf games. 

And this is what the Keystone Golf River Course offers to all golf fanatics – nature at its best complimented by an element of drama in every golf game.

The Keystone Golf River Course, located in River Course Drive, Dillon, Colorado, was opened for public play in 2000. It took 10 years for this golf course to see its fruition, seven years to plan and three years to build it. Designed by well-known golf course designers Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry, this golf course is known as an environmentally sensitive course. As Dr. Hurdzan claimed: “Our philosophy is to design golf courses that stir the spirit, exceed expectation and defy understanding. In doing this, golf becomes a complex puzzle requiring strength, skill and strategy - set in an environment of unquestioning beauty, yet subject to the irrepressible forces of nature."

This par-71 Keystone Golf River Course, with almost 7,000 total yardage, is situated around the magnificent Keystone mountains, Lake Dillon, Gore Range and Continental Drive, and of the alluring snow-capped peaks, with impressive elevation changes, variable bunkers, and water hazards which offer great and exciting challenges to golfers. This 18-hole golf course features sagebrush, native grasses and 12 types of exquisite wildflowers. It also offers a wildlife-kind of experience since elk herds, wildlife corridors and wetlands are all part of this nature-friendly golf course. 

Rated by Golf Magazine and Golf Digest as one of the top golf resorts of the United States, the River Course features a 200-foot elevation drop, along with five to six tee boxes per hole. The first nine holes of the Keystone Golf River Course is oriented along the Snake River, while the back nine ascends through a higher ground among lodge pole pine forest. Most scenic holes are holes 1, 7, 15 and 18, with hole 18 featuring 12 bunkers. Most difficult holes are holes 5 and 16. Hole 16 has the highest elevation drop. The longest hole is hole 5, which has a total yardage of 563. It has a total of 74 bunkers, with five water hazards and 85 acres of sod. The type of grass used in tees, fairways and roughs are blue grass. This golf course has 70.3 over-all rating and 131-slope rating.

With these and other features, this golf course only offers an ultimate and unforgettable golfing experience for every golf enthusiast.

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