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|The fourth at The Broadmoor's East Course, a 170-yard par 3, will be pivotal in the 2011 U.S. Women's Open. (David R. Holland/WorldGolf.com)|
Doug Habgood, executive director for the event, said the United States Golf Association is thinking of making the Broadmoor East stretch out to more than 7,000 yards - a first in the history of the LPGA.
"Several scenarios are being considered by the USGA," said Habgood, who also served as executive director for the U.S. Women's Open played at Cherry Hills Country Club near Denver in 2005.
"One thought is to slow down the demanding greens, something they didn't do for the 2008 U.S. Senior Open (won by Eduardo Romero), and the thinking is that would allow for certain hole locations that would be very challenging. Also, the USGA is considering multiple teeing locations for as many as eight holes - somewhat a trend in recent years."
One idea would be a tee box just short of a fairway bunker on the 347-yard par-4 second - making it a drivable hole. Two other lengthy options are also being considered - making the 12th a 223-yard par 3 and the 17th a 600-yard par 5.
The Broadmoor, one of the world's most elegant golf resorts, keeps re-inventing itself. Opened in 1918, this dazzling property, located at the base of Cheyenne Mountain overlooking the city of Colorado Springs, continues to add to its 3,000 acres of championship golf, unparalleled luxury, five-Star, five-diamond dining, an award-winning spa and diverse shopping.
This year, The Broadmoor stepped it up another degree, adding the Broadmoor Cottages that line the 18th fairway of the East Course. Each cottage offers configurations from one to eight bedrooms and up to 6,300 square feet. Interiors feature spacious parlors with high-beamed ceilings, wood-accented chandeliers and wood floors. Handcrafted area rugs complement natural stone fireplaces, plus custom stone and ceramic baths with heated floors. Surround sound systems, large, flat-screen TVs and the latest in-room technologies are also included.
The East Course, which measures 7,355 yards at par 72, is actually a "hybrid" course combining nine original Ross holes with nine holes designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1965.
The Broadmoor's West Course rolls out at 7,016 yards at par 72 and also includes nine Ross holes and nine Jones holes. If you play in the off-season, however, you can play the Ross 18 - just look for the road. All the holes on the hotel side of the road are situated on original Ross land.
The renovated Mountain Course at the Broadmoor (Nicklaus Design) measures 7,637 yards at par 72 and includes rugged terrain, forced carries and an awesome panorama of the city below. It was built on the site of the old Arnold Palmer-Ed Seay design that was destroyed by erosion from an ancient water source beneath the fairways. Today's course building technology fixed the problems.
When you are on the fairways of the Mountain Course you are reminded of why Colorado Springs is such a travel destination. Everywhere you look are those "purple mountain majesties" that Katherine Lee Bates wrote about on July 22, 1893, when she wrote a little song called "America The Beautiful" after a trip up to the top of Pikes Peak.
If you like to be challenged on the putting surfaces, this is the place. Situated on sloping land, some greens can trick your eye - you may think you are putting uphill when you are actually going downhill.
Just be sure and scan the landscape, and remember putts break away from the Will Rogers Shrine above you on Cheyenne Mountain - and looking back toward the hotel is all down slope.
But the beauty of The Broadmoor, and even the occasional bear sighting, makes this a special place every avid golfer should experience.
And there could be no better time to visit - The Broadmoor is continually offering specials (for more info, check www.broadmoor.com). Twilight golf rates come into play in this economic climate, and many travel golfers don't realize they play year around.
"March 1 through May 1 we will be having $85 per person double occupancy," said Allison Scott, director of communications. "You have to go back to the 1970s to see rates like that. Plus, November to February prices will be $160 per room."
October 5, 2009
David R. Holland is an award-winning former sportswriter for The Dallas Morning News, football magazine publisher, and author of The Colorado Golf Bible. Before launching a career as a travel/golf writer, he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force reserve, serving during the Vietnam and Desert Storm eras. Follow Dave on Twitter @David_R_Holland.
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