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Eagle Vail Golf Club

Eagle Vail Golf Club in Avon, CO

eagle vail golf club
Landon N., CJ, Brendan, me, Greg and Landon W.

The Stats

Tee Time: July 26, 2013, 1:20, 87 F, light wind

Designer: Bruce Devlin/Robert von Hagge (1975)

Playing Partners: Brendan Noonan, CJ Phelan, Greg Ryan, Landon Weight, Landon Norton

Tees: Blue, Par 71 (70.7 rating/133 slope/6,538 yards)

Course Handicap: 11 (9.5 index)

Stats: 87 (41-46); 33 putts; 2/13 fairways; 5/18 greens; 2 penalty strokes

The Course

Eagle Vail Golf Club served as the opening round at the 2nd Annual Hacktus Open Invitational, which is now represented by an ugly cowboy gecko statue instead of that majestic crystal cactus. And I know I picked a good course when five contestants, of five wildly different skill levels, all agreed on how beautiful and fun it is. Eagle Vail is the perfect example of mountain golf, and peaking at 7,805 feet on the 18th tee box, it is most definitely in the mountains. There are majestic Douglas firs, flowing streams and leafy aspen trees. While they are captivating, those elements can also mess up a hole pretty badly. My last hole finished with a punch out that went into a group of four aspens, pinballing off each trunk before being spit back into the rough ten yards away. But of all the mountain courses I’ve been to, which unfortunately isn’t too many, I can tell this is one of the fairer ones. The course won’t beat good shots, although whoever places the pins will. An absurd number of flags were on some treacherous slopes where three-putts would be considered a good finish. The only real drawback at Eagle Vail is the one hole where you get a view of the Wal-Mart and Home Depot across the I-70. Continue reading Eagle Vail Golf Club