The Broadmoor Golf Club (East) – Played June 2017
- Rankings: Golf Digest Public #29, Golf Magazine Public #70
- Location: 1 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Year: 1918
- Architect: Donald Ross & Robert Trent Jones
- Course Access: Resort
- Walking Rules: Carts Available
Score Card Information:
- Blue: 7,355 yards, Par 72, 72.7 Rating/139 Slope
- White: 6,651 yards, Par 72, 70.4 Rating/132 Slope (Men’s), 76.7 Rating/153 Slope (Women’s)
- Combo: 6,154 yards, Par 72, 68.2 Rating/127 Slope
- Gold: 5,840 yards, Par 72, 67.2 Rating/126 Slope (Men’s), 73.2 Rating/146 Slope (Women’s)
- Red: 5,738 yards, Par 72, 72.3 Rating/144 Slope
My last round of the trip was at the world famous venue The Broadmoor. This resort has been recognized for many years as one of the best in the world. The property has 54 holes of golf to go along with the five star amenities. Below is the view of the hotel when I pulled up.
I recommend you do some reading about the history of the resort as it is quite rich.
My list has the East course ranked so that is the one I played. The 18 has an interesting history of architects. Holes 1-6 and 16-18 where conceived by Donald Ross. Robert Trent Jones was responsible for 7-15. I didn’t notice a huge split when I played them, but I imagine some architecture buffs might.
All distances are from the white tees.
Hole 1 – 381 yards – Par 4
The first tee shot is pretty open despite the trees. The one on the right is really close and not in play. Stay away from the fairway bunker up the left.
This uphill hole plays to a semi-blind landing area. You have plenty of options on club selection.
Below you can see the past championship pedigree of the course.
Loved this hole and that’s why I went all Instagram with the photo below. I love a good rock/stone wall. It was breezy on this day so club selection was tough.
There is no trickeration on this hole as the challenge is out in front of you. The fairway is pretty generous so go ahead and bust driver.
This slight dogleg left puts you in decision mode. How far left do you want to go and what club do you want to hit?
This is a prime birdie opportunity at this yardage and elevation. The slight bend is to the left. If you have a draw put it to use here.
This one is a short one, but it is all carry. There is plenty of room on the green and to the left of this flag. You don’t want to miss right.
It looks like you’re hitting over a cliff from this tee. The best line is keeping it up the left side. You will get some roll here if you keep it in the fairway.
Long and tough hole here. At least it plays downhill. A powerful draw will set up the best approach.
I thought this was one of the few bland holes on the course. Hit two solid shots and not much else is needed.
Alright, we’re back into it. This challenging one-shotter plays slightly downhill. You need good distance control here to avoid the four bunkers short of the green. As you can see, there is a small sliver of grass short as well.
We had some easy par fives on the front, but as you can see below there are some brutish par fours on the back. This dogleg right presents you with a wide fairway. You want to take the short route up the right side to have the shortest approach.
There’s no let up here. Step up and hit a long drive.
The strategy here is simple. Split the fairway bunkers and you will be in good shape for the approach. This should be a birdie opportunity.
The tee here is elevated from the green. If you can avoid the bunker it should be an easy par.
This one is long and straight, just like your drive needs to be. It rolls slightly downhill.
The final hole is not the most difficult, but still fun. I went with three wood for precision. Keep the ball up the left side to stay away from the deep fairway bunkers on the right.
There is nothing flashy about the Broadmoor’s course. I don’t mean that as a negative at all. The course is extremely solid. The greens were honestly some of the best conditioned I have ever putted on. If you read it right it was going in! It is going to be a great test for the seniors next summer.
The views surrounding the course were wonderful. As you can also tell the hotel is top class. If you can make this trip. The golf is well worth it. While I didn’t stay in the hotel, I can only imagine how nice it is to stay there. I had a phenomenal time experiencing the Broadmoor. Consider me a huge fan of golf in Colorado!