The Club at Cordillera
Nicklaus, Irwin, Fazio and Pelz combine their award-winning design skills with Cordillera’s world-class amenities and member programs to create a club experience that is unequaled in Colorado. Each designer, faced with the challenge to build golf courses that would accentuate the natural mountain landscape, clearly accomplished his goals. As a property owner at Cordillera, you are entitled to consideration for membership in The Club at Cordillera. Tailored to the lifestyle of our members, the Signature Golf Membership and Social Membership offer families and their guests the right to use the golf and social facilities, which are singularly special in the Vail Valley.
Enhancing The Club at Cordillera experience are amenities such as The Trailhead, a 10-acre family recreation facility, The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera, the Nordic Center, the Equestrian Center and The Summit Athletic Club, a 10,000 square foot recreational retreat. Patrons to Cordillera’s four restaurants look forward to Restaurant Mirador, which tempts guests with light interpretations of European cuisine, Grouse on-the-Green, an authentic Irish pub, Chaparral, with its sunny deck and fabulous view of New York Mountain, and contemporary American cuisine with a focus on local ingredients at Timber Hearth Grille.
Inspired by the undulating terrain and postcard views, Hale Irwin created a masterpiece at The Ranch. Formerly a working ranch, the course spans ridges, meadows and forests, which bring into play a variety of challenges, including steep falloffs from tee boxes, tree-lined fairways and deceivingly fast greens. Preserving the landscape’s inherent natural qualities was especially important to the tree-time U.S. Open champion and 1998 Senior U.S. Open champion, who grew up in Colorado.
Crafted from timbers, The Mountain Course Clubhouse is a casual gathering place and home to Timber Hearth Grille. Its three-story stone fireplace and picture windows overlooking the golf course create the right mood for a memorable visit.
“This is a golf course that people truly enjoy playing. The setting is spectacular. But I think the real fun part, personally, is to play this golf course again and again. Mountain golf has been redefined with this course.” - Hale Irwin
The Valley Course
Acclaimed golf course designer Tom Fazio gives members the full scope of his imagination at the Cordillera Valley Club. Gracing the valley floor, The Valley Course blends beautifully with its high mountain desert topography and intrigues players as they tee off over plunging ravines and natural water hazards. Its design also features rolling fairways bordered by sagebrush and centuries-old junipers. Blessed with a primarily southern exposure, the course affords members an extended playing season.
The Clubhouse is distinguished by its unique Colorado Territorial-style architecture. Its atmosphere is enhanced by Chaparral, a casual club grill.
“What initially impressed me about this area was the dramatic topography. As the golfer approaches each hole, he is struck by the lay of the land as well as the spectacular views. I am very proud to have my name associated with The Valley Course at Cordillera.” – Tom Fazio
Cordillera consulted with the most respected short course teaching professional in the game, Dave Pelz, to develop this unique 10-hole, par 3 course on The Divide. As magnificent as it is unusual, The Short Course features strategically placed greens and fairways that demand accurate shots. This short course and instructional facility is sophisticated enough for serious players wishing to develop a stronger short game, while providing a relaxed golf experience for every ability level.
Dave Pelz enlightens players through his renowned short game instructional clinics. His 3-day seminars showcase 20 years of experience and focus on golf shots played from inside 100 yards. With a 4 to 1 teacher/student ratio and limited enrollment, this former NASA engineer really takes the time to share his knowledge of the short game.
“The Short Course at Cordillera is a wonderful addition to our exclusive list of custom-designed facilities. Over 60% of all golf shots occur in the short game. The better your short game, the more you enjoy golf and this course gives players better results.” – Dave Pelz
The Summit Course
Jack Nicklaus . . . his name is synonymous with the greatest aspects of golf. His career has spanned five decades, earning him 100 tournament victories worldwide. Today, the respected golf course designer has used his 30 years of design experience to create the Summit Course at Cordillera. The course is a looped course rather than a figure eight course, which incorporates some of Cordillera’s most remarkable mountain scenery. After analyzing the landscape, Jack Nicklaus felt even stronger about letting the natural shape of the land dictate, which calls for very limited impact.
“The Summit is one of the most dramatic sites I have ever seen. Its generous meadows, sweeping vistas and alpine landscape truly capture the essence of Colorado.” – Jack Nicklaus
• Links Magazine – Top 100 Golf Communities in America, 2007, 2008
• Links Magazine – Top 100 Premier Properties, 2007, 2008
• Forbes Traveler.com – Top 25 Resort Properties 2008
• Colorado Golf Magazine - #1 Golf Course Dining Experience, 2008
• Colorado Golf Magazine - #3 Golf Pro Shop, 2008
• Colorado Golf Magazine - #1 Golf Teaching Facility
• Conde Nast Traveler – Top 50 Golf Resorts, 1999
• The Golfer – Top 100 Golf Resorts in the World, 1999
• Golf Magazine – Silver Medal, America’s Best Resorts 1996 & 1998
• Luxury Golf Homes – Luxury golf Award, 1998
• Golf Magazine – Top 10 You Can Play, 1998
• Links Magazine – Top 100 Golf Courses in America, The Mountain Course, 1997
• Colorado Golf – Top 10 Poll, #4 The Mountain Course, #7 The Valley Course, 1997
• The Golfer – The Best of America, New Courses, The Valley Course, 1997
• American Express – Guide to the Finest Golf Resorts in America, 1996 & 1997
• The Golfer – Rolex Top 100 Resorts in the World, 1996
• Bentcross Association – Top Five Greens in the United States, The Mountain Course, 1996