Copper Creek Golf Course the Last to Open in Summit County on June 18, 2010
June 17, 2010
Copper Creek Golf Course the Last to Open in Summit County on June 18
Copper Mountain, CO…June 17, 2010…For the avid golfer, summer in the mountains truly starts when the old clubs can be dusted off and put back to good use at Copper Creek Golf Course, opening for the 2010 Summer season on June 18. Copper is home to North America’s highest championship 18-hole golf course, where your ball and buck go further. Get your season pass now for the best way to enjoy the course all summer. Although this is a challenging year in terms of turf management, guests will not be disappointed at Copper Creek this summer.
It is hard not to admire the scenic setting of Copper Creek, surrounded by the soaring summits of the Ten Mile and Gore ranges, but, unbeknownst to most guests, golf course management at high elevation presents special challenges and opportunities. Copper Creek deals with snow and a ton of it and this year the golf course experienced minimal winter damage, which occurred for the following reasons:
- The light snow cover early in the winter season created minimal insulation to December’s freezing temps.
- Unseasonably warm melting temperatures this spring created an ice layer under the insulating snow. The golf course maintenance team did clear the greens in the spring to help avoid this, but after all the greens were cleared, Copper had significant snowfall on top of it all.
- When the snow does finally melt off the course, it is typically difficult to get soil temps up in the spring, because Copper does not start getting sufficient turf-growing temps until the middle of June.
In general, the turf on Copper Creek’s tee boxes, fairways and most greens are in terrific condition for opening day. The course Superintendent reported heavy winter and ice damage on several green earlier this spring. This combined with a cool, wet and snowy spring hasn’t raised soil temperatures to levels that promoted a rapid recovery. So in effect, the greens are recovering but slower than anticipated and hoped. Please see the course starter or call the Golf Shop at (970) 968-3333 for more details. Despite these ‘strikes’ against the course this summer, the Copper Creek staff have worked extremely hard using many different tactics to provide the unique and attractive high-altitude golfing experience that many golfers seek – playing a round at Copper Creek Golf Course.
For the golfers jonesing to play multiple rounds this summer at Copper Creek now is the best time to purchase an Unlimited Tee-Times season pass for only $599 for the remainder of the season. This provides die-hard golf enthusiasts with tremendous value.
For the locals and guests alike, Copper Creek is a fun, yet affordable course where your ball and buck go further. Greens fees start at just $29. Let’s do the math here – prime-time morning rounds of golf (during peak season, with a cart) at Copper Creek cost up to 56% less than similar mountain courses in the area. This leaves money that won’t be spent on golf leftover to soak up all of Copper’s summer offerings, like enjoying a fine dining experience at CB Grille, racing the family on Summit County’s only go-kart track (or even better, purchasing a full-day activity pass for only $39 per person), or learning to land that elusive trick at Woodward at Copper. In the same vain, a twosome can play at Copper for less than the price of a single person at many of the other area golf courses. Any way you do the math, if you play at Copper Creek, you will come out a winner.
Golf at Copper Creek can change a golfer’s idea of what a course should look like and how it should play, that accommodates novice golfers from the forward tees while providing a greater challenge for the accomplished golfer from the back tees. A mix of links and mountain style holes designed by the venerable Pete and Perry Dye, Copper Creek is a challenging 6,057 yard, par-70 course known for its tight fairways that wind through towering pines, Copper’s cozy East Village, beautiful high valley wetlands and the scenic West Ten Mile Creek.
The front nine winds through natural alpine terrain, towering pines, numerous lakes and streams, all leading to rolling emerald greens that demand your best concentration. The back nine changes in character as the fairways cut through the forest and the scant remains of a 19th century mining town. Pete and Perry Dye's incorporation of the natural alpine terrain, unique use of railroad tie bulkheads and elaborate mound systems present you with thought-provoking challenges and scenic pleasures.
The golf season is planning to run from June 18 – October 3, weather permitting. For more info, please call a Copper Mountain Vacation specialist at (800) 458-8386, The Copper Creek Pro Shop at (970) 968-3333 or visit www.coppercolorado.com/summer/golf.
970.968.2318 ext. 38827