Soaring Golf at Frost Creek

Golf Vacations - - News - by David R. Hol­land

From the deck of our “lux­ury mem­ber cabin” the view above Frost Creek’s third fair­way is eye-open­ing – it ap­pears you could land a Boe­ing 767 on the mas­sive, wide fair­way.

EA­GLE, Colo. – From the deck of our “lux­ury mem­ber cabin” the view above Frost Creek’s third fair­way is eye-open­ing – it ap­pears you could land a Boe­ing 767 on the mas­sive, wide fair­way. “Man, if you can’t find a nice land­ing spot from the tee down there you need to go back to the prac­tice area,” joked cousin Jim Hol­land of Du­rango. I nod­ded “yep, that is one hu­mon­gous driv­ing area.” Thanks Tom Weiskopf, we ap­prove. “I think the first time Mr. Weiskopf looked over the 1,100-acre prop­erty he was im­pressed by the huge scope of the land,” said gen­eral man­ager Mike Gibbs. “You need huge tee boxes, wide fair­ways and large greens. Lit­tle doesn’t fit on this acreage,” Weiskopf said. Mas­sive is a com­mon theme at Frost Creek nine miles from down­town Ea­gle and I-70 in the beau­ti­ful Brush Creek Val­ley. Mas­sive in­cludes the $400,000, 40-foot bronze bald ea­gle, clutch­ing a hu­man-sized trout in its talons, just in front of the 40,000-square foot club­house’s porte-cochere. The Ore­gon artist has work in the White House, Vat­i­can and Krem­lin. Fred Kum­mer, founder of the de­funct Adam’s Mark Ho­tels chain, had mas­sive dreams for the area. He had en­vi­sioned the Brush Creek Val­ley as an­other Vail Val­ley with ski runs flood­ing the sur­round­ings. It just never hap­pened – there was way too much op­po­si­tion from lo­cal res­i­dents and a re­ces­sion. Weiskopf, how­ever, fin­ished the golf course in 2007. It was a win­ner. It tried out two names – Adam’s Rib Ranch then Adam’s Moun­tain Coun­try Club. But Frost Creek was born when the in­vest­ment group, Brue Baukol Cap­i­tal Part­ners, led by Chad Brue of Den­ver be­came the new owner. Be­cause of the ac­qui­si­tion bar­gain, Brue en­ticed his young friends on the front range of Colorado to go for the mem­ber­ships in this four-sea­son pri­vate club. To­day, Frost Creek is the fastest grow­ing pri­vate club in Colorado. Many of the new mem­bers are un­der 50 with chil­dren and the pric­ing struc­ture in­cludes Ea­gle County res­i­dents and a bet­ter bar­gain for out­side the county mem­bers, who can rent mem­ber cab­ins when vis­it­ing. And the vi­sion cre­ated a fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ence that in­cludes some­thing for ev­ery­one.

The more at­trac­tive pric­ing took mem­ber­ships from 32 to 200. The new name came from a sense of the his­tory of the land. W.E. Frost was an early pi­o­neer who built a home­stead on the prop­erty around 1880. Also a trib­u­tary of Brush Creek is Frost Creek that comes down at the fifth hole. The golf course Weiskopf’s rout­ing in­cludes eight man-made lakes, an awe­some down­hill driv­ing range, chip­ping and putting ar­eas. Ten holes play ad­ja­cent to wa­ter or around lakes and the creek. And you have Weiskopf’s sig­na­ture driv­able par four in­cluded in the 7,181-yard, par 72. “This is a tale of two nines,” says Ben Welsh, head pro. “The front nine is open into a high moun­tain meadow with gi­ant greens and some el­e­va­tion changes. The back nine runs past cot­ton­woods and ad­ja­cent to Brush Creek – holes 12-15 take you right up to the wa­ter with 13 (303-yard, par four) go­ing over Brush Creek on the ap­proach.” The fifth, a par 3 of 188 yards, has a bunker in the mid­dle of the green sim­i­lar Riviera Coun­try Club’s fa­mous sev­enth in Los An­ge­les. This is stel­lar golf. Gibbs, a Ge­orge­town, Colorado na­tive, said he was go­ing to play nine holes with us. He ended up play­ing 15 – it is just hard to say no to just one more hole. “I’m re­ally proud of the greens here,” Gibbs con­tin­ued. “They run about 12 on the stimp me­ter and Der­rick Dreyer, our su­per­in­ten­dent, has a goal to keep poa an­nua out of them.” Fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties away from the golf course With thousands of acres of fed­eral and state-pro­tected wild ar­eas within min­utes, Frost Creek’s mem­ber­ship has count­less out­doors ac­tiv­i­ties. Also Beaver Creek Ski Re­sort is 32 miles away and Vail a bit far­ther. Here is a list of ac­tiv­i­ties: pond fish­ing, fly fish­ing, standup pad­dle board­ing, hik­ing, road bik­ing, moun­tain bik­ing, camp­ing, bird and wildlife watch­ing, ju­nior golf, swim­ming, swim classes, bas­ket­ball, ten­nis, vol­ley­ball, archery, disc golf, bad­minton, ping pong, arts and crafts, yoga classes, car­dio burn, group day hikes, road cy­cling and snow­shoe­ing. A jeep is also avail­able for mem­bers to re­serve. Mem­bers can use the concierge for guided fly fish­ing with Vail Val­ley An­glers, white wa­ter raft­ing, zi­pline ad­ven­tures, horse­back rid­ing, ice skat­ing, cross coun­try ski­ing, sled­ding, ice fish­ing, hockey, and mem­ber ski days/shut­tle to Vail and Beaver Creek. The club­house restau­rant Open to the pub­lic, the club­house restau­rant is un­der the guid­ance of chef Marc Copen­haver and his ever-chang­ing menu is ex­cel­lent. We tried the smoked trout br­uschetta and cod. Mem­ber cabin lodg­ing, and “glamp­ing” in yurts un­der the stars Mem­bers with­out a home can rent lux­ury cab­ins con­tain­ing four bed­rooms and bath­rooms and are lo­cated just across from the pool and ten­nis com­plex next to the club­house. There are 137 home­sites. Frost Creek is all about get­ting out­doors even to “glamp­ing” – two yurts lo­cated on the edge of the creek, have sky­lights so you can sleep com­fort­ably un­der the stars. If you have never seen the stars in the boon­docks away from street lights you will be amazed – much like the ameni­ties that Frost Creek has as­sem­bled in this special part of the Rocky Moun­tains. www.golf­va­ca­tion­s­mag.com

Frost Creek Hole #14

Fish­ing Brush Creek

Run­ning elk near the 5th green

Frost Creek Hole #6

Frost Creek Hole #8

Frost Creek Spec Home

Frost Creek Hole #2

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