RED SKY GOLF CLUB - FAZIO COURSE (970-754-8425)
Colorado golf course Review
The Red Sky Golf Club in Wolcott Colorado presents two championship courses - both of which were rated in the top 100 courses you can play in the United States by Golf
Magazine. The Norman course was rated # 25 and the Fazio # 90 by this respected publication. Simply put, these are two of the most remarkable golf experiences imaginable.
Play is available to members and guests only - however the average guy(or girl) can work around that by staying at one the resort properties that Red Sky is affiliated with. For
information, visit the properties website by clicking here.
Located just northeast of the Beaver Creek Resort region, Red Sky is conveniently located off I-70, and features first class conditioning and service - from the golf carts to the cart
paths to clubhouse and practice facilities, everything is top notch. The courses not only provide exquisite playing conditions, but also present visitors the opportunity to encounter
dramatic Rocky Mountain landscapes in their pure environmental form (as worded by Tom Fazio). The two courses are rotated daily, with one course open for resort guests and
the other utilized by members and guests only.
On property at the Fazio is a clubhouse with well stocked pro shop, restaurant/lounge, locker rooms with showers and outdoor patio with wonderful views, Practice facilities
consist of a targeted grass range, beautiful short game area with sand bunker plus putting green near both the range and the first tee. The members only clubhouse with
swimming pool and upscale amenities (snack shop outside as well) is located on the Norman course property. On both courses the yardage marking system consists of
sprinklers heads measured to the center of the green and 100, 150 and 200 yard markers on the cart paths ( rocks) and fairways (plaques) on all par fours and fives. Tee boxes
also provide measurements. Each golf cart has a chart with information on the daily pin placements.
Guests will find the practice area at the fazio visually stunning - and the momentum is not broken on the first tee. The beautiful elevated tee area provides spectacular visits which
are often repeated, as golfers will find numerous raised tee boxes and downhill approaches that provide extraordinary scenery. The playing conditions from tee to green were
simply immaculate on our mid-July visit. Terraced tees, groomed fairways, sculpted bunkers, raised green complexes and beautiful water features combine to make this a special
experience. Though not a desert layout - the Fazio reminded me of the courses at Troon North in Arizona - similar in character with visions to be remembered.
There are 5 sets of tee boxes that play to distance and slopes measuring 7113 yards/135 slope, 6813 yards/128 slope, 6405 yards/120 slope and 5994 yards/138 slope for
women and 5265 yards with a slope of 127 for ladies hitting from the forward tees. Water hazards come into play on 4 holes, and 53 so0ft sand bunkers of various shapes and
sizes are strategically situated near the landing zones or greenside.
The green complexes are large and undulating, but there is frequently recovery room from slightly off-line approaches. Golfers will encounter wide fairways often bordered by
natural areas and mountain brush, with some forced carries that are reasonable in length. There are no extremely difficult holes on the Fazio - although it is recommend to note
that there is a pond to the right of the green on the downhill approach on 14 (not visible). This is by far the easier of the two courses on property. Do what you have to do (IE - stay at
a participating resort - it will be worth it!) to play this course! For more info, visit our page for the Fazio with a direct link to their website by clicking here.
DAVID LEADBETTER GOLF ACADEMY AT RED SKY GOLF CLUB
This world-class instructional facility has been integrated into the design of the Tom Fazio course and offers its services to members and their guests as well as guests
of Vail Resorts' owned, managed or partner lodging properties.
David Leadbetter is internationally recognized as the world's best golf instructor. His "holistic" approach and innovative teaching methods are what has set David and his
elite staff of instructors apart from all others.
The David Leadbetter Golf Academy at Red Sky Golf Club features an Academy building reminiscent of the classic log cabin homes in the Rocky Mountains that blends
seamlessly with the surrounding environment. The Academy building houses a Pro Shop that features apparel, David's latest books and DVDs as well as training aids.
The Leadbetter Academy at Red Sky Golf Club also houses three state of the art classrooms that are fully equipped with computer and video analysis tools to help their
Certified Instructors diagnose each individual golf swing to create a personal plan for improvement.
A spacious practice tee, which comfortably accommodates individuals in a private lesson or large corporate events, lies just outside the building. The Academy also offers a
well-manicured short game area that features a picturesque putting green nearly 5,000 square feet in size surrounded by several bunkers and three short practice holes.
RESORT GOLF PLAY
Play privileges are extended to guests of members, and guests of partner lodging properties. Guests are accommodated on the designated "Guest Course," which
alternates between the Tom Fazio and Greg Norman courses on a daily basis.
Partnered and approved lodging properties include:
- Beaver Creek
- The Osprey at Beaver Creek, A RockResort
- The Pines Lodge, A RockResort
- Beaver Creek Private Homes
- Elkhorn Lodge
- Market Square at Beaver Creek
- Oxford Court
- SaddleRidge at Beaver Creek
- St. James Place
- Townsend Place
- Bachelor Gulch Village Private Homes
- Bachelor Gulch Village Condominiums
- Snowcloud Lodge
- Upper Bachelor Gulch Village Condominiums
- The Beaver Creek Lodge
- The Charter at Beaver Creek
- Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa
- The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch