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Summer 2019

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surrounding the course is unnoticeable. As at any Doak course, the green complexes are massive and will reward good shots but otherwise give you fits. If you're looking for bang for your buck, go here. Others to con- sider include The Ridge Course at Cas- tle Pines North, a daily-fee Tom Weiskopf design with roomy fairways, sculpted bunkers and expansive, rolling greens; Arrowhead Golf Course in Littleton, a Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Jr. design, is worth visiting for the scenery alone (red sandstone formations you have to see to believe), and Green Valley Ranch Golf Club is halfway between downtown Den- ver and the airport and features 18 holes that is home to the Colorado Open and a popular nine-hole par-3 course. That night, my wife and I checked off a bucket-list attraction by attending a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, which hosts outdoor summer perform- ances between May and September. The natural acoustics are spectacular and the cinnamon-colored rocks are something to behold. Whatever happens to be sched- uled—a movie screening, a Colorado Symphony concert, a yoga class—just go. It won't disappoint. If you're going to travel all this way to the Rockies, then you have to experience the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. To only visit Denver would be the equivalent of tourists spending all of their time in just one of New York's five boroughs. The Broadmoor boasts being the longest-run- ning consecutive recipient of AAA Five- Diamond and Forbes Five-Star honors and framed photos of all the celebrity guests who've stayed here decorate many of the walls. It is a sportsman's paradise 50 miles south of Denver on the southwestern edge of Colorado Springs. The main build- ing of this 5,000-acre complex is bathed in terra cotta and features the old world opu- lence of a marble staircase and fountain, hand-painted ceilings, and Italian tile. Rooms are spacious and the decor is agree- ably old-fashioned while conveying a feeling of graceful luxury. It's hard to imagine a more charming place for a morning stroll than around Lake Circle or a more intimate dinner setting than the Penrose Room, the ninth-floor perch atop the Broadmoor's South Tower, and named after Broadmoor founder Spencer Penrose. There are 20 din- ing experiences in all from a poolside cafe to Colorado's only Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond restaurant. We enjoyed breakfast at Natural Epicurean, which targets the health conscious among us while Cafe Julie's is reminiscent of the finest classic Parisian Patisseries and took care of our sweet tooth. Overlooking the golf course is The Grille, which serves big portions and a variety of pub fare. The dinner menu has classics such as chateaubriand for two prepared tableside and the meat, we were told, comes from the Denver ranch of The Broadmoor owner, Philip Anschutz. The Broadmoor's Sunday Brunch is famously decadent, but sadly our tee time conflicted to save the waistline. Venture off the resort property and from May through late October you will discover 50 SUMMER 2019 | NCGA.ORG Top, the second hole at The Broadmoor West Course; Center, fly fishing is one of the many outdoor pursuits enjoyed by Colorado residents. VISITCOS.COM SUSAN G. DRINKER

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