Cheyenne Mountain Resort: An undiscovered golf escape in Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Located in the heart of the extraordinary Pikes Peak region of Colorado, Cheyenne Mountain Resort and Country Club delivers what its name implies.

Part country club, part resort -- Cheyenne Mountain provides luxurious stay-and-play packages for golfers who love a private club experience. The 316-room resort on 217 acres in southern Colorado offers access to the Country Club of Colorado, a private Pete Dye design. All the perks of private club life -- immaculate conditions, speedy rounds, up-to-date facilities – are here for resort guests. All you have to do is discover the place.

"It's one of the best kept secrets in Colorado," says Curtis Bova, the director of sales and marketing for Cheyenne Mountain. "It was a course that wasn't marketed as a resort course."

Golf at Cheyenne Mountain

The Country Club of Colorado was Dye's first course west of the Mississippi and his first foray into Colorado. It sits at the base of the Rocky Mountains with glorious views of the ridgeline surrounding the property. A $4-million renovation several years ago rebuilt water features and the bunkers and enhanced tees and greens.

More than 50 bunkers lurk throughout the 7,055-yard course, ready to strike. A 35-acre private lake brings water into play on five holes on the back nine.

The finish is fantastic. The signature 17th hole is a beautiful but intimidating par 3 framed by Cheyenne Mountain. The Curr Reservoir runs along the right side, while sand catches other misses. Water again comes into play on both the first and second shots on no. 18. The undulating green is one of the smallest on the course. It's a real test of nerve to hit the green in regulation.

A friendly and knowledgeable staff can help golfers with their games. PGA Director of Instruction Ann Finke, who was inducted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame along with Craig Stadler, has run one of the state's best junior programs for more than three decades at the resort. Children play free after 2 p.m. with a paying adult.

Cheyenne Mountain Resort

The Cheyenne Mountain Resort and Country Club offers a Pete Dye design, along with tennis, hiking, family fun and more.

The AAA Four-Diamond resort caters to business travelers and pleasure seekers. 316 guest rooms -- all equipped with a personal fridge -- are spread out across eight different lodges inspired by Rocky Mountain decor. Roughly 40,000 square feet of world-class indoor meeting space can hold corporate events, banquets and weddings. There are also unique outdoor meeting venues to keep corporate clients inspired.

Families face many tough choices. Should they be swimming at the heated pool near the main lodge or head to the lake and beach area? The Aquatics Center features an Olympic-sized pool and an indoor lap pool and a splash pad, playground and kiddie pool for the younger crowd. There are 17 courts for tennis (five indoor) and a health and fitness center, which offers various yoga and exercise classes. And if you need to relax, a treatment at the Alluvia Spa & Wellness Retreat will put you back together again.

People aren't the only pampered ones; the resort is pet-friendly for families who wish to bring the dog. Nearby hiking trails are great as a family activity, taking the dog for a walk or to work up a sweat.

The Mountain View Restaurant, Elevations Lounge and Pineview Grille (at the golf clubhouse) team up to keep everybody well fed. The Sunday brunch at Mountain View is legendary.

Life at Cheyenne Mountain feels pretty good, whether you're a member who visits regularly or a guest on a long vacation weekend.

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Cheyenne Mountain Resort: An undiscovered golf escape in Colorado