Beaver Creek Golf Club - 18th hole
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Beaver Creek Golf Club - 18th hole
The view from the clubhouse reveals the beauty of Beaver Creek Golf Club in Avon, Colorado. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Beaver Creek golf course - hole 1
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Beaver Creek golf course - hole 1
After the drive, golfers must survive a narrow chute to reach the lower tier of the first fairway on the opening par 5 at Beaver Creek Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf advisor
Beaver Creek Golf Club - hole 1 green
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Beaver Creek Golf Club - hole 1 green
Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed Beaver Creek Golf Club in Avon, Colorado. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Beaver Creek golf course - hole 2
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Beaver Creek golf course - hole 2
Beaver Creek Golf Club's par-3 second hole plummets downhill. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Beaver Creek Golf Club - hole 3
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Beaver Creek Golf Club - hole 3
After a layup off the tee, the par-5 third hole at Beaver Creek Golf Club climbs uphill among the pines and evergreens. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Beaver Creek golf course - hole 4
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Beaver Creek golf course - hole 4
The par-3 fourth hole at Beaver Creek Golf Club features a pond to the right of the green. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Beaver Creek Golf Club
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Beaver Creek Golf Club
Cross hazards are a big part of the challenge at Beaver Creek Golf Club in Avon, Colorado. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Beaver Creek golf course - hole 9
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Beaver Creek golf course - hole 9
A hazard guards the ninth green at Beaver Creek Golf Club in Avon, Colorado. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Beaver Creek Golf Club - hole 15
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Beaver Creek Golf Club - hole 15
Old buildings add character to Beaver Creek Golf Club's 15th hole. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Beaver Creek golf course - hole 16
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Beaver Creek golf course - hole 16
The 16th hole is the final of five par 3s at Beaver Creek Golf Club in Avon, Colorado. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Beaver Creek Golf Club - hole 17
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Beaver Creek Golf Club - hole 17
Trouble lurks on Beaver Creek Golf Club's 17th hole. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Beaver Creek golf course - hole 18
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Beaver Creek golf course - hole 18
The final hole at Beaver Creek might be the toughest par 4 on the golf course. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Beaver Creek - cookies
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Beaver Creek - cookies
Chocolate chip cookies are serious business at Beaver Creek. @beavercreek / Instagram
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Beaver Creek Golf Club in Avon, Colorado: Savor the scenery, and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies

AVON, Colo. -- The bookends of Beaver Creek Golf Club are tough, really tough.

Not to say the holes in the middle of the scenic Robert Trent Jones, Jr. layout in the Vail Valley are easy, but the biggest swings on the scorecard start and end the round.

In summer, Beaver Creek, a par 70 of 6,784 yards, is the exclusive playground of Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead lodging guests and Beaver Creek Club members. The golf course opens to the general public each spring (May 6-June 14) and fall (Sept. 16-Oct. 2).

For resort guests who time their tee off properly, a ranger drives the golf course at 1 p.m. daily, serving freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, a reminder just how exclusive and service-oriented life is inside the gates of Beaver Creek.

The golf course, which dates to 1982, is loaded with cross hazards. A winding creek must be avoided on 13 holes. Ponds are prevalent on two of the club's five par 3s, the fourth and 12th holes.

The first four holes are an interesting 5-3-5-3 mix of pars. These beautiful but claustrophobic holes lined by towering trees gobble up balls if you're not warmed up and ready to play. The two tricky par 5s require layups off of each tee, followed by daunting second shots. If you can survive this stretch, there's more room to hit driver for the next five par 4s in a row.

Beaver Creek Golf Club's most memorable hole is no. 15, a par 4 that flies over a hazard to a diagonal fairway. The approach must carry several bunkers to reach an elevated green framed in back by several old cabins. The finishing par 4s at nos. 17 and 18 are quite intimidating. My playing partner and I ended up rinsing four balls between us. We still ended the round all smiles.

If you're still hungry after the cookie, stopping by The Rendezvous Club restaurant for lunch or drinks is a great way to celebrate golf season in the stunning Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed and photographed more than 1,000 courses and written about golf destinations in 20 countries for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Instagram at @jasondeegangolfpass and Twitter at @WorldGolfer.

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