Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks

A Magnificent Blend of Brilliant Golf Design and the Natural Wonders of the Rocky Mountains...

“The end result is spectacular. The property at Three Peaks is perfect for a great golf course.”

T he Raven at Three Peaks will stimulate your senses in every conceivable way. Designed by Hurdzan-Fry Golf Design and PGA touring professional Tom Lehman, the golf course is surrounded by the vast beauty of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. This course will leave you wishing for another nine holes, and three more rolls of film, at the end of your round. Located in Silverthorne, Colorado, Three Peaks is the consummate challenge for the advanced player as well as the occasional weekender.


At 7,413 yards in length, the course was designed to play with varying degrees of challenge from each tee. The routing of Three Peaks minimizes the steepness of the natural terrain while preserving the character of the topography, resulting in elevation changes with level landing areas and green complexes. When a course is built on mountain slopes architects must take into consideration the additional distance the ball will soar at higher altitudes. Added flight is either a blessing for straight shots, or a curse for those that stray off-line. Knowing this, the architects designed the course to compensate for the additional distance.


Among the distinguishing features of the design at the Raven at Three Peaks are unique bunkering patterns. Influenced by the legendary design traits of Dr. Alister MacKenzie, the bunkers are rugged with long grass and vegetation growing around the edges, thus creating a distinctive look and feel to the golf course. “They are not only aesthetically pleasing,” says Director of Golf Rick Fretland, “but a challenge as well for our guests who find themselves in the midst of these hazards.”


Each hole at Three Peaks has its own distinctive personality. The par 4, 426 yard 1st hole, named Hi-Ho, opens with a wide fairway and closes with a well-contoured green neighboring a pond to the left and rear of the green with bunkers protecting the putting surface from both sides. Behind the green, birdhouses are mounted to enhance the natural habitat for swallow and mountain bluebirds. Wild Irishman, the par 5, 587 yard, 2nd hole, stretches through high mountain grasslands and introduces golfers to the pleasures of hitting the ball at a high altitude. If closely observed, a pair of nesting osprey can be seen atop a pole near the green. The osprey have been returning to this nesting place since 1982 and are often seen fishing for trout in the nearby Blue River.


The 10th hole, Orphan Boy, is a 376 yard, par 4, that presents a birdie opportunity as long as you avoid the fairway bunkers to the left and right from an elevated tee. A precision approach is critical to the deep false-fronted green. Waterloo, the par 5, 599 yard 11th hole, requires a long tee shot followed by a second shot that is all carry over a large lake in front of the green. The safe play here is to lay-up.


The 213 yard, par 3, 14th hole captures the spirit of Three Peaks. A picture-perfect green setting, wetlands and a lake between the tee and green, this hole personifies mountain golf with the Gore Mountain Range visible in the distance. Stop, look, listen and take it all in. Its no wonder the hole is named Silence.


Monte Cristo, the par 4, 415 yard 15th hole, puts a premium on accuracy. With fairway bunkers to the right and wildflowers and native vegetation to the left, both areas are best left alone. The green is guarded by a creek crossing the front and a bunker. On this hole it’s fairway and green only. Miss one or the other and a challenge awaits you.


“I’m very happy with the outcome of this golf course,” said Tom Lehman. “Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry and I worked very hard to design a golf course that would be a memorable experience for everyone who comes here. I think we have done just that.” Dana Fry adds, “The scenery is breath­taking in every direction and we had very high expectations for the design of the course. Looking at the completed project, it’s apparent that our expectations have been exceeded.”


The golf course and setting speak for themselves, but what makes the experience at Three Peaks truly exclusive is Intrawest Golf’s premier trademark known as the Raven brand. Throughout North America, Raven branded courses have garnered a strong reputation for providing high-end memorable golf experiences. Each component of guest satisfaction must pass strict criteria to be considered a Raven Golf Club, including guest services, food and beverage, maintenance and management. “The course will challenge any guest,” said Lehman. “But more importantly, with the commitment to service, course cond­itioning and dedication to guest satisfaction by the Raven staff, this will be an experience long remembered after the round is completed.”


“By blending tradition and modern styling with the design of the bunkers and wide fairways in a mountain setting we have created a truly unique golf course with challenges, rewards and options for every golfer,” says director of golf Rick Fretland. “And combined with the Raven name and quality, I think we’ve created the ideal mountain golf experience.” It seems those words are traveling fast. In 2000, with the course open for just a month, Three Peaks was awarded honorable mention among the “Top Ten Courses You Can Play” by Golf Magazine.


Experience golf for the senses and you will discover the myriad reasons The Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks is now one of the most anticipated golf destinations in Colorado.

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