The Highlands at Breckenridge

Jack Nicklaus Designed Golf in the Colorado High Country

The oldest continuously occupied mountain town in Colorado, Breckenridge traces its roots back through more than 150 years to the Colorado gold rush and its Victorian beginnings, a time that found the town awash with the hopes and dreams of miners seeking fortunes in gold and merchants eager to supply food, beverage and all matters of comfort and merchandise. Today, the Town of Breckenridge still clings to its Victorian architecture and enjoys status earned as a National Historic District with a sense of community that is at the forefront of all activity and unparalleled in any other American resort town. Here, the quality of life is an important part of every decision, and the only development projects that are allowed to proceed are those that better the community.


The Highlands at Breckenridge, an impressive master planned residential golf community encompassing approximately 1200 acres in Colorado’s Blue River Valley, is true to the grand traditions of the game of golf, Breckenridge heritage, and the natural wonders of the Colorado high country. Pine, aspen and Engleman spruce blanket the hillsides while 27 holes of Nicklaus designed golf wind their way through pristine meadows and protected wetland areas. The wetland areas provide nature preserves within The Highlands that include a series of picturesque beaver ponds that lie along the fairways and greens of the Beaver course.


The Highlands at Breckenridge is the only golf course community within the Town of Breckenridge. In addition to the Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, The Highlands enjoys a close proximity to world-class skiing, views of the spectacular Ten Mile Range, and the shops and restaurants of Main Street. The Highlands dedicated 127 acres of the project, including 77 acres for an additional nine holes for the golf course and 11 acres for the new Ralph M. Rounds Memorial Park, to the Town of Breckenridge. The park, named after one of the founders of Breckenridge Lands, Inc. and the Breckenridge Ski Area, includes lakeside fishing areas, fishing piers, hiking paths, boardwalks across wetlands and a grass play area.


Breckenridge Golf Club, with an elevation of 9324 feet, is owned and operated by the Town of Breckenridge and is all one would expect to find in a Jack Nicklaus signature course. The 27 hole layout consists of three nines offering a chance to play the course in three different configurations. The Bear course plays 3694 yards through meadowlands with water coming into play on the 1st, 3rd, 7th and 8th holes. The par 4, 403 yard, 3rd hole has a lake that guards the front of a very shallow green and most of the right side of the fairway. Shots too short are in the lake or in the bunker at the left front of the green and shots that come in too low, or too long, present a tricky recovery shot. The 206 yard, 4th hole is a straight-away par 3 that gives a chance to calm the nerves or recover from a bad shot on the previous hole.


The 3563 yard Beaver course offers a unique golfing experience as the course works its way along a series of beaver ponds that at times may spill onto the cart paths. These nine holes lie in a riparian biotic community that is so rich in the flora and fauna of the Blue River Valley that at times you may find yourself surprised anyone would be allowed to even hike in the area, much less drive a cart through it.


It is a credit to the careful management of the course that the Beaver course is in existence. Here, if you can keep your mind on the game, the par 3, 177 yard 3rd hole and the par 4, 405 yard 6th hole offer realistic birdie opportunities while the extremely narrow par 4, 409 yard, 7th hole, with its two-tiered green, and the 580 yard, par 5, 8th hole, with streams and beaver ponds everywhere, can pose back-to-back problems for the unlucky or the unwary. The approach shot on the 8th hole must clear the beaver ponds to find the green.


The Elk course is the newest addition to Breckenridge Golf Club, opening in the summer of 2001. This nine hole, 3563 yard, layout plays up and down hillsides of The Highlands offering spectacular vistas of the valley below and the mountains in the distance. The 242 yard, par 3, 5th hole is surely one of the most colorful golf holes we’ve ever seen, playing over a field of poppys stretching from tee to green. The 281 yard, par 4, 6th hole is a short par 4 that offers an excellent chance for a birdie, as is the 385 yard, par 4, 1st hole which is wide open, but guarded on the right by a large sand bunker and a lake. The 8th hole, a 576 yard par five, is well-bunkered with fairway bunkers in front of the green and bunkers to the left, right and rear. All in all, this is an easy hole to lose a stroke or two, as is the 2nd hole, another par 5, that plays to 574 yards from the gold tees with tee shots across water to a very narrow fairway.


Maintenance at Breckenridge Golf Club ranks among the best mountain courses and the PGA professional staff exhibits a level of quality and service that is normally found only in the finest private clubs.


Years of thought and careful planning have preceded the development of The Highlands. The project, designed to exist in harmony with its dramatic mountain setting, utilizes the “building envelope” method of determining a suitable area for building on each parcel to best preserve the community’s natural environment and mountain views.


Land Use Restrictions and Design Guidelines of The Highlands provide for strict supervision of architectural style, exterior colors and materials, building heights and other elements of construction. They also provide for a Review Board to review and approve plans for homes within the community.


The Highlands at Breckenridge is a partnership between Lincoln North, Inc. and Highlands Management Group, Inc. The principals of Lincoln North are members of the Rounds family, the original developer of the Breckenridge Ski area, that has owned the property for more than 35 years. They are also developers of West Ridge and Shock Hill. The principals of Highlands Management Group are residential land developers well-known for developing successful communities including Singletree near Vail, Colorado; Desert Highlands in Scottsdale, Arizona; Forest Highlands near Flagstaff, Arizona; Mira Vista in Fort Worth, Texas, and Lahontan near Lake Tahoe, California.


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