The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs has such a strong history of supporting women’s golf and pampering women golfers, our panel voted it into the Top 10 U.S. Golf Resorts for Women even though it has its share of snow days. It didn’t hurt that this grand resort in a lovely mountain setting 75 minutes from Denver International Airport epitomizes mountainside elegance.
The famed East Course, where Annika Sorenstam won her first U.S. Women’s Open, is much too long even at altitude for the average woman golfer, but two others weigh in under 5,200 yards. (Just be sure to read the greens carefully, and then again. Putts are supposed to break away from the Will Rogers Shrine.) Opened in 1918 with three buildings and 350 rooms, today the Broadmoor covers 3,000 acres and has more than 700 rooms. It’s a treat merely to walk the property and take in the private lake, gardens and art.
TEES RATED FOR WOMEN: East Course – White 6,651/76.7/153; Gold 5,840/73.2/146; Red 5,738/72.3/144. West Course – White 6,175/75.5/143; Gold 5,253/70.5/131; Red 5,162/69.7/128. Mountain Course – White 6,325/76.3/141; Gold 5,361/70.8/127; Red 4,928/69.5/123.
AMENITIES: Great collection of shops and boutiques. Its 19 restaurant and lounge choices range from the elegant Ristorante del Lago to organic and wholesome Cafe Julia, the rowdy Golden Bee, and a family option with bowling lanes and games. Cloud Camp. Five-star spa, fitness center, salon. Six tennis courts, three swimming pools, three whirlpools. Fly-fishing school and fishing camp. Bee Bunch children’s program.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Anytime except the heart of winter, although lightning can curtail a round in spring and summer.
*2-2-2 COST (AS OF MAY 1, 2015): Starts at about $1900, with $60 breakfast credit.