Talking Golf With Frost Creek’s Head Pro Ben Welsh
Recently, Ben Welsh, head golf professional at Frost Creek and president of the Colorado PGA Section, answered a few questions about what makes the golf experience at Frost Creek unlike any in the Vail Valley.
Q: Frost Creek is relatively new in terms of Vail Valley Clubs. Can you tell us more about it?
A: Absolutely! Frost Creek is a luxury four-season mountain club located 3 miles up Brush Creek Road in Eagle, Colorado. The club features a Tom Weiskopf-designed mountain golf course, a 40,000 square foot clubhouse, available real estate offerings, private fly-fishing access on adjacent Brush Creek and in stocked ponds, and more than 25 mountain lifestyle activities including SUP boards, fat tire bikes and a member Jeep for off-road excursions. In addition, luxury on-site member cabins are available to National Members while visiting Frost Creek.
Q: What is your favorite thing about golf at Frost Creek?
A: Playing golf at Frost Creek reminds you of all the best parts of the game. The serenity of the mountain setting coupled with the immaculate course conditions make it the perfect place to play. The course is pure enough to entertain the best players and generous enough to not intimidate those less avid players or those who are new to the game.
Q: Why is Frost Creek different from other Vail Valley golf courses?
A: The golf course at Frost Creek differs from other Vail Valley courses in that we have two distinct settings for each side of the course. The high desert front nine is wide open with wide fairways, large greens and long vistas. The back nine settles in along Brush Creek with less elevation change but more shape and a meandering feel to the holes. The back nine features water on eight holes.
Q: What is your favorite hole, and what is the best way to play that hole?
A: I love the first hole. It’s the perfect introduction to the course, and is playable even with the “first tee jitters.” The fairway has a visually challenging look but is much wider than it appears. Longer hitters can challenge the bunkers for a shorter shot to the green. It’s a chance to start your round with a good score. If it doesn’t work out, there is plenty of room to bail out safely and start your round with a ball in the fairway.
Q: What has Frost Creek done to improve or broaden the golf experience at the club?
A: Frost Creek’s golf course offers five main sets of tees and four combo tee options to appeal to all types of golfers. Three years ago, the club added four more forward tees on holes 1, 7, 8 and 17 to accommodate the shorter hitters. We are committed to keeping the integrity of the Tom Weiskopf design while making sure that we accommodate each and every golfer.
Q: What would you tell someone considering a membership at Frost Creek?
A: Frost Creek has something to offer for everyone in your family. From the lowest handicappers to the serious golfer to the novice or even non-golfer. In addition to the immaculate golf course, the array of off-course activities, incredible dining and lodging experiences makes Frost Creek the perfect place to decompress from the “real-world” and discover new ways to recharge.
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