A view of The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Broadmoor
  • Location: Colorado Springs, CO
  • Rooms: 784
  • Courses: Two
  • Amenities: Spa / two pools / 10 restaurants / fitness center / tennis
  • Also good for: All-Around Excellence (#1)

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6 things you need to know

  • Best time to go: For golf, May through October; for a holiday wonderland, December.
  • Daily stay-and-plays start at: $775
  • Golf experience: Two 18s that intermingle: Donald Ross’s 1918 layout with a second 18 crafted by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in ’64.
  • Best non-golf amenity: Look up — the mountains.
  • While you're there: Tackle the nearby Manitou Incline, the breathtakingly vertical .88-mile fitness climb made famous by Apolo Ohno.
  • Insider tip: The spa prices are steep, but a blissful alternative is a $25 day pass that gets you all the spa amenities, sans the handwork.

Travelogue

It says something about the majesty of the Colorado mountains that a destination as sprawling as the Broadmoor can still feel like a hideaway. Tucked into the foothills of Cheyenne Mountain, the 101-year-old, five-star resort pulls off other tricks as well. It somehow feels homey and high-class. Rugged Pikes Peak is within reach, but at every turn is polished marble and pampering service. With its 10 restaurants, indoor and outdoor pools, spa, bowling alley, s’mores-friendly firepits and two gorgeously maintained courses, there’s no reason to leave the Broadmoor’s comforts. But the pull of the peaks is strong, and the resort offers many dusty adventures. Most alluring are the “wilderness experiences” at three luxe lodging outposts: Cloud Camp, Fly Fishing Camp and the Ranch at Emerald Valley. On the dastardly Ross and RTJ greens, everything runs away from the mountains. At the Broadmoor, where they get everything just right, you’ll bask in them.