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When the Broadmoor’s East Course opened in 1918, it was the highest golf course in the United States at 6,400 feet in elevation.

Known as the Grand Dame of the Rockies, The Broadmoor offers two historic and magnificent golf courses nestled in the Rocky Mountains: The East Course and the West Course, designed by Donald Ross and Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, The Broadmoor opened in 1918 and it was inducted into Historic Hotels of American in 1989.

Travelers at The Broadmoor can enjoy the greens while surrounded by red rocks and white peaks in the Pike’s Peak region. With its challenging terrain and amazing mountain vistas, the East Course is ranked among the best golf courses in the country. The original Broadmoor Golf Club's 18-hole course was designed by architect Donald Ross at the behest of Spencer Penrose, who envisioned turning his new rough, mountain retreat into a world-class resort. Ross, who had designed golf courses for several of the top clubs in the country, declared The Broadmoor's golf course in Colorado Springs his best work. When Broadmoor East opened in 1918, it was the highest golf course in the United States at 6,400 feet in elevation. In 1948, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. was hired to design an additional nine-hole set. Jones' new nine-hole course joined with nine of Ross' original holes, opening in 1952 as the new East Course. The first nine holes of the original Ross 18 became known as the "Back Nine." In 1964, Jones, Sr. was invited to return to design nine new holes in addition to redesigning nine holes of the original course, forming The Broadmoor West Course. Consequently, both the East and West courses feature holes designed by the masters of their craft, Ross and Jones.

The first golf professional at The Broadmoor was “Long Jim” Barnes. He was the highest paid pro in the world at the time, making $15,000 for the summer. Barnes was followed by the great professionals James Gullane and Jimmy Thomson. Ed Dudley was Head Professional here in the summer and Augusta National in the winter from 1941 until 1957 when he took on the job full time at The Broadmoor until his passing in 1963. Besides his 15 PGA Tour wins, Dudley was known for his famous students, including former President Dwight Eisenhower, singer Bing Crosby, and comedian Bob Hope. The East Course has been home to many major tournaments, including the 1959 U.S. Amateur (notably Jack Nicklaus' first major win), the 1967 U.S. Amateur, and the 1995 U.S. Women's Open (Annika Sorenstam's first major title). Most recently, the famous course served as the host to the 2008 U.S. Senior Open, 2011 U. S. Women's Open Championship, and the 2018 U.S. Senior Open. In 2025, The Broadmoor will be proud to host the U.S. Senior Open once more.

Guests are invited to visit the Broadmoor Golf Club’s Heritage Hallway, displaying the club’s legendary history on its walls. The Heritage Hallway beautifully displays photos, golf memorabilia, and explanatory labels that exhibit the rich traditions, the tournaments, and the champions who helped write the pages of The Broadmoor Golf Club’s historic legacy. It is here where guests can learn why The Broadmoor’s courses are rated as some of the best in the world and enjoy snapshots of the resort’s game-changing victories.


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