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Getting To Know: Breckenridge Golf Club

An Insightful Interview With Erroll Miller, Head Professional

By Brian Weis

Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Erroll Miller who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.

Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
Set at 9324' in elevation, Breckenridge is one of the highest courses in the world. Designed by Jack Nicklaus with Mother Nature enhancements, Breckenridge is one of a kind. Snow capped peaks are always in view. The course is challenging, so bring your "A" game and a lot of golf balls!

Breckenridge has a mix of tree lined holes as well as open links style holes with most giving views to mountain peaks that are around 13,000 feet in elevation.

Breckenridge is a must play and should be on every golfers bucket list.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Breckenridge is most known for skiing. But if you ask the locals, summer is the best time of the year. Temperatures are always mild and the sky deep blue. Growing grass at 9324' is not an easy task, but Breckenridge prides itself on quality conditions and excellent customer service to match the quality of the Nicklaus design. Your game will be challenged, your senses massaged and your ego probably bruised. But, you will leave with a smile and a wonderful memory.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
At high elevations, your golf ball will fly straighter and further. But don't let that fact go to your head. Jack designed this course with very narrow fairways and small greens. Don't always select driver off the tee. Select what you can hit straight. Aim for the middle of the greens as anything on these small greens is almost a birdie putt. And if your score isn't what you had hoped for, check out the wildlife and scenery and you will find inner peace! One final tip to score better if needed; our golf pencils have erasers.

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
Golf Digest, "4 1/2 Star Places to Play Facility"

In May 2012, Golfweek rated Breckenridge as one of the "Top 50 Municipal Courses" in the nation (#35).

Rated by the Summit Daily Newspaper as , "The Best of Summit County"

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Beaver #8 - Where else can you play alongside numerous Beaver ponds. This hole has it all; length, beauty, views, numerous wildlife sightings including, elk, deer, moose, beavers, and a fox that will steal golf balls.

This is one of the prettiest and toughest holes of the 27 at Breckenridge.

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
I have a favorite on each nine. Bear # 9 has such great views of the Breckenridge Ski Area and Ten Mile Mountain range. One of the peaks in the distance is Quandry that rises above 14,000 feet. This hole is just breathtaking and the most difficult on the Bear nine, playing uphill at 473 yards for a par 4.

Beaver # 8 described above is my favorite on the Beaver nine.

Elk #7 has the most elevation change of any of the 27-holes at Breckenridge. The tee box elevation on #7 is 9445', the highest point on the entire golf course. The green level of #7 is 9370', a change of 75' from tee to green! Mountain Golf at its' pinnacle!

Make par or birdie on any of these and you should pat yourself on the back as all three will challenge you.

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
Colorado is one of the top producing craft brewery states. So why not enjoy a beer from Breckenridge Brewery and a vodka or whiskey from the Breckenridge distillery. Theses craft sprits and beers have won numerous awards.

You can't go wrong with a Club Sandwich, the classic golf clubhouse item.

Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
Beaver/Bear - 69, held by Morris Hatalsky of the PGA Tour, Erroll Miller and Ryne Scholl.

Bear/Elk = 68 by Robbins Manley

Elk/Beaver = 66 by Corey Stanton

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72 on all
Yardage: Beaver/Bear = 7266 Bear/Elk = 7258, Elk/Beaver = 7120
Slope: we have 27 holes so 3 different ratings; Beaver/Bear = 147, Bear/Elk = 146, Elk/Beaver = 146
Rating: Beaver/Bear = 73.9, Bear/Elk = 73.9, Elk/Beaver = 72.8

More Information
Breckenridge Golf Club
200 Clubhouse Drive
Breckenridge, Colorado, 80424

Revised: 04/24/2013 - Article Viewed 31,156 Times - View Course Profile

About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

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