Sports and Recreation at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs
By Ross Dyer
Colorado is a truly unique state that you can explore all year long, and if you’re looking for a luxurious way to enjoy all of its outdoor pursuits, there is no more impressive resort to stay than the Forbes Five-Star/AAA Five-Diamond The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. Not only is The Broadmoor one of America’s premier hotel resorts, it also offers wonderful sporting and outdoor activities for visitors who seek an athletic twist to their vacation.
Championship Golf at The Broadmoor
World-class golf brings many visitors to The Broadmoor for an extended stay to challenge themselves and improve their game in a spectacular setting.
The resort’s rich golfing heritage and top international rating is clear from its three championship courses by legends Donald Ross, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and Jack Nicklaus Design. In fact, Nicklaus won his first national title as a 19-year old amateur on The Broadmoor’s famous East Course. He later returned to design the Mountain Course here, which brings The Broadmoor’s spectacular offerings to 54 Championship holes: across the sprawling East Course, the unforgiving West Course and the elevated Mountain Course. If you’re a beginner or even just a want a refresher on your game, The Broadmoor’s experienced golf professionals can tailor lessons to your skill level.
Other Sports and Activities
With indoor and outdoor courts, tennis is a year-round sport at The Broadmoor. The legendary tennis club has six tennis courts including two roofed tennis courts for play in the wintertime, as well as pros available for lessons. The state-of-the-art fitness center also makes it easy to stay on track with your workout routine. Fitness classes and personal trainers are available. Biking adjacent to the huge grounds is another fun option, and at The Ranch at Emerald Valley, you can take advantage of horseback riding in the mountains, as well as biking, hiking and fishing and a host of other activities. The Broadmoor can also arrange jeep and Segway tours, hot air ballooning, rock climbing and whitewater rafting.
One thing you don’t want to miss is the nearby Pike’s Peak Cog Railway trip to the summit of Pike’s Peak – the easternmost 14,000-foot mountain in the USA. The views are quite simply, breathtaking.
After the Activities
With indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, spa and salon treatments, there is a lot of pampering to indulge in here as well. There are more than 25 specialty shops offering unique Colorado clothing, gifts, art and toys. There is also a seasonal kids club, a cinema, and 10-pin bowling to keep everyone entertained.
The resort offers a large array of wonderful dining options depending on your mood and appetite. One tradition is non-negotiable: the flavors and standards of dining here are always first class.
The accommodation choices across the property are extraordinary as well; whether you stay in one of the rooms or suites overlooking The Broadmoor’s own private lake as I did, or choose a beautiful Brownstone house, or one of the exclusive Cottages overlooking the Championship Golf Courses (which you have surely mastered by now!).
Without a doubt, The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs is an unparalleled experience with a host of sports and outdoor activities to choose from. This resort is a rare find!