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April 10, 2016.  It’s raining in the Valley and snowing on the Mountain.  Vail extended the Mountain skiing through the 17th (next Sunday) and Beaver Creek Mountain is closing for skiing after today.  So far it is very quiet here in the Village.  I rode in on the free bus at about 8:30 a.m. and there were five riders.  I guess everyone went to Beaver Creek today for the closing festivities and the extra free cookies (can’t keep the cookie dough until next November).  The final round of the Masters is being played today under better conditions than the 3 previous days; and the leader board looks like it could be an explosive great round for the top 15 golfers.  I really love the game and wish I had emphasized it as a kid instead of many other sports.  Didn’t really get started until I was almost 40.  “Kick it, hit it, throw it, put it in a hole.  If you can’t do that with it, it ain’t no damn good.”  It’s a beautiful day in Colorado, Bob

Bob Essin, Gateway Real Estate,, 970.376.4484,



Golf Season 2015 began in Eagle County in March although not all courses have opened yet.  The Vail Golf Course opened 2 weeks early on May 1.  Prior to that Gypsum Creek Golf Course and Eagle Ranch Golf Course had already entertained play.  Not including the courses south of Glenwood Springs, the 14 Eighteen hole courses beginning in Vail and proceeding west are:  Vail Golf Course, Eagle-Vail Golf Course, Beaver Creek Golf Course, Sonnenalp Golf Club (aka Singletree), Country Club of the Rockies (aka Arrowhead at Vail), the 3 Cordillera Courses-The Valley, Ranch and Summit, Eagle Springs Golf Course (north of the Wolcott exit), the 2 Red Sky Ranch Courses-Norman and Fazio (south ofthe Wolcott exit), Eagle Ranch Golf Course just south of Eagle, Frost Creek (formerly Adams Mountain) further south of Eagle, and Gypsum Creek Golf Course south of Gypsum (formerly Cotton Ranch). Vail Golf There are Par 3 courses at the Divide in Cordillera and at the Eagle-Vail Course.  Check your telephone book or Google them to obtain contact information.

The only courses that are recognized as public courses on a full time basis are Vail, Eagle-Vail, Gypsum Creek and Eagle Ranch.  You are not allowed to play Frost Creek, Eagle Springs and Country Club of the Rockies unless you actually have a member playing in your foursome.  Beaver Creek allows public play without a member in the foursome after 10 a.m.  Red Sky has two courses and one is open to public play each day usually on an alternating basis.  At Red Sky, there are separate public and private Golf Shops-Club Houses and parking lots.  The Red Sky courses are currently rated in the top 100 Colorado public courses.  All three Cordillera courses are planned to be open this summer and play is limited to members and their guests, but a member does not have to play in the foursome.  Certain properties that you may stay at also have privileges at the Cordillera course.  The old practice of having a club pro from your home course make a reservation does not seem to be recognized at the private courses.  The Sonnenalp generally sets aside 14 tee times a day for public play which tee times cannot be made more that a week in advance.   ALL OF THE COURSES REQUIRE PROPER ATTIRE WHICH MEANS A COLLARED SHIRT AND PANTS THAT ARE NOT DENIM EVEN IF THE PANTS ARE DESIGNER.

I have played all the courses and consider them good, if not great.  Generally speaking, they are all excellent tests of golf and fun with great views.  Mountain golf can be difficult, especially the first few times you play a course.  It is rumored that a “famous Pro Golfer” walked off of a local course during the middle of a round of the Ford tournament one year.  By mid-June the courses are all usually in excellent shape.  Many of the courses were designed with limited land and/or with real estate development in mind and may have one or 2 less well designed holes.  Recognize that many of the players are on vacation and the pace of play may be somewhat erratic in spite of the efforts of the course personnel.  I would recommend that you try to make your tee times well in advance of your trip to the Vail area.

I generally play the Vail Course and consider it to be excellent.  It is the only course that you might try to walk.  My index is usually between 10 and 12 and I have had the good luck to ace 3 of the par 3s from the black tees.  I regularly play in the Vail Mens Club- not bragging, just trying to put this blog in perspective.  Have a great time in Vail.

It’s a beautiful day in Colorado,                                                         Bob Essin



Real estate sales in the world class ski resort of Beaver Creek, Colorado increase in 2012 over the same time period from 2011. From January 1, thru May 28, 2012, Beaver Creek saw 33 transactions close with an average price per square foot at $705.42. Compare that with the same time period of 2011 where there were only 29 real estate sales with an average price per square foot of $658.52 and you see a slight increase in real estate value and number of sales. Currently, there are 112 units on the market in Beaver Creek with a price range from as low as $395,000 to $1,095,000. Most of the current properties have also reduced their price over the last few months. For more information on the real estate market in Beaver Creek and the Vail Valley, see my contact information.


Looking for a home on a private or public golf course in the Vail Valley? Well, then, buyers have a huge inventory of choices for either a permanent home or a second vacation home. With over hundreds of homes for sale in all of the Vail Valley's golf communites, the interested buyer can choose from as low as the three hundred thousands to over five million dollars. Here are the names of some of the Vail Valley's most prestigious golf courses: Red Sky Ranch in Wolcott, the Sonnenalp in Edwards, Beaver Creek Golf Course in Beaver Creek, Eagle-Vail Golf Course in Eagle-Vail, Eagle Ranch in Eagle, Cordillera Golf Course in Edwards, and Country Club of the Rockies in Edwards. For real estate information on homes in any of our beautiful golf course communities, see my contact information.







April was not only one of the warmest April's in recent memory, it was also the hottest month of 2012 for sales in Singletree with four homes closing. Not bad for Singltree, which only saw four sales in the first three months of the year. The Sonnenalp Golf Course is open and so is the Singltree market with 30 homes for sale. See my contact information if you would like more information on the real estate market in the Vail Valley or information on golf memberships at any of the Valley's mountain golf courses.