Everything here in Colorado Springs is elevated, even the golfing. From amazing mountain views to the wide array of things to do, we take things to a higher level here. This also includes your golfing experience at our Pete Dye-designed course at Cheyenne Mountain Resort.
When it comes to golfing at 6,000+ feet, you’ve got to factor in the altitude. If you’ve never golfed at higher elevations before, you might be a little surprised at the impact altitude can have on your game. As Colorado locals and golf enthusiasts, we’ve put together a few tips for golfing amidst the Rockies, or on any high altitude golf course.
Basic Adjustment for Yardage
We’ll get into more specific concerns in a minute, but the most generic adjustment you can make when playing at a high altitude is to add 10% to your yardage. Why? At higher elevations, the air is thinner and offers less resistance than the air at sea level. As a result, a ball that would travel 150 yards at sea level will travel approximately 15 yards further at higher elevations.
Account for Trajectory
Every golfer has a different swing and style. The higher trajectory of your shots, the more difficult it can be to estimate your distance if you're used to playing closer to sea level. If your shots tend to stay low to the ground, you will see less of an impact on your yardage than if you hit high shots.
Clubs in need of adjustments or new grips can negatively affect your game at any altitude. Bring your golf equipment to our golf shop to have it checked out. Our staff of PGA professionals can evaluate your grips, loft and lie angles, and the shaft of your clubs and let you know if they might be impacting your game. Guests of Cheyenne Mountain Resort can also rent top of the line clubs from our Pro Shop.
Golfing in Colorado doesn't have to add strokes to your game. With a little attention to detail, we think you'll love playing our beautiful Pete Dye course as much as we do. For more information or to book you Colorado golf getaway, contact us today.