Jones Visits New Course in Vail Area

Robert Jones, Jr. paid a visit to one of his newest courses over the Labor Day weekend. The architect arrived at the Brightwater Club in Colorado's Vail Valley to celebrate the near completion of the layout.

Brightwater's initial nine holes opened August 29, with the back side of the 8,005-yard layout slated to debut at the end of September.

The centerpiece of a private, gated community near Gypsum, the course offers considerable challenge and natural beauty. The layout, the fifth-longest in the U.S. from the tips, contains six tee boxes, including 5,690-yard forward tees and 2,700-yard family tees.

The fairways weave around a 19th Century homestead barn. Also entering play are eight lakes, six natural springs, three streams and a mile-long stretch of Gypsum Creek. The front nine occupies open, prairie-like terrain that involves Temptation Lake, while the back nine climbs 320 feet in elevation to reach 7,060 feet at its peak. From the back nine golfers enjoy panoramas of the surrounding mountains.

Brightwater enjoys a seven-month golf season - two months longer than most other Colorado golf destinations. The development, located seven miles from Eagle County Airport, the second busiest wintertime air terminal in Colorado, has direct flights to Dallas/Ft. Worth and Denver year-round and direct flights to 18 major cities during the high season.

In addition to the golf course, the community involves 535 home sites on across 963 acres and various recreational facilities. For more information, call 888/414-0364 or visit