The East course at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs may always be the more celebrated of the resort’s golfing options but the West stands as a fine complement for a 36-hole day. Those familiar with the East layout will recognize the two authors responsible; a combination of Donald Ross and Robert Trent Jones, with 10 holes from the former and eight from the latter.
The West features a distinct vibe, however, playing through tighter fairways — often compressed by trees — and also features a larger number of doglegs as part of its route. The greens offer a similar challenge to those of the East. Although playing more than 300 yards shorter than the East course, it may still be the more difficult of the pair.
Many suggest that the closing hole, a 540-yard stretch featuring large bunkers and a creek crossing, is the more exciting conclusion among the Broadmoor courses.
Although not quite the Major Championship history its sibling has, the West also has a history with professional golf, having hosted the 1998 PGA Cup matches.
Some good holes, with a few holes shoehorned in. Not much unlike the East course, it requires good approaches and good putting. Some of the holes require precision off the tee.
Some of the par 4's are risk/reward, and the par 5's are generally reachable. A fun day and worthy of playing once if on property to mix it up a bit. Much prefer the East course, but the West is a fun diversion. It is far preferable to the now defunct "Mountain" course.
The East is definitely the superior course at The Broadmoor, but the West is no slouch and shouldn't be under appreciated. Fun little course that has some similarities to the East, namely uber challenging greens and mountainous backdrops with your target area surrounded by pine trees. Just a solid course. Not flashy, no real signature holes, just straight-forward mountain golf that gives you a satisfying feeling when you're finished playing it.