Eisenhower Golf Course
Eisenhower Golf Course at the Academy has won acclaim as being one of the best courses in Colorado. Nestled in the razorback foothills of the Rampart Range, the blue course was first opened in 1959. Its named after former President Dwight. D. Eisenhower, who took part in the dedication ceremony.
Home to the annual Falcon Invitational (formerly the Pikes Peak Invitational), the course has been challenged by some of golf's best players including Jay Don Blake, Hale Irwin, Tim Herron, Steve Jones, Jimmy Demaret, Tom Kite, Johnny Miller, Andy North, Mike Reid, Sam Snead, Tom Watson and Tiger Woods.
Recently, Sports Illustrated named Eisenhower as one of the 10 best golf courses on a college campus while Golf Digest has ranked the blue course as the third-best course in Colorado.
A typical beautiful Robert Trent Jones, Sr., design with large greens, long teeing grounds and fairway bunkers requiring 250-yard carry. The blue course is much like other mountain courses having very fast greens with the dominant break and speed coming away from the mountains. The par 72 can be stretched to over 7,300 yards but the 7,000-foot elevation makes it play much shorter. Other unique characteristics include no out-of-bounds and only a few small water hazards. However, that does not mean that it is an easy course, as the tricky greens and steep slopes rarely allow many low scores, even by the best of players.
The Silver Course, designed by an excellent Colorado architect, Frank Hummel, is the newer of the two Eisenhower courses. It is shorter than the Blue but makes up for its lack of length with fast, tricky greens, narrow fairways and many hazards. It is built in a beautiful setting with many spectacular mountain views and a view of the cadet chapel. The course, a par 72 with no out-of-bounds, complements the Blue Course very well because it requires more accuracy than length off the tee.