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You can call The Broadmoor a lot of things. Obviously, it's a golf course that hosts big events, like this 2011 U.S. Women's Open. Between the East and West courses, there are 54 holes of championship golf here.
But it's also an award-winning resort that features a day spa, fitness center, two swimming pools, three outdoor hot tubs, one lap pool, six tennis courts and 24 specialty retail shops. But that's not doing it justice. You need to experience the place to appreciate it.
The Broadmoor has won the AAA Five Diamond Award for 35 straight years. Only three other U.S. properties can say the same. It was also honored with five stars from Forbes—for 51 straight years.
The thing I noticed the most during my stay at The Broadmoor—aside from the incredibly kind staff—was the enormity of the place. And the beauty. When I first drove down Lake Avenue in search of media parking, the majestic, signature Broadmoor Main tower appeared, with the Cheyenne Mountains serving as a backdrop.
I almost missed my turn. It makes you stop and stare.
The Broadmoor has an elegance about it that is larger than life.
Early in the morning, I stepped onto the balcony of my room in the West Complex to be greeted by peace and quiet. It was honestly the most tranquil feeling of calm, with birds singing and the distant sound of lawn mowers readying the golf course for the day's play.
I plan to return when I'm not simultaneously working a major championship—so I can spend some time golfing, of course, and just relaxing in the beauty of this place.