Castle Pines Golf Club - Colorado - USA

Castle Pines Golf Club,
1000 Hummingbird Lane,
Castle Rock,
Colorado (CO) 80104,
USA


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  • Keith Schneider

  • Jack Nicklaus

  • Don Hurter


Jack Nicklaus designed the course at Castle Pines Golf Club in 1981 and he carved it out of a scrub oak and pine forest in the heart of Colorado, not far from Denver.

Castle Pines is famous for the International tournament which is played under an unusual and unique scoring system which, in a similar way to Dr Frank Stableford’s system, awards points for birdies, eagles or better and subtracts for bogeys or worse. This is Colorado’s only PGA Tour event and naturally it provides for some genuine excitement contested on a thrilling course.

The ball travels about 10% further at altitude and Castle Pines is set some 6,500 feet above sea level so expect some flattering distances. Jack Nicklaus disturbed very little earth here to create his course here at Castle Pines and the holes wind their way through avenues of trees. A couple of holes are more open and it’s from these holes that you appreciate the scale and delight of being perched at Rocky Mountain high.

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Description: Jack Nicklaus designed Castle Pines Golf Club in 1981 and he carved it out of a scrub oak and pine forest in the heart of Colorado, not far from Denver. The club is famous for the International tournament played under an unusual scoring system which is similar to Dr Frank Stableford’s method. Rating: 4 out of 6 Reviews: 3

At Castle Pines, Jack Nicklaus built a challenging course with elevation changes, mountain ponds, and babbling brooks strategically placed to gobble up your ball. Golf balls fly about 10 percent farther in the thin Colorado air. Number 10 is a 485-yard par 4 and almost as many yards down. Number 18 features another of Nicklaus’ signature concepts: the double fairway, with a riskier route for longer hitters and a safer route for shorter hitters. I didn’t do well on the back nine [we played the back nine first], but the front nine was another story.

Number 1 is a breathtaking downhill par 5 of 644 yards, then the longest hole on the PGA Tour. You could stand on that tee box all day just to drink in the fantastic vista. I hit a long sweeping drive that had a hang time over these mountains that would have made even an NFL punter proud. My 3-wood was equally well struck, and there I was 130 yards from the green and still more downhill to go. I hit a 9-iron to 20 feet and drained that 20-footer for birdie. “Yes! I birdied the longest hole on the PGA Tour. Take that Jack Nicklaus.” My partner joked, “Where were those shots on the other nine?” Larry Berle.
4 / 6
Castle Pines Golf Club
September 28, 2014


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Keith Baxter
September 28, 2014
The above review is an edited extract from A Golfer’s Dream, which has been reproduced with the author’s kind permission. A Golfer’s Dream, by Larry Berle, tells the story of how a regular guy conquered America’s Top 100 Golf Courses (following Golf Digest’s 2001/2002 list). Larry has exclusively rated for us every course in the hundred, using our golf ball rating system. However, Larry did not rate the 100 courses against every golf course he has played, but instead he rated them in relation to each other within the hundred. Consequently, in some cases, his rating may seem rather low. A Golfer’s Dream is available in Kindle format and also on Kindle Unlimited via Amazon... click the link for more. 
Golfing at altitude is an eye opener. For the occasional average golfer, it’s a thrill to hit an 8 iron 30 yards further than normal. For a scratch golfer, it’s a menace. Adapting from sea-level yardages to altitude yardages is not easy and immediately affects your level of commitment standing over the ball wondering how far it will actually go. Castle Pines opens with a par 5, but don’t let the yardages on the score-card scare you. Everything is reachable and 7200 yards becomes a walk in the mile-high park. Altitude aside, Nicklaus created a course of supreme conditioning and no shortage of raised greens, but the layout just doesn’t have enough memorable holes to elevate it into the ranks that certain publications classify it. Too many par 4s which require wedge approach shots, and for the scratch player, the only time you’ll hit more than a 6 iron into a green is on the par 5s. With that said, the par 4 10th hole stood out with its elevated tee shot to a narrow landing area followed by a long iron approach over water to an undulating green. The golf course is very playable from multiple well positioned tee boxes and the hospitality in the clubhouse is impeccable. Don’t forget to get a milkshake at the turn; they could be the best in America!
4 / 6
Castle Pines Golf Club
August 10, 2012


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Typical Jack, all hype behind the big gates, no substance to warrant a Top 100 spot! "Nice" shouldn't be rewarded in place of design quality. Very lack luster final three holes. Front 9 has many less than average holes for courses in this Top 100 club. It is a super nice club with an average course when compared to other courses on this list. Colorado Golf Club in Parker is far better.
4 / 6
Castle Pines Golf Club
October 27, 2011


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