Colorado Golf Club only opened its tees for play in 2007 but it’s already a nationwide hit. Designed by the famous Bill and Ben duo – Coore and Crenshaw – whose design philosophy is to respect the classic golf courses of the "Golden Age of Architecture", Colorado was destined for success… just look at what happened to Sand Hills.
Set in more than 1,700 acres of a former horse ranch, space is definitely not in short supply at Colorado Golf Club. The club has already bagged the 2010 Senior PGA Championship (won by Tom Lehman after a three-way play-off with David Frost and Fred Couples) as “the site offers a lot of space to be able to accommodate the necessary infrastructure required to host such an event,” according to the Senior PGA Championship director. If that’s not enough for such a young club, the 2013 Solheim Cup was hosted at Colorado, which resulted in an 18-10 victory for Europe, the first European Solheim Cup win on US soil. So, is the course any good?
According to Juli Inkster, LPGA Tour player, “It's a very good match-play golf course and will make for a great Solheim Cup venue. There are so many strategies and options out there. Anything can happen on almost any hole, and then you have the risk-reward par 5s at 15 and 16 and a fantastic par 3 at 17. It will be a good test for all players. And to combine it with a huge sports town like Denver, I know the event will be fabulous.”
Ben Crenshaw said of his creation: “We tried very hard to wed the holes to the ground, and in that respect, the holes will come out differently with interesting green shapes and bunkers. We decided to just let the golf course roll across the landscape.”
If you have played Colorado Golf Club we’d love to hear from you and we’d be most grateful if you’d write a course review.
One of my favorite courses, I am a sucker for Coore/Crenshaw designs. A great collection of Par 4s with wonderful variety of shots necessary to score - a course where truly every club is needed. #2 - a fun, shortish par 3 with a lot of character (read - hazards) around the green and #16 - a roller coaster Par 5 with a crazy, undulating green. One of the courses I could honestly say I would be a member if I lived anywhere near it - a must play!
CGC has my vote for one of the most underrated golf courses in the US. This time around I had the great pleasure of playing several rounds of golf here. Condition was absolutely brilliant, as firm and fast as you can imagine making for a great links like experience. Given the high elevation the course plays very long on the card but combined with the firm conditions it was playable even from the 7,604 yds back tees.
The best 1 shotter award goes to the 154 yds 2nd hole. This one is an instant classic with a crazy difficult and guarded green. A 9 iron will usually do the trick here but don’t miss as it makes 3 a real challenge. Everyday I played we had to deal with very strong winds which immensely added to the fun and challenge.
My favorite par 4 would be the drivable uphill 8th hole playing at 311 yds. Now many say, 300 yds is not drivable but I watched my playing partner on day 2 drive this hole with his 3 wood with a strong tail wind mind you. He is 76 years old, did I mention that?
On the back 9 there 15 and 16 are crazy back to back par 5’s. Both represent scoring opportunities with good shots and both are definitely risk reward holes. 15 requires a semiblind drive down the left center in order to benefit from the downslope and enable yourself a realistic shot at hitting the green in two. However, to pull off this heroic shot you have to take on the small canyon right before the green. On the tee of 16 you face a split fairway. Play left to be safe and have a wider landing area. Right side allows a tiger line and a good shot at this green in two with the ability to utilize the strong backboard that throws the ball left to right. This green is befitting of a reachable 5 and I’m still humbled to admit that I made two 3 putt pars out of 3 rounds. Did I say the green was crazy?
CGC is the kind of course you have to visit but beware one round is just not going to cut it. Talk the member into letting you stay for a week!
There are 5 excellent holes at CGC and worth the price of admission alone to this exclusive club. The playability of the course is fantastic, allowing golfers to throw up shots or run them around the ground at their discretion.
Unfortunately I think several of the other holes are repetitive and the valley holes aren't the most inspiringly routed. Additionally the par 3s are too risk/reward without any bailout areas which seem a bit too severe to me.
That being said, the conditioning of the course is fantastic and if you get a chance definitely play this track!