Colorado - Colorado - USA

Colorado Golf Club,
8000 Preservation Trail,
Parker,
Colorado (CO) 80134,
USA


  • +1 303 840 5400

  • Keith Wade

  • Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw

  • Graham Cliff


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.”

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Description: 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… Rating: 4.5 out of 6 Reviews: 2

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!

4 / 6
Colorado
September 05, 2017


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The Coore-Crenshaw partnership developed a course primarily targeted for single-digit players. Despite the natural challenges of adjusting to playing at altitude, the site for each hole is as natural as it gets and these 18 holes are a true marriage to the rugged topology. Many of the holes have forced carries over long grass, Colorado Golf Course - Photo by revieweruneven land, widespread areas of vegetation and fescue, untouched terrain and the iconic explosive bunkering. The holes just fall along the landscape emphasizing the minimalistic nature that the architects bring to their portfolio. The routing places an importance on landing your tee shots on the correct side of the many fairways that pitches from one side to the other. My favourite memory is that each side has short par 4s that run straight up the steep hills, the 8th and 13th, and are often regarded as the most exciting holes to play. I’m happy to report that the majority of the membership walk the course and carry their own bags. This isn’t a lush manicured course (and it was never designed to be) as it presents very firm and fast conditions in the dry desert climate. The diversity of the holes is most notable as you really hit every club in the bag multiple times and driver is certainly not always the play on par 4s. Higher handicap golfers will struggle with the forced carries, the contoured slick greens and the evident number of blind tee-shots whereby finding the correct landing spot is the Colorado Golf Course - Photo by revieweronly way to prevent running into the many hazards lurking in hidden spots. With so much land, the course takes you in many different directions as you trundle your way across the most natural looking course I’ve seen in years. Fortunately the architects discovered a smattering of tee boxes on each hole and certainly offer multiple routes to the hard-to-hold putting surfaces. On every hole, my host was very specific on where to land the ball on almost every shot, which further solidified the demanding nature of this layout. Having grown up on an Irish links course, I often found myself flighting the ball down to land it short and let the release out to the hole. I was very impressed with the number of greens that looked large, but played small – in a way that challenged you to hit to a section of the green to allow the ball to funnel. This is a pretty raw test of golf and I look forward to testing my skills here in the future. I’ve no doubt this young club will play host to countless USGA events.
5 / 6
Colorado
July 21, 2014


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