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.
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!