The Club at Flying Horse, like so many in Colorado, will ultimately bring significant altitude change into play. Players may be fooled, however, on the relatively even opening half at this Tom Weiskopf course, before eventually adjusting to the much more dramatic second nine.
The holes at Nos. 10 and 12 are par fives, yet your likelihood of getting the ball to the green in two may seem just as likely here as it does on No. 11, a par four. Weiskopf, a fan of heroic design, uses significant drops in height from tee-to-green to make the 550-yard and 516-yard par fives, respectively, reachable (granted, on the latter you’ll also need to carry a creek and bunker complex to find an eagle putt).
Where those holes travel downward, eventually some other hole must travel upward, and that is No. 11’s purpose. Although 416 yards, far from the farthest four on the course, the uphill nature may take its toll on your card. When you arrive at the green, however, you’ll find a putting surface housed within a natural stone amphitheater (where you may wish to take a seat after that walk uphill). Such is the nature of golf in the Rocky Mountain State.
Weiskopf course - I enjoyed this course. Have had the pleasure of playing it a few times. Not very difficult - just keep the ball in play and hit good shots, and you will be rewarded. That said, there are some holes where less than driver is required.
It has some shorter par 4's. Some of the 3's are shorter but require precision. the 5's are interesting - though 2 are reasonably reachable, but require navigation through well-placed fairway bunkers. Greens are a bit more undulated than they typical Weiskopf greens.
With the exception of 17, it is a fun stretch on the back nine. 18 is a challenging par 4, requiring a long and accurate drive, with a carefully placed second shot into a well-protected green.
May be worth a stay at the lodge or one of the cabanas for an evening if you have friends coming in to town to play.