Set out at an altitude of 7,600 feet above sea level in the mountains to the west of Denver, the course at Hiwan Golf Club is a Press Maxwell design from the early 1960s which is well-known locally for its challenging greens.
In The American Private Golf Club Guide, author Daniel Wexler writes: “It is typical of its design period by offering little strategic hazarding from tee to green (unless one counts the general pitch and roll of the landscape) – though this is largely compensated by its large, seriously contoured putting surfaces.
Hiwan’s backbone lies in its longer holes, including both par fives (the 594-yard 2nd and 571-yard 16th) and several big par fours, among them the 466-yard 7th, a gentle dogleg right requiring a long second over a lake. Most charming, on the other hand, is the 178-yard 12th, a short one-shotter played across a lake and fronting bunkers.”
Good and challenging layout, with REALLY fast and undulating greens. Definitely worth playing, but can be a long day if you aren't on top of your game. Biggest (and most obvious) tip - DON'T BE ABOVE THE HOLE.