Situated eighty miles northwest of Denver, Pole Creek Golf Course is a 27-hole public golf facility in Grand County, with the Meadow and Ridge nines forming the premier 18-hole layout at an impressive pay and play operation.
The most enduring element when playing the 18-hole layout of Meadow and Ridge is how the golf simply melds into what Mother Nature so beautifully provided. Located at just over 8,500 feet, the property is free of any mindless clutter -- just you and your thoughts to ponder as you prepare to strike one's golf ball.
The original 18-hole layout consisting of the Meadow and the Ranch opened in 1985. The Ridge came onto the scene in 2000 giving the facility 27 holes.
Interestingly, the property had been a working ranch since 1895 and the desire to provide a golf option -- available to the masses came many years later.
The Colorado golf scene has clearly evolved over the last 30 or so years. The rise of privately owned daily fee courses has grown and with that has come a rise in the overall quality of the respective layouts.
The Ridge is the more profound of the two nines, but the Meadows does have its moments with the par-5 7th and the longish par-4 8th.
The totality of the design details is not overly sophisticated, most notably on the green sites but when the pins are tucked in the far corners the requirements for shotmaking intensifies.
The elevation clearly helps given the totality of the length is hardly excessive. But one needs to realize the actual playing season is relatively short so be ever mindful when scheduling one's time to visit.
Is Pole Creek worth a visit? I'd say "yes" but go there with one's expectations at a reasonable level. Golf in the Centennial State has become more and more competitive and designs at the upper echelon level have seen fit to engage a wider array of top tier architects encompassing some of the most eye-catching terrain one can imagine.
Those who do head to Pole Creek will always be struck by the scenery and the capper comes with the par-5 9th on Ridge which plunges nearly 150 feet from the tee and in the background is truly a majestic scene.