Castle Pines is a tough place to make an impression...both the acclaimed Castle Pines Golf Club and the Country Club at Castle Pines reside in the area, as well as the more secretive Sanctuary Club. A golfer looking for public-access fare needs a spot to stop, however, and Tom Weiskopf is the man for the job, laying out The Ridge at Castle Pines North during the late ‘90s.
Although the course is routed through a residential development, the title “Pines” come into play during the home nine, making players feel relatively secluded among one of Colorado golf’s most celebrated ZIP codes. Weiskopf is always keen for a little adventure on his courses, and almost all of the teeboxes head down The Ridge and not up. Perhaps the most stunning views and certainly the highest dive, comes at No. 14, a 190-yard par three to a green surrounded by evergreen onlookers.
Your last approach, however, will be played up to a green perched below the clubhouse. The course is among the most acclaimed public golf courses in the entire state, and not just among its privileged neighbors.
Ethan's comments were spot on. The outward nine is straightforward but hardly produces anything near "edge of your seat" engaging architecture since its routed through a residential development.
The whole situation flips completely with in the inward side. Players are immersed with the size and scent of the towering pines and the holes are beautifully slotted and diverse.
It's too bad the totality of the golf experience is so different from one side to the other.
I am planning on being back in the Denver area this summer and I do plan to return and see if my original assessment still holds.
M. James Ward
Every course in Castle Pines is a gem, and the one public course, The Ridge is no exception. Two completely different nines. The first half of the course is fairly wide open and winds its way through a housing community, a slight disappointment, but doesn't take away from a fun, challenging golf course. The second nine is what makes this course though. It winds its way through towering pine trees going every direction until you reach the 18th tee and drive from on top of a rock that flanks the back of the 17th green. I firmly enjoyed my experiences here. Undoubtedly one of the best manicured courses, and funnest designs in the Denver area.