Review for Sanctuary

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The Sanctuary has no members and no public play. So, how exactly do you arrange to play the course? The Sanctuary’s owners Dave and Gail Liniger are founders of RE/MAX Realty. Why not just call Dave Liniger and ask if you can play in his backyard? I called the clubhouse (yes, there is one) and told the pro what I was trying to do. (At that point I had played 82 of the Top 100.) The pro said Mr. Liniger hosts five or six RE/MAX events a year for his top-performing employees and than Mr. Liniger donates the course for charity events 15 to 20 times each year. “I can fax you a list of upcoming charity events and you can sign up for one of them,” he said. There was a range of events from $200 to $1,000. I called the Colorado State Highway Patrol to sign up for the Chiefs Challenge Charity Golf Tournament, which was the cheapest and most convenient date for me. I was faxed an application, I sent it with my money, and Bart and I were in. I still don’t know what this charity does, but if Dave Liniger is prone to speeding on Colorado Interstates, his annual donation probably gets him some preferential treatment…

Wow, these are some interesting greens. In the mountains, prevailing wisdom tells you that all putts break toward the valley but, in this case, it was hard to determine which valley. There were valleys everywhere…

From an aesthetic point of view, the Sanctuary may be the most beautiful I have been on to date. The highest point on the course is 6,590 feet; the lowest point in 350 feet lower. Fourteen of the 18 holes play downhill, and quite a bit downhill at that. From nearly every green you climb to the next tee. Thank God for golf carts. The club has had its golf carts modified for more power and added a more extensive charge for the batteries, because you are always riding up hill. Larry Berle.

Date: November 28, 2014

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