It was 26 degrees and sunny with a gentle zephyr in Denver, Colorado on a Sunday.
I braved the freeway system for about 40 minutes south to Parker, where I eventually found the Colorado GC (unfortunately not quite where the GPS thought it should be!)
Colorado GC was designed by Coore & Crenshaw.
I have played quite a number of their courses over the years- including Sand Hills, Bandon Trails, Streamsong Red, Cabot Cliffs, Friar's Head and more- so I had high expectations..
I have yet to come across a course of their's I didn't like.
The club played host to the Senior US PGA only weeks before my visit (won by Tom Lehman from Freddie Couples)
It also hosted the Solheim cup in 2012.
So it is no stranger to championship golf.
I was fortunate enough to play with member Michael Kang (who is a musician).
His band is called the String Cheese Incident, and is popular all over the world (look him up on youtube)
Apparently his group is more of a stage group than recording artists...
He plays quite well- off a 3 handicap, and we had a good time
The course was every bit as interesting as the other Coore & Crenshaw courses I have played with a succession of visually dramatic, yet strategic holes
The par 3's were all class- attractive and testing your competence at different yardages.
Colorado also boasts some nice short par 4's- something the great courses always do
The third hole is a good example- you take on as much of the hazard as you dare off the tee, before the forced carry over the barranca on the approach...
And all of the par 5's were fascinating- split fairways, gullies to carry, cross bunkering- strategic and just generally fun to play.
Notable holes include:
- hole 2, a short par 3 over a chasm to a tiny green- it's pretty and no pushover (see pic mid page)
- hole 3, a short par 4 with a barranca to carry on the approach
- hole 7, a long, strategic par 5
- hole 9, a strong par 4 back to the clubhouse (see pic top of page)
- hole 11, a world class par 3 with lake in play and a three tiered green
- hole 15, an entertaining par 5 with options- a hole you will want to play over
This is the sort of course I could play every day.
It is in great nick- the greens had a bit of movement AND were running at 11.5 on the stimp meter..
That's seriously quick, but still a lot of fun!
And quicker than the US Senior PGA .
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