It was 27 degrees and sunny as we headed out to Denver Country Club, located right in the heart of downtown suburban Denver.
My contact in Denver and host for the day, was the genial Max Caulkins.
The course dates from 1905 and was originally a James Foulis design
But over the years a number of architects have had a go at redesign or renovation, including famously Ross, Tillinghast, and Flynn (who went on to do Cherry Hills).
In more recent times Coore & Crenshaw and Gill Hanse have been the advising architects
The club has a very wealthy and exclusive membership and the club facilities are top shelf
Denver CC is not really a championship course (although it has hosted a national amateur championship)
It does not have the length or room to do so- but it works just fine as a private members club.
It was fun to play, pretty, easy to walk, and had some very good holes- I had a ball!
And the company was good- big Max & Tom Ferrell from Colorado GC- we talked golf non stop..
Although the terrain is reasonably flat the course crosses the Cherry Club quite a number of times.
The combination of tight fairways framed by trees, water hazards, and liberal bunkering keeps the golfer on his toes from go to whoa..
Notable holes include:
- the par 3 fifth hole with water carry and pretty green setting
- the short par 4 sixth hole with tee shot diagonally over the Cherry Creek (not shown)
- the par 3 seventh hole over Cherry Creek and between the trees
- the par 3 twelfth hole over Cherry Creek to a heavily bunkered green
- the par 4 fourteenth hole around a lake
- the short par 4 sixteenth hole, a sharp dogleg left with a minefield of bunkers
Denver Country Club has been massaged over the years by some of the great architects.
The end result is most enjoyable.
The course tests the golfer's ability to think their way around the course and stay out of trouble.
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