Course Profile: Colorado Golf Club

Colorado Golf Club is located in Parker, a suburb just southeast of Denver. It opened in 2007 with 27 holes of golf — an 18-hole course, plus a 9-hole short course — designed by the team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

And the club very quickly earned a visit from a pro tour major championship, and has hosted more big events since including a Solheim Cup.

Is Colorado Golf Club Open to the Public?

No. Colorado Golf Club is a private club. Non-members are allowed to play the golf courses only as guests of members.

Big Events Played at Colorado GC

These are the major championships and other top-level tournaments played at Colorado Golf Club, plus the winners of those events:
  • 2010 Senior PGA Championship: Tom Lehman
  • 2013 Solheim Cup: Team Europe
  • 2019 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship: Lukas Michel

Pars and Yardages

Here are the pars and yardages for members' play from the longest (Championship) tees:

  Par Championship
Tees
Hole 1 5 653
Hole 2 3 154
Hole 3 4 428
Hole 4 4 500
Hole 5 4 479
Hole 6 3 251
Hole 7 5 583
Hole 8 4 311
Hole 9 4 483
Out 36 3,842
Hole 10 4 463
Hole 11 3 214
Hole 12 4 531
Hole 13 4 405
Hole 14 4 329
Hole 15 5 595
Hole 16 5 552
Hole 17 3 209
Hole 18 4 464
In 36 3,762
Total 72 7,604

The USGA course rating for the Championship tees is 75.5, and the USGA slope rating is 149.

There are four other tees at Colorado GC:

  • Black Tees: 7,264 yards, 74.5 course rating, 143 slope rating
  • Blue Tees: 6,892 yards, 72.4 course rating, 139 slope rating
  • White Tees: 6,179 yards, 69.4 course rating, 133 slope rating (women: 74.5/143)
  • Red Tees: 5,109 yards, 66.7 course rating, 128 slope rating (women: 69.9/122)
(The 9-hole short course has holes ranging from 70 to 199 yards.)

More About Colorado Golf Club

The 18-hole golf course wanders around the club's 1,700-acre property, climbing and falling over elevation changes. The maintenance philosophy at Colorado Golf Club is to avoid putting too much water on the fairways, so that they naturally play firm and fast.

Those fairways are, therefore, wide, giving the course an open feel as it plays through meadow with natural grasses surrounding playing corridors. But there are also plenty of pine trees around the property and, if your ball misses the fairway, pine needles on the ground. There are natural barrancas and the bunkers have a natural, umkempt look.

Being in the Denver area, Colorado Golf Club sits at approximately a mile-high elevation, so golf shots travel farther in the thinner air. That's an important consideration for golfers, and quite an adjustment for flat-landers playing CGC for the first time.

Colorado Golf Club was first tested by top golfers at qualifiers for the U.S. Open and U.S. Senior Open. Then, in 2008 — barely one year after the club's opening — the PGA of America announced Colorado Golf Club as the site of the 2010 Senior PGA Championship. That is one of the five major championships of senior men's golf.

Colorado Golf Club was so new when the Senior PGA took place that the club had a temporary clubhouse. Its permanent clubhouse was still under construction, and was fenced off. The clubhouse was finally completed in 2011.

One of the club's founders is Mike McGetrick, a well-known and highly regarded golf instructor. Among his clients is Juli Inkster, who lobbied for CGC to get the 2013 Solheim Cup, and Meg Mallon, Team USA captain for the 2013 Solheim Cup.

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