For a golf experience in open spaces with rolling terrain and Colorado Front Range beauty come and play Colorado National Golf Club. It’s located just north of Denver 2-1/2 miles west of I-25 off Highway 7. CNGC offers 5 tee box options with a he-man 7,676 yd Championship option with a 74.6/141 rating/slope on this par 72 course. But drop back to the Black, Gold, Copper, Silver or Jade for more enjoyable play.
Colo Nat'l is similar to a links course except without an ocean and with a normally beautiful, sunny and dry climate. It was either Head Pro, Jason Dumler or one of his employees that told me “it never rains at Vista Ridge”. That’s hard to imagine because the fairways are lush and green. However the roughs are dry and rugged prairie grass so the rain must be sparse in this area. The course conditions were excellent when I played it again August, '09.
This is the home course for U of CO Boulder per my understanding. The Big 12 decorated golf carts are a neat touch (see photo). I wonder what they'll do with these when the Buffs join the Pac 10?
I enjoyed the back nine more than the front. Holes 17 and 18 are great risk/reward adventures.
If you enjoy letting out the big gun driver on a open course with rolling terrain, large undulating greens and beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains and foothills this Jay Moorish designed course is for you.
Rates: $45.00 to $85.00
Head Pro, Jason Dumler, and his staff seem very popular with the locals I joined for this round. The touch with the golf carts decorated with Big 12 colors and logos is cool.
Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating
The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this: links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses!
All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course. In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40. We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.