CommonGround Golf Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 9.2

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Aurora, CO
Website
Date Last Played: July 29, 2014

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CommonGround Golf Course Review

CommonGrounds Golf Course is conveniently located east of downtown Denver.  The course is quite flat and easily walkable plus they have a great caddie program. Caddies work on a no charge, tips only basis.  

I was told the course opened in 2002 and has hosted many tourney events.  Last year they suffered a flood that caused closures for some time but it was it super shape when I played it with my nephew late July this year.

The course was built on an old Air Force base for the benefit of the Colorado Golf Association (CGA) and the Colorado Women's Golf Association (CWGA).  Favorable rates are given for members of the State Golf Associations.

Tom Doak used his "width that matters" concept in designing the layout with bunkers, marshland, water, etc. in strategic positions.  The fairways are generally wide and the adjacent roughs are soft and thick but the deep roughs are very penal.  The course has 4 tee boxes (black, gold, white and red).  But it offers two more good options:  gold/white and white/red.  My nephew and I played the Gold/White at 6,497 69.3/120 and that was perfect for us as we'd been beaten up playing blue tees in the mountain courses for the previous 3 days.

We played on a Tues AM after suffering some tough Denver morning rush hour traffic so we had no time to warm up.  We started on the 10th hole following a relatively slow ladies league.  But when we made the turn to the front side play was nice and fast.

The greens were in excellent shape.  The fairways were very wet and lush due to heavy recent rains.  The course has a nice mix of old cottonwood trees, pines, marshlands and some neat combinations of green-fairway-tee box all neatly closely cropped.

On the par 5 3rd hole stay to the right side of the fairway to avoid a mean left center bunker.  Then use the backstop behind and left of that green to hold your approach shot.
The par 3 14th hole is a tough one.  Hit the club that gives you the confidence for a straight shot between the mounds protecting this little rascal.
Check out the number of holes that are 400+ yd par 4s before you select your tee boxes for the round.

Although we were near downtown Denver the course was very peaceful.  We even had 7 deer run past us on the 8th tee box.

CommonGrounds obviously does a great job with their teaching programs.  I didn't get a chance to try it but I saw their Par 3 course south of their practice field.  This course is only $10- for adults and free for juniors.

I'll give that a try before my 18 next time I'm in Aurora.

Sam Sherstad

Writer, Recreation Travel Reviews

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 7,229 72.9 129
Gold 6,721 70.3 125
White 6,365 68.8 116
Red 5,543 65.1 111

Course Information

Course Architect:
Tom Doak
Greens Type:
bent hybrid
Greens Condition
9.7
Greens Difficulty
9.2
Fairway Condition
9.4
Bunker Condition
9.4
GPS:
No
Walkable:
yes, it's encouraged. Caddies available.
Course Map
Beware of water on 3 holes and the 55 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
9.2 out of 10
Beauty:
9.1
Difficulty:
9.1
Variety:
9.1
Fun to Play:
9.1
Value:
9.2
Condition:
9.5
Front Nine Rating:
9.1
Back Nine Rating:
9.2
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$32.00 to $52.00

Dave Troyer and the entire team at CommonGrounds Golf Course seem most eager to serve. They're proud of the course and their training programs. And they should be.

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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! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

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. 

 

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