Golf - Semi Private Course · 18 Holes · Par 70
Date Last Played: June 25, 2013
Review of Telluride Golf Club
It’s not often that we find a course that we rate very close to a 10 and that constantly evokes lots of “WOWs” during our round – Telluride Golf Club is one of those! What a spectacular 18 holes of golf with fun and demanding holes, unbelievable breathtaking views from every hole, good conditions, and some huge beautiful homes. Don’t miss an opportunity to play this course.
Telluride Golf Club is about 10 minutes from the city of Telluride and sits at an elevation of 9500 feet – which should give you some extra yardage on each of your shots. The course is characterized by dramatic elevation changes, some intriguing and adventurous holes, an excellent layout with each and every hole a little different form all the others, and some unbelievable breathtaking views of towering mountain ranges, dense forests, open meadows with elk and cattle grazing, and some stunning huge mountain and vacation homes.
Every hole seems like it was designed to leverage the scenic views and I found it very difficult to keep my eye on the ball. Just riding the cart up and down the hills, through dense forests of towering trees, past colorful flowers, by jaw dropping huge homes, and to points with majestic views of the mountains is worth the cost of the green fees.
In addition to the views and stunning scenery what makes playing Telluride Golf Club memorable is that every hole is unique and different and will test your game. You’ll need to manage dramatic elevation changes both up and down, intimidating forced carries over ravines and natural areas, long uphill as well as downhill shots, dog legs, plenty of bunkers, water, and more. It seems like every hole will throw a little something different at you. But don’t let that scare you, Telluride Golf Club is fair but demanding and if you pick the right set of tee boxes, deploy some good course management and club selection skills (most to handle the elevation changes and wind), and keep your eye on the ball and not the scenery, you’ll have a fantastic round that you’ll hate to see end!
The front nine at Telluride Golf Course is a par 36 with three par 3s and 3 par 5s. Some of the holes we really liked on this nine included:
As great as the front is, we liked the back nine a little better – excellent variety, some fantastic holes, 3 par 3s and one par 5 (par 34), and some holes that require some strategic shot making, plus all the breathtaking views and unbelievably huge and beautiful mountain homes. On this nine our favorite holes included:
When we played in June 2013, Telluride Golf Club like most of the southern Colorado courses was suffering from the drought and limited snowfall, both of which had impacted the course conditions. The fairways and rough were in good and very playable condition but would normally be lush and plush this time of year. The greens were also in good condition with a few damaged areas on some of them.
The fairways at Telluride Golf Club are very generous from tee to green and the roughs are also pretty wide – but spray the ball and miss both and you’re in the forest or some very thick natural areas. All of the fairways are rolling with ups and downs and some slope and contour that you need to manage – expect lots of uneven lies.
The greens range in shape and size from some big ovals, to some pear shaped, to some skinny oblongs. All of the greens have some combination of slope, undulation, or tiers. They were running around a good speed of 8 or 9, were very true, and held the ball well.
The bunkers at Telluride Golf Club also range in size from some small pot bunkers to a couple huge monsters. Most have a manageable lip (I got lucky a couple times and hit in and rolled out) and gritty but soft sand which makes it easy to get under the ball
The Telluride Golf Club GPS is great but seems like every other hole it sends you a message to watch for traffic as you cross the road, call in a food order, keep up the pace of play, etc.
Bottom line – a must play Colorado course with scenic vistas, great conditions, and an excellent layout.
Read all about this fun trip to Southern Colorado/Northern New Mexico where this is one of the courses we played.
Rates: $80.00 to $190.00
The pro shop is very well stocked with everything you need, the service and staff is first class (friendly, outgoing, and helpful), the new 10,000 square foot putting green is excellent (spend some time here before your round), the driving range has some big elevation changes which help you practice what you’ll find on the course, and the on course snack shop has some good burgers, dogs, and more.
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.