Pole Creek Golf Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 9.2

Golf - Public Course · 27 Holes · Par 72
Winter Park, CO
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Pole Creek Golf Club Review

Pole Creek Golf Club is a Colorado Grand County 27 hole beauty.  Our group was fortunate enough to play the Meadows 9 then the Ridge 9 and then enjoy a great lunch at the Bistro 28 bar/restaurant with the sunny deck.   Then we teed up and played the Ranch 9 to finish a wonderful day just before a big July afternoon rainstorm.

My review stats are based on the Meadow-Ridge combo for 18 holes.  I felt the White tees were enough for our group at 6,567 yds.  The key to the Meadow 9 is to stay out of the thick, wet and sticky grass just off the fairways.  The most unique hole on this nine is the par 5 7th hole ... a blind, dogleg left with target golf through a marshland valley.  A long draw over the left corner sandtrap would be ideal on this hole.

The Ridge 9 is the toughest of the three nines and features some nice elevation changes.  The par five 9th is a nice downhill 532 yd shot from the white tees.  It's reachable with 2 good shots but the front of the green is well protected by a large sandtrap.

The Ranch 9 seemed to be the easiest but the par 3 7th is a real challenge at 151 yds from the white tees or 212 yds from the blues to a green surrounded by marshland. 

The Pine Beetle has hit Grand County as hard as any part of Colorado so the pine corridor feel is not as tight as it was when Pole Creek opened back in the mid-1980's.

Our group from TX and IL was impressed with the condition of the greens and fairways.  We had a 27 hole day to remember.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 7,100 73.6 136
White 6,576 70.5 130
Red 5,822 67.9 132

Course Information

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Greens Difficulty
Course Map
Beware of water on 6 holes and the 49 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
9.2 out of 10
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Approximate Weekend
$87.00 to $99.00

Larry Burks (GM), J.T. Thompson (Pro) and Graig Cahalane (Superintendent) and their teams do a fine job of keeping Pole Creek Golf Club amoung the best of the Colorado Rocky Mountain public play choices.



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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