Walnut Creek Golf Preserve Review

Texas Outside Rating: 9.4

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Westminister, CO

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Walnut Creek Golf Preserve Review

We'd planned to make up a combo tees round using Tee 3 and Tee 4 where appropriate.  But it was so windy the day we played we opted for Tee 4.  The westward holes were still tough with this wind but the eastward par 5s were quite easy to reach in 2.

This was again the perfect course for our annual 8 man Colorado Golf Binge to play as a wrap up from our 5 days of tough mountain golf.  I'd played this course years ago when it was Heritage Golf Course at Westmoor.  I enjoyed it then and I feel we all enjoyed it even more this week. 

The course is in super condition.  Greens are fast and true.  Fairways are lush but not mushy.  The course was renamed as Walnut Creek Preserve April, 2017 and became Colorado's first golf preserve with lots of special attention to protecting the environment and practicing astute sustainability.

The fairways are generous but the roughs are rough  The greens are extra large and quite penal if your approach leaves you above the hole.

Trees are generally not a factor although I managed to crash high into a big Cottonwood on the inside of the dogleg right par 4 8th hole.

The back nine plays relatively close to the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport with lots of air traffic to divert your attention rather than dwelling on your last 3-putt.

The course is generally a Scottish links style track with loads of inviting bunkers....90 total: 38 on the front nine and a whopping 52 on the back.  Water is only a real factor with ponds on the par 3 7th hole, the par 4 16th hole and the tough par 5 18th hole.

Rather than having 5 tees of varied colors or names Walnut Creek simply has 5 numbered cut wood limbs with a neat western style WC brand burned into each pc.  Our group handicaps are in the 6-17 range and we normally play courses in the 6,200 yd range.  We found it a little strange that Walnut Creek doesn't offer tees in this range. Tee #4 measures 5,975 yards while Tee #3 jumps to 6,528 yards.  Possibly offering a combo tee option would be a good fit for this gap.

We ended our Binge with pitchers of beer and great food while settling our bets and reliving our stories including one of our players holing out from 60 yards on his last shot of the week on #18.  'Great memories from a great golf perserve!

Sam Sherstad

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 7,563 74.7 133
Blue 6,528 69.5 122
White 5,975 67.1 115
Gold 6,968 71.3 129
Red 5,227 69.4 129

Course Information

Greens Type:
bent hybrid
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Fairway Condition
Bunker Condition
Beware of water on 3 holes and the 90 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
9.4 out of 10
Fun to Play:
Front Nine Rating:
Back Nine Rating:


Approximate Weekend
$42.00 to $47.00

Brian Carlson and his staff do a wonderful job of welcoming their guests. Mr. Carlson has been the head pro here for many years (possibly since the course opened in 1999). The staff in the pro shop, bar and restaurant and Player's Assistance were all very friendly and accommodating. Their pride in their golf preserve shows well. Jason in the restaurant/bar was especially helpful when I thought I'd lost my important file with the history of our Colorado Golf Binges.



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.