Pole Creek Golf Club

★★★★★
  • P.O.Box 3348

    Winter Park, CO 80482

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  • 970-887-9195

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I??ve been Pole Creek Golf Course for 12 years now, so like to think that I can give some good insider information to anyone thinking of coming up to the mountains and playing this course. You won??t be disappointed, I can promise you.

Located about 80 miles north-west of Denver, this is a real hum-dinger of a course. It has everything a mountain course should have. To start with, you??re playing at 8,600 feet. Your ball flies much further (maybe 15- 20% if you hit it solid), so you??ll need to take less club than at sea-level. Also factor in the humidity of where you??re used to playing. Up here, there??s virtually none, so again your ball will fly.

Now that you??re totally confused with club selection, don??t take your eye off the ball to take in the views. Do that as you walk up to your ball to hit, or when you??re tending the pin on the green. The views are fantastic. In early summer, the Continental Divide still has a healthy covering of snow, so any shots due east might as easily get lost in the snow as they do in any clouds that might exist.

The course itself is actually 27 holes, playing to a par of 108. You can play 18 holes in any of the three combinations. The ??Meadow? and ??Ranch? make up the original 18 holes, and incorporate Pole Creek river and 4 lakes making for 10 water hazards and many opportunities to ??reload? if they find a watery grave or two. The great thing about this 18 is that there is absolutely no property development ??in bounds? so to speak. The interior of this original course is and will forever be completely unspoiled.

That??s not to say that the ??Ridge? nine is spoiled by development. It just helped finance it ?? indirectly! This ??new? nine opened in 1999, has many elevation changes, more water, plenty of trees and of course more views.

For guys from the white tees, 18 holes averages 6,527 yards. From the blues, 7,114 ?? a real test, especially the par 3??s. High season rates are still very reasonable for a resort course, at $89.00. With a clubhouse restaurant and bar, pro-shop and driving range, Pole Creek has everything you need for individual, family or group golf.

OK ?? time for some true insider information. Here??s my Top 10 Tips:
1. Reserve your tee-times well in advance if you can. If you tee off in the afternoon on a Saturday, you could be in for a 5-hour plus round (because the hackers in front of you have already lost 2 dozen balls).
2. Best time to play is early morning, before the wind gets up. If you??re hitting into the wind on #7 on the Ranch from the blue tees, and they??re back, you might need driver.
3. Arrive in plenty of time to warm up and hit some balls on the range. Rushing out to the 1st tee without that will ruin your round, probably within a couple of shots of starting.
4. The best way to enjoy the course is to walk it. However, you??re at altitude, carrying your clubs, perhaps indulging in the occasional beer, and the last time you worked out was 1972. If you get a cart, don??t be in a hurry to hit. Remember those views.
5. Straighter is better than longer. Your ball will fly further at altitude, and that also means further into the trees, or further into the river, if you??re off line. This course rewards the thinkers out there. You don??t always have to (or are able to) take driver on the par 4??s. Placement is everything ?? fairways and greens.
6. 3 wedges in your bag is good. There are very few pitch-and-run opportunities, so you??ll need a pitching wedge, sand-iron and ??gap? wedge for those delicate shorts from under 100 yards in and around the green. The sand in the bunkers is not the white fluffy variety, but a little heavier and easier to skull the ball. Come in at a bit more of an angle for those shots. There is always a fair bit of rough between the bunkers and the greens ?? very easy to come out of the bunker OK but not have a putt for your next shot.
7. For the Meadow and Ranch, most greens will slope towards the creek and/or the Continental Divide. Most greens also are relatively small, so (and if I could only practice what I preach), aiming for the center of the green as opposed to the flag is sound advice.
8. The Ridge greens I still haven??t quite figured out, but again look for slopes towards the Divide and water if you??re clueless. If it??s that close, straight is good!
9. The best view on the course is the 9th tee-box on the Ridge. It??s so good, people get married there.
10. Check out the course's website www.polecreekgolf.com - they have a Tip Of The Day on their home page - every day I imagine!
11. Bonus tip. Have fun and enjoy the experience.

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★★★★★

I??ve been Pole Creek Golf Course for 12 years now, so like to think that I can give some good insider information to anyone thinking of coming up to the mountains and playing this course. You won??t be disappointed, I can promise you.

Located about 80 miles north-west of Denver, this is a real hum-dinger of a course. It has everything a mountain course should have. To start with, you??re playing at 8,600 feet. Your ball flies much further (maybe 15- 20% if you hit it solid), so you??ll need to take less club than at sea-level. Also factor in the humidity of where you??re used to playing. Up here, there??s virtually none, so again your ball will fly.

Now that you??re totally confused with club selection, don??t take your eye off the ball to take in the views. Do that as you walk up to your ball to hit, or when you??re tending the pin on the green. The views are fantastic. In early summer, the Continental Divide still has a healthy covering of snow, so any shots due east might as easily get lost in the snow as they do in any clouds that might exist.

The course itself is actually 27 holes, playing to a par of 108. You can play 18 holes in any of the three combinations. The ??Meadow? and ??Ranch? make up the original 18 holes, and incorporate Pole Creek river and 4 lakes making for 10 water hazards and many opportunities to ??reload? if they find a watery grave or two. The great thing about this 18 is that there is absolutely no property development ??in bounds? so to speak. The interior of this original course is and will forever be completely unspoiled.

That??s not to say that the ??Ridge? nine is spoiled by development. It just helped finance it ?? indirectly! This ??new? nine opened in 1999, has many elevation changes, more water, plenty of trees and of course more views.

For guys from the white tees, 18 holes averages 6,527 yards. From the blues, 7,114 ?? a real test, especially the par 3??s. High season rates are still very reasonable for a resort course, at $89.00. With a clubhouse restaurant and bar, pro-shop and driving range, Pole Creek has everything you need for individual, family or group golf.

OK ?? time for some true insider information. Here??s my Top 10 Tips:
1. Reserve your tee-times well in advance if you can. If you tee off in the afternoon on a Saturday, you could be in for a 5-hour plus round (because the hackers in front of you have already lost 2 dozen balls).
2. Best time to play is early morning, before the wind gets up. If you??re hitting into the wind on #7 on the Ranch from the blue tees, and they??re back, you might need driver.
3. Arrive in plenty of time to warm up and hit some balls on the range. Rushing out to the 1st tee without that will ruin your round, probably within a couple of shots of starting.
4. The best way to enjoy the course is to walk it. However, you??re at altitude, carrying your clubs, perhaps indulging in the occasional beer, and the last time you worked out was 1972. If you get a cart, don??t be in a hurry to hit. Remember those views.
5. Straighter is better than longer. Your ball will fly further at altitude, and that also means further into the trees, or further into the river, if you??re off line. This course rewards the thinkers out there. You don??t always have to (or are able to) take driver on the par 4??s. Placement is everything ?? fairways and greens.
6. 3 wedges in your bag is good. There are very few pitch-and-run opportunities, so you??ll need a pitching wedge, sand-iron and ??gap? wedge for those delicate shorts from under 100 yards in and around the green. The sand in the bunkers is not the white fluffy variety, but a little heavier and easier to skull the ball. Come in at a bit more of an angle for those shots. There is always a fair bit of rough between the bunkers and the greens ?? very easy to come out of the bunker OK but not have a putt for your next shot.
7. For the Meadow and Ranch, most greens will slope towards the creek and/or the Continental Divide. Most greens also are relatively small, so (and if I could only practice what I preach), aiming for the center of the green as opposed to the flag is sound advice.
8. The Ridge greens I still haven??t quite figured out, but again look for slopes towards the Divide and water if you??re clueless. If it??s that close, straight is good!
9. The best view on the course is the 9th tee-box on the Ridge. It??s so good, people get married there.
10. Check out the course's website www.polecreekgolf.com - they have a Tip Of The Day on their home page - every day I imagine!
11. Bonus tip. Have fun and enjoy the experience.

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