Learn about our course and the intricacies of each hole! The following hole descriptions are provided by two-time Colorado Open winner Bill Loeffler and our Head Golf Professional Andy Benson. The course is described as if being playing from the back tee box of each hole with a total yardage of 7,719 yards.
The 10th Hole—Par 4, 434 Yards
A fairly open tee shot awaits you on the par-4 10th hole. Try to place your tee shot to the left side of the fairway, but beware of the fairway bunker. The approach shot to the green is a delicate one. Water surrounds this green on three sides, and a well-placed bunker lies to the left.
The 11th Hole—Par 5, 564 Yards
This dogleg right par-5 moves west. Tee shots must avoid the large fairway bunker to the right, along with two pot bunkers on the left. If laying up on your second shot, be aware of the two bunkers on each side of the fairway. If you attempt to reach the green in two, there is a small opening on the front of this well-guarded green.
The 12th Hole—Par 4, 436 Yards
Hale Irwin's favorite hole on the course, this dogleg right par-4 features a tee shot with an extreme left-to-right sloping fairway. After avoiding the fairway bunkers, a good tee shot is rewarded with a short approach to this narrow, bunker-protected green.
The 13th Hole—Par 3, 171 Yards
It's back to Marcy Gulch for the shortest par-3 hole on the course. This picturesque, two-tiered green challenges the golfer to hit an accurate approach. A shot to the wrong level can produce treacherous results. Note the hundred-year-old cottonwood and willow trees that surround this beautiful hole.
The 14th Hole—Par 4, 425 Yards
The par-4 14th hole requires a tee shot to the left-center of this left-to-right sloping fairway. Shots to the right disappear over 40-foot cliffs into Marcy Gulch. The uphill approach to this large, undulating green will make club selection a challenge. Keep your approach shot below the hole for the best putting opportunities.
The 15th Hole—Par 4, 428 Yards
The 15th hole has a slightly uphill tee shot to a rolling fairway guarded by mounds, native grasses and out-of-bounds on both sides. There are no sand bunkers on the hole, but mounds and grass bunkers protect this large and back-to-front sloped green.
The 16th Hole—Par 4, 442 Yards
Accuracy is a premium for this tee shot. Three fairway bunkers guard both sides of this dogleg right hole. The most difficult green on the course awaits the downhill approach shot. Three putts are common on this tricky, undulated green. Hale Irwin's design team called this "the greatest green they ever designed."
The 17th Hole—Par 3, 203 Yards
With Marcy Gulch on the right and the Highline Canal on the left, the 17th hole is the most difficult par-3 on the course. The "Signature Hole" of Highlands Ranch Golf Club features abundant wild flowers in the spring and early summer. Choose a club less for the downhill tee shot. This area sits atop a small elevated shelf, and shots to a back-left pin placement on the green have ruined many good rounds. Golfers are happy to make par on this hole.
The 18th Hole—Par 5, 500 Yards
The dogleg right 18th hole features a generous landing area off the tee. On this hole, three bunkers guard the two-tiered green. Although it plays slightly uphill, many golfers reach the hole in two shots. Hale Irwin's objective was to reward the golfer with a good birdie opportunity to finish their round.