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 First Hole—Par 4, 435 Yards
The opening hole at Highlands Ranch Golf Club is set high on the rolling prairies of the Front Range, so winds may be tricky. If you can keep your focus on the fairway—and not on the scenic mountain views—you'll notice that the only obstacle to avoid is a fairway bunker to the right.
The Second Hole—Par 5, 578 Yards
With out-of-bounds on the left and right, a straight tee shot is required for this par-5. Take care with lay-up shots to avoid the bunker that lies just in front and to the right of the smallest green on the course. Approach shots should be placed on the same level as the hole to avoid a treacherous two-putt.
The Third Hole—Par 4, 466 Yards
This is the longest par-4 on the course. The hole plays due west, toward Mt. Evans. The second shot requires a medium- to long-iron approach that is slightly downhill to a large green, which is guarded by a deep grass bunker on the right.
The Fourth Hole—Par 3, 185 Yards
At 185 yards, the first par-3 on the course has a downhill approach with scenic mountains as your backdrop. The wide by shallow green is guarded by three sand bunkers and one large grass bunker. If you hit your tee shot over this green, you'll be in danger of landing in the Highline Canal.
The Fifth Hole—Par 3, 249 Yards
Hundred year old cottonwoods provide the backdrop on this great hole. The remnants of an old apple orchard are apparent to the left and short of the green. This difficult and scenic par-3 requires most players to use a long iron, hybrid or wood to reach the large, undulating green. On this hole, you have entered the Marcy Gulch wildlife corridor, and a watchful eye may catch the occasional deer, coyote, hawk or fox that enjoy the area.
The Sixth Hole—Par 4, 292 Yards
Your drive requires an uphill tee shot through a chute of cottonwood trees that surround and overhang the tee boxes. This is a fairly easy hole on which to get your bearings back after the fifth hole. Four bunkers guard the narrow fairway and small green. This hole presents a good opportunity for a birdie.
The Seventh Hole—Par 4, 428 Yards
The first dogleg hole on the course moves to the left. The hole gives you the option of a double fairway separated by a bunker. The left fairway is narrower but provides a shorter and easier approach to the green. If you choose the generous landing area of the right fairway, your second shot is uphill and longer. With Marcy Gulch bordering the right side of this scenic hole, accuracy is important when approaching the hole's long and narrow green.
The Eighth Hole—Par 4, 410 Yards
Depending on which tee box you choose, this hole plays straight away or as a dogleg right. A deep bluegrass swale to the left runs the entire length of the hole. If playing the tees on the right, your first shot must carry the hazard of Marcy Gulch to reach the fairway. The approach to the green is guarded by tall willows and cottonwoods that obscure the right half of the green. Making par on this difficult hole is quite an accomplishment.
The Ninth Hole—Par 5, 533 Yards
An uphill tee shot awaits you on this par-5. Long hitters may reach the green in two shots, but beware of the five bunkers lining the right side of this hole and green-side bunkers on the front-left and right side of the putting surface. This large green accommodates a variety of approach shots and provides a good birdie opportunity.