Devil's Thumb is a unique, remote and beautiful course. I played it again on day 2 of a 5 day golf road trip. The greens were in super shape in spite of the very dry winter. They'd actually hauled truckloads of water to the course in the winter to keep it in good shape.
Taking the gravel road entry to Devil's Thumb made us wonder if there really could be a golf course in this remote area years ago but it's paved now. But indeed there is and it's a real treat. The surrounding landscape looks like something one might expect on the moon………or the mesa of Western Colorado.
Rick Phelps did a great job of carving a fun 18 hole track through some deep valleys and ravines. Lucky hole 13 is a classic. I liked the risk/reward off the tee but the pin was set on the crest of a ridge on the green that made the approach almost impossible to hold.
The 10th hole is a great driving hole dogleg right. Bite off as much as you dare by flying the pond and cattails. And 18 is a nice par 5 finishing hole…..as long as you avoid the pond on your right and in front of the green.
The fairways are lush and fairly wide. The roughs are very dry and rocky but recovery shots aren't too difficult in most cases.
The Devil's Thumb is visible on several of the holes.