Pole Creek Golf Club is a Colorado Grand County 27 hole beauty. Our group was fortunate enough to play the Meadows 9 then the Ridge 9 and then enjoy a great lunch at the Bistro 28 bar/restaurant with the sunny deck. Then we teed up and played the Ranch 9 to finish a wonderful day just before a big July afternoon rainstorm.
My review stats are based on the Meadow-Ridge combo for 18 holes. I felt the White tees were enough for our group at 6,567 yds. The key to the Meadow 9 is to stay out of the thick, wet and sticky grass just off the fairways. The most unique hole on this nine is the par 5 7th hole … a blind, dogleg left with target golf through a marshland valley. A long draw over the left corner sandtrap would be ideal on this hole.
The Ridge 9 is the toughest of the three nines and features some nice elevation changes. The par five 9th is a nice downhill 532 yd shot from the white tees. It's reachable with 2 good shots but the front of the green is well protected by a large sandtrap.
The Ranch 9 seemed to be the easiest but the par 3 7th is a real challenge at 151 yds from the white tees or 212 yds from the blues to a green surrounded by marshland.
The Pine Beetle has hit Grand County as hard as any part of Colorado so the pine corridor feel is not as tight as it was when Pole Creek opened back in the mid-1980's.
Our group from TX and IL was impressed with the condition of the greens and fairways. We had a 27 hole day to remember.
Larry Burks (GM), J.T. Thompson (Pro) and Graig Cahalane (Superintendent) and their teams do a fine job of keeping Pole Creek Golf Club amoung the best of the Colorado Rocky Mountain public play choices.