Lakota Canyon Ranch & Golf Club – Played June 2017
- Rankings: Golf Magazine Public #79
- Location: 1000 Clubhouse Drive, New Castle, Colorado
- Year: 2004
- Architect: Jim Engh
- Course Access: Public
- Walking Rules: Carts Available
Score Card Information:
- Black: 7,111 yards, Par 72, 72.8 Rating/149 Slope
- Gold: 6,690 yards, Par 72, 70.7 Rating/142 Slope
- Blue: 6,369 yards, Par 72, 69.3 Rating/130 Slope
- White: 5,608 yards, Par 72, 67.0 Rating/113 Slope (Men), 72.0 Rating, 140 Slope (Women)
- Red: 4,744 yards, Par 73, 69.1 Rating/117 Slope
After the round at Ballyneal I hopped in the car to head to Denver. That would be my home base for the last few courses on the trip. Since I was riding solo I didn’t do much in Denver, but it gives me a good reason to go back.
After a good night’s sleep I was up early for the approximately 3+ hour drive to Lakota Canyon. Along the way I got to see some great scenery. Check it out below.
There is a building right when you pass the gate where you check in. Food and drink is available there as well. It shouldn’t be a problem for the 2018 season, but I was out of luck for anything once I left because the clubhouse was under construction. There was only a portable toilet available. I was a little miffed to be honest, but oh well. The in-progress clubhouse is seen below.
I didn’t find much history on their website other than they year it opened and the course designer. If you are interested in any more information I would recommend checking out their site. Let’s get into the tour. All yardages are from the gold tees.
Hole 1 – 560 yards – Par 5
The first hole is a dogleg left with a big drop from the tee. I was a bit unsure of what to hit with the elevation so be cautious here if you are unfamiliar with playing at altitude.
If you didn’t on the first hole, you really start to see the scale of the place on 2. The fairway is angled away from the tee. Due to the lack of tall trees you can play any shot shape here, but a draw will get some roll.
This is the Engh I have grown to know from some other courses. This tee shot plays well downhill to a massive green. From the front, right section it is almost impossible to putt to the flag in the photo.
Below is a look at the hole signs.
Back to back par fives are usually fun. This one is a true three shot hole though even at altitude. There is more room in the fairway that it seems.
The same range from the last couple photos dominates the vistas here. I thought it was really cool to be in this valley hitting the ball around. This one plays pretty short with the elevated tee. Be careful of the hazard right. You can also run out of fairway if you stray to far left.
This one is longer and plays uphill. Thankfully the ball travels. You can’t see the green from the tee. The flag is visible in the second photo below.
When you combine the carries and the view Colorado has some spectacular golf. See below for a prime example. There is more room right as you want to stay away from the waste area on the left.
This is one of the few holes I didn’t really like. I’m not a fan of trees blocking the view of a green on a downhill par 3. The green is quite small and right is dead.
The back starts from another elevated tee. The fairway is somewhat bowl shaped which will help most drives find the short grass.
I liked this picture so much that I had it printed and framed. The mountain range is the prominent feature, but the tee shot is interesting as well. Gauging the correct carry distance is imperative.
Even at this altitude and an elevated tee this is a long hole. The fairway is pretty generous so go ahead and rip driver.
We flatten back out on this hole. A hazard runs up the right side and cuts into the fairway. Favor the left side on this hole.
This one plays parallel to the last hole so you have the same hazard also on the right side. At this yardage driver is not needed.
Nothing fancy here, just good shots required. The green is elevated and guarded by a little pot bunker.
I found this to be a difficult hole from start to finish. The fairway is sits at an angle to the tee and you must carry the waste area. Picking a line is crucial.
Crazy hole here that plays way downhill. From the few Engh courses I’ve played this green shape seems to be a staple. The flag is sitting in the small portion in the back. The rough pinches in to make it a narrow target.
The finisher is a doozy. The hazard runs the entire length of the hole waiting to gobble up mishits. I played this up the left side.
Lakota Canyon was a really fun course. The views are the best part in my opinion. Once you take your eyes of those though the course is all you could want. The conditioning was solid and the holes were imaginative. I highly recommend it if in the area.