Fossil Trace Golf Club – Played June 2017
- Rankings: None of the four lists
- Location: 3050 Illinois Street, Golden, Colorado
- Year: 2003
- Architect: Jim Engh
- Course Access: Public
- Walking Rules: Carts Available
Score Card Information:
- Black: 6,831 yards, Par 72, 72.3 Rating/138 Slope
- T-Rex: 6,577 yards, Par 72, 71.4 Rating/136 Slope
- Blue: 6,241 yards, Par 72, 69.0 Rating/133 Slope (Men’s), 74.5 Rating/145 Slope (Women’s)
- Trike: 5,933 yards, Par 72, 67.8 Rating/122 Slope (Men’s), 72.8 Rating/140 Slope
- White: 5,559 yards, Par 72, 66.6 Rating/112 Slope (Men’s), 71.4 Rating/133 Slope (Women’s)
- Palm: 5,197 yards, Par 72, 69.1 Rating/127 Slope (Women’s)
- Gold: 4,681 yards, Par 72, 66.5 Rating/117 Slope (Women’s)
The only non-ranked course on this trip was my second Jim Engh track in as many days. While it wasn’t ranked the course was very fun and featured great views. The large stone below welcomes you at the entrance followed by the clubhouse.
They take the fossil portion of their name pretty seriously. The photo below is from the clubhouse. This exhibit details the area’s history shares info on the dinosaur tracks and fossils found while excavating the course.
Also, the course website mentions that is was opened 64 million years after the dinosaurs walked the land. Apparently this is where holes 11-15 sit. Set just in the foothills of the Rockies the scenery is awesome.
I was lucky enough to play with two employees who guided me around and showed me the lay of the land. We played the blue tees so all distances will be from those markers.
Hole 1 – 544 yards – Par 5
The first is a mildly difficult tee shot with a large drop off to the left and long grass on the right.
This hole is driveable, but the landing area is quite small. In my opinion the rish outweighs the reward.
The first one-shot hole plays uphill quite a bit and is fronted by a deep bunker. I can say from personal exprience that you want to avoid it :).
This is the toughest hole on the course in my opinion. The trees provide cover up the right side and the fairway falls off on the left. A long and straight drive is crucial.
I love a short par 3 and this one definitely qualifies as it’s under 100 yards. Be accurate though as there are bunkers all around.
The power lines are a little distracting, but if you block them out you will see a wide fairway and a good chance at birdie.
Interesting hole here especially once you get past the tee shot. At this length a 200 yard tee shot is all that is really needed.
Not a long hole, but there is challenge with the fairway bunkers. Find the short grass and you can attack this hole.
This is a long one with OB to the left. The fairway is quite wide. Rip one here!
As a shorter hole the hazard becomes less of a problem. Theoretically you can take less club for precision and take it up the left side. If you want to get greedy the green is to the right.
The sign below details out some of the more recent history of holes 11-15.
This is one of the more fun holes out here. The view is spectacular. You can pound driver here.
This dogleg right features some more interesting rock formations. There is plenty of room in the fairway. You will need to carry it longer if you go to the right.
This one is long and uphill. Luckily we got a front pin. You will see in the next photo that their is a massive ridge in the middle of this green.
This one is straightaway as you can see. Avoiding the bunkers is goal number one. The fairway funnels everything towards the middle.
My playing partners were telling me that this green has had trouble with holding too much water. They said it sits too low and I agree with them. I believe the hole would be better if the green was much higher.
I liked this one because it was a little different from the other par 3’s. It is flat, but offers resistance with the bunker and water hazard front, right.
This short hole features plenty of danger up the right side. Keep the drive up the left side and you’ll be in business.
I wanted to show the hole markers and I remembered that by the last hole. Check it out.
I really enjoyed this course. The playing confines are wide and allow you to pound driver. The conditioning of the course was great. I enjoyed the quirky prehistoric theme as well. My playing partners were great and very hospitable. There knowledge of and pride for their course was evident. Fun day all around.