Pelican Hill Golf Club (Ocean South)

Pelican Hill Golf Club (Ocean South) – Played July 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Digest Public #68
  • Location: 2000 Busted Rock Road, Newport Coast, California
  • Year: 2007
  • Architect: Tom Fazio
  • Course Access: Resort
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 6,580 yards, Par 70, 71.9 Rating/134 Slope
  • Blue: 6,323 yards, Par 70, 70.5 Rating/131 Slope
  • White: 5,929 yards, Par 70, 69.1 Rating/126 Slope (Men’s), 75.5 Rating/137 Slope (Women’s)
  • Red: 5,393 yards, Par 70, 66.7 Rating/119 Slope (Men’s), 72.7 Rating/131 Slope (Women’s)
  • Yellow: 4,723 yards, Par 70, 64.0 Rating/114 Slope (Men’s), 68.2 Rating/119 Slope (Women’s)

Sometimes in this quest you don’t know when opportunities to play another course on the list will come up.  Pelican Hill is a prime example of that.  My brother-in-law was getting married in Orange County this past July so my first thought was to take a look at my Top 100 map to see what was close.  Of course there are private options in LA, but I stuck to the public tracks as my connections in SoCal are limited.

All of that led me to Pelican Hill, which ended up being about 20 minutes from our hotel.  A quick Friday morning round was scheduled around sightseeing, the rehearsal dinner, and the wedding.  I ended up getting paired with a really nice guy from New Orleans who had gone to college with some guys I knew in high school.  Small world!

Let’s get into some info on this place.  The courses here were done by Tom Fazio, but not without some arm twisting.  According to the website, Fazio didn’t want to head to California with 6 young kids at home on the East Coast.  He also had plenty of work there to keep him busy.  Former MLB commissioner Peter Ueberroth brought him out and convinced the family to agree to the project.  It was quite a sales job that resulted in 36 holes along the PCH.  Fazio seemed to quite enjoy the project as he was provided a great piece of land.

One last thing, the bridge you drive over to get to the first tee is quite special.  I’ll let you visit to experience it.  All distances are from the blue tees. Continue reading “Pelican Hill Golf Club (Ocean South)”


The Broadmoor Golf Club (East)

The Broadmoor Golf Club (East) – Played June 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Digest Public #29, Golf Magazine Public #70
  • Location: 1 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Year: 1918
  • Architect: Donald Ross & Robert Trent Jones
  • Course Access: Resort
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Blue: 7,355 yards, Par 72, 72.7 Rating/139 Slope
  • White: 6,651 yards, Par 72, 70.4 Rating/132 Slope (Men’s), 76.7 Rating/153 Slope (Women’s)
  • Combo: 6,154 yards, Par 72, 68.2 Rating/127 Slope
  • Gold: 5,840 yards, Par 72, 67.2 Rating/126 Slope (Men’s), 73.2 Rating/146 Slope (Women’s)
  • Red: 5,738 yards, Par 72, 72.3 Rating/144 Slope

My last round of the trip was at the world famous venue The Broadmoor.  This resort has been recognized for many years as one of the best in the world.  The property has 54 holes of golf to go along with the five star amenities.  Below is the view of the hotel when I pulled up.

I recommend you do some reading about the history of the resort as it is quite rich.

Continue reading “The Broadmoor Golf Club (East)”

Fossil Trace Golf Club

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.

The blue tees below and T-Rex marker again embrace the prehistoric theme.

As you get further down the hole you can see it dips severely to the lower fairway towards the green.

Below is a look at the third shot and the green.


Hole 2 – 297 yards – Par 4

This hole is driveable, but the landing area is quite small.  In my opinion the rish outweighs the reward.

The hole bends around to the left to reveal the green.

It sits down in a hollow and it quite narrow.  Classic Engh right here.

Hole 3 – 135 yards – Par 3

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 shot from the back of the green shows the large hill behind.  You can also see the other bunkers guarding the green.

Hole 4 – 426 yards – Par 4

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.

The approach is also tough with the hazard up the left side.  More than likely it will be a longer shot as well.

Hole 5 – 95 yards – Par 3

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.

Hole 6 – 372 yards – Par 4

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.

A look at the second shot.

The green is really big.  The photo below illustrates the internal contouring of the putting surface.

Hole 7 – 338 yards – Par 4

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.

I took a look at the scenery around me on this hole.

The approach is uphill over a large bunker.  The sand is certainly to be avoided.

The green sits down in a bowl and is pretty flat.

The shape of this bunker is unique.  It is large, but not wide.  It has a somewhat serpentine shape.

Hole 8 – 372 yards – Par 4

Not a long hole, but there is challenge with the fairway bunkers.  Find the short grass and you can attack this hole.

I liked the sloping on this green.  You can get some interesting putts and focus is required.

Hole 9 – 570 yards – Par 5

This is a long one with OB to the left.  The fairway is quite wide.  Rip one here!

The third shows the green emerging among the mounding.

The green is quite large, but narrow.  If you are able to swing for it in two the green is inviting.

Hole 10 – 305 yards – Par 4

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.

You can start to see the green and the slopes.  You can also see the outline of one of the green-side bunkers.

Hole 11 – 154 yards – Par 3

The sign below details out some of the more recent history of holes 11-15.

This hole will remind you of some of the par threes at other Engh courses I’ve profiled (Tullymore and Lakota Canyon).  It is slightly uphill to a green hemmed in by large mounds.

You can see the narrowness of the putting surface along with some large contours.

Hole 12 – 545 yards – Par 5

This is one of the more fun holes out here.  The view is spectacular.  You can pound driver here.

The old rocks that start to rise up from the fairway are something I haven’t seen anywhere else.  You have to be precise on your shots to avoid them. The green sits amidst the rock formation.

You can see the large ridge that bisects the green.  Be cognizant of where the flag is or you will have a difficult putt over the ridge.

Near the green sits this awesome exhibit showcasing the ancient history of the place.  It houses Triceratops footprints and other prehistoric markings.  Really cool and unique.

Hole 13 – 381 yards – Par 4

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.

Below is a look at the second shot.

The photos below show the cool slopes of the green.

Hole 14 – 205 yards – Par 3

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.

Told ya.  This ridge is 5-6 feet tall.

Hole 15 – 536 yards – Par 5

This one is straightaway as you can see.  Avoiding the bunkers is goal number one.  The fairway funnels everything towards the middle.

We’ve seen a lot of greens sitting in bowls.  This is just another example.

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.

Hole 16 – 141 yards – Par 3

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.

A closer look.

The green has some great challenge with the ridge seen below.  Cross-green putts are all about speed.

Hole 17 – 320 yards – Par 4

This short hole features plenty of danger up the right side.  Keep the drive up the left side and you’ll be in business.

The approach is not too hard, but the green is guarded by a large bunker.

The putting surface has a unique shape as seen below.

Hole 18 – 505 yards – Par 5

I wanted to show the hole markers and I remembered that by the last hole.  Check it out.

The hazard from the last hole is also in play here up the right side.  This hole is gettable in two.

The green sits behind a bunker raised above the fairway.  Don’t let your shot leak to the right.

The large green extends in all directions like a starfish.  You can have some interesting putts around fringes.

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.

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Lakota Canyon Ranch & Golf Club

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.   Continue reading “Lakota Canyon Ranch & Golf Club”

Ballyneal Golf Club

Ballyneal Golf Club – Played June 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Digest #78, Golf Magazine #40
  • Location: 1 Ballyneal Lane, Holyoke, Colorado
  • Year: 2006
  • Architect: Tom Doak
  • Course Access: Private
  • Walking Rules: Walking Only, Caddies Available

Score Card Information:

  • Various: 5,210 – 7,147 yards, Par 71 , Not Rated

After the fun was over in Nebraska, I hopped in the car and made my way into Colorado.  I was on my way to Ballyneal!  You can tell from the scorecard information above that this place is a little different.  No set tees and and situated in the middle of nowhere.  The experience is set to be memorable.   Continue reading “Ballyneal Golf Club”

Wild Horse Golf Club

Wild Horse Golf Club – Played June 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Magazine Public #73
  • Location: 40950 Road 768, Gothenburg, Nebraska
  • Year: 1999
  • Architect: Dan Proctor & Dave Axland
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Gold: 7,030 yards, Par 72, 73.7 Rating/135 Slope
  • Black: 6,366 yards, Par 72, 71.1 Rating/126 Slope
  • Silver: 5,469 yards, Par 72, 66.1 Rating/110 Slope
  • Green: 4,688 yards, Par 72, 67.5 Rating/109 Slope

Round two of the trip was in closer proximity to civilization.  Wild Horse is about 30-45 minutes from North Platte in Gothenburg.  You are greeted with the sign below. Continue reading “Wild Horse Golf Club”

The Prairie Club (Dunes Course)

The Prairie Club (Dunes Course) – Played June 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Magazine Public #78
  • Location: 88897 State Highway 97, Valentine, Nebraska
  • Year: 2010
  • Architect: Tom Lehman & Chris Brands
  • Course Access: Resort
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,562 yards, Par 73, 75.5 Rating/133 Slope
  • White: 6,975 yards, Par 73, 72.8 Rating/127 Slope
  • Green: 6,428 yards, Par 73, 69.9 Rating/118 Slope
  • Red: 5,752 yards, Par 73, 72.0 Rating/124 Slope

The wife decided to go on a girl’s trip so I was left to my own devices.  I figured the best way to spend the time would be traipsing to Nebraska and Colorado to play some golf.  The first stop on this odyssey was The Prairie Club in northern Nebraska.

I ended up staying in North Platte, which was about a 2.5 hour drive.  It seems long, but that was nothing for this trip considering I drove from SC.  What driving did allow me to do was pass by the entrances to Dismal River and Sand Hills, so now I know where to go when I get back. Continue reading “The Prairie Club (Dunes Course)”