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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Robert Trent Jones at Oxmoor Valley (Valley)

Robert Trent Jones at Oxmoor Valley (Valley) – Played May 2013

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 100 Sunbelt Parkway, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Year: 1992
  • Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Sr
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Purple: 7,167 yards, Par 72, 74.9 Rating/146 Slope
  • Orange: 6,588 yards, Par 72, 72.1 Rating/139 Slope (Men’s), 78.8 Rating/145 Slope (Women’s)
  • White: 6,021 yards, Par 72, 69.4 Rating/129 Slope (Men’s), 75.4 Rating/144 Slope (Women’s)
  • Silver: 5,561 yards, Par 72, 66.6 Rating/119 Slope (Men’s), 71.9 Rating/131 Slope (Women’s)
  • Teal: 4,924 yards, Par 72, 64.0 Rating/113 Slope (Men’s), 68.6 Rating/119 Slope (Women’s)

I’ll refer you to the post on the Ridge course for the history of this complex.  Again I want to say thank you to Brian from @virginiagolfguy on Instagram for the photos.

All yardages are from the orange tees.

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Robert Trent Jones at Oxmoor Valley (Ridge)

Robert Trent Jones at Oxmoor Valley (Ridge) – Played May 2013

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 100 Sunbelt Parkway, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Year: 1992
  • Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Sr
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Purple: 7,055 yards, Par 72, 74.3 Rating/141 Slope
  • Orange: 6,527 yards, Par 72, 72.1 Rating/136 Slope (Men’s), 78.6 Rating/141 Slope (Women’s)
  • White: 6,148 yards, Par 72, 70.3 Rating/133 Slope (Men’s), 76.4 Rating/137 Slope (Women’s)
  • Silver: 5,546 yards, Par 72, 67.3 Rating/128 Slope (Men’s), 72.8 Rating/128 Slope (Women’s)
  • Teal: 4,974 yards, Par 72, 64.9 Rating/120 Slope (Men’s), 69.4 Rating/122 Slope (Women’s)

I’ve got some good news.  Brian from @virginiagolfguy on Instagram and vagolfguy.com let me take a peek through more of his pictures.  Fortunately, this will allow me to do many more course tours of places I may not get back to soon.  I want to give a sincere thank you to Brian again for that.  Going forward, I’ll credit him in the beginning for the photos he supplied.

Anyways, back to this post.  I went over my trip down to the RTJ Trail in some earlier posts.  We also played both courses at Oxmoor Valley.  This stop on the trail has 54 holes, which includes a short course.  It was built on land formerly owned by US Steel for mining purposes.  You will see from the photos, but the land offers forests, creeks, and plenty of elevation change. Continue reading “Robert Trent Jones at Oxmoor Valley (Ridge)”

Robert Trent Jones at Grand National (Lake)

Robert Trent Jones at Grand National (Lake) – Played May 2013

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 3000 Robert Trent Jones Trail, Opelika, Alabama
  • Year: 1992
  • Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Sr & Robert Rulewich
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Purple: 7,289 yards, Par 72, 74.3 Rating/136 Slope
  • Orange: 6,488 yards, Par 72, 71.3 Rating/126 Slope
  • White: 5,948 yards, Par 72, 68.7 Rating/117 Slope (Men’s), 74.4 Rating/133 Slope (Women’s)
  • Teal: 4,910 yards, Par 72, 68.7 Rating/117 Slope (Men’s), 68.0 Rating/119 Slope (Women’s)

For our last RTJ tour on this go around, I want to give a final thanks to Brian for the pictures on this post.  Check out Brian’s other photos @virginiagolfguy on Instagram if you haven’t already.

According to the website for The Trail, Grand National was the single greatest site for a golf complex Robert Trent Jones, Sr. had ever seen.  The entire complex has 54 holes, which includes a Short Course.  It was built on 600-acre Lake Saugahatchee with 32 of the 54 holes along the shore.  The Lake Course hosts the Barbasol Championship on the PGA Tour as well.

Let’s get this tour started!

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Robert Trent Jones at Capitol Hill (Senator)

Robert Trent Jones at Capitol Hill (Senator) – Played May 2013

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 2600 Constitution Avenue, Prattville, Alabama
  • Year: 1999
  • Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Sr
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,654 yards, Par 72, 77.4 Rating/132 Slope
  • Purple: 6,941 yards, Par 72, 74.1 Rating/125 Slope
  • Orange: 6,410 yards, Par 72, 70.9 Rating/126 Slope (Men’s), 76.4 Rating/134 Slope (Women’s)
  • White: 5,831 yards, Par 72, 68.1 Rating/121 Slope (Men’s), 73.6 Rating/123 Slope (Women’s)
  • Teal: 5,137 yards, Par 72, 64.7 Rating/110 Slope (Men’s), 69.6 Rating/116 Slope (Women’s)

I want to again thank Brian for the pictures on this post.  Check out Brian’s other photos @virginiagolfguy on Instagram.

The second course we will tour is the Senator Course at Capitol Hill.  It’s at the same complex as the Judge, but couldn’t be more different.  The links style course has much less elevation change and water hazards.  It’s a great 36 hole day due to the polar opposite courses.  Let’s get into it!

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Robert Trent Jones at Capitol Hill (Judge)

Robert Trent Jones at Capitol Hill (Judge) – Played May 2013

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 2600 Constitution Avenue, Prattville, Alabama
  • Year: 2000
  • Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Sr
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,813 yards, Par 72, 78.5 Rating/147 Slope
  • Purple: 7,082 yards, Par 72, 75.1 Rating/142 Slope
  • Orange: 6,517 yards, Par 72, 71.7 Rating/131 Slope (Men’s), 76.4 Rating/134 Slope (Women’s)
  • White: 5,910 yards, Par 72, 68.7 Rating/128 Slope (Men’s), 74.4 Rating/137 Slope (Women’s)
  • Teal: 4,951 yards, Par 72, 64.7 Rating/115 Slope (Men’s), 68.4 Rating/123 Slope (Women’s)

Before I start I want to give a special thanks for the pictures on this post to Brian who runs @virginiagolfguy on Instagram.  I didn’t have photos from my trip, but he stepped in on this one and helped out.  Thanks again Brian!

I went to the Trail in May of 2013 with a bunch of golf buddies.  It’s still one of the only actual buddies trips I’ve ever taken.  That’s just a fact of life for me as a lot of my golf buddies love the game, but don’t travel near as much for it.  Most of them do a few trips a year, but I plan out a bunch and we usually can’t make the timing work.  I’m also more into playing new courses a lot, but that’s part of the quest baby!  Alright, mini-rant over.

We played 36 per day over a few days and the heat really got to us.  I would say May is not the best time to go as the summer heat gets going early in Alabama.  I think the Trail is best suited to a spring or late fall trip.

So the first course we will take a look at is The Judge which is part of the Capitol Hill stop on the Trail.  It is one of the most popular sites and has two other courses in The Senator and The Legislator.  We’ll look at The Senator in a following post.  Located in Prattville, the site has garnered a lot of praise.  Let’s get into the tour.  All yardages are from the orange tees.

 

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Edgewater Golf Club

Edgewater Golf Club – Played February 2017

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 2380 Catawba Ridge Boulevard, Lancaster, South Carolina
  • Year: 2008
  • Architect: Bruce Brodsky
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,103 yards, Par 72, 74.3 Rating/141 Slope
  • Gold: 6,571 yards, Par 72, 71.4 Rating/135 Slope
  • Navy: 6,102 yards, Par 72, 69.2 Rating/129 Slope (Men’s), 76.4 Rating/134 Slope (Women’s)
  • White: 5,322 yards, Par 72, 65.3 Rating/117 Slope (Men’s), 71.6 Rating/126 Slope (Women’s)
  • Maroon: 4,717 yards, Par 72, 64.6 Rating/127 Slope (Men’s), 67.1 Rating/113 Slope (Women’s)

I was lucky enough to have the time during tax season to get out for a GolfMatch outing on a lovely Sunday in February.  I didn’t think I would need sunscreen in winter, but it was sunny and in the 70’s.  We couldn’t have asked for a better day.

I got to tee it up with my friend Melissa from the app and got to put some faces to some names I had seen while browsing GolfMatch.

The app is great for outings like this and I am glad we could put it together.  The course overall was solid.  For the green fee it was a great deal.  While not overly spectacular, the course was fun and provided plenty of challenge.  I would definitely recommend playing it if you are in the area. Continue reading “Edgewater Golf Club”