Colorado National Golf Club

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3.7
334
5 Stars
58
4 Stars
125
3 Stars
74
2 Stars
48
1 Stars
29
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.7
Layout
3.7
Friendliness
3.6
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.4
61.1%
Recommend this course
232 out of 332 reviews
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4.0
2
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
0
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.5
Value
4.0
Layout
3.5
Pace
4.5
Amenities
5.0
StaffFriendliness
4.0
50.0%
Recommend this course
1 out of 2 reviews
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4.0
2
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
0
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.5
Value
4.0
Layout
3.5
Pace
4.5
Amenities
5.0
StaffFriendliness
4.0
50.0%
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1 out of 2 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7676
Slope 141
Rating 75.4
Type Public
The golf course at the Colorado National Golf Club is an 18-hole, public course that is situated just 20 minutes north of Denver. Jay Morrish designed the formerly known as Vista Ridge golf course with a traditional links-style layout. The course covers 7.404 yards of golf from its longest tees and plays to a par of 72. Rolling fairways lined with native grasses and large, undulating greens make the golf course interesting, while beautiful views of snow-topped mountains provide pleasant scenery. The course has many bunkers as well as water hazards. Colorado National Golf Club also features five sets of tee boxes for golfers to work on a number of different handicaps.
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 72 7676 yards 75.4 141
Black 72 7404 yards 74.1 139
Gold 72 6897 yards 71.7 132
Copper 72 6230 yards 69.1 122
Cooper (W) 72 6230 yards 74.6 137
Silver (W) 72 5530 yards 71.3 124
Jade (W) 72 4790 yards 67.2 111
Scorecard for Colorado National Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Championship M: 75.5/144 413 626 468 419 226 496 576 428 214 3866 426 487 564 390 233 696 198 364 452 3810 7676
Black M: 74.3/140 408 597 442 382 226 467 576 428 214 3740 385 451 539 390 233 652 198 364 452 3664 7404
Gold M: 71.9/132 W: 78.0/146 393 555 415 355 205 439 548 403 181 3494 356 414 489 369 194 633 180 344 424 3403 6897
Gold/Copper M: 70.7/128 393 555 399 355 179 365 502 403 181 3332 356 379 489 369 194 580 173 344 401 3285 6617
Copper M: 68.7/118 W: 74.3/138 350 519 399 303 179 365 502 342 131 3090 327 379 460 343 155 580 173 322 401 3140 6230
Silver W: 70.6/128 328 470 368 260 118 331 451 293 111 2730 296 333 415 309 126 511 148 304 358 2800 5530
Silver/Jade W: 68.1/122 309 470 310 260 118 290 402 293 91 2543 214 293 415 309 126 472 94 279 358 2560 5103
Jade W: 66.7/116 309 430 310 226 91 290 402 257 91 2406 214 293 338 290 104 472 94 279 300 2384 4790
Handicap 13 5 3 15 7 1 9 11 17 12 2 8 14 10 4 16 18 6
Par 4 5 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 36 4 4 5 4 3 5 3 4 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 9 3 5 13 15 7 1 11 17 12 10 4 14 18 2 16 8 6

Course Details

Year Built 2003
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Architect Jay Morrish

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, MC, AMEX
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code No Denim, Collared Shirt & Slacks or Bermuda Shorts

Reviews

3.7
334

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 34
Patio Dining 29
19th Hole Scenic Views 24
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 65
Water Hazards 56
Elevation Changes 48
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 50
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 47
Locals 42
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 55
Worth the Drive 42
Convenient to the City 30

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Hot weather

Good Track Ruined by Houses and Poor Maintenance

I was very much looking forward to playing this course, given that it has hosted NCAA Regional Championships and the CU golf team.

What I found was an unfortunate ode to 1990s golf ... the era when courses were designed around the golf cart, and thus made unwalkable, and weaved through houses for reasons that still baffle me.

The houses are too close to the course on many holes, and block any view of the mountains.

The course itself is fine - the greens were true, if unimaginative - but the bunkers had not been maintained, and a lack of care for the course was evident.

This may once have been a championship course, but it's now a glorified muni.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Excellent and well maintained course

I held back from playing this course because it is a bit of a drive and because of numerous negative reviews. I can say that waiting to play this course was a mistake based on those negative reviews. This is a well maintained course with excellent staff. This is a links style open course. I and my friend were pleased about how well it was maintained (greens and fairways perfect). Our encounter with staff was pleasant and professional. I have no idea why there are negative reviews. This is a great and somewhat long links style course with excellent facilities. I suggest that you ignore negative reviews and decide for yourself. I was put off by those reviews and it was a mistake. Go enjoy a nice course!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather

Disappointed.

The layout is good but the setting is terrible. We walked the course and it is not set up for that. Every course should be set up for walkers. No discount for not taking a cart. My biggest complaint is the course was WAY to wet. Almost every drive left a ball mark in the fairway allowing for no role and having to clean your ball due to all the mud on it. No idea how they do not see how wet their course was. I would bypass this course as there are many better at a cheaper price.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Not ideal

For the record, I still think this is the best course in the area. BUT, a couple of things really bothered me yesterday. First I bought a bucket of balls in the pro shop before my round to warm up and came to find out after the fact that the course had been providing free range balls that morning...I'm sure the guys in the shop knew about it and just decided to not tell me. BOO. Our group also encountered a very pushy marshall on the 12th hole who told us to play faster when we were not backing anyone up and were waiting on 2 foursomes all day. He clearly didn't know what he was doing. Bottom line: Don't play here on a weekend. Too expensive and too many headaches.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

Dont Golf Here

I olayed here in Friday at 327 p.m. The course was completely overbooked with up to four groups waiting on a hole at one time. 3.50 hours later we left after 9 holes.Left messages for Gm and Golf pro, nobody returned calls. Horrible golf course never wlll golf there again.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Birthday golf date

I played the course for the fifth time with my son on his birthday. The weather was fantastic for this time of the year and the course was in good plus condition for this time of the year. The greens are difficult and some of the pin placements were really difficult. We had good round.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Challenging but forgiving

A fun course with plenty of room for error! Greens are a challenge. Better be on the proper tier for a good putt.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Greens

The greens are very sub par. Not in good shape at all.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Warm but Windy Fall Round

On a 78 degree, windy Fall day, the course was well manicured, greens fast but true and fair. Fairways were fair and well defined. Rough was penal. Challenging to tell which tee markers were at which location. Mitigated by the on-cart GPS which seemed accurate.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Best public option in /around Boulder

I've played this course a handful of times over the years . It sets the bar for public courses in the area for sure. You won't get more for the money anywhere else. Just hope that continues to be the case now that it has been purchased by Bear Dance and I don't have to find a new course!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Colorado National Golf Club - Erie, CO

Staff was courteous and attentive. Off course amenities were excellent. Course was in pretty good shape especially since it is public and A LOT of players don't fix ball marks. Excellent value.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fast round!

Played Thursday afternoon before the NFL opener between Broncos and Panthers. Course was wide open. Played 18 in 3 hours and 15 minutes. Pro shop person wasn't the friendliest, but the starter was cool. Course had been areated, but overall in great shape!

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Course Aeration

We played the front 9 twice as the back 9 was closed for aeration. Never in 20 years have I been to a course that did that. There was no info on web site that the back 9 would be closed when reservation was made. The front had already been aerated. Most of the bunkers looked like there had been a party in them the night before. They had over watered I suppose, because of the aeration. Quite a few bunkers had small ravines in them from too much watering. Had to move the ball as a result from a couple of bunkers. So in my mind there was no course maintenance done that morning to make the course (front 9) enjoyable to the casual golfer. To be the home of the Colorado University golf team, the conditions were deplorable with no warning for the daily golfer. Will not return.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Unfriendly golf shop

The guy behind the counter acted is if he has been tortured into working there. If you hate your job so much go work somewhere else. The fellas in the cart return area where friendly. You should focus on having friendly staff that interacts with the customer in a professional manner. The course conditions certainly left much to be desired. I understand it's late in the season but it should be posted or told to players that the greens are plugged and sanded.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The Notorious Marshall

Booked a foursome hot deal prepaid tee time on Golfnow.com. @ 936. Course was in great shape. One of our guys was running a little late. The guys in the pro shop brought him down to us on the 1st fairway. That was nice & they had no problem doing it. The starter was nice & informative, (Bob I think) as we had 2 players that haven't played there before. Everything was going great! One of the Marshall's even went back to hole #1 for my buddy's club, that he forgot & brought it to us by hole #4. By hole #7 a Marshall in a black shirt, the rest had bright yellow on. Told us we were a hole & half behind the pace & to hurry up. Yes the group in front of us was gone but the group behind us wasn't waiting AT ALL! Then when we're driving from #10 green to #11 tee box & 2 Marshall's pass us. First one in bright yellow waves & says nothing then the Marshall in the black shirt tells us we're now 12 minutes & 2.5 holes holes behind & if we don't hurry up we'll be asked to skip a hole. We look back & the group behind us (which is a three some) is still teeing off, which we tell him. He then tells us that everyone is complaining about the pace because of us. Couple minutes later we receive a message on the gps saying we'll have to skip a hole if we don't hurry up. So now he's in our head, couple of us shank one off the tee then proceed to find more bunkers than usual for a solid 3 holes. Golf has a lot of mental focus & when your told to hurry up, it makes things worse. Oh & all the water stations were empty on the front 9 by 10am. Some reviews warned me of such things, guess they were right! Probably won't come back here for awhile now......

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nix Review

The water features were not running.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Perfect!

I booked a round for my buddy and I here and was definitely impressed with this course. For the most part, the greens, fairways and tee boxes were well kept, although the greens played really fast. Part of the game though, right? All of the staff that we encountered were friendly as well. Definitely well worth what we paid! We'll be back..

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Bring water...

Played here before a few times before. Very annoyed by several factors this round. We played at 1:48 pm on a 90 degree day. None of the water jugs around the course had any water in them after 3 pm. I was fine for the first nine as I had a full thermos of water and another iced tea I was drinking, but the back 9 was a different story. There was no sand in many of the bunkers, just baked hard clay. The GPS in the cart made us back up several times because it thought we were driving through the native when we were just in the rough a good 20 feet from anywhere we shouldn't drive. Pace of play was very slow, though our group wan't quick. We did mange to stay a hole or hole and a half behind the group in front of us, so even if we'd played faster we wouldn't have gotten very far. And all the while the GPS kept sending us nasty-grams about being behind pace.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Okay, Why Is It So Hyped?

I am not sure what all the hype is about at Colorado National... maybe is stems from being CUs home course. A fine layout, fairly long links style golf course with plenty of elevation change but the conditions were mediocre at best. In the middle of the summer for a course that charges $70 to play I expect near perfect conditioning. At least 3 greens had just as much dirt on them as grass and some fairways were absolutely soaked! I may give this course another chance but there are so many other golf courses within a half hour that blow this place out of the water

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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