Walnut Creek Golf Preserve
The Walnut Creek Golf Preserve is an 18-hole, municipal course that has a Scottish-link layout with a distinctly Colorado-style. Designed by Hurdzan/Fry GCD., the course makes great use of the natural terrain of prairie grasses and wetlands. There are also beautiful views of the mountains from this golf course. It features 7,345 yards of golf and plays to a par of 72. The greens are fast and well-maintained and the fairways are wide. There are also excellent practice facilities on the Walnut Creek premises. Opened in 1999, the course is an affordable option for all levels of golfers, and the views alone are worth the small price.
Formerly known as The Heritage Golf Course at Westmoor.
|Blue (M)||72||6319 yards||70.1||124|
|Blue (W)||72||6319 yards||75.5||139|
|White (M)||72||5801 yards||67.0||116|
|White (W)||72||5801 yards||72.8||134|
|Tee 1 M: 74.7/133||392||430||600||229||473||554||198||415||417||3708||422||384||476||615||162||489||476||247||584||3855||7563|
|Tee 2 M: 71.3/129||367||399||540||214||424||524||183||394||389||3434||381||361||449||564||146||461||443||193||536||3534||6968|
|Tee 3 M: 69.5/122 W: 76.8/143||351||367||513||194||398||492||163||366||352||3196||353||338||428||536||127||430||430||177||513||3332||6528|
|Tee 4 M: 67.1/115 W: 73.9/137||328||337||488||171||366||461||143||332||332||2958||321||311||398||210||107||402||373||158||437||2717||5675|
|Tee 5 W: 69.4/129||302||299||452||146||328||399||102||294||268||2590||281||245||331||471||90||362||337||113||407||2637||5227|
Great Layout, Value
Had not played this course in awhile, since it was known as Heritage at Westmoor - I think it´s cool that it is now called a Golf Preserve. Course conditions were great, although some of the fairways had been soaked from watering and our balls plugged. The layout is great, no two holes the same and some good elevation changes. Greens were just right speed, not super fast. Instead of flags, the sticks have wind socks which kind of a cool switch and better shows the wind direction - although today was very still if any breeze at all.
It is a bit of a workout to walk, especially the back nine with #13 long uphill par 5, but nothing overbearing and you won´t slow pace of play on a weekend since it´s crowded anyway. We were lucky to have an airshow going on at the adjacent airfield so they were doing stunts all overhead as we played, so I can blame my crappy holes on the distraction! The staff is very friendly and cart girl made several laps. Practice area is better than most, although it´s separated away from #1 tee box so give yourself extra time to warm up. One handy tidbit for walkers is you can park in the adjacent office building parking lot on weekends and very close to 18th hole when you finish, plus close to practice area as well. $48 to walk on a weekend is very good value!
Beautiful Course, Great Conditions
Walnut Creek is in extremely good shape, from the fairways to the greens to the bunkers. The greens rolled true, though they were tricky and difficult. It's a true links course with almost no trees, plenty of fescue, pot bunkers, etc.
Several holes have picturesque views, especially on the back 9. The nearby office parks/airport take away from the vibe a little bit, but that's the price you pay for a convenient location. It's still beautiful and I highly recommend it.
The only issue was pace of play. It took our foursome about 5 hours, 15 minutes to get through 18 holes -- we had to wait to play on most shots. On a few holes, there were two different groups on the hole while we stood on the tee box. This may have just been bad luck because of one or two slow groups.
Great conditions on a links style golf preserve
This was the perfect course for our annual 8 man Colorado Golf Binge to play as a wrap up from our 5 days and 6 rounds of tough mountain golf. I'd played this course years ago when it was Heritage Golf Course at Westmoor. I enjoyed it then and I feel we all enjoyed it even more this week.
The course is in super condition. Greens are fast and true. Fairways are lush but not mushy. The course was renamed as Walnut Creek Preserve April, 2017 and became Colorado's first golf preserve with lots of special attention to protecting the environment and practicing astute sustainability.
The fairways are generous but the roughs are rough The greens are extra large and quite penal if your approach leaves you above the hole.
Trees are generally not a factor although I managed to crash high into a big Cottonwood on the inside of the dogleg right par 4 8th hole.
The back nine plays relatively close to the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport with lots of air traffic to divert your attention rather than dwelling on your last 3-putt.
The course is generally a Scottish links style track with loads of inviting bunkers....90 total: 38 on the front nine and a whopping 52 on the back. Water is only a real factor with ponds on the par 3 7th hole, the par 4 16th hole and the tough par 5 18th hole.
Rather than having 5 tees of varied colors or names Walnut Creek simply has 5 numbered cut wood limbs with a neat western style WC brand burned into each pc. Our group handicaps are in the 6-17 range and we normally play courses in the 6,200 yd range. We found it a little strange that Walnut Creek doesn't offer tees in this range. Tee #4 measures 5,975 yards while Tee #3 jumps to 6,528 yards. Possibly offering a combo tee option would be a good fit for this gap.
We ended our Binge with pitchers of beer and great food while settling our bets and reliving our stories including one of our players holing out from 60 yards on his last shot of the week on #18. 'Great memories from a great golf perserve!
Love this track
Haven't played places like Ballyneal yet, but this is the best links style experience I've had in CO. Love the back side near the airport where the wind can pick up and you can play with a little chill in the air. Windsocks on the flag sticks are a cool touch also. Definitely check it out.
Now this is a great golf experience!
Wow! What a special place! Colorado links style golf with beautiful views of the rocky mountains! Greens are something you would see on tv at a tour event, firm and fast! Staff are great at guest service and exceeding expectations!