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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7176 yards
Slope 134
Rating 72.9

Formerly known as Cottonwood Golf Course it opened in 1963 as a nine-holer. Expanded to 18 holes in 2001.

Course Details

Year Built 1963
Golf Season Year round. High Season: April - September
Architect Rick Phelps (2001)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $16
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Snacks, Grill, Beverage Carts

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Colorado (2015 #3)

Reviews

4.5
27 Reviews (27)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 8
19th Hole Scenic Views 7
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 12
Bunkers 9
Forced Carries 9
This course/club is great for:
Locals 9
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 7
A Weekend Splurge 6
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 12

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Reviews 47
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing

A Challenge, But Not Best In The Area

Wife and I played here while vacationing in the area. This is a ‘links’ style course in the sand hills north of Delta. Great scenery/views. Not a tree anywhere in sight and not much water. The layout is on the shortish side. The challenge comes in the routing of holes and in the speed of the greens (11 in the day we were there). Lots of blind shots or shots with big elevation changes - both mean you’re guessing where to hit and what Club to pull. I will probably enjoy it more if I play it again. Staff was great - friendly and helpful. Conditions were OK. It was a good experience, but I’m not sure I would rush back there.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 100
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
Denver Advisor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Whole lotta fun

Played here twice in the last week. The course has shot options on pretty much every hole. Either the hero carry or the safe play; of course, the hero carry leaves a short shot or a chance to go for the green in two on a par 5. The safe shot off the tee, leaves a longer approach or guarantees three shots on a par 5. I found this to be a lot of fun.
The routing is cool and there are unique holes in a quarry-esque area. There are two short par 4s with shot options-most notably on the 13th hole. The par 3s were fun but did not have much variety as far as club needed. The par 5s all had the hero carry option.
As for the rest, there is a putting green and driving range to warm up. For the end of winter, the course was in good condition and I anticipate a great summer. There is a restaurant for before or after a round. The staff was great; I showed up and they got me out.
Best of all, this course is an exceptional value. It is only 40-45 per round with a cart during shoulder season. They also have great deals during the year and you can play for $65. If you are 55 and up, they have a $30 green fee on some days. Considering that this is considered a top 5 public course in Colorado, all of these prices are a great deal.
I would give this 4.5 stars and highly recommend a round here if in the area. It brings the fun back into golf.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

A different world

Devils thumb combines smooth quick greens with great variety in holes. There are some short thought provoking par 4's and some longer 4's that have water and require great precision. Plenty of sand, elevation changes and wonderful backdrops with the grand Mesa, the Adobe hills and the west elk mountains. One of the most unique and fun courses you can find. A bargain too.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Fun course

We make an effort to play here several times each year even though we live on the front range.
We enjoy the course and the people which is why we keep coming back for the last 10 years.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

One of the best kept secrets in Colorado

This course is unlike any other golf experience in Colorado. As my grandfather put it its like"playing golf on the moon". If you have not played this course you need too long trip to Delta but worth it if you are a golf enthusiast. Cant beat the value if you book through golfnow.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

The devil could not have designed a better course in this wasteland

I live in the area and always make it a point to play this course a couple of times a year. I have never played a better course for the value.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Fun course

Fun course with lots of Elevation and tough terrain.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

The view was as good as the course!

Just north of Delta, CO, Devil's Thumb has a lot to offer: nicely manicured greens, rolling fairways, and some hilly terrain as well. Don't plan to do very well out of the bunkers as they are very hard-packed. The rough is relatively sparse for this part of the country, except for the sage bushes which will eat up your shots. A family of pronghorn antelope roams the course, quite at home and beautiful to watch. The San Juan and San Miguel mountains are clearly visible to the south and east, respectively, with the south face of the Grand Mesa to the north. Altogether a great outing!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

A gem!

A great course with a very fun and interesting layout. The greens ran true! They are amazing. The fairways are in great shape. A few tricky holes a very enjoyable round.
I didn't have any food or beverage.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 5-9
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

High Badlands Golf

The golf course keeps you engrossed , but don't forget to look at the views. Some interesting risk/reward tee shots . Keep it in the grass , or it's rock , sand , and high desert "gorse" bushes. The greens have enough humps and swales to make pitching and putting as interesting as it gets. This is a terrific golf course. We were treated perfectly by the staff and the deck is a nice place for an after golf beverage.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

This course has great variety

From straight and level to elevated and blind landing tee shots this course has everything to offer. This course stays in good shape and usually can stay open year round despite being in Colorado.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

great

Place was great, it is a hidden gem. well worth the drive.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Course

Such a great course. Amazing staff.... thx Ken Brown. Check the wind advisory before you go.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Great layout

fun golf course, nice variety of short and long holes.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great views

One of our favorite courses on the Western Slope. Hole fourteen is one of the most scenic and fun drivable par fours in the state.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Golfing In Colorado in November - Excellent!

Hadn't golfed in a few years and was a little worried about golfing in Colorado in the winter but this course was in fantastic condition from tee boxes - to fairways - to greens. Excellently maintained! Staff was very friendly and overall experience was 5 stars. Even though the weather was cold, many of the holes are protected from the wind by the stunning landscape. I highly recommend this course and can't wait to go back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Challenging but fair

First time to play the course and there are a few holes I'd play differently next time out...out in the middle of nowhere and in great shape!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Perfect day.

The weather was perfect. Scenery perfect. Course condition immaculate. A great variety oh holes. My game somewhat lacking. Not the course's fault.

Devil's Thumb may be the best golf value in the Southwest. A great place. Very unpretentious. Play it as soon as you can.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great find!

Outstanding mountainside course that is in great shape. Hitting off elevated tees into scenic fairways way below makes this a challenging and fun course to play

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great value!

My sister and I golfed this course which was excellent, but for the Mosquitos on a few of the holes!! We had a great time even with the Mosquitos! The staff was very helpful and friendly.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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