Coal Creek Golf Course

4.0348823529 4.0 stars from 5 (30)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7028 yards
  • Slope: 132
  • Rating: 72.3
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 7028 yards 72.3 132
Blue 72 6602 yards 70.5 126
Blue (W) 72 6602 yards 75.4 141
White 72 5978 yards 67.6 114
White (W) 72 5978 yards 71.9 134
Forward (W) 72 5185 yards 69.1 119

With beautiful views of the Rocky Mountain, the 18-hole, public Coal Creek Golf Course is a popular golfing option in Louisville. Richard Phelps designed the course to have a different front nine and back nine. The front nine has a links-style layout with plenty of water while the back nine features dramatic elevation changes and strategically-placed sand bunkers. The unique and challenging golf course covers 6,957 yards and plays to a par of 72. The rolling fairways are quite generous and the undulating greens are very fast. Coal Creek Golf Course also offers picturesque views of the Rockies from its higher elevation points and situated on the course itself are several natural landmarks.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.7 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 30 Reviews
5 stars:
4
4 stars:
20
3 stars:
5
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

27 out of 30 reviews


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"Nice rebuild"


bobnewhart's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Enjoyed the new layout changes, 1st time on the course since the rebuild.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Like some of the changes"


rotorwash's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

We haven't played Coal Creek singe it's redo. A lot of the old course still remains and the newer improvements are slight but noticeable. As a retired guy the price was jacked up just enough to allow me to play it not as often as I once did.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful Denver Metro Muni"


AceGerard's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2017
Previously played Walked Windy weather

Reviewed on

Coal Creek Golf Course is a beautiful north metro muni set in a wooded glen with Coal Creek flowing through it. It had a disastrous flood in 2013 that shut the course down for 18 months and it has come back better than ever! I play with a guy who lives on the course and I always tease him that he´s living the dream! No two holes are truly a like - there are plenty of challenges and good course management is key. The staff is friendly and free tees. The cafe is a destination eatery for locals. good practice area and putting green. Walkable.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Not a typical Colorado course"


rbneil's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2017
First time playing Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice course. Greens were not real fast but rolled really well. Reminds me of an Oklahoma or Texas course. Lots of trees and water.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Pretty solid"


jd6236's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/27/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

If you want a good, inexpensive option with good conditions and smooth pace of play, check it out. Don't expect to be wowed esthetically. This is a classic Dick Phelps course, narrow with mature trees and one or two cool holes on the back 9. Otherwise it's just a neighborhood course. But overall it's pretty good.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Welcome Back Coal Creek"


acesxthree's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Coal Creek was closed from the fall of 2013 until late June 2015 due to extreme damage to the course from flooding.

Coal Creek has now reopened and is essentially the same course as it was before the damage. There have been improvements to drainage, green contours have changed a bit and there are some runoff areas behind a few of the greens. Staff has also thinned some of the tree "alleys" that were present before the flooding. The shots on #6 and #10 are more wide open and this is a great improvement from before.

Coal Creek is now run by the City of Louisville, before the closure they had a management company operating the golf course for them. The new staff is very friendly and welcoming. Everyone that I interacted with had a smile and seemed happy to be at Coal Creek.

There are a few downsides, I think that the course was opened a bit too soon and it should improve over the next year. As it stands now, the main practice putting green is closed and will not be ready for practice for some time. The alternate practice green is a joke and does not resemble the conditions found on the course. The driving range requires hitting off of mats at this time. On the course, the grass is not being mowed to the standard of other courses around here. The best attribute of the course are the greens, while slow they roll true and are in good condition. They will be better when mowed more often and they run a bit faster. The tees are also in good shape, although also a bit long and in need of mowing.

The worst part of the course are the fairways, they are very inconsistent and have not fully grown in. There are many times where the ball is down in a depression and hard to get to. The course is recommending preferred lies but this really needs to get better soon.

While the course was closed they made a couple of changes, there used to be more rough and some of that has been converted to tall fescue. It was advertised to be in places that do not come into play, however I observed groups searching for balls in these areas and they certainly were in play and slowed the round due to the searches.

Additionally there could have been some tee management while they were renovating the course. The tips play at 7,018 yards and the next tees are at 6,598 and the next set of tees is at 5,756 with the ladies at 4,771. There are two sets of "combo" tees on the card but do not appear to be rated for official play as they were not listed on the GHIN website. The combo tees also have "funny" distances at 5,944 and 5,280 (nice touch at Mile High!) but there is a huge gap between 6,598 and 5,756, they should have put something in to cover that distance gap for players who want something in the 6,250 +/- range.

All in all, it is an ok course that will be better in a year or two when the new grass has matured. Right now, it is a course to play occasionally but not a regular round for me.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"COULD NOT PLAY DUE TO COURSE CONDITIONS AND RAIN"


BOGEYBIRD1's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/11/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

COAL CREEK STAFF ADVISED ME THAT THE COURSE WAS NOT I THE BEAST CONDITION DUE TO RECENT SANDING AND REPAIRS TO GREENS PLUS ONE TEMP. GREEN ON NO. TWO. THIS ALONG WITH RECENT RAINS , WE ADVISED NOT TO ATTEMPT PLAY . I WAS ENCOURAGED TO WAIT A COUPLE OF WEEKS.


Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful greens. Just wish the rough was shorter."


Diane6620892's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/21/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Incredible views, open fairways, awesome greens and cold beer. What more could you want!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


rbarush's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/18/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in great condition and was moderate to challenging. I will definitely be returning, but I only had a couple knocks on the course. One complaint was that some of the tee boxes were in bad condition and/or not even/flat. The other complaint that I had was there was not a starter. We were at the first tee box at 3:15 with a tee time of 3:18 and a group came up saying that they were a 3:08 tee time. I must say that was very annoying.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"course is for every level of play (except beginners)"


isoldejordan's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/16/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

because of its location, the air you breathe while you play is extremely polluted. 2 holes are right next to a very busy highway. The back nine is very noisy because of the highway, but the front nine are relatively quiet and pleasant.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Excellent value"


censales's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/15/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is well maintained and play flows well.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Tough Course"


CurtisRoth92's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/12/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is one of the most challanging driving courses I have played. The fairways are tight and it is difficult to drive the ball and get it in the fairway on almost every hole. Fun course though


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Requires strategy and execution"


budmichael's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/11/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Unlike many of the public courses, Coal Creek actually demands careful shot selection and strong execution. This isn't a course to simply take out the driver on every par 4 and par 5. Club selection is critical and it pays big to keep the ball on the short grass. There is no intermediate rough at Coal Creek. Miss the fairway and you are in 2 or 3 inch rough!

Fun course, but think carefully about how you play each hole.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great shorter Course..."


u000003778047's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/02/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If you're long; you won't hit many drivers but a beautifully laid out course. Added bonus; my 1st hole-in-one on #17, 141 Yard PW.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"1st Time Playing"


Infenro2ss's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/31/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was the first time I played this course and really enjoyed it. The course is laid out nicely and has a combination of easier and tougher holes. Would definitely recommend giving it a try to those who havent played it yet.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"An OK golf course"


Iluvavs's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/28/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

looks like every one's having a pulling/pushing cards- easy course to walk, except #15.<br/> Tee boxes needs some work.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Attractive course with nice view of mountains."


jmcginokc's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/26/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is mostly wide open. There are a few holes that are tight or require layup. Very enjoyable for anyone looking for a pleasant round.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Easy


I recommend this course


"a good course with some interesting challenges"


u000002871752's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/19/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

women should love the length of the par 4 holes. good water features. did not like that we had to carry our bags to and from the carts -- no carts in parking lot. and no valet to move the bags if you wished.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Nice fairways but uncut greens"


AuchterlonieTony's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/17/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Most of the greens hadn't been cut. Some looked like it had been several days since they were mowed. The 12th green was beautiful, 2-3 others were good, the rest were very woolly.<br/> The fairways were nice. The gps is awesome. The whole course was held up by a twosome who were 3-4 holes behind. It's a decent course but I wouldn't play it again.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Nice course."


reefer65's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/12/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Like this course a lot. Greens are nice and a lot of sand and water, real fun course to play.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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