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4.0
171 Reviews (171)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
11
1 Stars
6
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.1
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.5
85.1%
Recommend this course
148 out of 171 reviews
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3.8
25 Reviews (25)
5 Stars
7
4 Stars
11
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1 Stars
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Conditions
3.8
Value
3.5
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.1
76.0%
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19 out of 25 reviews
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4.1
44 Reviews (44)
5 Stars
15
4 Stars
21
3 Stars
5
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2
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1
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.0
Layout
4.2
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.3
86.4%
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38 out of 44 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 70
Length 6478 yards
Slope 135
Rating 70.4
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Shining Mountain Golf Course
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Course Details

Year Built 1995
Architect John Harbottle III

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire required. Collared shirts or mock turtlenecks. No T-shirts, cut-off jeans (or ragged jeans), halter tops or tank tops allowed.

Food & Beverage

Bar

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Reviews

4.0
171 Reviews (171)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
19th Hole Scenic Views 9
Patio Dining 8
Drinks 7
Course Challenges Include:
Narrow Fairways 16
Elevation Changes 14
Thick Rough 12
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 18
Advanced Golfers 12
Locals 12
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 15
Near Local Attractions 6

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Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 80
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Colorado Advisor
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing

Fun mountain course, early in the season

This was my 1st visit. A great deal enticed me to drive from Denver. Interesting path via 285, 126, & 67 with the burn scars. This was their 9th day of the season, 4th without snow. The staff was super friendly. The range as noted is short, irons and hybrids only.

The grass is a mix of Kentucky blue, bent grass, and poa. Stiff Kentucky blue in the first teed some balls up nicely. The course played much less narrow than the website drone views suggested to me, still there's lots of ESAs, so you have to know where to miss. I'm not a straight hitter, but i only 2 lost balls, one a rushed shot, so not too narrow. #2 isn't too bad. #15 plays tighter. #5's white disc golf flag from 220 out fooled me. Yellow was the golf course flag Fri.

The course played fast, 2:45 walking, but maybe the cart golfer behind pushed my pace. The greens were a bit slow, but they're just coming out of winter.

Free drops from elk scat. The course reminded me of Estes' 18 but more interesting. I recommend the course.

They have 2 (with plans for a 3rd) disc courses, so you could do a 2 sport day.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Shining Mountain Early Season

This was the first day of the season for Shining Mountain. The tee boxes are in decent shape for this early on. Unlike Patty Jewett Golf Course in Colorado Springs, Shining Mountain has not been beatin to death over the winter. The fairway grass is in good shape. What I noticed the most was the greens. For the middle of April they are really coming back great! The ground crew or mother nature has done a wonderful job. I scanned each green I was on and noticed from top to bottom from right to left the grass is uniform condition and when we get a little further into the season these greens are going to be excellent. Shining Mountain is a fun and challenging course to play. If you manage your tee shots well, straight is much more important than distance, you'll have good size greens to hit and the greens are true.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great golf course

Had a great time,meet a lot of very nice people. The course was very challenging for me and great scenery . I loved it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from on 11/20/2017:
Hello Sam, thank you for the five-star review! We are glad to hear that you had an overall great golfing experience with us the other day. We value your feedback, and we'll see you again soon.
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Response from on 11/08/2017:
Hi, thank you for taking the time to review us here at Shining Mountain in the Woodland Park, CO area and for the 4-stars. We pride ourselves on making sure that every aspect of your round is amazing with us and are very happy to see that everything went great during your time with us! Thank you for playing with us and we hope to earn your business back again soon!
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Shining Mountain Golf course

For this time of year, the course was in very good condition. Once again, the course was very busy and had only 1 person watching pro shop and bar/grill. I watched 2 foursomes walk away from bar.

for this time of year

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Response from on 10/30/2017:
Hi, thank you for taking the time to review us here at Shining Mountain in the Woodland Park, CO area and for the great rating. We are sorry that our off-course amenities were not up to their normal standard that day, but do hope that your time out on the course was able to ensure that you had a fun round with us. Thank you for recommending our course and we hope to see you back with us again soon!
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Mountain Course

Always a wonderful experience to play this Course. Back nine are a challenge, but a lot of fun. Course in great shape despite the elk, deer and occasional bear coming after hours to loll about. Friendly staff.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Response from on 10/27/2017:
Hi, thank you for taking the time to review us here at Shining Mountain in the Woodland Park, CO area and for the great rating. We are very happy to see that you enjoyed our challenging back 9 and hope that the wildlife only added to your experience! Thank you for recommending our course and we hope to see you back with again soon!
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fun

Beautiful scenery and course. Difficult like many mountain courses. But, fair. Great deal!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Response from on 10/16/2017:
Hello, thank you for giving our course, Shining Mountain Golf Course, in the Woodland Park area, a four-star review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our course layout and that you found it good value for your money. Thank you for playing with us, and we'll see you again soon.
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice Mountain Course

Our first visit here; we were graciously welcomed in the pro shop and the facilities were explained to us. We hit some range balls on range limited to irons and hybrids, which was fine. Putting practice green included flat and sloped portions which helped
determine green speed. Unfortunately, weather did not cooperate as it rained twice and hailed once-typical mountain weather in Colorado. The road base (small gravel) cart paths became saturated and somewhat sloppy. Carts are predominately restricted to paths with an occasional ability to go onto fairways. The area has some natural wetland and grassy areas where looking for your bad shots is not permitted. The tee choices are many, running the gamut from very challenging, to shorter for us less frequent, short hitting golfers. The longer tee areas require launching over rough areas on par 4 & 5 holes. The greens were in excellent condition, rolling true. I would certainly play this course again. The deer emerging near sundown added a great feel to the day! I would suggest some additional work on cart paths which were extremely side-sloped in some areas which was somewhat uncomfortable to navigate.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from on 09/22/2017:
Hello, thank you for taking the time to review our course and for the great review. We appreciate the feedback on the cart paths and will definitely take that into consideration for some nice improvements. Thank you for recommending our course and we look forward to seeing you back with us again at Shining Mountain soon!
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Must Play

Grand Elk lets you have fun without being to tricky.
Every time I get to the mountains. I try to play "The Elk"
Atmosphere is great.
Don't miss out Playing Grand Elk you will have a Grand Time.
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Response from on 09/27/2017:
Hello, thank you for giving our course a five-star review. We just wanted to let you know that this is the review page for Shining Mountain Golf Course. You may have meant to review another golf course.
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Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Tough and tight

Course is tough and tight. The greens need some work and not very organized in terms of letting people know who is on deck to tee off. There was also a group of 8 guys with two tee times that started by playing an eightsome. Once the ranger made them split back up, the pace picked up a tad. They were complaining but when it took 40 minutes to finish the first
Hole, something had to be done to fix that.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Response from on 09/01/2017:
Thank you for the honest review, we appreciate you making us aware of the pace of play issue. We are currently looking into this situation. Thank you for coming out and we hope to see you again in the near future.
Played On
Reviews 17
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Unexpected surprise

Yesterday was my first trip to shining Mountain what a great surprise terrific Golf Course great views test your skill you don't need to be a long hitter but you better be a straight hitter. Take your time enjoy the rim great restaurant will come back

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Response from on 08/22/2017:
Thank you for the review, we are so glad you enjoyed the course conditions and fantastic views today. Please come back and see us again soon!
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Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Shining mountain is a fun course with great scenery. There are some very challenging holes but still playable for the average golfer.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Response from on 08/23/2017:
Thank you for the great review! We appreciate the great compliments regarding the course and its surrounding scenery. Thank you so much for coming out and we hope to see you again in the near future.
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice Course

Fairways and greens were in great shape. Greens were tough. Would have to play a few times to get used to the greens. Sand traps were bad. Lots of rocks, hard and packed from rain, and unraked.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Response from on 08/08/2017:
Thank you for the great review. We appreciate the great compliments regarding our course conditions. Thank you for coming out and we hope to see you again in the near future.
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Course

Had a great time playing. Didn't get to finish before the sun set. We will be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from on 08/04/2017:
Hi Connie, thank you for the 5 star rating! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the staff, layout, and conditions. We appreciate your business and hope to see you soon at Shining Mountain in the Denver area!
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course!

Really enjoy this course. Great layout and great shape. My only recommendation is to have some good bar food. Trying to be a fancy Italian restaurant is not a good fit for a golf course. Give me a good priced burger or sandwiches every time!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Response from on 08/03/2017:
Hi Richard, thank you for taking the time to review our course, Shining Mountain. We appreciate the 5 star rating and are glad to hear that you had an enjoyable experience. We hope to earn your business again in the Denver area.
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

A Quiet Gem

I was a member at this course when it opened 25 years ago and always loved the course because there is always a hole to really bite you. Keep the total score and you will see what I mean. Get by #2 and number #15 and you have won the game. Please don't be like the other idiots and go into the protective land areas for your ball. They ask you not to as a course rule. That is why the course is beautiful, when we can do simple tasks like this. Good luck breaking 80. Scott Preiss, USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Response from on 08/03/2017:
Hi Scott, thank you for taking the time to review our course, Shining Mountain. We appreciate the 5 stars and are glad to see you enjoyed the staff and layout. We hope to earn your business again in the future.
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Nice option out of Colorado Springs

The course is definitely worth the drive from Colorado Springs; particularly, if you find the public course too crowded, as I did. For the senior golfer, the course is plenty long with some nice features. The staff is excellent and accommodating. The course offered a better value than other options in the near area and the quality of play was a pleasant surprise.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Response from on 06/01/2017:
Thank you for your positive feedback! We love hearing that the staff, pace of play, and course conditions were great for your round! We hope to see you again soon for another round.
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Sweet little track

I was lucky to play with a local to give me hints of the layout and trouble areas. It is a shot makers track with a few blind spots (which I do not care for). It was still early in the year because of altitude, but you can tell they like to take care of their course. Greens need about a month longer to be ready for decent reads (aeration was not long before I played, still sandy and bumpy 5/21/17). Keep it in the fairway and you should be fine. A little short for my taste, but the par 5's were wide open to let loose on. I'll play it again in a month or two.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Response from on 05/23/2017:
We are happy to hear it is obvious that we put great care into our course. We try our best to keep things well kept for our golfers! We are excited to have you back in the near future for another round.
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Beautiful & Challenging Rockey Mountain Course

A wonderful golf experience. Course was well maintained, especially for so early in the Rockey Mountain springtime. Fairways were in great shape. Greens were playing well and will improve as the weather warms and the grass grows more. Staff very friendly and most accommodating. Will definitely be playing this course a lot over the summer & fall. Beautiful Rockey Mountain scenery and some challenging Holes. Thoroughly enjoyed playing here with friends.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Response from on 04/21/2017:
"HHK3" thank you for the 5 star review! We are thrilled to hear of your excellent experience at Shining Mountain. We hope to see you again soon for another round!
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