TPC Colorado 16
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TPC Colorado - No. 16
The scenic 16th hole at TPC Colorado is a downhill par 3 that plays next to the clubhouse, which will mean galleries will be festive during Web.com and other events held here. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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TPC Colorado - Biarritz
The 2nd hole at TPC Colorado is a par 3 with a Biarritz-inspired green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
TPC Colorado
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TPC Colorado - No. 3
The first of three short par 4s in the first ten holes is the cape-style 3rd which is reachable for longer hitters. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
TPC Colorado - No. 4
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TPC Colorado - No. 4
View of the elevated 4th green at TPC Colorado. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
TPC Colorado - No. 6
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TPC Colorado - No. 6
The short, par-4 6th hole was inspired by the 10th at Riviera and has a diagonal, narrow green to manage. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
TPC Colorado - No. 8
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TPC Colorado - No. 8
The scenic par-3 8th hole plays closest to the reservoir and is the only hole with trees at TPC Colorado. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
TPC Colorado 10
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TPC Colorado - No. 10
Sod-walled bunkers abound on the short, par-4 10th hole. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
TPC Colorado 13
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TPC Colorado - No. 13
The tips on the par-5 13th hole are an eye-popping 773 yards. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
TPC Colorado - No. 16
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TPC Colorado - No. 15
The 16th hole is a reachable, risk-reward par 5 with an elevated green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
TPC Colorado 18
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TPC Colorado - No. 18
The long, par-4 finishing hole at TPC Colorado plays to an elevated green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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TPC Colorado Practice greens.jpg
There are two short game greens at the TPC Colorado plus additional putting greens. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
TPC Colorado Clubhouse and putting green
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TPC Colorado Clubhouse and putting green
Towards the end of the 2018 season, the clubhouse and putting green was nearing completion. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor

First look: TPC Colorado opens north of Denver

The first brand new golf course in the state since 2009 is officially open

BERTHOUD, Colo. -- The first new course built in Colorado in a decade is loaded with character.

TPC Colorado, a design by architect Art Schaupeter, mixes sod-walled Durabunkers and more standard modern bunkering to give the 7,991-yard course a real interesting look. The setting situated alongside the Lonetree, McNiel and Welch Reservoirs north of Denver provides ample scenery, despite only about 60 feet of elevation change on the property. Seven sets of tees stretches TPC Colorado from 4,000 to 7,991 yards, a length that will challenge the pros at The TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes, a new Web.com Tour event held the week of July 8-14, 2019. The 156 players will be competing for a $600,000 purse. A five-year agreement is in place through 2023.

A trio of watery par 3s and a threesome of risk-reward short par 4s are the most interesting holes on the course. The short par 4s - No. 3 (353 yards from the gold tees), No. 6 (312 yards) and No. 10 (298 yards) - present a minefield of bunkers to avoid. No. 3 is a cape hole along a reservoir, forcing players to bite off as much as they can chew, especially if they're brave enough to go for the green. The watery par 3s all sport their own unique design elements - a biarritz green at No. 2, a long narrow green on the edge of a reservoir at no. 8 and the stunning 16th hole, a 140-yard tee shot down to a well-bunkered target. Galleries will love watching the action from this elevated perch, looking upon a horizon of water and mountains.

The longest hole in Colorado - the 773-yard, par-5 13th hole - will also attract attention. Even from the gold tees, where most regular golfers will play, it's a daunting 660 yards.

TPC Colorado already has 200-plus members, according to General Manager Larry Collins, but is offering limited public tee times for $170 this fall. Eventually, the semi-private club will feature a master-planned residential neighborhood, a Sports Center, pool and fitness facility and impressive 55,000-square-foot clubhouse.

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.
Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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