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Your Guide to Golf in Colorado

Summer 2019


SANDIA RESORT AND CASINO A PREMIER RESORT DESTINATION

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TRY YOUR LUCK AT CASABLANCA RESORT & CASINO

Mesquite, Nevada

located an hour north of Las Vegas, is home to some of the country’s best desert golf courses & some of golf’s greatest values. Tucked between the mountains in the Virgin River Valley, you’ll find Mesquite Gaming’s impressive CasaBlanca Resort & Casino and their two must-play golf courses, the award-winning CasaBlanca Golf Club and Palms Golf Club – a perfect combination of amenities to host your next group golf outing.

The country’s best desert golf courses & some of golf’s greatest values.

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CasaBlanca Resort & Casino is the city’s top resort destination, featuring 500 newly remodeled and wellappointed hotel rooms, a 33,000 square-foot ballroom, 9,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, more than 800 slot machines, table games and a fullservice race and sports book. During your stay, enjoy nightly live entertainment at the property’s two entertainment venues, the CasaBlanca Showroom and Skydome Lounge; relax at the massive lagoon-style pool; and dine and imbibe at Katherine’s Steakhouse, DIVOTMagazine.com

recognized as one of the country’s most romantic restaurants for the past three years. As you venture out into Mesquite’s beautiful desert landscapes and 294 days of sunshine per year, two distinct golf courses offer challenging but enjoyable year-round golfing experiences for golfers of any level. The CasaBlanca Golf Club, designed by Cal Olson, lies etched into the wetlands of the Mesquite Valley. This beautiful 7,036yard championship course features 18 holes winding in and out of the Virgin River basin. The Palms Golf Club, Mesquite’s longest-standing course, is a stunning 6,804yard, par 72 course featuring more than 200 palm trees, water features and sand traps. Both courses offer a driving range, putting green, private lessons and are open for individual play and group reservations year-round.

Courses are open for reservations year-round. Mesquite Gaming’s ownership of both resorts and golf courses provides ease and convenience when booking your next group golf getaway. A fully-staffed group sales team is eager to assist you as you book groups of 12 golfers Summer Issue 2019

and eight rooms or more, with group leaders receiving a complimentary room during their group’s stay and a complimentary round of golf at the CasaBlanca Golf Club or Palms Golf Club while their group plays those courses. Hosts can book discounted rates at a total of six golf courses within six minutes of the CasaBlanca Resort & Casino, as well as Jack Niklaus’ Coyote Springs Golf Club and three of the top courses in St. George, Utah.

Book groups of 12 golfers and eight rooms or more To book your next group outing, please contact sales@mesquitegaming. com or call a Golf Sales Manager at 1.888.711.4653. Traveling with fewer than 12 golfers? Mesquite Gaming is home to one of the best individual values in golf, the $99 Stay and Play Package. This package offers a onenight stay at the CasaBlanca Resort & Casino and one round of golf at either the CasaBlanca Golf Club or Palms Golf Club. To book your next getaway, call 877.438.2929, or book online at casablancaresort.com/golf.

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Simply Putting Delivers Unparalleled Golf Experience With the Launch of Pro Putt Mobile App Simply Putting, a mobile app that propels technology innovation within golf, announces the launch of Pro Putt. A competitive system within the Simply Putting app, Pro Putt gives fans a true taste of the sport and offers users the chance to putt against professional golfers during televised golf tournaments. By merging the virtual and real world, this marks the first time a mobile app will interact with a televised golf event in real time. The Pro Putt feature will launch in time for the 2019 United States Open Championship, scheduled to be played June 13–16 at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California. Users will have their choice of competing against any of the professional golfers in the tournament at the course’s most iconic 7th and 17th holes. “Pro Putt gives golfers of every level a chance to truly connect with the game and appreciate what pros endure as they putt some of the sport’s toughest courses,” says Ryan Engle, Founder and CEO of Simply Putti]ng. “There is no better feeling in golf

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Feature

Ladies... Are Your Golf Gloves Costing You Strokes? You wouldn’t compromise your game by playing the wrong shaft flex, but are you sacrificing strokes by wearing the wrong sized glove? Industry studies show half of all golfers are wearing the wrong sized glove. So, chances are, YOU are without knowing it. Wearing a proper fitting glove is as important as playing with a fitted driver. Your glove is your only connection to your clubs. Don’t compromise it! Until recently, there was only one standard glove sizing model for women. Nailed Golf, a leader in the women’s golf glove industry, has created the second sizing model, which was previously overlooked. Women’s standard size gloves are designed for women who have proportional hands, while Nailed Golf’s elongated gloves are designed for women with longer fingers or manicured nails. Both women’s sizing models have comparable palm widths specifically for the feminine hand. However, the elongated gloves have additional length on the fingers. Men’s standard size gloves are designed for the typical male hand. Cadet gloves are designed for men who have shorter fingers coupled with wider palms.

Because of the difference in palm and finger widths, most women should NOT wear men’s gloves. Look at your golf glove as an important piece of gear, and not solely an accessory. Finding the proper fitting glove is vital to playing your best.

Your glove must feel like a second skin. It should feel snug from the palm of your hand through the tips of your fingers. Ensure that there is ample space at tips for finger movement so that there is no pressure on your tips when you flex your hand. However, you do not want excess material

at the tips of your fingers either. Your glove should be close-fitting and lie flat on your palm with no excess bulky material. However, you must ensure it is not so snug that it is taut. The tab can be under or over-synched up to ½ inch, to allow for room to adjust with wear. If you are between sizes, consider the smaller glove. Your glove is your only connection to your clubs and needs to be treated like the indispensable piece of equipment it is. Excess material on your palm will cause inconsistency in your grip and rob you of your feel. A glove too small can cause blisters and one too large can lead to chafing and blisters. An oversized glove will cause both slippage and inconsistent shots. A properly fitted glove will enhance your grip and swing which translate to power, distance, and consistency. It is imperative that you find the glove with optimal fit and feel. If the standard glove sizing model doesn’t fit you like a second skin, check out the new elongated sizing model available at www.nailedgolf.com. It’s time to find your perfect fit glove and start playing your best golf! D

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Get Fit Before You Grip and Rip By Randy Williams DIVOT Contributing Writer

The Driver. It is the glamour piece of equipment in golf. Where else is more R&D, where else is more science and technology continuously devoted to improving one’s game? Titleist, Nike, Ping, Wilson, Cobra, Callaway… all the sport’s heavy hitters are big players when it comes to producing stateof-the-art drivers. Why? Because they know no other club provides such immediate gratification as a well-stroked tee shot which correspondingly sets one up for a good score on that given hole. Grip it and rip it, bomb down the fairway, load and explode, hit for show… the use of the driver has a lot of references but the pure adrenaline of hitting it long (and accurate), is simply one of the great joys of the game (pro or amateur). For the average recreational golfer, perhaps more accurate than legendary Sam Snead’s maxim of “Drive for show, putt for dough”, is “If you can’t putt, you can’t score. If you can’t drive, you can’t play” for bad driving balloons up one’s score more than any other club in the bag.

"The first thing every golfer should do prior to purchasing a driver or any golf club for that matter - is to get custom fit."

On the surface, it would appear that your putter is more important since you use it for 30 to 40 of your shots on the golf course and that you use your driver usually on only 14 shots. But the way par is set-up for each hole, it takes into account the potential of you hitting the green in regulation and having two putts. Clearly, there are other ways to make par, but regardless if the given hole is a Par 3, Par 4, or Par 5, it is based on how many strokes it should take to reach the green, along with two putts. Thus, one cannot say that the 30 to 40 times you use your putter is more than twice as valuable as the 14 drives you hit. The fact is, if you’re inconsistent off the tee, your driver affects your score more than your putter. In other words, if you compare the best putter averaging say, 1.5 strokes per green, and the worst averaging 3, he is giving up 1.5 strokes per hole, but a single handicap-

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per with his driver more often than not sets himself up well with an accurate tee shot, where as a poor driver, spraying shots off the fairway and sometimes even having to go back to the tee, rarely gets the opportunity to birdie a hole because of his poor accuracy off the tee with shots that land him in the rough or even OB potentially adding up more strokes as a result. Of course, there is the added mental anxiety where the golfer becomes self- conscious about constantly making the others in his group have to wait while one searches for their tee shot in the woods or bushes, thus he tends to rush with his driver making things worse (or even leaves the big club in the bag). In addition to more practice, here is where club manufacturers can lend a hand. And, regardless of your handicap, it all starts with making the right choice when you purchase the club. "The first thing every golfer should do prior to purchasing a driver - or any golf club for that matter - is to get custom fit," said Josh Talge, vice president of golf club marketing for Titleist. “It’s the quickest and easiest way to improve. Spend a half hour or 45 minutes with a good fitter and you will leave, not only with a driver that will

provide you more distance, accuracy and consistency, but with confidence in the fact you know you have optimized your launch conditions that will ultimately contribute to better results." “Fitting is huge,” concurs Callaway’s Jeff Newton who adds, “Look for a driver that can help your big miss. If you’re a slicer, look for a draw model or a driver with a sliding weight. (And) you need to find a shaft that fits your game. Flex standards vary between shaft brands, so look for a weight class that gives you the highest swing speed with control.” The need for speed with the driver is always in play and the tech-led trend continues to roll along. Jon Claffey of Tour Edge names some of those trending innovations. “Weight movement for self-custom fitting, hosel adjustability for loft and lie adjustment, face technology that straightens miss-hits and light weight speed all (are part) of the driver technology.” Golf is such a game of confidence and nowhere is it more important than when you have that driver in your hands staring down at those dimples on the ball sitting on the tee. So as you get ready to - Grip it and rip it, bomb down the fairway, load and explode, hit for show - let the mad scientists at the club manufacturers help you. D

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Heather Gardens Executive 9-hole Golf Course. It’s the most beautiful 9-hole public golf course you’ve never seen. Heather Gardens Executive 9-Hole Golf Course is not just superb, it’s “out of sight” – literally out of sight. So, it’s no wonder how you may have overlooked this urban gem. Yet, you can find it easily. It’s close to the junction of Parker Road and I-225, and near Yale Avenue. Set in the urban enclave of Heather Gardens, this public 9-hole executive course is open to golfers, young and old, and challenges even the most talented golfer. Heather Gardens’ traditional design is enhanced by its lush, treelined fairways, elevated greens and well-positioned bunkers. The 2,461-yard, par 32 course provides a challenging yet fair test for golfers of all skill levels.

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Featured Pro Tip

Why a club fitting is really worth it

By Sabrina Naccarato DIVOT Contributing Writer We’ve busted the myth that club fitting is just a 'fad' or 'gimmick' & prove it can have a real impact on your game. Golf isn't an industry free of the cheeky gimmicks. If you spend enough time watching tv, reading magazines, and scrolling social media, you probably know what I'm talking about. However, there's one thing we've heard people label a "gimmick" and we'd like to clear the air about that specific subject once and for all: Club fitting. We've seen our fair share of haters call out club fitting as just another "fad" that doesn't really benefit the game. As we’ve said before, we’re a company rooted in facts and numbers. So, let's dive into them and show you why club fitting is the real deal and can improve your game and shave strokes off of your scorecard.

What is a club fitting?

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I’m so glad you asked! When you come into a GOLFTEC for a club fitting, we check out your current set of clubs and have you hit them to create a baseline. Then, you get to hit all new clubs. Yes, you get to hit the latest clubs from the top equipment manufacturers. Pretty sweet. Based on the fitter's analysis of your swing, the data from the launch monitors DIVOTMagazine.com

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and our own club fitting software - TECFIT - the fitter will change out heads and shafts and adjust weights to dial in the perfect settings that’ll compliment your swing. This combination of fitter and technology, of understanding your swing and ball flight tendencies, provides a unique view of what club is the best for you. You'll probably be surprised by the considerable distance gains you’ll see when you compare your old equipment vs. the newly optimized stuff.

Gains, gains, gains

On average, 75 percent of our students see distance gains after a driver fitting. So what about that other 25 percent? All that means is their driver was fit pretty darn well before they came in for their fitting. However, fittings aren't all about increasing distance; focusing on accuracy is another crucial element of club fitting. If you fall into that 25 percent of students that don't gain much distance, you could benefit from tightening up your dispersion. So, between helping you hit longer tee shots AND helping you find the middle of the fairway more often, club fitting sounds like anything but some sort of gimmick. But then again, if there's truly one way to convince anyone of the true worth of a club fitting, I'd recommend trying it out for yourself. Sabrina Naccaratois a former DII collegiate golfer at Metro State University, Sabrina contributes to the GOLFTEC Scramble and helps facilitate GOLFTEC's social media accounts and email distribution. D


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Love your misses! By Kathleen Heiney DIVOT Contributing Writer

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Take a minute and think about the last round you played. How often did you miss a shot? Meaning it didn’t go where you wanted it to go. It was thin, fat, short, right or left? Did you notice a pattern of misses? Do you know and understand your common misses? Golf is clearly not a game of perfect shots it is a game of great misses. Playing and teaching golf for over 40 years has taught me a lot. Not only how incredibly challenging the game is, but how often we are playing missed shots. When you think about the golf swing, it is miraculous that we can actually put a tiny clubhead square on a small ball, propel it forward 150300 yards and pray it goes where we want it to. The good news is sometimes it does and that is why we love it! The great golf shots are what keeps us coming back. Missed shots are the ones that bring us down and create doubt and negativity during a round. A missed shot doesn’t mean a failed shot. We put so much pressure on ourselves to execute amazing golf shots,

and when they don’t occur, we are hard on ourselves. When I was a kid, my Dad always told me “Honey if you have had 3-4 GREAT golf shots in a round you have had a good round” the shots he was speaking of were the ones that went exactly as intended. The rest were great misses! It is imperative that we know, understand and love our misses, for those are the shots we are playing. A great way to do this is to start a performance journal. Start tracking different misses during a round. For example, are your drives most commonly moving right? Is your short game suffering because you are using the wrong club and/or you are not familiar with your distances? Are you averaging 3 putts during a round because you are moving the ball left? These are just a few things you can start to track so that the next time you play you can start to see a pattern. Once you have established these patterns you are able to expect some of these misses and start to play them during a round. My natural ball flight is right. The funny thing is, it has been that way since I was a kid. I often think maybe someday I can

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Mountain Golf

Grand County, Award-Winning Rocky Mountain Golf Courses

Pole Creek Golf Club

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Admit it. We all have our favorite one or two courses near home that we play regularly, to the point where we probably seem completely predictable to our friends and family. But who doesn’t want to escape the city and head into the Colorado Rocky Mountains for a completely different, unique golf experience? Surely the change in scenery appeals to our senses - beautiful mountains surrounding the greens, less crowded courses, and much cooler summertime temperatures lying typically in the seventies. Where can such a playground be found in Colorado? Starting just 67 miles northwest of Denver, tucked against the west side of the Continental Divide, you’ll find Grand Links’ four courses located in Grand County - Pole Creek, Granby Ranch, Grand Elk, and Grand Lake. Once in Grand County, you’ll discover that all the courses are within 25 minutes of each other. Yet, despite their close proximity, they are quite distinctive from one another to offer a truly unique mountain golf experience worthy of a weekend getaway or two. Pole Creek Golf Club (6827 Co Rd 51, Tabernash): Ranked as one of Golf Advisor’s Top 50 in the U.S. in 2018. Pole Creek is one of the few public 27-hole courses in Colorado. This 7,107-yard course meanders through lush fields replete with native wild-

flowers, drastic elevation changes, vast bent greens, and water challenge shots over two ponds and five lakes. The Ridge nine course challenges experts to a rigorous game with 3,603-yard shots and tree-lined holes, while the mellower Meadow nine and Ranch nine indulge all playing levels. All three courses play to par 36. After capping off a round of mountain golf, enjoy the “28th Hole,” Pole Creek clubhouse’s restaurant, Bistro 28. It’s especially enjoyable to sit on the Bistro’s patio, taking in the views of the golf course and the surrounding Rocky Mountains while you enjoy dinner and drinks. Granby Ranch Golf Course (1000 Village Rd, Granby): We invite you to experience the splendor of Granby Ranch. The 18-hole championship course features strategically placed sand traps, lakes, and ponds and is perfect for golfers of all abilities. With meandering greens and unparalleled Rocky Mountain views, the course consistently ranks as one of the top mountain golf courses in the state. In addition to Granby Ranch’s golf course, the resort also offers scenic chairlift rides (Wed-Sun 10am5pm), hiking and cross-country mountain biking, and for those seeking adrenaline rushes, the thrill of downhill biking on a variety of trail difficulties. Nearby Granby Ranch Grill is open for lunch and dinner. Grand Elk Golf Club (1300 Ten Mile Dr, Granby): Named one of “America’s

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Best New Public Courses” by Golfweek Magazine in 2005. Inspired by the British Isles with its low-lying vegetation and rolling terrain, Grand County’s only “Heathland” style golf course showcases the rugged natural beauty you’d expect to find in Colorado. It is designed to challenge the imagination and creativity of the finest golfers by using the rolling terrain and natural contours to influence shotmaking. At an elevation of 7,925 feet, the front nine plays through rolling terrain where native sagebrush is abundant and the back nine plays along valley wetlands and wildlife habitat. Each hole and the Grand Elk Grille have breathtaking Continental Divide vistas. Rather than the usual golf cart, why not try one of Grand Elk GolfBoards for a twist on your round? Grand Lake Golf Course (1415 Co Rd 48, Grand Lake): This is classic and quintessential Rocky Mountain golf at its best. Grand Lake’s beautifully maintained course designed by Dick Phelps with rolling fairways and subtle greens surrounded by lodgepole pines, aspens, and colorful native flora, offers a world-class setting with panoramic views of snow-capped mountains even into July and also Rocky Mountain National Park. Moose, elk, deer, fox, chipmunks, and squirrels are often spectators during a round and add to a memorable, unique mountain golf experience.

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The course is located minutes from the quaint mountain town, Grand Lake, complete with its wooden boardwalks where you can browse the shops and galleries, dine at a variety of restaurants, and then take in an evening play at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre. When not enjoying the splendor of Grand Links’ four courses, there are endless other summer activities to enjoy while in Grand County - alpine slide rides and other family-fun at Winter Park Resort, water sports on the lakes near Grand Lake, hiking and mountain biking on over 600 miles of trails, fishing the Fraser and Colorado Rivers, horseback riding to the top of the Continental Divide, hot air balloon rides overlooking the Fraser River Valley and Rocky Mountains, scenic drives and hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park, shopping in the towns of Grand Lake and Winter Park, and spectacular dining, ranging from casual to fine dining, throughout the county. Might you be looking for lodging during your getaway? You can stay in a beautiful course-side condo or a townhome, cabin, or luxury home in any of the nearby towns of Winter Park, Granby or Grand Lake. To learn more about Grand Links’ four courses, how to book your tee times, golf events, and lodging options, visit the Grand Links’ websit at www.GolfGrandLinks.com. D


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Raccoon Creek Golf Course, a Colorado Original By Rhett McEmma DIVOT Contributing Writer It’s not a secret Denver, its metroplex, and even its outskirts, have an abundance of really nice public golf courses. It would be silly to try and rank them all in an objective way. Will your lineup be based on beauty, amenities, convenience, playability? Regardless of the criteria, Raccoon Creek Golf Course, 7301 West Bowles Avenue, south of Denver, in Littleton, deserves a spot on the list. Raccoon Creek Golf Course is a privately owned public course which even 36 years after its opening is still thought by some to be a country club. In some ways the confusion is understandable. As soon as you turn off of Bowles Avenue onto the property, you’re heading down a tree lined path where suddenly you’ve lost sight of the suburban setting you'd just been navigating and now

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you’ve been transported onto a 19th century Colorado farm, or ranch, with multiple small outbuildings, a granary, oh look there’s a barn, and ranch hands and...wait, those aren’t ranch hands, those are golfers? The golf course, designed in 1982 by acclaimed golf architect, Dick Phelps was built on land with a Colorado history dating back to 1878 when the state’s eventual 3rd Governor, James B. Grant, purchased the property to use as a gun and sporting club. Since then the property has been farmed and ranched, there was even a time the land was used to stable race horses, including its most famous guest, Granville, the 1936 horse of the year and grandson of the legendary, Man Of War. Phelps task was to embrace this beautiful, pastoral, piece of property that possessed gorgeous scenic views and was already home to multiple ponds, lakes, trees, and the meanderSummer Issue 2019

ing, Coon Creek, and to use all of those tools to create a test of golf usable for all levels of golfer, but still noticeably more challenging than most public courses. Success! Because of the inherent beauty of its surroundings Raccoon Creek has long been a favorite site for weddings, parties, and special events. Committed to upgrades to all of the facilities over the

past 5 years, Raccoon Creek has taken another step towards becoming a truly top notch choice for all kinds of private, company, and corporate, outings. The revamping of the The Barn has given General Manager, Don Allen, and all of his awesome staff at Raccoon Creek, an ability to offer a really unique option to those in need of event accommodations, which can be held both inside and out, or a combination thereof. Rac-


Cover Feature coon Creek is now a premier spot for weddings, their receptions, and all other such important gatherings. In addition to The Barn, Raccoon Creek’s new clubhouse which opened last year, offers The Farmhouse, an intimate bar and restaurant, which in reality can accommodate not just the 19th hole crowd, but gatherings of up to 100 people indoors and enough covered patio for a few hundred more. This gives Raccoon Creek the ability to provide top notch accommodations and lend their expert experience to tournaments of all levels, as well as parties, meetings, classes, etc. Virtual guided tours, along with all kinds of pertinent information about these fabulous facilities is available at TheBarn@RaccoonCreek.com As for the golf course, it’s a tough par 72 track that plays 7007 yards from the tips (the black tees). It’s just under 6500 yards from the blues, and just shy of 6000 yards from the whites. The red tees are 5122 yards. A nice feature certain to cause problems with those silly golf egos are ‘Tee Recommendations’ on the score card. Those who know a lot better than us ask the men whose handicaps are scratch up to a 5 to play

the black tees, 7-12 the blues, 13 and over the white tees. Ladies recommendations are for golfers who play scratch up to a 10 handicap to play the whites, 11 and over the reds. These are merely recommended, and who among us doesn’t know more than a couple of golfers whose egos wouldn’t allow them to follow these sensible suggestions? But with Raccoon Creek, unless you have a lot of course knowledge you might want to pay attention to the guide. Also very helpful are the top notch GPS systems on all of the golf

carts. They provide all kinds of accurate, valuable information on very easy to read screens. You can really get spoiled by these quiet little caddies. There will certainly be an abundance of water and sand hazards throughout your journey around Raccoon Creek, but the course always offers bail out opportunities where they are needed. However to really attack you’ve got to know the smaller, harder to reach, and harder to hit areas of the fairways. The places that give you the best, some-

times only chance to go at the pin from. The greens have lots of fun undulation making them tough to get it close, and often very tough to stay below the hole. They can be tricky to read. All that being said it is a very fair course. You will be rewarded for good shots, and likely be punished for bad ones. Sometimes though when you’re out there on Raccoon Creek one of the toughest things you have to fight is paying attention to your game. It’s just one of those places where at times you can be distracted by the surroundings. Besides the presence of history with all the old buildings scattered throughout the property, the beauty of the layout working its way around the lakes and back and forth across the creek there are also the vistas. Often throughout the round you’ll find yourself staring off in multiple directions, amazed at how the town shrunk, almost disappeared. It’s like your just relaxing in a beautiful pasture surrounded by mountains. Raccoon Creek is definitely one of those few courses where you can struggle to keep your game together the entire round and still have a really enjoyable time. Add a happy, helpful staff to this outstanding operation and it’s easy to see why things are so unique at Raccoon Creek. D

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Colorado's longest running golf publication! Serving the Colorado golf community for more than 27 years, DIVOT Magazine is your Guide to Gol...

DIVOT Magazine Summer Issue 2019  

Colorado's longest running golf publication! Serving the Colorado golf community for more than 27 years, DIVOT Magazine is your Guide to Gol...

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