Lakota Canyon Ranch Golf Club
Head pro Tom Underwood and the Lakota Canyon Ranch Golf Club staff are aiming for a top-10 ranking among Colorado’s public golf courses.
It’s a lofty goal, but Lakota Canyon, tentatively slated to open May 28, certainly has a good start in designer Jim Engh.
Engh, Golf Digest’s Architect of the Year for 2003, is arguably the hottest designer in the country and shooting just for the top 10 in Colorado may be beneath him. Golf Digest awarded Engh-designed courses national awards of Best New Affordable Public in 2001 (Redlands Mesa, Grand Junction), Best New Upscale Public in 2002 (Tullymore Golf Club, Stanwood, Mich.) and Best New Private in 2003 (The Club at Black Rock, Coeur de’Alene, Idaho).
Engh is a master of incorporating the natural features of the landscape into his designs, and Lakota Canyon’s 7,111-yard tract is no different.
Located in New Castle, the course borders BLM land and offers breathtaking views of Storm King Mountain and the Colorado River valley.
“What he’s done is he’s made a beautiful area into a beautiful golf course, Underwood said. “Every single hole is different and it’s definitely an experience. (Golfers) will remember every hole.”
The most memorable hole on the course may be No. 16. The hole doglegs right and players must clear a small canyon off an elevated tee, then avoid the green-side bunker. The hole does offer a little forgiveness for those who overshoot the green with a large mound on the back side.
While the course will be challenging to any golfer, it plays differently from each of the four tee boxes, making it friendly to all skill levels, according to Underwood.
And for those golfers into gadgets, the carts feature a GPS uplink system that gives a diagram of the hole and yardage.
Golf attire is required and fees are $75 before 2 p.m. and $65 after 2 p.m.