Gypsum Creek gets golf season rolling
GYPSUM, Colorado – Please don’t call it that.
Yes, we’re guilty to of it too, but the point is that a lot of work has gone into making the Pete Dye golf course in Gypsum, well, the Gypsum Creek Golf Club, which has all 18 holes open.
“It feels like we’re able to move with momentum,” Gypsum Creek general manager Matt Hanson said. “We finished last year on a real positive note. We’ve been able to work on the course, and we’re in a groove.”
While the course had 70 walk-ups Tuesday, technically Gypsum Creek didn’t close this winter with some diehards giving it a go when the winter abated enough.
Either way bring your sticks and be ready to use all of them. On some holes, especially on the front nine, it’s best to stow the driver off the tee. This is Pete Dye, after all.
Do bring out the big dog for No. 4 where Gypsum Creek gets going in earnest. It’s a 497-yard, par-5 from the brown tees, the men’s boxes, and it’s all uphill.
This starts the trip up to the mesa, which is the course’s most demanding stretch of holes. The par-4 fifth (361 yards from the browns) is an intimidating tee shot with water guarding the fairway. Said landing area looks very small from the tees, but, trust us, it’s there. The key on this hole is to get to your “happy” distance for an approach to what has to be one of the smallest greens on the course. Again, driver might not be the best bet for most.
No. 6 is a beast. At some courses, you can debate what is the No. 1 handicap on the card. Not at Gypsum Creek. This 547-yarder is a true three-shot (or more) par-5. This is a tight hole framed by sagebrush which is generally not your friend. Do start your shots a bit right because the fairway has a right-to-left slant to it. When in doubt, hit the club you feel most confident in hitting straight, and just get off this hole without a big number.
Seven is dogleg right par-4. Do note the pin position on this two-tiered green. Life can get pretty interesting with the putter here.
Golfers exit the mesa in grand style with the par-3 eighth. Drop-shot par-3s are the signature of local golf and Gypsum Creek does not disappoint here. Watch the wind from the right and the general rule is to club down two here.
The front nine finishes with a flourish with a long par-four – 443 yards. The good news is that there are scoring opportunities on the back.
Be mindful of hazards coming into play on 10 and 11 off the tee, although the former is a birdie opportunity if played right. The back also has two grip-it-and-rip-it par-5s in 13 and 16 with wide fairways and the wind usually at one’s back.
The course ends with one of Hanson’s favorite holes, the par-3, 17th, which is framed by the mesa in back and water left.
It’s a great hole, sitting by the lake,” Hanson said. “I like catching it in the evening when the wind is dying down. When the sun is setting behind the mesa, it’s just beautiful.”
The home hole is a classic risk-reward par-4. If your drive is true, definitely go for the green, which is guarded by Gypsum Creek. If not, take your medicine.
Through April 30, greens fees are $32 with cart. High-season rates range from $49-55 per round. … Gypsumcreekgolf.com has season pass information. … New bridges from hole Nos. 2-4 are being installed as well to avoid big snow melt in the early season. … Call 970-524-6200 for tee times.