Final thoughts on Colorado Golf Club

Fred Couples hits a chip shot at Colorado Golf Club during the 2010 Senior PGA Championship.

Fred Couples hits a chip shot at Colorado Golf Club during the 2010 Senior PGA Championship.

PARKER, Colo. – Well, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw have done it again.

While I wouldn’t put Colorado Golf Club – their 3-year-old creation in the southeastern Denver suburbs – in the class of Sand Hills or (from what I’ve heard) Bandon Trails, there’s no question it is a marvelous test of golf skills.

But would I take a PGA Championship or Ryder Cup there? Sorry, but no.

First, either of those two events would require the construction of 12 or 15, maybe more, massive grandstands, which not only would look hideous on what is a stunning terrain of rolling countryside, but that kind of work also would require the removal of dozens of trees and swatches of native prairie, which would greatly contradict the minimalist philosophy of the course design itself. Additionally, in order to adequately move 35,000 or so spectators, a 20- to 25-yard-wide ribbon along each side of virtually every hole would have to be cleared and graded. Otherwise you’d need a first-aid tent at every hole to handle the number of twisted ankles that would be sustained.

Now, having said that, the LPGA made a fabulous move by deciding to take the 2013 Solheim Cup there because Colorado GC is a perfect venue for a match-play event. And the crowd at a Solheim Cup will be more than manageable.

The changes in momentum will be numerous and they will be stunning. Not only are there two driveable par 4s, offering the perfect risk-reward option for match play strategy, but it’s also easy for players to put themselves in birdie position and walk away with double bogey.

At the Senior PGA, for example, the par-3 second hole never played longer than 161 yards, yet Fred Couples was 0-for-4 trying to hit the green. In the course of the same round, Tom Kite failed to put his ball on the green from inside 20 feet /ITAL/twice/ITAL/. You had to see it to believe it.

Get your tickets as soon as they go on sale. The excitement will more than be worth the price of admission.

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