Castle Rock has long capitalized on its location in one of the most glorious outdoor recreation spots in the world. But while skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports often claim the spotlight, the area’s golf courses sometimes have been overlooked.
That’s changing, and in a very big way.
The city and surrounding area boast several outstanding public and private courses, many of which are part of residential communities. The success of these shows that Castle Rock is not only a draw for traveling golfers, but for those who want to put down roots in a growing and dynamic community as well.
“Golf is definitely part of the lifestyle here,” says Greg Bright, membership director at The Club at Pradera, a course and community that opened in 2005. “People have always skied in the wintertime, but now they’re golfing in the summertime as well.”
Pradera’s course ranges from 4,500 yards to 7,300 yards and was designed by architect Jim Engh. It was set up to challenge players at every level, and does so through dramatic elevation changes and more.
“We’ve got some drops, one of which is more than 200 feet from tee box to the landing area,” Bright says. “But around here it’s just thrilling topography everywhere, and some amazing views from every tee.”
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Other courses in the area include The Country Club at Castle Pines, which offers a 7,400-yard Jack Nicklaus Signature Championship course as well as an 11-acre practice facility and comprehensive instruction program; The Pinery Country Club in Parker, which has wrapped up an $11 million renovation program that includes renovated bunker and green complexes as well as a new irrigation system on its 27-hole course; and the city’s own award-winning Red Hawk Ridge, another Jim Engh masterpiece where every inch of the 6,942-yard course tees up beautiful Front Range scenery.
With these and other courses seeing a brisk business during the golfing season, it’s no wonder that more people are coming into the area both as short-term visitors and new residents. Even the newest courses and communities haven’t seen much of a drop-off during the recent slow economy, which can only bode well for the sport’s future here, says Bright.
“Castle Rock continues to grow, and Parker continues to grow,” he says. “This is one of the top spots to live in the country as far as schools, sports, everything you can think of. We’re one of the newest private golf-club communities, and we’ve had a lot of momentum going for us. We think that’s going to continue into the future, and will be the case for everyone else around here as the area continues to see the growth of golf as a destination.”
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