Colorado National Golf Club
Absolutely LOVE the lay-out, but...
This is a spectacular course with wonderful views, minimal "target golf" and no real gimmicky holes. Unfortunately, it has a bad reputation for slow play and, even worse, we witnessed why first-hand, taking almost a full 3 hours to play 9 holes!
There was nobody on the first tee when we checked in for a late Friday afternoon tee time, but we quickly found ourselves waiting on just about every shot on every hole from 2 through 9. The bottleneck started when the group in front of us appeared "out of nowhere" from the ladies' tee box on the 2nd hole - one that you can't even see from the men's tee boxes.
The fairways were in very good shape - no surprise there, considering the unusual spring and early summer weather. The rough however, was TOO rough, having been allowed to grow too high, in my opinion. It's tough enough to hit out of when it's mowed shorter, but the height of the grass made it too difficult to even find golf balls and just contributed further, I'm sure, to the slow pace of play.
Lastly, I don't know what the heck "happened" to the greens, especially at a course that was once rated very highly among Colo. facilities and also chosen by CU as its home venue. I can only suspect that they mowed them too short at some point (perhaps for a collegiate event last fall?) and they never fully recovered. We had a great recent growing season, but maybe it's been TOO wet? Regardless, the greens are sanded and rolled in an attempt to keep them faster and truer. I don't mind the patches of "Poa" grass, but unfortunately, they're among the only really "green" spots left on the greens.
I will continue playing this course on occasion, as it can be a somewhat challenging lay-out, is affordable and is also conveniently located. However, our recent round there convinced me not to consider their semi-private membership, based primarily on the slow play and the condition of the greens. Perhaps I'll reconsider next year if they can improve the slow play situation. They absolutely have to fix the greens, though, or else a once-great track will continue to approach pedestrian status.
July 24, 2015
A bit disappointed
It's obvious this course is geared more on its "membership" than the general public. Staff did not seem to care whether you were there or not. Tee time management was poor. The fairways and general course were in very good shape, but the greens were not in good shape at all. I'll if course go back eventually, but more because of the location and views.
July 21, 2015
I love this course. I checked in the golf shop and the pros were great! Giving us a hard time and being very funny. I asked if they had any visors and they only had a type I didn't like. The pro Matt said hang on and walked in the back. He came out with a brand new black Nike visor and said here ya go. I said how much and he said go ahead and have it. I then said I forgot to get range balls and he gave me a bucket. This was by far the best experience I have had in a golf shop in 25 years of playing golf. Guys were so nice!!! Course was in good shape and we had a blast. One of my favorites for sure...Thanks for a great day!!!
July 19, 2015
Great course and Golf Now app saved us $
Great course. However there should have been a marshal on the course as we were a twosome that followed a five some and caught up with them on #10 and waited on every shot on back nine. Never saw a marshal the whole round.
Great clubhouse too.
July 18, 2015
I should've been paid for all the ads I watched
Charities on holes for a regular round? Way to many advertisements on the GPS in the cart. I will not play this course again for $40. The greens were terrible and the advertising was enough to make me tell the marshal I didn't appreciate it. Walk if you go and don't pay more than $25.
July 17, 2015
A Great Guest Experience
Two friends and I were in town for a conference and found the great deal CNGC offers after 4 PM. The course was an extremely great value for what we paid. It was in great shape, and the rain quit just as we parked the car. With a great variety of tee boxes, CNGC provided a challenging, yet playable course for an average player like myself. I did my usual damage, but my buddy was on course for an 85 or better when we finished 16. We had a group that was a little slow in front of us, and there were a few greens that needed attention. Other than that, I highly recommend a round at Colorado National!
July 13, 2015
Great Value, nice course
Excellent value for a top tier Denver metro course. A few of the greens were a little beat up, but other than that the course was in great shape. Pro shop guys were ok, but the F&B girls (bar and cart) were awesome!
July 8, 2015
Great course but slow slow slow
This was my third time playing Colorado National and the third time that we had a painfully slow round. This time our round took 5.5 hours...and we had a 9:09 tee time. How did they get so backed up so quickly?? The course was in great shape but until they can figure out how to manage the pace, we won't be back.
July 4, 2015