Legacy Ridge: course rewards good sticks, tough for hacks

By Jamie Dawson, Contributor

For most players, Legacy Ridge will offer heroic opportunities on just about every shot. Opened in 1994 and designed by Arthur Hills, Legacy Ridge will test even the best of shotmakers.

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Legacy Ridge was built by the City of Westminster, and has been the host of some prestigious events. It has consistently received accolades as one of the best public courses in the state. However, with its length, forced carries from the tee, and hazards on every hole, beginners and higher handicappers might find that Legacy Ridge is too much golf course. But if you are up to the challenge, Legacy Ridge will both challenge and reward you.

The first three holes give you a taste of what you will expect for the rest of the day. The first tee, just a few feet from the clubhouse, sets up down the right side of a dogleg left. Like many Arthur Hills designs, the tee shot can be deceptive. There is out of bounds to the left, and the landing area is somewhat blind. The temptation is to bail to the right, but you need to hit a better tee shot than that. All of the first three holes demand excellent tee to green shotmaking.

The best hole on the front nine is the par 5 number six. It is a hole that can be reached with two solid shots, but a creek crosses the fairway about 265 yards from the tee. If you choose to reach the green in three or more shots, you will have plenty of room off the tee short of the creek, but your second shot will be blind. A gutsy tee shot down the right side will leave you the chance to go for the green in two.

The weakness of the course is holes eleven through thirteen. While these are the signature holes of the course, they are the weakest. Eleven is a par 5 that gives you no place to hit it, either off the tee, or on the second shot. Twelve is a par 3 with a creek just a few yards long of the green. Any of the railroad ties around the green might take a decent shot and deposit it in the creek. Thirteen is a short par 4, although picturesque, gives a player no room to play. A long iron off the tee will leave a mid or short iron into the green.

If you can get past these three holes, the remaining holes are old fashioned, in-your-face golf. Fourteen, played into the wind, is as long a par 4 as you might find. Sixteen is all you want in a par 3. Eighteen is a long, tight par 5 that will settle any bets.

The final green is nearby the parking lot, but I would highly recommend paying a visit to the clubhouse for an afternoon or evening beer. I stood up my girlfriend on our third date to enjoy the sunset from the porch. She didn't forgive me until two years later when she saw the clubhouse.

Legacy Ridge could charge just about anything they want. From the moment you drive on the property, everything is first class. That the fee is just Call 438-8997 for more information.

To get to Legacy Ridge, take 104th east from the US 36 or west from I-25. Turn north at Legacy Ridge Parkway.

RATINGS: (out of five)
Condition: ****
Pace: ****
Clubhouse: *****
Playability, 36 handicap or more: ***
Playability, 10-36: ****
Playability, 0-10: *****

The "Playability" categories are based on enjoyment. It measures how much we think you'll enjoy playing this course with your current handicap.

Jamie Dawson, Contributor

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