Boomerang Links Golf Course in Greeley: A taste of northeastern Colorado
GREELEY, Colo. -- Northeastern Colorado serves up a challenging course in Greeley's Boomerang Links Golf Course. Opening in 1992 and designed by Architect Bill Neff, this course is rather deceiving. Just because it isn't a Denver metro highly talked about course does not automatically rule this course out of the courses to be played. Boomerang is a public, 18-hole par 72 with a whopping 7,214 yards of space to beat around your golf ball.
If you're looking for a quiet and relatively straightforward golf game, Boomerang is not for you. Whether you are a pro or an amateur, the four tee choices will present enough challenge and enough opportunity to keep everyone happy. The forward tees are great for seniors or beginners with 5,285 yards, but again, don't let the numbers fool you.
The fairways are wide and open for the most part, but surprises can be found all along the way. Nearly every hole allows you to drink in a great view of the Front Range in a links style that can only be Colorado. The entire course boomerangs around a group of ponds and weaves around course obstacles.
The front nine will make you buckle down and concentrate on your game with its set of very competitive and challenging group of holes. Hole one is exemplary of the wide-open, deceiving fairways. A 427-yard par 4, this fairway slopes toward the lake on the right. You guessed it: A drive too far right will be pulled into the water and is typical of the surprises awaiting you at Boomerang. The greens increase the challenge by being wide and long.
Other challenges present at Boomerang are similar to those at Hole 4's 381-yard par 4. It's a parable hole if your drive plays left instead of right where fairway balls bounce without exception into the lake bordering the right fairway. If you make it through dry, watch the green as the lake fingers out onto the fairway in front of the green.
Tall buffalo grass waves in the wind taunting the errant golfer all along this links style course. Sure, it's wide open and seems to be smooth sailing, but any golfer that doesn't have a straight drive or subsequent shots may find themselves in the thick of a totally different problem. Like, where the heck did the ball go? And this time of year trudging through tall grass might dredge up rattlesnakes, instead of that evasive and expensive Pinnacle.
Boomerang Links Golf Course's back nine
The back nine holes continue your golf saga on this northern Colorado course. The tees are well manicured even for late June when I played, and the water and tall grass continue to test your game. Yet, the back nine isn't as challenging as the front. An opportunity for the golfer to make up for the extra strokes in the front.
Hole 10 begins much the same way as No. 1 with a par 4, wide and open fairway, but instead of water challenges, your drive is off a long tee box and the green is well guarded by bunkers. Hole 11 plays a short 400-yard par 4 with a good birdie opportunity. The downhill par 5 at Hole 12 is a straight drive and another birdie hole even with the bunkers short of the narrow green. A 349-yard par 4 at Hole 15 is driveable for long hitters. There are loads of opportunities on the back nine to come out with a good game, even if you flailed on the front nine.
The finishing hole is a straight tee shot to a narrow landing for a long par 5 and a long haul at 565 yards. No. 18 will pay you back for the easy ride you've gotten for the last few holes. This hole requires a straight tee shot to narrow landing. Errant balls will pay the price. Favor the left of the fairway on approach. The two-tiered green requires a precise and accurate shot, but still, this hole does give up another birdie opportunity.
The deck wraps around the backside of the clubhouse and offers a great view of the Northern Colorado Front Range and the golf course. While you're chatting about the great putt you made or the par that got away, you can enjoy your favorite food and beverage with family and friends.
Boomerang Links Golf Course, a short drive north of Denver in Greeley, is well worth the drive. See Greeley while you're here --there's more to it than the meat packing plant and there's as much to do here as in Denver, as only can be delivered in Greeley style.
July 1, 2002