Legacy Ridge

DENVER, CO - This course has been rated as the most difficult public course in the Denver area. It has a slope rating of 144 from the back tees (137 from the blues). The high handicapper may find it a bit intimidating but the course is in beautiful shape and has several challenging holes.

The native grass areas are not as deep as last year because of the lack of rain but the fairways and greens are magnificent. If you can hit the ball fairly straight, stay out of the native grass and wetlands areas, you are almost guaranteed a delightful experience...and a good score.

It is a links-style layout and most of the fairways are lined with single family homes. New home construction is in full swing in several areas adjacent to the course and the earth-moving machinery around Nos. 10 & 11 can be a little distracting.

The Front Nine

No 1 is a blind hole (you can't see the green from the tee) but it is straight-away with a second shot that is downhill to the green. The second hole has a wide fairway that slopes to the left and a bunker on the right. If your second shot is left or long of the green you will need to go for your sand wedge.

No. 3 is a straight, uphill, 495-yard par five that might produce a birdie if you can stay out of the bunkers at about 260 and in front of the green.

The next hole is a par three with water to the right of the green and fairway. Long-ball hitters will want to use care in club selection on the No. five tee since you can't see the pond straight-away that protects the left front of the green.

No. 6 is probably the most challenging hole on the course. It is a blind, 562-yard par five with a slight dog leg left and a large, willow-lined irrigation ditch about 280 yards out. The key to getting a good score here is placing your tee shot in the landing area in front of the gap in the willow bushes and far enough back to facilitate a reasonably low trajectory on your second shot.

You can try to carry the ditch but if you hit it straight, there's big trouble in the other side. The dog leg occurs right at the ditch so your only hope is a slight hook between two large cottonwood trees. Bunkers to the right front and far side of the green and the ditch on the left make the need for a precise approach shot essential.

If you survived No 6, No. 7 is your reward. It is another blind hole but if you aim for the house straight-away the fairway begins to funnel toward the green after you go over the hill and you should end up with a short pitch onto the large oblong green. (Be careful to assure that the group ahead of you is clear because you can't see them from the tee once they drop over the hill.)

No. 8 is a short par three with large cottonwood trees on the left and a slight undulation in the green that makes pin placement a critical factor.

No. 9 is another blind hole and again, from the tee you can't see the lake that is in front on the club house and to the right of the green. Aim for large cottonwood tree to the left of the clubhouse but don't hit it over the crest of the hill.

The terrain slopes rather steeply to the lake about beginning 280 yards out. The green slopes toward the lake and if you have to come out of the bunker to the left of the green count on significant roll...in my case, into the lake.

-- Don Grover

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