Omni Interlocken Golf Course in Broomfield, Colorado: North Denver's luxury golf resort
BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- A day of pampering and golf awaits you at the Omni Interlocken Resort.
The Omni is the first luxury resort in north Denver, located just outside of Boulder, featuring a 27-hole (par 72) championship golf course and full-service spa. Once you step into Omni's world, you'll never settle for less.
After you drop your clubs off at the entrance, they magically reappear at your golf cart. Omni's golf carts are some of the classiest I've seen -- complete with a pull-down canopy on the back. Golf cart amenities include sending you out with free water and players' assistance carts replenishing your water along the course, as needed.
A fully landscaped driving range and putting and chipping greens are located just south of the clubhouse at Omni's 12-acre practice facility. The clubhouse, pro shop, and Fairway's Restaurant and Bar welcome the visitor with rustic decor.
With more than 400 feet in elevation changes, the Omni Interlocken Resort golf courses offers panoramic views of the Colorado Rockies, the Front Range of Pike's Peak in the South, Long's Peak in the North, and views of downtown Denver and the eastern plains. The terrain consists of gently rolling hills stretching out over 300 acres of fairways with added challenges in 2,200 trees. Landing areas are generous and multi-tiered.
Each nine carries a name: Vista, Eldorado and Sunshine. Any 18-hole combination will net you total course yardage of 5,100 to 7,100 yards and a choice of five levels of difficulty. I had the privilege of playing a round on the Vista and Sunshine courses.
I found this course extremely woman friendly with yardages creating reachable birdies and probable pars for the long driver. However, don't let those numbers fool you. The course with its rolling hills, bunkers, and elevation will give every player a challenge.
Vista Nine was the beginning of my game. Hole 1 is an uphill, 427-yard par 4 with a generous landing area for short and long drives alike. You'll find thick grass on the right and trees to the left. Stay on the fairway for this dogleg right with a high, soft approach to the green.
Omni has several "featured" holes and Vista's second hole, a par 3 at 183 yards, is one of those beauties. This hole challenges the player to carry a 40-yard watery ravine just in front of the green. Placing the ball between the front fringe and the pin, or putting from behind the hole toward the front of the green, will give you a challenging two putt.
Vista's Hole 4 is considered by many to be Omni's signature hole. This hole offers views of the Denver Skyline, Flatirons of Boulder, and Pikes Peak, which is 75 miles to the southwest on this relatively straight, long uphill true Par 5-hole with 565 yards of drive ahead of you.
Hole 6 gives golfers an elevated tee with a par 4. At 213 yards from the forward tees, this a birdie in the making and an opportunity to like the game again. But beware! Bunkers protect the front of the green on the left. Too far left is big trouble with deep grass.
Hole 9 can make or break your Vista round with its difficult par 4 at 433 yards. Even with a good drive in the middle of the fairway, you're still left with the decision to lay up or shoot for the green. An errant shot to the right is less than forgiving and the multi-tiered green makes two putting a challenge.
The Sunshine 9 offers as many enticing views as Vista. My favorite was Hole 4 -a par 4 measuring just 337 yards from the back tees. The green is difficult to reach from the tee with bunkers along the fairway on both sides. Water and thick grass guard the left of the fairway and front of the green on this dogleg left hole. Proper club selection from the tee is necessary to set up the correct approach shot over the ravine to the severely sloped green. Missing the green is a test for anyone's short game -- not to mention a test for patience.
Sunshine's sixth is a long, fairly straight par 5 with bunkers protecting it on the side and surrounding the green. Long and straight drives will do well here.
The Sunshine nine ends with a great finishing hole at 540 yard par 5. The blind tee shot is best played right to left. The hole is slightly downhill and reachable by most players. Playing long will get you in trouble with either a bunker that surrounds the entire green, or into the lake behind the clubhouse.
All in all, I have to say the Omni course offered the best views I've seen in metro Denver. Each hole was playable but still with plenty of challenge to keep the game far from tedious. The staff was far and above the friendliest and most knowledgeable.
February 2, 2012