Hollydot GC: From Relative Obscurity to Infamy

By Joe E. Cervi, Contributor

COLORADO CITY -- One of the most relaxing 18-hole championship golf courses in Colorado is better known nationally than right here in its own state.

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Hollydot Golf Course has been recognized by both Golf Digest and USA Today in recent publications. It's 7,003 yards of links, lakes and lovely views that most Colorado golfers have never even heard of.

Hollydot is located 26 miles south of Pueblo. It is right off Interstate 25 and the small amount of travel time is easily forgotten once a player steps from the pro shop onto the first tee box.

Hollydot isn't a resort course like Grandote or the Great Sand Dunes. It isn't even an upscale public course like Walking Stick. It is, however, a good test of golf that treats the average player to above average scenery. A few miles from the Greenhorn Valley and San Isable National Forest, fabulous views and native wildlife are abundant. So is a course almost always in impeccable condition.

This course is for golfers of all abilities. Strong players, mid-handicappers and beginners are all tested.

The first hole plays 429 yards and there are out-of-bounds stakes that line the right side of the hole from start to finish. Two of the four par-3s can play longer than 220 yards and players must navigate over a lake on a third. Players may select to hit irons off the tee on several par-4s and even the first par-5.

The signature hole is No. 17. The par-5 measures 560 yards and players hit from a series of elevated tee boxes to a receptive fairway. Bold players, and those who think they are, may attempt to reach the green in two. But the out-of-bounds right and the thick native brush to the left of the green make many golfers pay for their greediness.

What sets Hollydot above other courses in the area -- and apparently in the nation -- is its value. For as low as $21, players may play 18 holes with a cart. Golf Digest ranked the course the fourth-best value -- in the nation -- for public play. USA Today then asked the magazine to recommend a single course in each state for value -- and Hollydot was the publication's choice for Colorado's.

Singles, groups and tournaments are welcome at Hollydot and the pro shop staff treats every player like family. PGA teaching professional Prim Ivan and assistants Jim Montalbano and Greg Bailey are the rare exception to most municipal staffs. For one thing, these guys smile. All the time. They also don't mind (at least they act like they don't mind) listening to some hack's story about how he just hit the purest 2-iron of his life on No. 5.

Another couple of reasons for Hollydot's recent recognition -- it is always in great shape and players can get on just about any time.

Hollydot also offers an additional nine holes called the West Course. It, too, is a nice track, but the small maintenance staff lends most of its attention, and equipment, to the 18-hole course.

The pro shop is full service, but the restaurant really isn't. It serves hot dogs, burritos, beers and soft drinks. Then again, that's all you really need now, isn't it?

For more information and tee times, call the pro shop at (719) 676-3341. They'll be happy to hear from you. And you'll be happy to return. Soon.

Joe E. Cervi, Contributor

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