Pelican Lakes Golf Course: A New Must-Play in Windsor

By Lynn Zmistowski, Contributor

Pelican Lakes in Windsor is still another great new golf course in Colorado. I believe Pelican (like Ptarmigan) will eventually be private so you should all take the opportunity to play Pelican Lakes while it is still open to the public.

If you go

You can get there very easily,.. I-25 North to Exit 162 (Windsor). Drive past Ptarmigan to Windsor. Turn right at the 2nd stop-light (7th Street) and go for about a mile to a 4 way stop. Turn left and then right through the houses to the clubhouse and course.

Pelican Lakes has an interesting clubhouse made of logs. It looks very handsome and except for the mixed grill not taking advantage of the beautiful views, it is a pretty nice clubhouse. The professional golf staff at Pelican Lakes is exceptional. They are very friendly, very helpful, and very accommodating. When you call to make a starting time (or even when you have to cancel your time) you can expect a friendly voice. They actually act as if they are glad you have come to Pelican Lakes to play their golf course.

The golf course is great. It is a very well designed and laid out course. The holes have a lot of water (Pelican Lakes, get it? Lakes!) They have lakes and this big creek (if you can call a creek a water hazard that is about a 75 to 100 yard carry). In Minnesota we call creeks that wide, rivers. At any rate, Pelican Lakes has water on 15 of the holes. You don't always have to play over water, many of the hole have lateral water, but if you are wild, you better take a long a lot of balls.

The fairways are generous, probably 40 yards wide. There is very good bunkering. The greens are very interesting, perfect condition and stimp about 9 feet. I think the golf course is a lot of fun to play as well as one of the more challenging courses in Colorado. From the back tees it is 7219 and forward 5266. There are 4 sets of tees.

The women will have a little difficulty with #9 and #18 because the carry over the creek (river) is about 100 yards. #9 and #18 are fantastic holes and when the bets are pressed, they will definitely get your attention.

Pelican Lakes is hosting the Colorado Women's Golf Association State Stroke Play this week (July 17, 18, 19) and they are part of running a very first class women's state tournament. The course is ready to play, everything perfect. They haven't stuck a bunch of 4-somes out ahead of the tournament, they have really made the CWGA feel welcome.

Pelican Lakes is also in the top 5 of Colorado best new courses. Only problem for me is, there are about 10 courses in the top 5!!!! So many great courses, green fees around $30, we are so lucky in Colorado!!! Definitely set up a game, get a time, and enjoy a round at Pelican Lakes.

Lynn Zmistowski, Contributor

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