Westminster's Heritage at Westmoor Makes You Feel Lucky to Live in Colorado

By Lynn Zmistowski, Contributor

WESTMINSTER, Colo. - I am fortunate to have a lot of opportunities to play golf courses all over Colorado. I serve on the CWGA Course Rating Committee (that is the committee that assigns course ratings and slopes) and so I get to see a lot of the courses before they even open. And then I am fortunate to have a lot of friends and a husband that likes to play all the new courses and check out their facilities.

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Last week my friend, Joan Birkland, (past USGA Executive Women's Committee Chairman) had heard that Heritage at Westmoor, a new course in Westminster, was a good one so she arranged a game for four of us to play there.

The course just opened (Sept. 7) and the clubhouse was getting all the last installations done to it when we were there. I am constantly amazed how Colorado is acquiring some of the best golf courses we could ever ask for, and they are almost all affordable.

Heritage is easy to get to. Go to 108th Street going north on Wadsworth, turn west, and after 2 or 3 miles you see signs to the clubhouse. The clubhouse is very nice, the mixed grille takes advantage of the beautiful view of the 18th hole, the lake along the 18th hole and the beautiful Rocky Mtns. in the backdrop.

They have done a nice bar area in there for those of you who like that feature. The pro shop has very nice clothes selections. You only pay $31 green fees (plus cart, optional) Monday through Thursday and $36 on the weekends. And I have heard that is a “daily fee” – which means if you want to play more than 18, all you have to do is pay for the cart. The service at Heritage is second to none.

That is correct, for this very reasonable green fee priced course, the service is at the level of a high end resort. They don't have it all down pat yet, but they are definitely trying to give the “resort service” that we see at the more high-priced places like The Ridge at Castle Pines North.

What about the course? I have been saving the best for last. The course is fantastic. The holes are all fun and challenging.

The fairways are quite wide (I have noticed a lot of the new courses have very wide fairways (I am talking about 45 yard wide fairways compared to what the old courses typically have for fairway widths of 30). But if you are wilder than that, you will find bunkers (some very deep and similar to what you see in Scotland), Carnoustie grass (long and impossible to get out of), and water hazards. The greens are great and have some interesting features. There are plateaus so if you are simply on the green, you may have a very difficult task yet unless you are on the plateaus the hole is on.

I noticed several greens where the back of the green was lower than the front, so when the hole location is back there, it will definitely be difficult (I can see this course being a great one to host some USGA qualifiers and some CWGA and CGA tournaments). There are a couple holes that could be classified as “vanilla holes” but you are glad for them, gives you a chance to take a breather.

Heritage is a fantastic place to take clients, and it won't set you back near as much as it would at a lot of other places of this quality. Everything at Heritage is very nice, even the Head Pro and Director of Golf are great guys with friendly and helpful dispositions. They all make you feel important and like they want you for a customer. I like to go to places where the general attitude is like this.

I give Heritage a triple star (9 out of 10) because of the combination of very nice and challenging course, great clubhouse facility and great service for the price.

The Heritage at Westmoor
10555 Westmoor Drive
Westminster, Colorado 80030

Lynn Zmistowski, Contributor


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