2015 CAGGYs: Public and Resort Winners

Did Your Favorite Course Win a CAGGY? Does a Bear Dance in the Woods?

Best Denver Region Course

Reader’s Choice
1. The Golf Club at Bear Dance, Larkspur
2. Colorado National Golf Club, Erie
3. The Ridge at Castle Pines North, Castle Pines

Staff Picks*
Bear Dance
Green Valley Ranch Golf Club, Denver
The Ridge at Castle Pines North

Pictured: Bear Dance

Pictured: Colorado National


Best Front Range/Northeast Course

Reader’s Choice

1. Mariana Butte Golf Course, Loveland
2. Pelican Lakes Golf & Country Club, Windsor
3. Highland Meadows Golf Course, Windsor

Staff Picks*
The Golf Club at Fox Acres, Red Feather Lakes
Mariana Butte
Pelican Lakes

Pictured: Mariana Butte

Pictured: Fox Acres


Best Mountain Course

Reader’s Choice
1. Pole Creek Golf Club, Winter Park
2. Red Sky Golf Club (Fazio), Wolcott
3. The Raven at Three Peaks, Silverthorne

Staff Picks
Keystone Ranch Golf Course, Keystone
Red Sky (Fazio)
Red Sky (Norman), Wolcott

Pictured: Pole Creek Golf Club

Pictured: Keystone Ranch


Best Southern Course (Colorado Springs and Below)

Reader’s Choice
1. The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs
2. Walking Stick Golf Course, Pueblo
3. Four Mile Ranch Golf Course

Staff Picks
The Broadmoor
Country Club of Colorado, Co. Springs
Walking Stick

Pictured: Country Club of Colorado


Best Western Slope Course

Reader’s Choice
1. The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa, Grand Junction
2. Dalton Ranch Golf Club, Durango
3. Lakota Canyon Ranch Golf Club, New Castle

Staff Picks
The Bridges Golf & Country Club, Montrose
Lakota Canyon
Redlands Mesa

Pictured: Redlands Mesa

Pictured: Dalton Ranch


Best Environmental Stewardship Course

Reader’s Choice
1. Bear Dance
2. Applewood Golf Course, Golden
T-3. Pole Creek
T-3. The Broadmoor

Staff Picks
Green Valley Ranch
Haymaker Golf Course, Steamboat Springs
The Heritage Golf Course at Westmoor, Westminster

Pictured: The Golf Club at Bear Dance

Pictured: Haymaker Golf Course


Best Ego-Booster

Reader’s Choice
1. Red Hawk Ridge, Castle Rock
2. Park Hill Golf Course, Denver
3. Applewood

Staff Picks
Aurora Hills Golf Course, Aurora
City Park Golf Course, Denver
Willis Case Golf Course, Denver

Pictured: Red Hawk Ridge


Best Practice Facility

Reader’s Choice
1. Colorado National
2. Green Valley Ranch
3. Broken Tee Golf Course, Englewood

Staff Picks
Colorado National
Green Valley Ranch
Murphy Creek Golf Course, Aurora

Pictured: Green Valley Ranch


Best Bet-Settler (18th Hole)

Reader’s Choice
1. Colorado National
2. Green Valley Ranch
3. Bear Dance

Staff Picks
Fossil Trace Golf Club, Golden
Green Valley Ranch
The Ridge at Castle Pines North

Pictured: The Ridge at Castle Pines


Best Conditions (Public)

Reader’s Choice
1. Colorado National
2. Bear Dance
3. Riverdale Golf Courses, Brighton

Staff Picks
Colorado National
Green Valley Ranch
The Ridge at Castle Pines North

Pictured: Colorado National

Pictured: Riverdale


Best Conditions (Resort)

Reader’s Choice
1. The Broadmoor (East)
2. Red Sky (Norman)
3. Omni Interlocken Golf Club, Broomfield

Staff Picks
The Broadmoor (East)
Red Sky (Fazio)
The River Course at Keystone, Keystone

Pictured: The River Course at Keystone


Best for Families

Reader’s Choice
1. Colorado National
2. Broken Tee
T-3. CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora
T-3. S. Suburban/Family Sports, Centennial

Staff Picks
Family Sports
Green Valley Ranch
The Greg Mastriona Courses at Hyland Hills, Westminster

Pictured: CommonGround Golf Course


Best Course for Women

Reader’s Choice
1. Colorado National
2. Heritage Eagle Bend Golf Club, Aurora
3. Applewood

Staff Picks
Applewood
Homestead at Fox Hollow, Lakewood
Willis Case

Pictured: Applewood Golf Course


Best Après-Golf Experience

Reader’s Choice
1. Colorado National
2. The Broadmoor
3. Pole Creek

Staff Picks
Bear Dance
Fossil Trace
The Ridge at Castle Pines North

Pictured: A Masters-worthy spread at The Master's Restaurant, Colorado National


Best Food

Reader’s Choice
1. Colorado National
2. Broadmoor
3. Bear Dance

Staff Picks
The Bridges
Colorado National
Keystone Ranch, Keystone

> Best Public Golf Course Food (Staff Pick), The Bridges golf & Country Club

At The Bridges in Montrose, it’s hard to compete with the snow-capped panoramas of the San Juans, but the fare at the club’s Remington’s Restaurant comes close. Executive Chef Roberta Masden and Food and Beverage manager Rick Crippen have stylishly bridged casual and fine dining with an award-winning wine list paired with such culinary chefs d’oeuvre as Pistachio Pork Tenderloin with Rosemary Peach sauce (below), Smoked Duck Crepes in cherry brandy and an ever-evolving menu of locally sourced game, beef and lamb, freshwater fish and farm-fresh vegetables. Tasty. montrosebridges.com

Pictured: The Bridges


Best Wedding/Party Venue

Reader’s Choice
1. Arrowhead Golf Club, Littleton
2. Colorado National
3. Broadmoor

Staff Picks
Inverness Golf Club, Englewood
Keystone Ranch
Lake Valley Golf Club, Niwot

Pictured: A wedding at Arrowhead Golf Club


Best Value

Reader’s Choice
1. Riverdale
2. CommonGround
3. Colorado National

Staff Picks
Heritage Eagle Bend
Saddle Rock Golf Course, Aurora
Wellshire Golf Course, Denver

Pictured: Heritage Eagle Bend


Best to Walk

Reader’s Choice
1. Applewood
2. City Park
3. CommonGround

Staff Picks
Aurora Hills
Indian Peaks Golf Course, Lafayette
Lone Tree Golf Club, Lone Tree


Best On-Course Views

Reader’s Choice
1. Arrowhead
2. Pole Creek
3. Bear Dance

Staff Picks
The Club at Cordillera – Summit Course, Edwards
The River Course at Keystone
Redlands Mesa

Pictured: A fox spotted at Arrowhead Golf Club


Best Wildlife Experience

Reader’s Choice
1. Arrowhead Golf Club
2. Bear Dance
3. Estes Park Golf Club, Estes Park

Staff Picks
Breckenridge Golf Club, Breckenridge
Pole Creek
Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club, Steamboat Springs

Pictured: Breckenridge Golf Club


Best Course for Seniors

Reader’s Choice
1. Heritage Eagle Bend
2. Colorado National
3. Applewood

Staff Picks
Heather Gardens Golf Club, Aurora
Heritage Eagle Bend
Indian Tree Golf Course, Arvada


Best Charity Tournament Venue

Reader’s Choice
1. Colorado National
2. Arrowhead
T-3. Bear Dance
T-3. The Ridge at Castle Pines North

Staff Picks
Colorado National
Green Valley Ranch
Omni Interlocken

Pictured: Omni Interlocken


Best Service

Reader’s Choice
1. Broadmoor
2. Colorado National
3. Pole Creek

Staff Picks
Bear Dance
Beaver Creek Golf Club, Beaver Creek
Red Hawk Ridge

Pictured: Beaver Creek Golf Club


Most Underrated Course

Reader’s Choice
1. Heritage Eagle Bend
2. Dalton Ranch
3. Pole Creek

Staff Picks
Lone Tree
Red Hawk Ridge
Sonnenalp Golf Club, Edwards

Pictured: Sonnenalp Golf Club


Best Pace of Play

Reader’s Choice
1. Vail Golf Club, Vail
2. Fox Hollow Golf Course, Lakewood
3. Green Valley Ranch

Staff Picks
Fossil Trace
The Olde Course, Loveland
Vail Golf Club

> Best Pace of Play (Reader's Choice), Vail Golf Club

“Our motto is, ‘Play in 4:07 so you can enjoy the rest of your day.’” So says Vail’s PGA Director of Golf Alice Plain, who five years ago instituted a counteroffensive against slow play. Faced with five-hour rounds, Plain hired renowned pace-of-play consultant Bill Yates, who said instituting certain practices would cut an hour off the length of a round. Every 10 minutes, the starter explains the expectation, and two marshals enforce it. The pace applies to walkers, riders and Golf Bikers. The only exception, cartpath- only, changes the allotted time to 4:25. Vail’s five-month season now sees nearly 5,000 rounds per month. vailrec.com/vail-golf-club

Pictured: Vail Golf Club


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