Making the Grade

Ballyneal Golf & Hunt Club (Photo courtesy of Ballyneal)

Colorado golf courses and young instructors get national recognition.

By Jon Rizzi

Colorado AvidGolfer’s annual CAGGY Awards will appear later this month in our Spring issue, but that doesn’t mean Colorado courses and instructors aren’t getting national accolades.

In Golf magazine’s latest list of Top 100 Courses in the U.S., Ballyneal Golf & Hunt Club in Holyoke ranks 31st and Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village ranks 88th.


Broadmoor Golf Club's East Course in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Broadmoor Golf Club’s East Course in Colorado Springs, Colorado (Photo courtesy The Broadmoor)

Golfweek’s most recent ranking of the Top 200 Resort Courses in the U.S. puts Red Sky Golf Club’s Fazio Course at No. 64 and its Norman Course at 134. The Broadmoor’s East Course sits at 75 and its West Course at 170.

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Golfweek also rates the Top 200 Residential Courses in the U.S., placing Colorado Golf Club in Parker fifth and Castle Pines Golf Club in Castle Rock 12th.  The Mountain Course at Durango’s Glacier Club clocked in at 67, followed by Frost Creek Club in Eagle at 74 and Redlands Mesa Golf Club in Grand Junction at 82. The second 100 features The Club at Ravenna at 129, Aspen Glen in Carbondale at 134 and Cherry Creek Country Club in Denver coming in at 175.

Stefanie Ferguson (Photo courtesy LPGA)

On the instruction side, Golf Digest’s biennial list of Best Young Teachers in America appeared yesterday, with four Coloradans among the 160 instructors under the age of 40 years old selected.

Arranged alphabetically by region, rather than ranked, those who made the grade were Alexandra Braga of Denver Country Club, Bryan Collins of GolfTec Englewood, Stefanie Ferguson of Experience Golf at CommonGround in Aurora and Nathan Morris of GOLFTEC Westminster.

To see how these courses and instructors fared in the opinion of our readers and staff, watch for the Spring issue, out on or before February 17.

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