Play Green Valley Ranch, Home of the CoBank Colorado Open, for as low as $39 (cart always included) as a 2018 Golf Passport Member!
[easyazon_infoblock align=”right” identifier=”B01BM5KN30″ locale=”US” tag=”coloradoavidg-20″]One of Colorado’s best golf facilities, Green Valley Ranch is located just east of Peña Boulevard off I-70. GVR has been home to the CoBank Colorado Open since 2004—long regarded as one of the best, if not the very best, state opens in the country, drawing former PGA TOUR, Nationwide and Web.com Tour players to its field.
From now until May 31, you can play one of the state’s finest courses for its lowest price with the Colorado AvidGolfer Golf Passport. That’s $39, Monday-Thursday after 12 p.m.; or $49, Friday-Sunday after 12 p.m..
Arguably Perry Dye’s best Colorado layout— Pete’s eldest son is also known for local courses like Riverdale, Glenmoor, and Plum Creek—GVR arduously tests every aspect of your game.
Long hitters are tasked with a course that stretches to nearly 7,500 yards at tournament length, while more finesse-oriented golfers have to navigate well-bunkered fairways and undulating greens at every turn. Dye’s design plays perfectly to the region the course is built in, requiring players to shape shots in all directions and trajectories. Be wary during the early summer months as wind gusts can wreak havoc on poorly played and timed golf shots.
Looking for a great place to bring the kids? Teach them the game and have some of the best coaches for kids in the state tutor your young player at The First Tee of GVR. This training ground is expansive and fun, allowing kids to hone their skills at Green Valley Ranch’s par-3 course as well as a massive practice facility.
Here’s a quick look at how to best play our favorite holes at Green Valley Ranch…
No. 7 – Par 4 – 338 yards
Your first truly gettable birdie opportunity comes at the seventh, where the green can be reached in one with a perfect drive that skirts the cottonwood overhanging the right side of the fairway. If you’re downwind, let it rip, but if there’s breeze coming back at the tee, longer hitters may choose to club down as to not get blocked out by that tree on the right.
No. 10 – Par 4 – 417 yards
This intimidating drive can set your back nine off on the wrong foot if you don’t find a tight fairway. A bunker lines the left side and out-of-bounds wetlands surround the entire hole. Players who can carry 260+ off the tee can choose to play their drive directly over the right-most tree in the wetlands to leave a flip wedge into the green— but be careful on the approach as left, right, and long are all dead.
No. 12 – Par 5 – 531 yards
The wide open fairway on eleven offers a quick reprieve from scary drives— we won’t mention the devilishly tough second shot on that hole— but you’re right back in the gauntlet on twelve. Water lines the right side of the drive and breezes typically come from the northwest, pushing poorly hit shots closer to the hazard. The bunker on the left is largely unreachable, so take aim at the right edge and let your tee shot drift back to the middle. A long second shot to the green can offer a look at eagle, but it’s all uphill so a layup isn’t a terrible idea here.
No. 13 – Par 3 – 172 yards
A beautiful Dye par-3, this hole requires carry over water from an elevated tee with breathtaking views of the Continental Divide in the background and the preserved wetlands in your immediate foreground. There’s not much to this shot outside of the water, so take a good look, a good breath and let a mid-to-short iron find the middle of the green!
No. 16 – Par 4 – 378 yards
This hole starts the Green Valley Ranch Three Hole Challenge, where decision making (16), accuracy (17), length (18) and putting (… all of them) are put to the test. Choose between a safe long iron to the middle of the fairway or a daring drive to the narrows with high cottonwoods on the right and out-of-bounds on the left. A perfectly struck drive will leave you less than 100 yards out in the middle of a narrow strip of fairway to the left of those trees. The more conservative shot will see a less-protected approach of 150 yards or so. Make a wise choice for your game here!