DYK: You can play Lone Tree Golf Club for just $58 (with your cart always included) as many times as you want through May 31st on the Golf Passport!
[easyazon_infoblock align=”right” identifier=”B074Q226YB” locale=”US” tag=”coloradoavidg-20″]Located just west of the intersection of Lincoln and Yosemite, Lone Tree Golf Club is home to one of the best Golf Passport deals we offer. Take advantage of unlimited rounds across all three seasons, ranging from as little as $55 in the fall/winter season and capping out at $68 in the summer.
Designed by the late Arnold Palmer (yes, that Arnold Palmer), Lone Tree is one of the sneakiest tests in Colorado golf around the metro area. The par-72 championship course features water on nine holes on a well-bunkered layout and is known as one of the best maintained courses in Colorado. Five sets of tees are available ranging in length from 7,054 yards at the tips to 5,288 yards to challenge players of all abilities. The course features tough greens with well-guarded approaches and a winding layout with elevation changes all around.
Lone Tree Golf Club also plays host to a number of weddings throughout the year, and golfers can often see budding nuptials from afar, perched above the par-3 10th green.
The Arnold Palmer Design Company also boasts courses in the Centennial State like The Broadmoor South Course, Cherry Hills, Bear Creek and Eagle Ranch.
Here’s a few pro tips on four of our favorite holes at Lone Tree…
No. 4 – Par 4 – 378 yards
The fourth provides a great scoring opportunity in the early goings of your round. Righties with a power-draw can leave themselves lob wedge (and often times less… even an eagle putt) while lefties will have to tee it high and cut it around trees that block out the left side of the tee box. Pull mid-iron off the tee to leave your self a short iron into the green if you’re feeling conservative. Bail outs to the right of the fairway can be corrected with downhill approaches to a green bunkered along the left and right— but go left and OB and trees galore await. Take it directly at the front side to cut these out of play and let the slope (if the shot falls short) run the ball up and onto the surface. The green slopes severely from back to front, so don’t go deep on a front-location pin.
No. 6 – Par 4 – 461 yards
The toughest hole on the course, the par-4 sixth features an intimidating drive with an abundance of problems to deal with. A lake off the right side guards the green and sliced tee shots while players can easily go out of bounds with too much club down the center. Our tip? Play your choice of a low-flighted iron or a hybrid to the right-center of this fairway to leave a short iron (about 170 yards) to the green. Be careful, though, as club selection here is key. Too long and a near-impossible up-and-down awaits from up top, and too shorts leaves you at the bottom of the pond.
No. 10 – Par 3 – 209 yards
Playing in the spring or summer? Take a look to the southwest here, as Lone Tree’s beautiful wedding venue— often booked— overlooks the north side of the club and this devilish par-3. From the tips this hole can stretch to 230+ yards and with any type wind is a tough bogey, let alone par. If you’re not confident in any shot here or if the wind is howling, the best way to sneak away a blue-collar par is to play short of the narrow and elongated green. Leave yourself a chip and a putt for three, or attack the wind and go-risk reward for a birdie opportunity… the risk is double-bogey or worse.
No. 12 – Par 4 – 399 yards
Go ahead and scoff at the yardage from the championship tees, but a pond at the edge of the fairway takes driver out of play here. A blind tee shot of 250 yards will leave a downhill wedge to the green. Not so tough, right? Wrong. The green at the twelfth is nasty, with undulations and traps everywhere on the surface. This is a common “hell hole” on Lone Tree’s Heaven and Hell days, which alternate pin locations from scoring positions to death traps. Don’t be tempted to try and stick it close here with the wedge, and for the love of golf don’t go long of the green. Leave yourself 30 feet or less, lag it up there, and get out with four. Positioning yourself poorly on this green can lead to the old three putt in a hurry.