On the Right Course

8 Colorado courses among Golfweek’s best 200 in modern and classic categories

By Gary Baines – 06/25/2019

In recent weeks, Golfweek published its three foundational course-ratings lists, and eight Colorado courses were among those included on the digital magazine’s best modern or best classic top 200.

Golfweek classifies modern courses as those built since 1960, and classic layouts as those built prior to the start of the ’60s.

Three Colorado courses are in the top 60 on the modern list: Ballyneal in Holyoke (No. 4); Colorado Golf Club in Parker, which will host the U.S. Mid-Amateur in September (pictured, No. 35); and Castle Pines Golf Club, the home to the PGA Tour’s International from 1986 through 2006 (No. 55).

Cherry Hills Country Club — home to three U.S. Opens, two PGA Championships and a U.S. Women’s Open — is the only Colorado facility in the classic top 100, checking it at No. 89.

Here are the Colorado layouts — and their designers — in the “Best Modern Courses” and “Best Classic Courses”, along with the top overall selection in each category:


1. Sand Hills in Mullen, Neb.

Colorado Choices

4. Ballyneal in Holyoke (designed by Tom Doak)

35. Colorado Golf Club in Parker (designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw)

55. Castle Pines Golf Club in Castle Rock (designed by Jack Nicklaus)

140. Redlands Mesa in Grand Junction (designed by Jim Engh)

150. CC of the Rockies in Edwards (designed by Jack Nicklaus)

183. Roaring Fork Club in Basalt (designed by Jack Nicklaus)

For the complete modern list, CLICK HERE.


1. Pine Valley in Pine Valley, N.J.

Colorado Choices

89. Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village (designed by William S. Flynn)

168. Broadmoor Golf Club’s East Course in Colorado Springs (designed by Donald Ross and Robert Trent Jones Sr.)

For the complete classic list, CLICK HERE.

Golfweek also publishes a state-by-state list of the “Best Courses You Can Play”. The 2019 top 10 for Colorado includes the exact same courses as last year, though there was some up and down movement in the 7-10 range for this year’s list:

1. Redlands Mesa in Grand Junction

2. The Broadmoor Golf Club’s East Course in Colorado Springs

3. Red Sky Golf Club’s Fazio Course in Wolcott

4. Haymaker in Steamboat Springs 

5. CommonGround in Aurora

6. The Broadmoor Golf Club’s West Course in Colorado Springs

7. The Ridge at Castle Pines North in Castle Pines

8. Red Sky Golf Club’s Norman Course in Wolcott

9. Lakota Canyon in New Castle

10. Golf Club at Bear Dance in Larkspur