Colorado Golf News
20 years and counting! Swinging into Fall at Red Hawk Ridge
The sun is bright, the grass is green and the views are amazing. Typically, municipal golf courses get a bad rap, but in Castle Rock, CO, there’s a diamond that’s truly above par.
Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course may be Town-owned, but it isn’t your typical municipal setting. Tucked in the scenic Red Hawk neighborhood just west of Interstate 25, the Town’s golf course prides itself on country club conditions in a high-end atmosphere – at a more affordable price.
“We’re really proud of what we offer at Red Hawk Ridge,” said Head Golf Professional Bob Persichetti. “This is a beautiful setting and a premium destination for golfers.”
At 20 years and counting, the course is definitely doing something right. Originally managed by Western Golf Management Co., the Town has operated the course for the last 17 years. Since opening in May 1999, the course has hosted more than 700,000 rounds of golf.
“Red Hawk Ridge is kind of a hidden gem,” said Persichetti. “But I guarantee after one round, you’ll be hooked. It’s more than a golf course, it’s part of the community. And, in our opinion, one of the best courses in Colorado.”
The full-service course features a fully stocked pro shop, full-service restaurant, practice facility, custom club fittings, PGA instruction, and several youth, club and league options. Plus, it’s a course for everyone. Depending on the tee used, this course is playable for the weekend golfer, families and low-handicap players alike.
“There are five sets of tee boxes for golfers to choose from,” said Persichetti. “So, it won’t beat up a higher handicap golfer, but at the same time will challenge more skilled players.”
The beautifully designed course boasts extreme elevation changes, magnificent wildlife and picturesque views. With 18 unique holes, the 6,942-yard course will provide a golfing experience with all the glamor of a country club, along with the comforts of a home town course. It’s an experience even the most seasoned golfer can enjoy.
“This really is a beautiful course,” said Red Hawk Ridge golfer Roddy Babb. “Look at these views. They’re unbelievable!”
Castle Rock residents understand the appeal, and the secret is out. The course has won multiple awards since first opening including No. 7 on Golf Digest’s list of “America’s Best New Public Affordable Courses,” top 30 on “America’s Best New Public Affordable Courses” in GolfWeek, and top 40 on GolfWeek’s list of “America’s Best Daily Fee Courses.”
“It doesn’t really matter how good of a golfer you are,” said Babb. “I myself am a big fan of the reachable par 5 on the 13th hole. But, this is also a course that I can enjoy playing with my family.”
Having a successful 20-year history starts with having good roots. Renowned golf course architect Jim Engh – who designed world-famous courses in places like China, France, Ireland and Thailand – laid out the spectacular course on the scenic hills overlooking Castle Rock and the entire Front Range.
When interviewed at Red Hawk’s 10th anniversary celebration, Engh talked about some of his favorite features. While his favorite run of holes at Red Hawk Ridge are Nos. 12 through 15, the designer talked about the course’s dramatic changes in elevation and the challenges that can pose.
“I find that the things that make a course difficult are also the things that make it exciting,” said Engh.
With bent grass tees and greens and lush bluegrass fairways surrounded by scrub oak and native grasses, Engh says having fun is what’s important.
“Certainly, that’s the main goal. Especially for a municipal course,” said Engh.
And, Red Hawk Ridge golfers would agree. Golfers consistently praise the course with high reviews for top-notch customer service, affordable green fees and exceptional course conditions – all while being among a small percentage of courses that are Audubon Certified, meaning Red Hawk Ridge is responsible with resources and works to protect the environment.
The course is also always striving to improve the product quality and player experience. In the past few years, enhancements have been made to the practice area, permanent on-course restroom facilities have been installed, a continuous concrete cart path from hole No. 1 to hole No. 18 has been completed, and Visage GPS units have been added to all the golf carts. It’s all part of the course goal to maintain a high-end atmosphere at a more affordable price.
“Golf is a great sport. It builds character and teaches integrity and patience,” said Persichetti. “Money and time are two of the biggest barriers for people wanting to play the game. We are working to minimize both those barriers and offer a great place for people to spend time as a family.”
When planning your next round at Red Hawk Ridge, there’s a lot to experience. It’s not uncommon for deer to wander onto the greens. Also, the signature par 3 14th hole is the highest point on the course and offers 360 degree views of the entire Front Range.
If golf isn’t your game, the Clubhouse Grill is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon. The outdoor patio offers unbeatable views and overlooks all of Castle Rock. With happy hour specials and delicious lunch selections, the Clubhouse Grill is a great place to unwind after a round or after work. Live music is oftentimes scheduled for Saturdays in the summer. The restaurant/bar is also available for a wide range of private functions and holiday events.
“We really take pride in creating a great golfing experience,” said Persichetti. “From the second they step out of the car, to finishing the day at the Clubhouse Grill, we want golfers of all skill levels to know they are welcome.”
Whether you’re just starting out at the game, looking for a happy hour destination, or a seasoned golfer, Red Hawk Ridge truly has something for everyone. Consider this an invitation to get to know the benefits of a locally owned course. Book a tee time at redhawkridge.com.
“This is a busy place. We try to push the envelope,” said Persichetti. “Our goal is to keep making the course a premiere destination for golfers.”
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