Green Valley Ranch Golf Club
Along with a nine-hole, par-3 course, Green Valley Ranch Golf Club also offers an 18-hole championship length course. Designed by Perry Dye, the course is 7,241 yards at its longest tees and plays to a par of 72. The course is a short distance south of the Denver International Airport and downtown Denver is easily accessible. The course is challenging and also scenic; it is not a rare occurrence to see wildlife such as deer on the course. Dye successfully incorporated the natural landscape of the area. The natural creeks and wetlands as well as the beautiful cottonwood trees were kept in tact. The course has received several honors from widely read golf magazines such as Golf Digest and Golf Week.
|Blue/Gold (W)||72||6275 yards||75.5||148|
|Gold (W)||72||6086 yards||74.7||146|
|Gold/Green (W)||72||5821 yards||73.2||141|
|Green (W)||72||5528 yards||71.8||137|
|White (W)||72||4974 yards||68.6||128|
|PGA Jr. Gold||72||3800 yards|
|PGA Jr. Blue||72||2200 yards|
|Black M: 73.4/141||426||581||437||326||216||465||338||170||520||3479||422||450||532||171||347||463||380||195||645||3605||7084|
|Black/Blue M: 71.8/138||355||581||437||317||216||418||338||149||520||3331||422||422||532||142||347||434||380||195||607||3481||6812|
|Blue M: 71.1/132 W: 77.1/151||355||542||407||317||185||418||305||149||507||3185||407||422||512||142||314||434||341||186||607||3365||6550|
|Blue/Gold M: 69.7/128 W: 75.5/148||317||542||407||284||185||412||305||139||507||3098||407||360||512||124||314||417||341||149||553||3177||6275|
|Gold M: 69.0/124 W: 74.7/146||317||525||380||284||160||412||296||139||479||2992||393||360||476||124||290||417||332||149||553||3094||6086|
|Gold/Green M: 67.8/117 W: 73.2/141||290||525||380||276||160||370||296||128||479||2904||338||328||476||108||290||374||332||142||529||2917||5821|
|Green M: 66.5/115 W: 71.8/137||290||472||335||276||139||370||272||128||473||2755||338||328||413||108||242||374||299||142||529||2773||5528|
|White M: 63.9/108 W: 68.6/128||226||431||331||231||109||364||244||104||441||2481||294||282||384||85||234||340||268||114||492||2493||4974|
|Pga Jr Gold M: 60.2/98 W: 61.8/100||190||320||220||160||75||250||210||100||325||1850||220||240||340||80||200||225||230||65||350||1950||3800|
Food & BeverageBar, Restaurant
Available FacilitiesClubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities
Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Colorado
The home of the annual Colorado Open is always a great place to play. Set just south of the airport in Denver, Green Valley Ranch is a first class facility. With an expansive driving range where balls are included in green fees, a large putting green with some tricky breaks, and a nice chipping area, whether you are playing a round or not the practice facility is fantastic.
Up the hill to the south of the clubhouse is a very fun 9 hole par 3 course that I’m not sure many golfers know about, it is a bit hidden. Holes on the par 3 range between 50 and 140 yards with some interesting green complexes and tricky bunkering around some of the holes. Definitely worth your time.
The championship golf course is a nice routing through several protected native areas and an attractive neighborhood. Expect to see some wildlife, especially deer several species of birds (not just geese) and fox. Yes, there are houses running along several holes, but none are too close to the course in my opinion; if your ball ends up in someone’s back yard then you were way off the path!
The layout at GVR feels like a hybrid between a classic layout and a links design. There are a lot of holes where you can easily roll a ball up to the green, but there are also many forced carries over wetlands, lakes, and bunkers. The course really offers a nice combination of holes that will leave all golfers satisfied with the track.
From the tee there are several holes where you will have to think twice before grabbing driver. Holes 4 and 14 are drivable par 4s, but there is trouble left and right on both of them. On the par 5 9th you can decide to take on the creek and leave yourself a short second, and on 12, also a par 5, the lake running down the right side of the fairway will have you thinking about how much water you want to take on to get in good position.
The par 3s at GVR are tough. While hole 8 is fairly short (130-170 yards) the green is tricky and narrow. You most definitely do not want to be long. Holes 5 and 17 are quite long from back tees, surrounded by bunkers, and can be real trouble when wind is a factor. Hole 13 is really the only easy-ish par 3, but you still must carry the ball over a lake to get on the putting surface.
Maybe the most controversial hole at GVR is the short par 4 16th. The hole is bordered on the left by native area, the fairway is wide to the right, but there are very tall trees guarding the green in a line from about 110 yards out all the way up to the front edge. A good tee shot is on the left side of the fairway, leaving 160-130 in, and you will have an opening left of the trees, but your second shot may be blind depending on where they have set the pin. I’ve heard many players complain about the 16th, and I have even heard it called the worst hole in all of golf, but you still gotta get through it to complete your round.
The 18th at GVR is one of the better closers in the state. A mammoth par 5 that requires a solid drive followed by a precision second shot to give yourself a reasonable distance on the third. The pros in the CO Open do hit the 18th in 2, but it requires an all or nothing over the marsh to get there. This is really a great par 5!
Any round at GVR won’t be complete without stopping at Ebert’s Terrace, the on site restaurant and bar. Check out the happy hour specials on drinks and appetizers, I strongly recommend the Colorado Margarita and pretzel sticks while sitting on the patio and watching the groups coming in. The terrace has a fantastic view of the mountains and there are some great sunsets in the evenings.
GVR is really one of my favorites to play in the area. Conditions are still great for this time of year, the course is still plenty green and the greens still roll nice and smooth. The staff is super friendly and the whole facility leaves little to be desired. Make sure you find some time to play out at Green Valley Ranch!
Not a bad course, but not worth it for $100+ per round ---- most of the fairways were in good condition but the rough + the greens were already browned out and the greens were rolling incredibly fast with a minority of folks fixing ball divots ----- the halfway house staff was incredibly rude and dismissive as we were actively trying to order food, regret spending anything
Matt Bryant the head pro at GVR is completely unprofessional, dishonest, and I have watched him treat members and staff with complete and utter disrespect.
Refuses to address any issues and throws his employees under the bus. Decent course, ran by disgusting excuse for a human being. If you like a rude staff with a poor chain of command, run with by a good ole boy, network. This is the course for you.
I've lived in Colorado Springs for 6 years and for some reason I have never made the drive to play Green Valley Ranch. I wish I hadn't waited so long.
This isn't a course with great scenery like Arrowhead or Bear Dance, it goes through a housing development but the houses are not right on top of you.
Course conditions were excellent, greens rolled true, rough and fairways very good and bunkers well maintained. Lots of tees to choose from, we played the blue/gold combo. Only hole I didn't care for was #16 as you had a narrow landing area if you wanted a clear shot to the green. I blocked my tee shot, still in the fairway but had to go over some very large trees.
Nice carts and had great GPS included with them. Beverage cart was seen numerous times, and prices reasonable.
Weekday afternoon round took 4:20, it slowed up some on the back side but still under their 4:30 goal.
It will not be another 6 years before playing this again.
One of the best publics in CO
GVR rules. It may not be the most stunning course visually but the layout is simply a blast to play. If you appreciate nuanced course design and really having to think through every single shot, GVR is your track. There’s a reason they play the CO Open here. This place is absolutely legit and will hold your attention from start to finish. I’ve played around North America a good bit at a number of highly regarded tracks and the shot value here is as high as anywhere.
Yes, GVR lies on a mostly flat piece of property and is routed pretty much entirely through a residential development. Don’t let that dissuade you, even if you are coming from out of state. This place is anything but the uninspired “house golf” so common elsewhere through CO and the western US. Houses are far away enough that you won’t be fetching balls out of backyards all day. The natural wetland areas, strategically located mature trees, wildlife sightings, and playful mounding/topography more than make up for the presence of houses.
With maybe 2 or 3 exceptions there are truly multiple ways to play just about every single hole. If you don’t take note of the pin position on each hole while on the teebox you will not score well here. Just being in the fairway is not enough. You need to play the angles correctly and lay up in the right spots (especially on holes like #4, #7, #9, #14, #16). A couple of lateral yards in the fairway can be the difference between a great birdie opportunity and having no chance on your approach. If you take a cart, the GPS system is excellent – use it! All that being said, this isn’t really “target golf” per se. GVR can at times be overpowered with distance (especially from the blues), but expect to pay a serious price if you miss in the wrong areas.
The front nine is easier and more straightforward than the back, albeit not by much. Both are enjoyable in their own ways. The par 3s are very tricky and club selection is critical. Except for #18, the par 5s are gettable and provide real opportunities for birdie/eagle. A couple very fun short par 4 risk reward opportunities as well (#4, #7, #14) which I love and think all courses should have more of.
Course conditioning is generally fantastic. Greens were iffy to start off 2020 but they are back to being lightning quick. Some of the best you’ll find on a public track. Practice facilities also outstanding.
Staff couldn’t be more welcoming and friendly. GVR does everything the right way. They are first class stewards of the game and members of the community.
Pace of play is good, bordering on excellent, especially when compared to places like Bear Dance, Arrowhead, Fossil Trace, etc. The more scenic “mountain golf” type tracks in the Denver area are all great in their own ways but good luck getting around them in less than 5 hours.
I overlooked this place for a long time due to it's location all the way out by the airport. I've since played 100+ rounds here and it hasn't gotten old yet. Worth the trek from anywhere in the Denver metro, and would also be a great first or last course to play on a Colorado golf trip.
Great Course and Take a caddie!
I have played 20 of the top 100 courses in the US and this course was great! The course was very fun and every hole was interesting. Conditions were great, pure greens rolling at a 10 on the stimp. They offer caddies where you only have to tip them and they are all kids who are first tee members and the tips help them chase their dreams!!! Take a caddie and help them. Recommended tip 20-40$. A . cart fee is 20$ per person.
Would not have expected to find a top tier course like this near the Denver airport. Extremely easy to get to from DEN. The course was quite challenging (like any from the Dye lineage) but still enjoyable for a 10 and 25+ handicapper. pace of play was steady for a Sunday
Great Course with Fun Layout and beautiful views
This was my first time playing Green Valley Ranch. We had lunch at the restaurant prior to golf. The waiter in the restaurant was ornery, slow and not too helpful at all.
However, once we got to the clubhouse, everything changed for the better. The clubhouse staff was fantastic, friendly, welcoming and helpful.
The course has a great practice are with great driving range with plenty of grass to hit from (i do not like hitting from mats). Huge putting green and chipping area.
One the course, the holes were very fun and varied. The course is a links type course with lots of very long grass off the fairway with lots of bunkers and lots of wind.
The course is very open course with very few trees. The fairways were very nice and in great condition.
The greens were great. The greens were very fast and had tons of slopes and undulations (like a good links type course).
I really liked the layout of the course. This being my first time playing the course, I was very pleased with the directions to holes were well marked and easy to see.
Overall great course. The bunkers were well kept. The wind was blowing hard around 15-20 mph all day long. There were very few trees to block or disrupt the wind. I would highly recommend Green Valley Ranch. Give the course and try and you won't be disappointed.
GVR in Winter
Great design - Pro shop was awesome - Had a drink in bar after Great staff !
A good value
I liked the lay out and the value the couse offers. I like that it is close to the airport and easy to get to. Right now the greens are a little bumpy because they were punched a few weeks ago. They have a nice practice area with a chipping and putting green. I will play this course again when in the NE part of town.
Amazing fairways for Colorado
The course condition was fantastic for a Colorado course.
He fairways are prefect....the course is very challenging with a great many mid distance Carry’s off tee boxes which really stretch out playing from the blacks
This is an excellent Golf Course. It also has an excellent practice facility. I recommend it to anyone
Great day on the Links.
Very nice day and a pleasant round. We enjoyed the day and course was in good shape. I have played here many times and it is always a good place to play.
Off to a rough start this year
Some rough spots in the fairway, greens are patchy and inconsistent. Overall, off to a rough Spring this year. Still a great place to measure your game.
Ok, so I've been waiting to write a review on this because there weren't a lot of current ones and not to many descriptions so here we go. Great clubhouse with well stocked pro shop. Driving is nice with range balls already on the range for you and I believe they were Callaway range balls. Huge putting green and chipping area. The started will call you up for your tee time and get you and your group together before sending you to first tee. Now the course, nobody said anything but this is a very open course. Almost every hole has houses on them and there aren't many trees, it kinda has a links style to it. You can see multiple holes at once from wherever you are. Bent grass fairways were nice, the greens can be good, I could tell they aerated a while ago bc some of the indentions were still in the green but those will be going away like always. Great layout, directions to holes were easily marked, carts have GPS and they have multiple tees and on the scorecard it gives you different tee combinations so I think it comes out to like 7 or 8 different tees. Also had a beverage cart going around on a Wednesday so that was a nice surprise. Overall great course, the wind was like 20mph and it whips through this open layout but that's part of the challenge on a windy day right? Give this one a shot and you won't be disappointed
Green Valley Ranch is a Gem
This is a great course, very challenging, nice practice facility and the best 18th hole in Colorado