Four Mile Ranch Golf Club
|Blue (W)||72||6231 yards||74.7||140|
|Blue/White (W)||72||5811 yards||72.4||134|
|White (W)||72||5373 yards||70.3||130|
|White/Red (W)||72||4937 yards||67.9||116|
|Red (W)||72||4652 yards||66.7||110|
|Black M: 72.1/139||418||599||202||369||407||563||159||355||430||3502||399||547||166||482||219||571||395||171||581||3531||7033|
|Black/Blue M: 69.8/131||418||539||170||369||407||563||159||355||430||3410||336||534||166||419||164||571||395||171||523||3279||6689|
|Blue M: 68.3/126 W: 74.4/139||389||539||170||308||362||533||159||316||401||3177||336||534||166||419||164||516||366||171||523||3195||6372|
|Blue/White M: 66.6/116 W: 72.5/136||389||488||131||308||305||533||159||316||401||3030||336||463||166||373||164||479||366||171||460||2978||6008|
|White M: 64.6/106 W: 70.2/127||344||488||131||261||305||461||83||274||336||2683||267||463||142||373||164||479||290||119||460||2757||5440|
|White/Red M: 62.6/105 W: 67.9/119||344||428||107||261||254||461||83||243||284||2465||267||411||142||318||99||410||290||119||417||2473||4938|
|Red M: 61.9/105 W: 66.6/113||286||428||107||224||254||432||83||243||284||2341||225||411||122||318||99||410||244||99||417||2345||4686|
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Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Colorado
4 mile ranch
Great layout and pace was great. Due to Covid however bring your own food and drink as there’s nothing available as far as refreshments
This is a fantastic course and worth the trip from Denver
Loved this course, so much fun and Jim Engh simply does not get enough credit for this and the other fantastic courses he has created in Colorado, especially with everyone on a minimalist mindset of course creation recently. Lot's of interesting twists and turns, love the greens rolling all over place and just make sure you are on the right tier or life will be interesting.
Tons of fun!
Very unique design makes for a super fun round of golf! I should have hit irons off the tee the majority of the time. Off the fairway and into the surrounding desert landscape means lost balls or horrible lies on rocky, hard dirt. Bowl greens make for a lot of excitement.
Always fun; worth the drive
This course is a gem. Great pace, conditioning, layout, scenery, and value. Have played it at least a dozen times and almost always face a shot or a putt that I haven't encountered before.
Some call the course gimmicky because of roller-coaster greens, doglegs into canyons and a couple of blind shots, but I think it's a blast. Architect Jim Engh knew what he was doing. There's more room off the tee than it appears, and pin placement can alter strategy--some hole locations are challenging; others are easy to access via backstops and lateral banks.
Pace is almost always great. This round had as much waiting as I've encountered, as they had shoe-horned some players into a back-nine start and had to work them back into first-tee traffic, but I still finished in 3.5 hours on a Saturday.
My only quibble with this round was that my cart was missing the pin-rotation guide, which makes a difference! They have adjusted for winter (and/or Covid) by pre-cutting 3 hole locations on each green, with covers over each day's unused holes. Haven't noticed that in the past.
The course is all about the golf--no restaurant or locker room, and just a trailer for a shop. All the better for Covid conditions. Bring your own beverages and snacks.
This round was a rare near-windless day in Canon City. Afternoon rounds at Four Mile can be windy, but the views near sunset on the back nine are spectacular.
Course is scoreable, but it isn't for players who struggle to get the ball airborne. For moderate-to-good players, it's well worth the one-hour drive from Colorado Springs and maybe even the two-hour drive from Denver, especially when the weather is iffy up north.
A great day at Four Mile
If you haven't played Four Mile you are missing out on a really fun and challenging course. This course will eat your lunch including desert unless you are on your game. With the layout, it feels like you are at altitude because you hit off of tee boxes on the side of the hill down into the valley below on a number of holes. Out of bounds is: "a lost ball don't waste your time looking" on a number of holes but that is part of the fun and the challenge. Many of the greens are very challenging "bowls" that will make your shot onto the green more important than the average course. The holes with the "bowl" effect will really test your ability to read a green as well. Bottom line: this course is a great change of pace if you are used to playing on the courses in Pueblo or Colorado Springs....this course plays like a Mountain Course but is conveniently located close to Pueblo and even Colorado Springs. If you are up for a challenge you will be hard pressed to find a better course in the immediate area.
If you’ve never played here, do yourself a favor and go. It’s unique in so many ways. The staff was awesome the morning we went, offering a bucket of balls and a yardage book. While the driving range is dreadful, the rest of the course is in good shape and so much fun to play. The greens were true but slow on the day we went. To get this course at its finest, catch it on a day where the greens are slick. Can’t wait to visit again!
fun, desert course
we enjoyed the four mile ranch course. The staff was friendly. They could have provided a little more information at check-in since we were first timers. (ie where the first tee is or any of the other policies) The starter got us a yardage book, which was helpful. The sprinklers on the course turned on unexpectedly a couple of times, but it was hot the day we played, so it was refreshing. Glad we checked out the course, and would come back if we're in the area another time!
Desert type course with several blind shots into the greens. Weather was perfect and pace of play was good. Really enjoyed playing this course!
Unique Layout; Challenging Greens
We travel from Denver to Canon City every year to play this hidden gem. The course has a very unique layout..... It winds through the foothills, and has a number of blind shots. Stunning views. The greens are very challenging, especially if you land in the wrong quadrant. Very undulating, with severe breaks. No clubhouse or restaurant (just a trailer), so bring your own food. Good value. Would highly recommend to intermediate or advanced golfers (not beginners).
great value for wonderful track
Hadn't played her in 5+ years and was my favorite track in Colorado. Not much has changed as little in way of amenities as clubhouse is a trailer with just drinks/snacks. You can tell they put the money into the course as it was in great condition for this time of year. Greens still showed punch marks from aeration but were smooth and good speed.
Staff is welcome and accommodating. Played as twosome to start and after playing thru 4some on 4, breezed around the course. Were able to do a replay and starter (Dennis) was very helpful in getting us a slot. They did have a lady selling hot dogs/brats/sausages at driving range with chips. Told she is there most weekends.
2nd 18 was slower as more 4somes out but pace was still less than 4 hrs.
Course is pretty open off tee but greens are tricky with huge mounds. But most greens are sloped so that errant shots will kick back toward green.
This place is always on my list when I visit Colorado Springs. A bit of a drive but well worth it.
Only Dry course in Colorado
Had a scheduled date for months to fly to Denver to play golf on the weekend and Mother Nature threw a wrench in the plans. With constant rain and a forecast of such, had to find a course that had the least chance of rain on the weekend and luckily found this one to fit the bill. It certainly lived up to the billing on the best lists in Colorado, it certainly has a few quirks.
First, with the rain during the week and the night before, it was cart path only. That in itself was a chore walking to the ball and back on the hilly sides.
But, we were fortunate to team up with someone local and that helped a lot in determing where to hit the ball.
My takeaways were:
. 1. there were some peekaboo holes where you really need to place the ball to be able to see the green, if not, then there are a few holes with some blind shots and you hope you can find the ball in the desert landscape. ( suggest a color ball for that reason)
2. Yes, there are some elephant greens, but to me that is a challenge and quite fun to try and master and get close. My goal after reading the reviews, was to have no 3 putts and I met that goal luckily.
3. Despite the week conditions, the course was in really good shape and would play again in the heartbeat.
4. It is limited in the extra amenities, but to find a course like this for only $50 on the weekend, is a real bonus.
A 2 hour drive from Denver airport, and near Royal Gorge, it was worth it.
Bunkerless Fun-yet, challenging
Four Mile ranch is a Jim Engh design about 2 hours south of Denver and 1 hour from Colorado Springs. It is very affordably priced (I have played 36 for $70) and worth the detour.
The club has a small clubhouse, so no restaurant. They do have some food and a beverage cart if that thing is important to you. They have a driving range and putting/chipping greens.
The course is bunkerless; however, the greens have a lot of contour. They are also quite large, so hitting the correct section is imperative. In some cases, like shorter holes, the greens are on top of a hill so accuracy is still needed or you need to have some powers of recovery. The layout also features plenty of blind holes, semi-blind shots, punch bowl greens and wide fairways. Like most courses with wide fairways, you will need to be on the correct side of the fairway to get a look at the green. There are a couple of holes with completely blind approaches like the par 5 6th and par 3 12th, but these also feature punchbowl greens. In the cases of many holes, the blindness will happen if you don't hit a proper drive on a par 4 or second on a par 5. Then you will have to search ahead to find the line.
The layout varies and there is a good mix of short/long half par holes. Above all, there is plenty of fun. Multiple plays are highly recommended as a replay is only the cost of a cart. The course is also quite walkable if you prefer to go that route.
There isn't a course like this, bunkerless, that I know of anywhere else. The routing, strategy to avoid blind shots and contoured greens make this a great play and good challenge. The routing goes through rock outcroppings and over them. Not many forced carries-I can only think of one on the par 3 7th, although if you play from the backs, there is one more par 4 drive that carries over a rock outcropping.
Over all, if you are about the golf and not what takes place outside of the course, then this is a great course. It does have amenities, but not the ones that are food service oriented (bar, restaurant, etc). What it has are some of the best green sites in the mountains and is a truly unique and fun experience.
I recommend and highly recommend 36. Great Value.
This course has a lot of unique features which is typical for a Jim Engh design. A lot elevation change, rocky adobe outcroppings. A decent number of blind shots. That aspect didn't bother me much. It was cool and wet when we played which slowed the greens down. The greens are ridiculous major tier changes and in normal circumstances very fast. I did really like this course and if are better player ask about their skins competition.
Golf? Maybe. Fun, Yes!!
Take a putt putt course, a breathtaking mountain course, a finely manicured desert course, a trailer park, a top golf, 18 billion sharp rocks, and a cactus in a blender. Lay it out over 7000 yards in a shape dictated by Dr Seuss through a bad phone connection and what do you get? A southern Colorado gem, that's what, and this course is all about fun.
As with anything fun, you have to be in the right mindset to have it. If you come to 4 mile ranch with the notion of shooting your handicap, experiencing a true test of golf, or to wring the courses neck, stay home. This is the devils golf course.
If you want to have some laughs, see some incredibly unlikely shots, take some selfies, and enjoy some of the most beautiful vistas and indeed, course conditions in Colorado, this is the spot. Blind tee shots, approaches, I even had a blind putt. Balls hit into the native areas will do miraculous things. Bounce into the fairway, hole themselves, come back at you, vanish into thin air. The greens will make you think about putting in a totally different way, with mounding you could fall off, tiers that are so far apart they have different weather, and all so, so fast. How they mow some of them is a mystery. Yes, sir four mile is a wild, wild place, and you may not want to show anyone your scorecard, but you'll never ever forget it.
Bring your own food, and treat beverages like you would if you were going out on a boat, as amenities are next to nothing. Wear long pants and leather golf shoes regardless of heat because of cacti and the generally treacherous nature of the hazards, which you will find. Absolutely get a yardage book,, scorecards are personal preference. Fun is mandatory. If you take a friend who takes him game very seriously here, bring him a silly hat to get him in the mood. And don't bring a new box of proV1s , it won't help, and burning $50 takes less time. I couldn't make it my home course, but for a laid back Saturday game with your friends, you can't do better within 500 miles. Go and see!
Fantastic Views & Creative Design!!
This course is all about character with its creative design!! Lots of blind shots and turns that will challenge your entire golf bag. The back nine has majestic mountain views and spectacular elevated tees. The greens are unique and can take control of your scorecard, so approach shot management is paramount! JZ
Condition of course was very good . Greens nice but players don't fix tbeir divot marks. Too many blind shots both on fairways and greens. No eating facilities. Would never pay full price for this course.
4-mile is always a fun round due to its unique character. I did notice some winter kill on the slopes of the greens which is a first that I've seen as it has always been pretty well maintained since it opened. Not sure if the development will ever take off so they can get a clubhouse. Be sure to bring your own beverage of choice as the back nine can get pretty deserty.