Pole Creek Golf Club, Ridge - no. 9
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Pole Creek Golf Club, Ridge - no. 9
One of the best vantage points at Pole Creek Golf Club is the elevated tee on the par-5 ninth on the Ridge Course. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Pole Creek Golf Club, Ridge - no. 8
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Pole Creek Golf Club, Ridge - no. 8
The par-4 eighth hole on the Ridge Course is a difficult one at 475 yards. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Pole Creek Golf Club, Ridge, no. 7
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Pole Creek Golf Club, Ridge, no. 7
Though the green is well-protected by bunkers, one of the easier holes at Pole Creek Golf Club is the 340-yard par-4 seventh on the Ridge Course. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Pole Creek Golf Club, Ridge, no. 6
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Pole Creek Golf Club, Ridge, no. 6
The par-5 sixth hole on the Ridge Course at Pole Creek Golf Club is a dogleg right. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Pole Creek Golf Club, Ridge, no. 5
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Pole Creek Golf Club, Ridge, no. 5
The par-3 14th hole, or fifth on the Ridge Course, is one of the most picturesque holes on the course. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Pole Creek Golf Club, Ranch - no. 6
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Pole Creek Golf Club, Ranch - no. 6
Water comes into play on the par-4 sixth on the Ranch Course at Pole Creek Golf Club. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Pole Creek Golf Club, Ranch - no. 4
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Pole Creek Golf Club, Ranch - no. 4
The 181-yard par-3 fourth on the Ranch Course at Pole Creek Golf Club plays over water. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Pole Creek Golf Club, Ranch - no. 3
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Pole Creek Golf Club, Ranch - no. 3
The third hole on the Ranch Course at Pole Creek Golf Club is a difficult 434-yard par 4. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Pole Creek Golf Club, Ranch - no. 1
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Pole Creek Golf Club, Ranch - no. 1
Pole Creek Golf Club's Ranch Nine starts with a dogleg right par 5. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Pole Creek Golf Club, Ranch - no. 4
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Pole Creek Golf Club, Ranch - no. 4
Ranked no. 1 in the Colorado Golf Advisor rankings, Pole Creek Golf Club in Winter Park, Colo., is a 27-hole design by Denis Griffiths. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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A look at Colorado's top-rated Pole Creek Golf Club in Winter Park

WINTER PARK, Colo. -- As one of the only 27-hole public facilities in Colorado, Pole Creek Golf Club has won several accolades, including the top-rated course according to Golf Advisor raters.

The Denis Griffiths-designed course first opened in 1983 with what is now the Meadow and Ranch nines. The Ridge Nine was added recently and has the firmest greens of the three layouts.

Each nine is different, but the entire course features the same terrific views of the Rockies and the Continental Divide. Pictured above are the Ranch and Ridge nines, where you can find plenty of wildflowers, native pines and elevated tees. The courses have ample fairways and interesting greens. And the facility offers Golf Bikes as an alternative to golf carts.

Read Mike Bailey's full review of Pole Creek.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.

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