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Heritage at Westmoor Golf Course – Review

October 15, 2009 by Chris  
Filed under Colorado Courses

Located in Westminster, CO the Heritage Golf Course at Westmoor is a unique links style layout in the Denver metro area.  Opened in 1999 and designed by Hurdzan-Fry the course offers a diverse selection of holes that will challenge golfers of all skill levels.  With five sets of tee boxes ranging in distance from 5,200 to 7,420 be sure to choose the set that best fits your game. The course is owned and operated by the city of Westminster and green fees range from $39-45 walking, with extra discounts for Westminster residents. 

The practice area offers a large putting green with numerous holes that allow you to get a feel for the speed on the greens.  The chipping green is large and offers plenty of space to practice, however it is very elevated making it tough to find a flat lie to chip from.  The driving range offers 30 hitting stations and a number of target greens to aim at.  

 

Prior to playing I had heard that the course had very well maintained and fast greens and it lived up to the hype.  While the greens do run fast they are smooth and make for nice rolling putts; even if they are blazing by the hole.  The course offers fairly generous fairways lined by a lot of natural grass or protected wetlands.  At the time we played the course was in great condition (you have to love June golf in Colorado).  I enjoyed the diversity that the course offered, as it forced me to play a variety of different shots during the round.  The wind can be a major factor in this area of Westminster, often times making the course play a lot harder than it would on a still day.  You can walk the course; however there is a lot of elevation change on the back nine that makes it a challenging course to walk. 

I enjoyed my round and would recommend the course. The green fees seem to be in line with the quality of the course, we paid $59 for a weekend round with cart.  If you haven’t played the course before be sure to check out my hole-by-hole below or view the virtual tour on the course website.

Hole-by-hole analysis:

Hole #1 – The opening hole is a slightly downhill par 4 with a hazard in front of the green that can be reached off the tee.  Make sure that you choose you club wisely or you could find a well struck tee shot roll through the fairway into the hazard.  You should have a short iron into a green flanked by two bunkers. 

Hole #2 – Make sure that you are aware of the bunker in the center of the fairway on this straight par 4.  There is trouble left off this tee as the hole is lined by protected wetlands where balls can’t be retrieved.   A well place tee shot will leave you with a fairly easy approach into the green.

Hole #3 – The first par 5 of the day offers ample landing area off the tee.  You can miss right with your tee shot on this hole, but you will be forced to layup with your second shot.  Longer hitters can fly the bunkers that line the left side of the fairway, leaving a great angle and opportunity to hit this green in two. 

Hole #4 – The fourth hole is a long downhill par 3 flanked by two greenside bunkers.  This large green slopes heavily from back to front, making it a challenging two putt from any location. 

Hole #5 – Your line off the tee is the most important thing on this dog leg left par 4.  A well struck tee shot aimed at the bunker along the left will provide the best results; however, there is not much room to miss left if you take this aggressive line.  A safer play is to take less than driver and aim right off the tee.

Hole #6 – The sixth hole is a slightly downhill par 5 that can be reached in two shots if you find the fairway off the tee.  Aiming at the bunkers on the right is the best line off this tee as shots will bounce slightly left off this sloping fairway. The green is flanked by two pot bunkers that make for a challenging up and down. 

Hole #7 – The second par 3 on the front nine offers a nice visual with water in front and bunkers surrounding the back of the green.  Club selection is key on this hole, making sure that you avoid all of the trouble. 

Hole #8 – There is trouble down the entire right side of this hole, with protected wetlands and a large tree that will make your approach shot a headache.  You can take less than driver of this tee and look to hit the left side of the hole. 

Hole #9 – This short par 4 plays uphill and has a well bunkered fairway.  You can be aggressive with driver off this tee, but it is not necessary.  Be sure to take enough club with your approach shot as it does play uphill.

Hole #10 – After making the turn you are greeted with par 4 that slopes slightly from right to left.  A tee shot down the middle to the right side will leave you the best angle into the green.

Hole #11 – This short par 4 offers a wide fairway, giving you a great opportunity to score on this hole. If you avoid the fairway bunkers you will be left with a short shot into this well bunkered green.

Hole #12 – The twelfth is a long par 4 with fairway bunkers lining the hole.  Approach shots that are hit short and offline into this green will be gobbled up by the greenside bunkers.  Your approach will play slightly longer than the marked distance so be sure to take enough club.

Hole #13 – I really enjoyed this uphill par 5!  The hole has a split fairway as you near the hole with the right side leaving the best angle into the elevated green.  This is definitely a three shot par 5, and you want to leave yourself with a short approach shot if possible.

Hole #14 – The fourteenth is a short downhill par 3.  Distance control is key on this hole as anything long is dead.

Hole #15 – There is a great view from this elevated tee box.  Favor the left side of this long downhill par 4 for the best angle on your approach shot.  This hole will often play downwind helping take away some of the distance.

Hole #16 – The sixteenth is a visually pleasing dog leg left par 4 with water bordering the green.  The water is reachable off the tee so a shot down the right side of the hole will leave the best angle to this well protected green.

Hole #17 – The green on this par 3 is deep, so make sure that you choose the right club for the pin placement.  Tee shots that hit left of the green can funnel back down onto the green if you avoid the bunker.

Hole #18 – The tee shot on the finishing par 5 looks daunting from the tee box.  With water right and bunkers left a well placed tee shot is necessary on this hole.  Longer hitters can go for this green in two; just make sure to miss left if you miss.  This is a great finishing hole that makes you play your best until the end. 

While not an overly long par 72 the course will challenge all aspects of your game!

 

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One Response to “Heritage at Westmoor Golf Course – Review”
  1. This is a great course, love the course from the back tees. There is a great flyover tour for this course here: http://www.golffrontier.com/ViewCourseInformation.aspx?CourseID=8a88cec4-ef9e-4b3d-8684-41a7cb8eeb80

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