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The Golf Club at Bear Dance – Review

October 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Colorado Courses

The Golf Club at Bear Dance is Rocky Mountain golf at its finest. Located in Larkspur, CO (between Denver and Colorado Springs) this course may be a short commute from Denver but it feels as if your drove miles into the mountains. I received a gift card to this course for Christmas and I have been itching to play it even since. The course was rated “Best Overall Public or Resort Course” and “#1 Public Course” by Avid Golfer Magazine in 2006 and it deserves these honors. Designed and built by PGA Members Corey Aurand, Stuart Bruening, Dennis Hogan, and Brian Whitcomb, and home to the Colorado Section of the Professional Golfer’s Association of America, Bear Dance provides a true Colorado golf experience.

Bear Dance Hole 6Bear Dance Hole 11

For those who have played the Prospect course at Suncadia in Washington you may find this course to have many similar qualities. To tell you the truth I kept trying to find out who the course designer was during my round since I found the courses to be so similar (to answer the question they weren’t designed by the same person). The service at Bear Dance was outstanding from the bag drop to receiving a pager to tell you when your group was on the tee I found the facility to be first class. I knew going to my round that the course, and the green in particular were supposed to be challenging and the course lived up to that reputation.

The course provides 5 sets of tee boxes ranging from 7726 to 5240 in yardage, although the tips are not actually open for play. The course is closely guarded by large mature pines that demand accuracy off the tee all day. However, once the tee shot is complete take a deep breath because the fun is about to begin once you hit the large, firm greens. If this is your first time playing the course you will want to know that the greens are fast, but more importantly you will ALWAYS want to keep the ball below the cup to have a chance to make your putt or even keep it close to the hole. Due to the large amount of ridges and elevation changes on the greens getting above the hole will put you at a major disadvantage.

Bear Dance Hole 15Bear Dance Hole 17

The course was well balance as far as holes go, however the views on the back nine face the mountains to the West and the views are breath taking. The par 4 sixth is one of the signature holes on the course, with this very drivable par 4 guarded by a bear paw shaped bunker on the front of the green. Be careful not to get in the front of this bear paw or you could spend a while trying to get out. I was impressed with the course conditions even during a hot and dry Colorado summer the course was green and lush. Be sure to pick up a yardage book at the start of your round and make use of your cart GPS as there are some blind tee shots on the course.

I was very impressed with Bear Dance and will definitely be making a return trip in the future. If you are a Colorado resident of just visitng you should put this course on your must play list. Due to the great resort setting this course also hosts many weddings and events.

Check out all my photos of the course.

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