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Lakota Canyon Ranch Golf Club
1000 Clubhouse Dr
New Castle, CO 81647
Garfield County

Phone(s): (800) 613-2946, (970) 984-9700
Fax: (970) 984-3832

Situated just below the Flat Tops Wilderness Area in the lower foothills of the Rockies, Lakota Canyon Ranch Golf Club has a scenic, secluded location that is surprisingly accessible to and from all of the ski areas of Copper Mountain, Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, and Aspen. The location is also equipped with spectacular views from all around the course. Jim Engh designed the golf course, incorporating all of his trademarks including bowled fairways, cavernous bunkers, and receptive but tricky greens. Water hazards also come into play on a few holes. Lakota Canyon Ranch Golf Club's final hole is one of the most demanding. This par-5 has a seemingly split fairway, a ravine, and a large area of rough.

Lakota Canyon Ranch Golf Club
4 stars out of 5 (based on 3 reviews)
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A view from a tee at Lakota Canyon Ranch Golf ClubA view of hole #3 at Lakota Canyon Ranch Golf ClubLakota Canyon Ranch #18

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Jim Engh
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Year opened: 2004
  • Golf Season: Year round
  • Guest Policy: Welcome
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways: Bent Grass
  • Greens: Bent Grass


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes - included in green fees

Green fees price ranges

  • Week days: $49 - $79
  • Weekends: $49 - $79

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: No
  • Dress code: Proper Golf Attire
  • Credit cards accepted:

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
Black 72 7111 149 72.8
Blue 72 6369 130 69.3
White 72 5608 113 67
Red (W) 72 4744 117 69.1
Blue (W) 72 6369 151 76.4
White (W) 72 5608 140 72

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • Lakota Canyon Ranch Golf Club
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by Sam Sherstad
    on June 28th, 2018 20:39
    I last played Lakota Canyon Ranch August 5, 2015 with a Summit County buddy and we had a wonderful day. This is another Jim Engh designed roller coaster course you need to try. I rank Lakota Canyon Ranch super high on the "fun factor". Some golf purest would criticize the valley fairways and bowl shaped greens as being too forgiving but for the recreational golfer looking for an exciting round with fantastic vistas and lots of elevated tee shots this course is definitely a "must play" for you.

    Lakota Canyon Ranch is a mile north of I-70 at exit 105 in New Castle, CO ten miles west of Glenwood Springs. It's just an hour from Aspen and Vail and about 2.5 hours from Denver.

    The course was built in 2004 and has received numerous awards nationally as a top ranked affordable public course. Golf Digest listed it among the Top 100 Best Public Courses in American in 2014. It's normally open from May through October. At 5,500' elevation you'll find warmer summer weather and a longer season than the courses in the Vail and Breckenridge areas.

    The front nine is a beautiful and exciting climb up into the mountains just south of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area. This nine includes three classic par 5s with seriously elevated tee shots, valley fairways and stadium-style partial bowl greens. Pay close attention to the pin positions and the opportunity to use back stops and side wall bounces when hitting your approach shots to all the Lakota Canyon Ranch greens. The three par 3s on the front nine border on being too tricked up with severe slopes (especially the 9th hole) that you may love or hate depending on the kick and roll you receive on your tee shot. LCR struggles a bit on drainage problems on some fairways which is very typical of Rocky Mountain courses. And some railings along cart paths are looking pretty rough. Again typical of the effects of deep winter snow and run off. But all in all the peaceful beauty especially in the front nine make this course super special.

    The back nine is a little more traditional while still showing many signs of Jim Engh's design style. The par 5 18th is Lakota Canyon Ranch's signature hole and it's a classic risk/reward beauty. If you hit a big drive near the end of the first fairway go for the green in two but don't let that shot stray to the right or you're dead. The safer shot is to lay up to the second fairway to your right then hit the shallow green with a good backstop with a lofted iron and one putt for a memorable finishing birdie.

    The modest old clubhouse on the ridge was a strike against Lakota Canyon Ranch for years. Well, it's gone now. LCR is now part of Warrior Gold Club Co. and they've added a nice new clubhouse in its place.
  • Lakota Canyon Ranch Golf Club
    4 stars out of 5
    by Gokul Jaykrishan
    on August 21st, 2011 11:38
    Its beautiful. well maintained fairways and greens. Soectacular views and elivation changes making it highly unique. Servise and tee marking and on course directions could be better. Clubhouse location is specatular but clubhouse is temperory building unfortunately
  • Lakota Canyon Ranch Golf Club
    4 stars out of 5
    by Jeff
    on August 08th, 2011 12:27
    The course is challenging and has drastic elevation changes. Typical Jim Engh design with fairways that roll to the middle and visually imposing approach shots. New management has drastically improved the customer experience this year and the maintenance has been much improved.
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