Golf Passport Membership Exclusive: Play Hilton Denver Inverness for $80 Through October 28th!
One of the most popular semi-private membership courses in the state is now yours to play— no initiation fees, no annual dues, and no commitments! The 2018 Golf Passport features the Hilton Denver Inverness Golf Club and an exclusive offer seen nowhere else in the state. For just $80 (cart always included) through October 28th, tee it up in the DTC up to three times. Valid Monday-Thursday at any time, or weekends after 12:00pm.
Renowned golf course architect Preston Maxwell designed The Inverness Golf Club in 1974. Since then, this championship golf course in Denver has become known for its tight, sloping fairways, rolling hills and fast, undulating greens. It has received national acclaim, earned intense member loyalty and delighted resort guests for over 40 years. Maxwell’s Colorado layouts include Boulder Country Club, Garden of the Gods Club, Greeley Country Club, and Pinehurst among others. Nationally, Press is known for Prairie Dunes (Hutchinson, KS), Bayou DeSiard (Monroe, LA), and The Club at Sonterra (San Antonio, TX).
Don’t be fooled by The Inverness’ short yardage— the championship layout stretches just barely over 7,000 yards— as undulating fairways and devilishly tricky greens can derail even the best of golfers. Decision making is key at Inverness, and golfers who leave themselves easy up-and-downs and can bury sliders inside of 8-10ft can have success here… but be careful! A round can get out of hand in a hurry when constantly short-sided around the greens, failing to lag-putt well, or making a mess of the daunting par-3’s on the course. Here’s a few pointers to conquer this trap.
A handful of tips on four of our favorite holes at Inverness…
No. 2 – Par 5 – 562 yards
If the first is an easy fairway to hit (hint: it is, just use hybrid or a safe iron) the par-5 second can be a little daunting for players with wayward trajectories. From the tips this lengthy hole is narrow from the start, but a drive down the middle-right will leave a smart layup to the bisected landing area. While it may feel weird taking a driver-wedge-wedge approach, don’t talk yourself out of it due to heavy bunkering around the putting surface. That is, unless your drive catches the downslope and rolls out to around 350… then scratch everything above and take your shot at eagle. But not all of us have 350 in the bag!
No. 10 – Par 4 – 399 yards
One of the easiest holes on the course is also one of the most fun. Sitting at the base of the hotel’s patio and pond you may have a gallery of wedding guests watching your tee shot (just relax, you’re not playing for a green jacket) as you take driver on the third-easiest hole. Downhill and downwind, longer hitters can scare the green with little to worry about if the drive goes awry. Trees do line the left side, so if you choose to bail out make sure to do so to the right. The first bunker on the left is an afterthought, but you righties that have trouble keeping the fade or *GASP* slice out of your driver game, watch out for the sand on the left as it is perfectly placed about 280 yards from the teeing area. Our suggestion? Cut the dogleg and let her rip to give yourself a look at an early birdie.
No. 15 – Par 3 – 215 yards
According to the scorecard the par-3 fifteenth shouldn’t scare you, but don’t take it lightly. This hole is all dependent on wind and pin location. When set up to be tough, this pin can be tucked at the back-right atop a severe slope leading away from the bunkers and into the water. When the pin is here, don’t test the bunkers on the right as a short-sided bunker shot is almost certainly a bogey or worse. A more scoreable location exists at the bottom-left side of the green. An easy long iron to the middle will watch the ball drift back to the hole, but if you choose to pin seek the water comes into play. Decisions, decisions…
No. 17 – Par 4 – 384 yards
Water on the left of this penultimate hole takes driver out of your hands, so choose long iron or hybrid to place your ball in position-A between the fairway bunkers. Easy, right? Draw-playing lefties and fade-playing righties beware off the tee as a towering cottonwood eats leaky shots, especially in the summer when in full bloom. After a successful tee shot, this slightly elevated green is heavily protected by two deep bunkers but don’t be scared to bail out into the one just beyond the pond. It’s better than hooking a ball onto the road or dumping one into the water. Aim for the middle, but a sand save from an uphill lie isn’t the worst thing in the world to stare down.