Cherry Hills Country Club

Englewood, CO, United States Private

Overview

When Cherry Hills opened in the early 1920s, it was a ground-breaking design, with the nation’s first par-5 island green and closing back-to-back par 5s, although in championships the 18th is played as a par 4. In the 1960 U.S. Open, winner Arnold Palmer popularized the idea of a drivable par 4 by going for the first green in every round. Curiously, when Palmer and partner Ed Seay remodeled Cherry Hills in 1976, they lengthened the first hole so no player could duplicate Arnie’s feat. Nearly 40 years later, modern equipment has once again made the first hole reachable from the tee. A decade's worth of renovation and individual feature restoration by Tom Doak and Eric Iverson of Renaissance Golf have primed Cherry Hills for the next phase of its illustrious tournament history, which began with the 2023 U.S. Amateur.

About

Holes 18
Length 7316
Slope 145
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 1923
Designer William S. Flynn/(R) J. Press Maxwell, ASGCA/Tom Doak & Eric Iverson

Awards

100 Greatest
Best Courses in Every State

100 Greatest: Ranked in 1969-'70 and every year since 1973.
2023-'24 ranking: 68th.
Previous ranking: 73rd.
Highest ranking:
No. 21, 2003-'04.

Best in State: Ranked first, 1985, 1993-2003. Ranked inside the top 5 since 1977.

Current ranking: Third.

Golf Digest Logo Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.6

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.6696
Character
7.9216
Challenge
7.6005
Layout Variety
7.7296
Fun
7.6463
Aesthetics
7.5858
Conditioning
7.7205

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