Colbert Hills

Manhattan, KS, United States Public

Overview

Designed by eight-time PGA Tour winner Jim Colbert along with architect Jeff Brauer, Colbert Hills is the highest-ranked public course in state and ranked in the top 10 in our Best in Kansas rankings. Colbert, a decorated collegiate golfer who finished runner-up at NCAAs during his time at Kansas State, included a fun element as an homage to his alma mater on the fifth hole, with a bunker complex in the shape of a wildcat paw print (in honor of the school’s mascot). On big football weekends, the facility will make the sand purple. Colbert Hills is a challenging yet playable layout with strategic hazards but generous fairways and large putting surfaces, which average over 7,000 square feet. The rolling terrain offers terrific views of the beautiful Flint Hills region framed by native prairie tallgrass. In addition to being home of the Kansas State men’s and women’s golf teams, it also houses the First Tee of Manhattan, including the Earl Woods National Youth Golf Academy, named for Tiger’s father who was born in Manhattan, played baseball at K-State and was the first Black baseball player in the Big Seven conference (now the Big 12).

About

Holes 18
Length 7525
Slope 152
Price $80
Facility Type Public
Designer Jeffrey D. Brauer, ASGCA/Jim Colbert

Awards

Best Courses in Every State
Greatest College Courses

Ranking history:

Best in State: Ranked seventh, 2011-'12, 2015-'16. Ranked eighth, 2013-'14. Ranked ninth, 2017-'18, 2021-'24. Ranked 10th, 2019-'20. Ranked inside the top 10, 2001-'24.
Current ranking: Ninth.

America's Greatest College Courses: 16th (2023).

Golf Digest Logo Panelists

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

4

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
6.6717
Character
6.4108
Challenge
6.943
Layout Variety
7.0694
Fun
6.4079
Aesthetics
6.6302
Conditioning
6.5492

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