Sanctuary Golf Club
Denver — Colorado, USA
International Leisure course
Playable on simulator at Golf en Ville, the premier commercial indoor center of Paris
Architect: Jim Engh — Designed: 1996
Severity index: 2 — Intermediate
18 holes, Par 72 — Length: 7044 yards
About Sanctuary Golf Club
Just outside of Denver, Colorado is one of the most exclusive golf courses on the planet. Sanctuary Golf Course was founded and built in 1997 by RE/MAX founder and co-founder, Dave and Gail Liniger. It was designed by Jim Engh and was declared as “The USA’s Best New Private Courses,” by Golf Digest when it was opened. Play is limited to approximately 20 charity events per year – and rounds are auctioned off.
The Rocky Mountains provide the dramatic backcloth for the club known simply as Sanctuary – the brainchild of RE/MAX Chairman and Co-Founder Dave Liniger. Award winning architect, Jim Engh, designed the course and it opened for play in 1996.
The Sanctuary golf course occupies a 220-acre plot, which is set amidst some 12,500 acres of stunning open landscape. Free from residential development, Sanctuary is just that, an oasis of calm amongst the towering pines at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The topography is nothing short of dramatic and often you will feel you have the entire course to yourself as most holes play in splendid isolation, concealed from the next.
If you do get the opportunity to tee it up at Sanctuary keep your eyes peeled for the wildlife that include mountain lions, black bears and bobcats which freely roam the course. Dave and Gail Liniger own the exclusive Sanctuary and they carefully preserve the finely balanced ecosystem by restricting the traffic to a mere 9,000 rounds per year.
When you stand on the back tee of the par-5 1st hole you swallow especially hard. The hole plunges - 185 feet -- downhill to a fairway that looks especially narrow from such a lofty height. The hang time on the drive can seem like an eternity and the slightest push or pull can mean a quick reload. Candidly, if one were attempting to craft a score one would simply hit an iron or hybrid off the tee to ensure one's ball finds the short grass.
The same situation repeats at the par-4 2nd. The 458-yard hole provides an enchanting vista of The Front Range but, like the 1st, the fairway becomes especially narrow the deeper the tee shot goes. This is another situation where the prudent play is to take less club off the tee and simply find the fairway on this downhill hole.
As with any course that features massive swings in elevation you will encounter holes that go uphill in a reverse manner. Being able to chart distances at Sanctuary can be a chore -- the existing elevation you automatically encounter when being in Colorado can mean several clubs less than at or near sea level. When you throw in the constant land movement -- both uphill and downhill -- it requires a constant shift in knowing not only how far one can hit a given shot but also picking up one's target lines in deciding how aggressive or cautious a line of attack you wish to pursue.
This is really front and center with the dog-leg right par-5 4th. The aggressive line of attack calls upon the player to hit a blind shot over challenging terrain and where failure will result in a quick reload. The safe play can be carried out for a rather conventional three-shot hole. The risk element is appealing to a degree but the key is having a total sense of confidence in one's execution to not only choose the appropriate line of attack but also calculate when a ball does land for any rollout.
Of the two sides the inward half is the better of the two. The par-3 10th is a quality hole -- on clear days you can see Pike's Peak in the distance. The green is also wrapped in a "C" shape in which the back right corner requires a deftly played shot to settle near the hole.
Given the nature of the land Engh had to be inventive and the back-to-back par-4's at the 12th and 13th show that quite well. Each is a dog-leg -- the former going left-to-right and uphill and the latter doing the exact reverse on both elements. The 13th is well done as players have to decide whether cutting off the corner is worth the risk -- the approach calls upon a quality play over a fronting water hazard.
The concluding holes are a quality mixture given the continuing pattern of up and down. The concluding par-4 hole at 458 yards is a beast -- going uphill -- as in UPHILL -- all the way from tee to green. Those getting on the putting green at the 18th will have much to cheer about since so many people will invariably not make the kind of club adjustments called upon.
Play Sanctuary Golf Club in Paris on simulator
Alone or with friends, whether you are a golfer or not, you can spend a good time and play Sanctuary Golf Club (or one of other 99 international courses available) in the Paris area, on simulator, in very realistic conditions.
In one click, you can choose to play a selection of holes or the whole course; you can adjust about twenty parameters and display modes and customize the gaming experience and difficulty: the tee-box that is right for you, wind strength, pin position, green speed, fairway hardness, etc ...) or simply you can keep the settings that are available to you. You can also try one of the 35 scoring systems available, for more fun.
You can also choose to take a golf lesson on this course, and enjoy the precision of trajectory measures and the beautiful surroundings.
Please note that the severity index specified above is meant in ideal conditions i.e. no wind, pin position easy,...
If you add some wind, it's a different ball game, some courses can become very difficult.
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Updated on 09-02-20