The Takeaway: Grade B-
Designer: Jim Engh in 2005
Phone Number: (303) 607-5700
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Pradera's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 5225 Raintree Drive, Parker, Colorado
Photos: See additional photos of Pradera
Accolades: Ranked 16th on Golf Digest's 2013-14 Best in State rankings for Colorado. Home course of course architect Jim Engh.
What to Expect: The Club at Pradera is Jim Engh's home course and is a design where variety was clearly the goal. Engh is known for his punchbowl style greens, but at Pradera he features an equal balance between punchbowl, raised plateau, and ground level greens. There are virtually no level holes with most of them travelling uphill and downhill. The largest elevation change occures on the 632 yard 16th hole that drops 275 feet from the back tee to the fairway. Engh's 'muscle' bunkers are found in several locations on the course as do his Irish pot bunkers as the course bounces back and forth between old school design and modern flare. Pradera seems to have universal appeal among critics due to the nice blend and variety of holes it offers where Jim strayed from some of his 'pet' holes that are found on his earlier designs. It is a great course and its easy to see why Mr. Engh has chosen this location to put his house on.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 16th Hole at Pradera Hole – 640 Yard Par 5
Best Par 3: 15th Hole – 189 Yards
Best Par 4: 11th Hole – 492 Yards
Best Par 5: 7th Hole – 594 Yards
Birdie Time: 6th Hole – 387 Yard Par 4
Bogey Beware: 4th Hole – 459 Yard Par 4