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If you played a round of golf at Thorncreek prior to their renovation and have yet to revisit their updated course, you are probably thinking to yourself that I am crazy. Many of us remember the Thorncreek of old with a seemingly outdated clubhouse, a bipolar front 9 (or back 9 if you played there prior to 2015) with fairways that were either soaking wet or bone dry, and a course that was fairly tough for the higher handicap golfer. And at that time, you would be right. As an employee of the course in the Summer of 2016, I heard my fair share of gripes from golfers day in and day out. I was able to see these issues firsthand as I played there dozens of times that Summer as well. However, that was in 2016. We are now in 2020 and the problems of the past are exactly that. In the past.

Throughout the 20 month renovation, Thorncreek revisited and solved their irrigation problems, transformed their clubhouse and patio into a welcoming and inviting environment, revamped their practice facilities and made slight alterations to the course to suit the higher handicap player.

Established in 1992, Thorncreek Golf Course has quickly and recently transitioned into a local favorite. After 20 months of renovation concluding in spring of 2018, Thorncreek has excited members and guests alike with revamped practice facilities, an all new state-of-the-art clubhouse, and a refreshed take on the original course design.

Thorncreek is a par 72 course that includes 5 sets of tees to cater to every golfer’s skill level. With a beautiful modern clubhouse, the inviting atmosphere is apparent. Once you arrive at the practice facilities, you are met with a driving range that is not only able to accommodate a multitude of golfers, but also has target greens to sure up your siren and short game. Step over to the incredibly oversized putting green and you can work on your putting from every angle, lie and distance imaginable. Beginning your round, the front 9 is located on the west side of the clubhouse and is more of a links style design with big dry creek running through or beside many of the holes. As you pass through the tunnel running under Washington St., you are met with the back 9 that is almost completely bordered by residential areas. The course is green, lush and full of fun and challenging hazard locations. After your round, it’s time to hit the beautiful patio that is accompanied by amazing mountain views, great service, better food, and even better drinks. Thorncreek has truly made its mark as one of Colorado’s favorite courses.

Personally, the golf experience just feels better than it did before. The clubhouse staff has always been friendly, welcoming and all around just good people, and that has not changed a bit. However, from the second you step onto the practice green before your round, you can feel the difference. The greens are consistently in great condition along with the rest of the course. I also have been hard-pressed to find any dry/barren or soaking wet spots on the fairways and around the greens that plagued the masses in years past. For the higher handicappers, Thorncreek has corrected a few locations on the course that proved to be points of pain for our bogey and double-bogey heavy friends. Most notably, a ditch on the 16th hole par 5 that just so happened to be perfect driving distance for many golfers has now been filled and is now just like any other normal fairway. Thorncreek is also very active in the junior and women’s golf communities. There are nearly always junior and women golfers on the range or on the course and Thorncreek has made a point to create multiple women’s leagues and junior programs. Lastly, the updated patio is super inviting and offers guests a great 19th hole experience.

The real estate in this area is currently primarily priced between $450,000-650,000. All homes in this area are single-family homes with a good range of style and size selections. However, it is not only the homes and the golf course that potential homeowners will be interested in. First, the homes in this neighborhood feed into Adams 12 5-Star Schools. In addition, the neighborhood surrounding Thorncreek Golf Course is also within a 5-minute drive of the brand new Denver Premium outlets, the Orchard Town Center, Walmart, Lifetime Fitness, Dutch Bros. Coffee, Cabelas, and a multitude of dining options. In addition, Colorado’s newest TopGolf is located just 10 minutes away off of Hwy-7 and I-25 and borders another large shopping center that includes Costco, The Home Depot and many other big box stores. Looking for something to do nearby? The opportunities are endless! All in all, whether you are looking for a home next to your favorite local course, or just looking to make running errands and finding activities easier, this neighborhood is perfect for you!