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Reviewed by: livegolf, Charlottesville, VA
I played here 11/24/17.
This was my first stop on a multi round trip to Florida. I played the El Campeon course a few years ago and enjoyed it, so I wanted to come back and play Las Colinas. If you only have a chance to play one course here then play the El Campeon.
Las Colinas is a decent course in its own right tough (very little elevation change compared to El Campeon) and a good compliment to El Campeon. Las Colinas is a Gary Koch design and I’ve played a few of his other ones and found them to be playable. This one might be a bit tougher compared to his other courses, as you need to be precise with the approaches. Some room to fan it around on certain tee shots though. I had no business playing the blue tees at 6829/73.2/131 on a cool, misty morning but the whites were going to be shorter than I prefer. Long par 4’s and a couple forced carries are the major difficulties.
The design got better as it went on as fewer homes were noticeable and more trees. The only “memorable” hole is the 12th, which is a short par 5 that plays into the Florida swampland. It is named “Alligator Alley” because of how narrow it is and all the overhanging trees. You can hit driver for a chance to reach the green in two or lay up a couple times.
The conditions were nice as the overseed came in nicely and the crew was out mowing it on Black Friday. I waited for them quite a lot as the first single off in the morning and crawled around in 3.5 hours. The greens and fairways were full but the greens were slower than they looked as it rained for the previous 36 hours. Putts didn’t bump off line. Off the fairways had some typical Florida bare spots. Found an online deal for $33 and well worth that price this time of year. The bunkers here have a beautiful, round shape to them!