By Design – Issue 58, Summer 2022

6 DIGEST The new RainDance National course designed by Harrison Minchew, ASGCA, and former PGA Tour professional Fred Funk, located near the front range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, will open for play on 12 July. The course is part of a Water Valley Company development, which also includes 2,500 homes, a hotel, a general store, skiing and biking facilities, and an ice rink. “RainDance features about 225 feet of elevation change from the 5,000-foot highpoint on the first hole to the 4,775-foot-high lake on the fifteenth; for perspective, that’s over 40 percent greater than the celebrated elevation changes at Augusta National,” said Minchew, who was on site almost every day during construction. The course returns to the clubhouse three times, allowing golfers to play loops of three, six, nine and 12 holes, and is almost 8,500 yards from the back tees. “The course tips out at 8,463 yards, which will allow it to host men’s professional and national amateur events. With added carry and runoff, RainDance will probably play around 7,500 to 7,600 yards from the back tee. This relative length will be similar to the 7,700-yard Ocean course at RainDance National prepares to debut new course from Minchew and Funk