Cougar Canyon Golf Links

Trinidad, Colorado

Links at Cougar Canyon golf course
This is halfway down the fairway on #1, looking towards the green
Cougar Canyon Golf Links

This is a Nicklaus Design, 18-hole golf course. I got a sneak peek, the golf course isn't open officially until mid-August, 2007. In my humble opinion, this is a golf course to write home about.

Cougar Canyon Golf Links will demand all your attention, in spite of the beautiful scenery in all directions. Each hole features 4 tee boxes, generous fairways, large greens and a "minimal" amount of forced carries (wait 'til you see #16 with the imposing island green...) And I haven't mentioned the 40 or so bunkers with the unique black sand.

The front nine is beautiful and open. The course meanders back into a small valley before turning around and re-emerging back in the center of Cougar Canyon by the lake. The back nine follows Gray Creek Wash, a deep arroyo that leads past that famous #16 green and then back around to the lake in the center of the canyon.

Cougar Canyon Golf Links raises the bar in southern Colorado. In putting together the stuff for the golfing section of this website, I've visited quite a few golf courses in the area. None is as gorgeous as this one, nor have I seen any other layouts that come close to this. This course makes the others look easy.

The golf course opened in August, 2007, with a temporary clubhouse. The real clubhouse will be part of the Hawthorne Suites - Convention Center complex, just west of the central lake in the heart of the Cougar Canyon Golf Resort Community. Cougar Canyon is just northeast of downtown Trinidad off of US Highways 350/160.

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The temporary clubhouse
Links at Cougar Canyon, Trinidad, Colorado
I take most of my tee box photos from the black tees, this is #3
Links at Cougar Canyon Golf Course, Trinidad, Colorado
Black tees on #4, the fairway is in the upper center of the photo
Halfway down the fairway, looking at the green, #5
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#6, black tees, the green is hidden in the center of the photo
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Halfway down the fairway, the green on #8
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#9, from the black tees
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The green on #10
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From the black tees on #11
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Looking down the fairway from the black tees on #12
Nicklaus design golf course
The green on #13
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Halfway down the fairway on #15, the green is on the right
Golf course at Cougar Canyon in Trinidad, Colorado
The Island green on #16, from the black tees on #17
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#18, from the black tees
Cougar Canyon Golf Course in Trinidad, Colorado
The driving range
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Rear of the temporary clubhouse
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Inside the clubhouse, the 19th hole is through that door in the back
Cougar Canyon Golf Links logo
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