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The Sleeping Indian


The Sleeping Indian nine does not have as many trees along its fairways as the Cottonwood nine does, but Ralston Creek is in play throughout the Sleeping Indian nine and there are plenty of elevation changes. The Sleeping Indian name comes from a legendary Ralston Valley rock formation seen on the course.

You start out on this nine on a short dogleg right, a par-4 that measures 388 yards from the back tees and 289 yards from the forward tees. You can use your driver off the tee. The big decision here for players, according to Dick Dorn, Golf Course Manager for the City of Arvada, is whether to try cutting the dogleg. The problem is those pesky fairway bunkers that guard the dogleg. To cross those bunkers, you would need a drive of more than 200 yards from some tee boxes. "You can use your driver provided you can carry the fairway bunkers on the right," says Dorn.

One of the most scenic holes on the Sleeping Indian nine - No. 5 - is also among the most difficult. "For most people, it would be very difficult to make par here," says Dorn.

The hole is a long, severely uphill par-5 (556 yards from the back tees and 454 from the forward) with three shelves in the landing area. "You want to use your driver off the tee and avoid the bunkers on the right and the grass mounds on the left," Dorn says.

Then your second shot should be played to a landing area between the four fairway bunkers on the right and a sprawling single bunker on the left. That gets you to about 100 yards from the green which is off to the right. Watch out with your approach shot; you could end up in some of the sand and grass bunkers that protect the green.

On the tee box of No. 6, "you'll see views of Table Mountain and downtown Denver," says Dick Dorn.

This beautiful par-3 (193 yards from the back tees and 119 from the forward) is the easiest of the four that you'll find at West Woods. It plays down hill, so use about one club less than you would normally do. Lots of sand trouble here both to the right and the left.

You'll end the Sleeping Indian nine by playing a long and tricky par-4 (412 yards from the back tees and 315 from the forward). This is a slight dogleg right with a pond on the right side of the fairway and two large fairway bunkers on the left. The slightly elevated green is circled by five bunkers.





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