Well I played Bear Dance last week in a charity event. Wow. The first time I've played golf in Colorado... A few comments before I gush about the course.
(1.) It is truly amazing how much further the ball flies when you are playing in elevation of 6,700 feet... There were holes - where I was hitting PW from 145 to 150 (wind assisted, elevation). Crazy when I usually hit a wedge 120.
(2.) It was fun hitting drives down wind from elevated tees 320+yds... Felt like the ball was going forever.
(3.) The elevation changes make everything look so much closer. I've never had 180 into a hole - over a wash/hazard and felt like I should be hitting a 6iron (and hit it through the green - flushed it).
Now to the course... It was beautiful. Really, for this being a public course - it was manicured like a high end resort course - or private club. Their wasn't a spot that was bare, or under repair. It was extremely well manicured. No nasty grass clippings laying around anywhere. If you're looking for a solid round of golf, with panoramic vista views of prairies, mountainous and towering pines. Go checkout Bear Dance. You won't be disappointed. Just remember to club down if you are from out of town.
Lastly, a few pics taken with my iPhone.
14th Hole - We're playing in a Shotgun Start. First time playing the course - tight dogleg left. Screw it... Pull out the driver and RIP it!
Quality green complexes like this is par for the course at Bear Dance
Beauty Par 5 - Looks peaceful in the picture - but let me tell you - there was ~ 25mph wind in our face!
Snapshot behind the tee - which shows the prairie with a train running along the side of the vista... Makes you feel like you're in the middle of nowhere.
Signature hole at Bear Dance - with the bear paw trap design. Nice birdie hole if you can get your approach shot to the correct tear.
Short par 3 over water - gnarly hole that can sneak up and bite you if you're not careful as the green is severely sloped.
Make sure you wait for the group in front of you on this dog leg left Par 4. HULK SMASH it with a driver over the trees on the left and you'll leave yourself a baby wedge into the green.