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“All Martin [Lind] built is big,” said Matt Hernandez, sales manager at The Water Valley Co, of his boss’ new baby: the RainDance National Resort & Golf in Windsor. “We go big or we don’t.”
At over 8,400 yards, the par-71 course designed with guidance from PGA Tour legend Fred Funk, RainDance is the longest course in North America, according to the developer.
The 300-acre course, which traces the Cache la Poudre River, was designed by Funk, architect Harrison Minchew and Lind, of which Water Valley Co. is the master developer of the primarily residential RainDance community.
Although it’s the longest course on the continent, Raindance isn’t necessarily the toughest course, given that the ball tends to travel farther in altitude, Hernandez said. “If you play the right tees, you should be fine.”
The course and resort are hosting a week-long opening celebration the week of July 10 that will include a concert by country musician Colt Ford atop Hoedown Hill, a mound more than a hundred feet tall that will eventually serve as a man – equipped ski and toboggan run.
“Words will never quite match what you will experience when you visit RainDance. The view from the top gives you breathtaking views of the Rockies and the endless visual north to Wyoming and the city of Windsor below,” said Funk in a prepared statement, “But the view from the bottom of RainDance blows your mind when you look at the arroyos that make RainDance so unique.”
The vibe inside RainDance is rustic and agricultural, with old tillers, rusty wagon wheels, and scrapped tractors dotting the landscape.
The purpose of the aesthetic choices is to “pay homage to the farmers who built this town,” Hernandez said.
Like farmers before them, golf course designers took advantage of the lay of the land to settle.
“We could have come in and demolished the whole lot and built the golf course over it,” Henandez said. Rather, the course is contoured on the dirt, with fairways tumbling down ravines and arroyos that are home to a herd of deer. Elevated tee boxes set atop the hills offer views of Long’s Peak to the west and the smokestacks of Weld County power and industrial facilities to the east.
RainDance National is semi-private, so non-members can make a tee time three days in advance.
Hernandez said course officials hope to host a PGA Tour Champions event, formerly known as the Senior PGA Tour, at RainDance in the next few years.
Lind is no stranger to golf courses, having opened the Pelican Lakes Golf Club in 1999 and adding the nearby Pelican Falls course in 2006.
Northern Colorado is increasingly becoming a hotbed for golfing activities.
The TPC Colorado at Heron Lakes route in Burgdorf opened in the summer of 2018 and is home to a Korn Ferry Tour stop.
Nearby Timnath, plans are underway to build a Topgolf facility in the approximately 240-acre Ladera development near the intersection of Harmony Road and Interstate 25.