Four Mile Ranch is located on the east side of Canon City, about 45 minutes southwest of Colorado Springs and 30 minutes west of I-25 at Pueblo. The course was designed by Jim Engh, who also designed Lakota Canton Ranch, Black Rock, and Pradera. It’s a real estate development course, but in the early stages so there aren’t homes to ruin the golf experience with each hole isolated and separate, with significant distances between greens and tees.
The Four Mile Ranch Golf Club layout is minimalist in design, without conventional bunkers, instead the natural desert scrub bordering the fairways serves as waste areas. While the first few holes are tame in terms of the natural pitch, the rest of the course takes you on a roller coast ride throughout the 4 miles of the former ranch land.There’s a lot of risk and reward holes of all types of shapes, configurations, and routes with blind shots galore. The fairways are bowled-in as are the greens, with heavy mounding which not only impacts putting, but also the approach shots. There’s elevated tees with views for miles, the scenery here is literally stunning in the late afternoons. It’s an interesting, maybe quirky layout, and can be a lot of fun while rewarding good course management. Four Mile Ranch maxes out at just over 7,000 yards to a 72-par with a 132 slope, the blue tees are 6,231 yards, 68.3/123.
Before you leave Canon City, take the 30 minute drive west to see the Royal Gorge Bridge, a suspension bridge 1,260 foot long bridge, 955 fee above the Arkansas River, the nearby 8 Mile Bar and Grill is a good choice for lunch, since there’s no more than a trailer at the golf course.