Samuel G. Mustari
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May 25, 2014
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New golf course, designed by Fred Funk, coming to Windsor

If you’ve figured out the best way to hit across the Cache la Poudre River and the rest of the water at Pelican Lakes Golf and Country Club isn’t as challenging as it once was, there’s a new challenge coming to Windsor.

At noon today developer extraordinaire Martin Lind will reveal plans for his newest 18-hole championship golf club — RainDance National Golf Club.

The announcement will take place at Pelican Lakes Golf and Country Club.

However, RainDance will differ from Lind’s other two courses in Windsor — Pelican Lakes and all of its shoreline or the nifty nine-hole Pelican Falls with its breathtaking views from elevated tee boxes.

The 18-hole Rain Dance National Golf Club’s location will be about three miles west of Pelican Lakes/Pelican Falls.

It’s addition will increase the number of holes operated by Water Valley Land Co. from 27 to 45.

It will be the first course designed by PGA Tour veteran Fred Funk, whose won a combined 16 PGA Tour and Champions Tour events.

Funk will drive a ball off the No. 1 tee box on the Pelican Lakes front nine, which is being reconstruction.

The architect for Rain Dance will be Harrison Minchew , who has designed more than 75 courses. Included in his collection of beauties are the Kildare Hotel and Country Club in Straffan, Ireland, the site of the 2006 Ryder Cup.

In a press release, Minchew explained that Funk chose the property where Rain Dance will be located based on an instant friendship he developed with Lind.

“The RainDance property is extraordinary,” Michew said in the release. “It’s perfect for golf. I’ve been designing golf courses for 35 years and I’ve not seen a site so well suited for golf as I have with RainDance. It’s perfect. It’s going to stand apart from the rest.”

Lind and Funk met while completing the purchase of a private airplane, and Funk was surprised that Lind offered him the opportunity to design the course.

After looking at a topographical map of the layout, Funk was sold.

“I was amazed at the potential the piece of land had,” Funk said in the release. “When we walked it the first time, I saw that it designed itself. The layout is already there.”

The course won’t be finished for several years, but it’s expected to be the crown jewel of 2,792-lot RainDance community which will be bordered by Weld County Road 13 on the west side, the Cache la Poudre River on the north, the Pelican Hills subdivision on the east and Crossroads Boulevard on the south.

The public is invited to attend today’s announcement.


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