|Website||Colbert Hills Official Site|
|Designed by||Jeff Brauer and Jim Colbert|
Colbert Hills Golf Course is a public golf course located in Manhattan, Kansas. Utilizing the natural ecosystem of the surrounding Flint Hills, it is a links-style course with few trees. From its opening to 2011 Colbert Hills was ranked by Golfweek as the best public course in Kansas, and it has ranked as the second-best from 2012 to present. Among both public and private courses, it has also been continuously ranked by Golf Digest among the top eight overall in the state.
The course is home to the men's and women's golf teams of Kansas State University, and is used by the university as an environmental research and turf management facility. Colbert Hills is also home to The First Tee Academy and the Earl Woods National Youth Golf Academy.
The course was co-designed by professional golfer Jim Colbert, a Kansas State University graduate. A statue of him stands at the facility. Colbert Hills also features a Par-3 course.
The course opened with an invitational pro-am tournament on April 30, 2000. Among those competing in the tournament were Jim Colbert, Lee Trevino, Raymond Floyd, Annika Sörenstam and Manhattan native Deb Richard. Also present at the opening was Tim Finchem, Commissioner of the PGA Tour.
A new clubhouse was completed in May 2010, on the tenth anniversary of the course.
Colbert Hills was host to the Big 12 Conference women's golf championships on April 19–21, 2002.
Layout and Signature Holes
The signature hole is number 7, which is a 600-yard par 5 that begins with a 90-foot (27 m) drop from the tee to the fairway. The initial landing area is bracketed by 3 bunkers, making controlled shots essential. The second landing area is also well bunkered, combining with the bunkers at the green to require an entrance from the right side of the second landing area.
Distances listed are from the black/blue tee boxes.
|Hole 1||Par 5||590 Yards||Hole 10||Par 5||614 Yards|
|Hole 2||Par 4||412 Yards||Hole 11||Par 3||230 Yards|
|Hole 3||Par 4||416 Yards||Hole 12||Par 4||434 Yards|
|Hole 4||Par 4||494 Yards||Hole 13||Par 4||357 Yards|
|Hole 5||Par 3||213 Yards||Hole 14||Par 4||487 Yards|
|Hole 6||Par 4||428 Yards||Hole 15||Par 4||375 Yards|
|Hole 7||Par 5||600 Yards||Hole 16||Par 5||513 Yards|
|Hole 8||Par 3||210 Yards||Hole 17||Par 3||237 Yards|
|Hole 9||Par 4||462 Yards||Hole 18||Par 4||453 Yards|