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Golfers can play like the pros at Castle Rock’s Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course through the July 4 weekend.The course maintenance staff has temporarily retooled hole No. 17 to simulate the tougher course conditions experienced during the U.S. Open.Normal golf conditions call for short rough, and greens that are not too fast in order to accommodate novice golfers.The rough on most public golf courses is maintained at 2 inches, which allows for optimal ball positioning. However, during tournament play – and currently on No. 17 – the rough is maintained much higher, at about 4 inches. This results in golf balls settling deep into the grass, which offers a challenge for golfers.Another difference between tournament and regular conditions is green speed. Typical green speeds range from 9 to 10 feet, while greens for some tournaments are pushed to speeds of 12 feet and beyond.At Red Hawk Ridge, the green on No. 17 has been made firmer and faster to add an additional test to putting. In addition, four collection areas have been added to the hole to draw shots into sand traps and into a collection area behind the green.No. 17 was chosen for the U.S. Open simulation because the par 3-hole lends itself nicely to a taste of difficult golf without slowing the pace of play on the course.With the holiday weekend approaching, now is a great time to get a group together to see who can best conquer U.S. Open conditions. Reserve a tee time online today at redhawkridge.com.