Denver Area Golf
For many years, Denver has been a beautiful area to live and work in. There was a huge housing boom that has slowed considerably. Few have recognized it as a golfing destination, but golf courses abound with breathtaking views that have made the area famous. The altitude will help with your golfing enjoyment!!!! You may feel the exhilaration of being a long ball hitter for the first time in your life! Remember to try out your new power on the driving range first! You may overestimate what you can do!
One of the most unique courses in the Denver area is actually in Golden. The Applewood Golf Course was built in 1961 for the Adolph Coors Co. Brewery. It is unique in the eco-friendly care it is given. Since it is on top of the aquifer used by the company, the company has required the course to go without the use of dangerous chemicals since 1988. This means the course uses natural fertilizers and pest controls to produce a highly desirable golf course. Although it has bluegrass fairways and bent-grass greens, it looks much like any other course. The result is possible because of the staff’s personal care. Greens are hand-watered, and the grass is watched closely to handle any problems before they spread. The trade-off is more cost effective than with the use of chemicals. This is evident in the price of less than $30 for a wonderful golf course. The course is a par 71, with a length of 6300 yards. J. Press Maxwell designed the course. Although it has only moderate elevation changes, it offers a target- orientated course that challenges your strategic thinking. Because of its location there are many water hazards and a great deal of wildlife. The result is a course that will be a pleasure to play.
The Arrowhead Golf Course has been voted the # 1 public course in the Denver area. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., the course has a length of 6682 yards with a slope of 134 and a rating of 70.9. The course located in the suburb of Littleton has some of the most magnificent views of the Rocky Mountains. Craggy ridges jut straight up at every turn, and make for an outstanding mountain experience of golf.
Colorado National Golf Club is considered the best golf facility in the Denver area. Designed by Jay Morrish the course is the official course of the University of Colorado men’s and women’s golf teams. It provides a short game area, practice fairway bunker and large putting green. With a length of 7676 yards, the 72- par course has a slope of 141 and which features large elevation changes with panoramic views of the Front Range.
The Fossil Trace Golf Course opened to rave reviews in 2003. Golf Digest and Golf Magazine recognized the course as one of the 10 best new courses of that year. Since then it has continued to be recognized as one of the best courses around. Located in Golden, the course was designed by James Engh. Inside the facility are fossils and information on the highlight the rich history of the location. So you get a great course plus a natural history lesson!!! Incorporated in the course are large clay mining equipment which add to the colorful adventure that awaits you. The 72-par course is 6831 yards long with a slope of 138 and rating of 71.8.
The Green Valley Ranch Golf Course is a 27-hole facility with 7241 yards at the 18 hole course, with an additional 9 hole First Tee Three par course. Peter Dye designed the courses that opened in 2001. The main course has five tee boxes and a rating of 72.7 and a slope of 131. In addition to the facility hosting several local tournaments, it is the location of the Colorado Golf Academy, which provides classes for all your golfing needs.
The Plum Creek Golf Club is located in Castle Rock. As a former TPC golf course, it has a difficult series of holes that will challenge even the most skilled golfer. The Pete Dye course opened in 1984 and was the site of many Senior PGA events. It has a length of 7107, a 73.7 rating and a slope of 137.
The Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course is outside of Denver in Castle Rock. James Engh designed this course. It is a moderately difficult course. The 6942-yard layout once again uses the magnificent views of the Front Range area to provide an enjoyable game of golf. The course is said to be in great shape. Lush bluegrass fairways are lined with scrub oak and native grasses. Bent grass greens have subtle undulations. The course has a slope of 129 and a rating of 71.6. There are five tee boxes that hit into fairways with extensive mounding, strategically placed bunkers and small lakes located by the greens.
Two courses are found at the Riverdale Golf Course facility. Pete and Perry Dye designed both courses. The Dunes is a Scottish links design with many pot bunkers, mounds and water hazards. It is 7030 yards long with a rating of 72.1 and a slope of 129. The course meanders along the beautiful South Platt River. The Knolls Course is smaller. It is a more of a park-like traditional course with a 6735-yard length, a rating of 70.2 and a slope of 118.
The Spring Valley Golf Course opened in 1998 in Elizabeth, Co. Ross Graves designed the 7180-yard course. The course has a rating of 72.2 and slope of 132 with five tee boxes. The course to appeals to all skill levels. The location is on an old cattle ranch that covers about 429 acres so there is an abundance of wildlife.
The Golf Course at Bear Dance is located outside of Denver in Larkspur. It was designed by several PGA members- Corey Aurand, Stuart Bruening, Dennis Hogan and Brian Whitcomb. It is the location of the museum of the Colorado PGA. As a long course with 7726 yards and spectacular views, it has a course rating of 74.0 and a slope of 144 and offers a challenge to most players. The Course at Bear Dance, the Riverdale Golf Courses, and the Black Bear Course form the Colorado Trilogy. These three courses are considered among the finest Colorado has to offer. The Black Bear Golf Course is located in Parker.
The Ute Creek Golf Course is located in Longmont. The Robert Trent Jones II Group designed the course. The course is located in the north Front Range and opened in 1997. It is a moderately difficult course with a length from 5,509 to 7,167 yards depending on which tee box is used. It features five lakes, two creeks and fairways with a variety of elevation changes.