For golf aficionados, the closer to the course, the better. In Colorado, golf course homes make it convenient for golf lovers to get out and enjoy the game. Take a look at some of metro Denver’s excellent golf courses.
Arrowhead Golf Club in Littleton is considered metro Denver’s most scenic golf course. Built in 1974, this course stretches 6,636 yards, running through ancient sandstone rocks and monoliths. Nestled in the foothills and located near Roxborough State Park, the scenery is almost as spectacular as the game. The clubhouse, overlooking the 10th hole, is a popular venue for weddings and other functions.
The Ridge at Castle Pines North in Castle Rock offers a 6,939-yard course that features two very different nines. The front nine is closer to residential areas, and the ninth hole offers beautiful views of Pikes Peak. The back nine, with its dense pines, is more secluded. The practice facility features several short-game greens. The clubhouse features excellent dining at The Ridge Bar & Grill. The patio, overlooking the 18th hole, offers beautiful views of the surrounding area.
Green Valley Ranch Golf Club in Denver is the location of the Colorado Open Championships. It is located a convenient 20 minutes from downtown Denver. The final three holes of the course are considered to be among the hardest in the state; golfers who score par or better win a free drink. The club is home of the McGetrick Golf Academy, making it a family-friendly course.
Fossil Trace Golf Club in Golden is known for its unusual course hazards. Chimney ruins on the first fairway offer a unique challenge, while rusted mining equipment features on the back nine. This may be the only golf course in the country that includes triceratops footprints (near the 12th hole), and the clubhouse maintains an exhibit about the course’s prehistoric features. Practice facilities include a driving range and putting and chipping areas.
North of the city in Erie lies the Colorado National Golf Club. This 7,676-yard course is the home course of Colorado University’s golf team, and the course is host to NCAA tournaments. Five sets of tees allow golfers of different skill levels to enjoy the course. Golfers can enjoy excellent dining at the clubhouse’s full-service restaurant, or relax by a fire pit on the patio and enjoy the views of the Flatirons and Longs Peak.