Colorado’s terrain challenges golfers with its mountain peaks, rolling forest hills, swaths of desert and golden plains. Architects have carved world-class golf courses in Colorado, from Denver’s City Park Course to The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs to the spell-binding mountain courses of Winter Park, Steamboat Springs, Eagle, and Durango.
Swing your clubs while admiring a view of the Denver skyline at the City Park Golf Course. Adjacent to the Denver Museum of Natural History, the City Park course is known for its tight fairways and strategically challenging bunkers. The original Denver Country Club and one of the city’s oldest courses, the Overland Golf Course dates back to 1895. The Overland offers players an affordable country club design with towering trees, demanding fairways and a view of the Colorado Rockies and downtown Denver.
A north Denver escape, the Colorado National Golf Club is notable for its distracting mountain backdrop of Long's Peak and Mount Meeker. The 7,676 yard course is a traditional links design with native grass, rolling fairways, undulating greens, numerous strategic bunkers, and enough water hazards to keep your game interesting. The Colorado National Golf Club is also the exclusive home to golf teams from the nearby University of Colorado.
A surprise visitor wanders the Arrowhead links — Photo courtesy of Arrowhead Golf Club
The Arrowhead Golf Club is a South Denver suburbia challenge, named “Top Ten Public Courses” by Golf Digest. The stunning scenery includes challenging elevation changes, plentiful wildlife sightings, rolling terrain, vivid vistas and the thousands of dramatic feet of ancient red sandstone rocks.
Choose from three 18-hole championship golf courses at the historic Broadmoor, set in the Cheyenne Mountain foothills in Colorado Springs. Pike’s Peak towers over the legendary courses, designed by well-known architects, Arnold Palmer, Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Donald Ross. The Broadmoor courses have also hosted several professional golf tournaments including the 2008 U.S. Senior Open and the 2011 U. S. Women's Open Championship. When the Broadmoor East course opened in 1918 at an elevation of 6,400 feet, it was the highest golf course in the US. Since then, political figures, celebrities, athletes and some of the greatest golfers in the world have swung their club at The Broadmoor.
A short drive west to the Denver foothills is the Fossil Trace Golf Club located in the city of Golden. Designed by Jim Engh, the Fossil Trace Golf Club is a challenging and visually stunning 18-hole course earning much acclaim in the golf industry. Most interesting is that its name is derived from the discovery on the 12th hole of 60 million year old fossils of palm fronds and triceratops footprints.
Continue further west into the Colorado Rocky Mountains and select from an abundance of world-class golf courses. Test your game at these notable classic mountain golf courses: the 27-hole Pole Creek Golf Club in Winter Park at 8,600 feet; the Scottish link-style Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs; the Arnold Palmer-designed Eagle Ranch Golf Course, a prairie link-style course in Vail Valley; and the Dalton Ranch Golf Club winding along the Animas River below the red cliffs of the San Juan Mountains.
Golf in the Rockies will etch one unforgettable round after another for all levels of golfers, and the thin mountain air also gives your ball an extra lift, often as much as an additional 10 yards!