Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Passport: Your weekly travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration

Denver Travel Guide

Golf

Private Courses

With their sprawling layouts and impressively appointed greens, these four private clubs merit a special look over their city-operated counterparts simply because of their more rural settings. On any Denver-area course, though, out-of-town golfers should keep in mind that the high altitude affects golf balls like it does baseballs—which is why the Rockies have so many more home runs when they bat at home. It's generally agreed that your golf ball will go about 10%–15% farther in the thin air here than it would at sea level.

Arrowhead Golf Club. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., this course is set impressively among red sandstone spires. It's 45 minutes from downtown in Roxborough State Park, which means that any members of your group who don't want to golf can hike nearby. 10850 W. Sundown Trail, Littleton, CO, 80125. 303/973–9614. www.arrowheadcolorado.com. 18 holes. 6636 yds. Par 72. Slope 137. Green Fee: $110/$140. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, rental clubs, pro-shop, lessons, restaurant/bar.

Buffalo Run. A Keith Foster–designed course and the site for the 2004 Denver Open, the bargain-priced Buffalo Run counts wide-open views of the plains surrounding its lake-studded course among its charms, which also include streams running through it and the Bison Grill Restaurant. 15700 E. 112th Ave., Commerce City, CO, 80022. 303/289–1500. www.buffalorungolfcourse.com. 18 holes. 7411 yds. Par 72. Slope 129. Greens Fee: $40/$44. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, caddies, rental clubs, pro-shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

Ridge at Castle Pines North. Tom Weiskopf designed this 18-hole course with great mountain views and dramatic elevation changes. It's ranked among the nation's top 100 public courses. It's in Castle Rock, about 45 minutes south of Denver on I–25. 1414 Castle Pines Pkwy., Castle Rock, CO, 80108. 303/688–4301. www.playtheridge.com. Reservations essential. 18 holes. 7013 yds. Par: 71. Slope 143. Green fee: $115/$145. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro-shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Riverdale Golf Courses. It's two golf courses in one: Riverdale has the Dunes, a Scottish-style links course designed by Pete and Perry Dye that sits on the South Platte River and offers railroad ties, plenty of bunkers, and water; while the Knolls has a more gnarly, park-inspired layout. Both courses are shaded by plenty of trees, and you can't beat the green fees. While you're here, be sure to peruse the on-site Colorado Golf Hall of Fame showcases. 13300 Riverdale Rd., Brighton, CO, 80601. 303/659–4700. www.riverdalegolf.com. Knolls: 18 holes. 6771 yards. Par: 71. Slope 118. Green fee: $25/$28. Dunes: 18 holes. 7,064 yards. Par: 72. Slope 134. Green fee: $39/$46. Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro-shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Public Courses

City of Denver Public Golf Courses. Seven courses—City Park, Harvard Gulch, Evergreen, Kennedy, Overland Park, Wellshire, and Willis Case—are operated by the City of Denver and are open to the public. Green fees for all range from $22 to $35. For advance reservations golfers must use the City of Denver Golf Reservation System (on the Web or by phone) up to three days in advance. For same-day tee times you can call the starters at an individual course. Denver, CO. 303/784–4000. www.cityofdenvergolf.com. City Park, 2500 York St., 80205. 303/295–2096. 18 holes. 6740 yds. Par 72/74. Slope 122. Green Fee: $26/$35. Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, caddies, rental clubs, pro-shop, lessons, restaurant, bar. Evergreen, 29614 Upper Bear Creek Rd., 80439. 303/674–6351. 18 holes. 4877 yds. Par 69. Slope 111. Green Fee: $22/$32. Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro-shop, restaurant, bar. Harvard Gulch, 660 Iliff Ave., 80212. 303/698–4078. 9 holes. 891 yds. Par 27. Slope 120. Green Fee: $8. Putting green, pull carts, rental clubs. Kennedy, 10500 E. Hampden Ave., 80014. 720/865–0720. West Course: 9 holes. 3455 yds. Par 36. Slope 116. Green Fee: $11. Babe Lind/Creek Course: 18 holes. 6884 yds. Par 71. Slope 126 (front 9, Babe Lind), 118 (back 9, Creek). Green Fee: $26/$35. Driving range, putting green, golf carts, pull carts, caddies, rental clubs, pro-shop, lessons, restaurant, bar. Overland Park, 1801 S. Huron St., 80223. 303/698–4975. 18 holes. 6676 yds. Par 72. Slope 118. Green Fee: $26/$35. Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, caddies, rental clubs, pro-shop, lessons, restaurant, bar. Wellshire, 3333 S. Colorado Blvd., 80222. 303/692–5636. 18 holes. 6541 yds. Par 72. Slope 127. Green Fee: $26/$35. Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, caddies, rental clubs, pro-shop, lessons, two restaurants, bar. Willis Case, 4999 Vrain St., 80212. 720/865–0700. 18 holes. 6306 yds. Par 72. Slope 119. Green Fee: $26/$35. Putting green, golf carts, pull carts, caddies, rental clubs, pro-shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Previous

Football

Next

Hiking

Advertisement

Advertisement

News & Features
Trip Finder
Store
Guidebooks

Fodor's Colorado

View Details
Travel Deals