The Front Range’s Prettiest Golf Courses
Colorado is renowned for the Rocky Mountains, sweeping views and skiing, but the Centennial State also has an affinity for beautiful golf courses. Blend the beauty with a few holes, and it’s bound to be perfect day in the Rockies.
Arrowhead Golf Club
Price: $80 to $120
A geologic wonder, this 18-hole course is positively jaw-dropping. From ponds and rolling hills to the rusty red rocks cantilevered over course-goers, Arrowhead Golf Club is a pristine setting for a round of golf with friends or a memorable wedding. Located South of Chatfield Reservoir, this Front Range Course is not to be missed whether playing yourself, enjoying the restaurant with stunning views over the course, or riding the golf cart as a spectator.
Denver Country Club
Nestled near Cherry Creek is the historic Denver Country Club. With impressive homes overlooking the course, the oasis in the city along Speer Boulevard is steeped in history. Formed in 1887, this members-only course is the oldest country club west of the Mississippi with its current grounds opened in 1905. Mature cottonwood trees and beautiful facilities are host to a wide variety of sports including golf, tennis, figure skating and an outdoor pool. The private 18-hole course is a privilege to play and enjoy, so attend as a guest, or become a member, but be sure to soak in all Denver Country Club has to offer.
The Ridge at Castle Pines North
Price: $80 to $145
This luxury golf course is a public option overlooking scenic vistas near Castle Rock. The Troon Golf-managed facility is a true luxury golfing experience, designed by Tom Weiskopf as a par 71 challenge. From tree-lined fairways to the occasional deer wandering the course, the sweeping views and natural rock formations may have golf enthusiasts shanking balls just to soak in the natural surroundings.
Inverness Hotel and Golf Club
Located in the Denver Tech Center, Inverness Hotel and Golf Club is a semi-private Preston Maxwell Championship Course. Rolling hills accent the challenging course, with deep bunkers and water hazards on 11 of the 18 holes. With velvety greens, splashing fountains and hotel facilities steps away, golfers will all but forget they are in Denver’s bustling technological center.
The Golf Club at Bear Dance
Price: $69 to $110
Early morning mists and stunning afternoon sunsets accent this beautiful course. Mature pine forests, wildflower-speckled hillsides and a tranquil location afford Bear Dance a unique and stunning setting in which to play golf. Designed and built by PGA members, Bear Dance provides a true Colorado golf experience, steps from untamed forests, local wildlife and picturesque water features. Considered by some as the most challenging public course, Bear Dance is also known for its Rocky Mountain views.
CBS Denver Insider Tips:
Don’t worry about your game at these scenic courses, shoot with your camera instead of your club. Although it’s always a good idea to keep the game going, these scenic courses afford great photo opportunities whether you’re playing with golf buddies or on the green for a corporate event.
Many clubs and courses require that those enjoying the facility adhere to a strict dress code. Ensure you’re not breaking any rules by wearing collared or mock turtlenecks, Bermuda shorts, or tailored denim jeans. Also make sure to have proper footwear, some courses are spikeless, while others allow for a soft cleat on their greens.
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