Indian Tree Golf Course (credit: indiantree.apexprd.org)
While some may say their favorite part of the golf course is the “19th hole,” most people play golf for the healthy combination of exercise and relaxation. One of the best parts of the game is that a player doesn’t have to be good at it to have fun. Friends get together for the chance to enjoy walking on the green grass among trees under Colorado’s bright blue skies and engage in a little friendly competition. While it can be a rather expensive sport, the Denver area offers some beautiful yet affordable golf courses to get out and enjoy the outdoors.
Kennedy Golf Course
10500 E. Hampden Ave.
Denver, CO 80014
Centrally located near Cherry Creek Reservoir, Kennedy Golf Course is one of the best values for a challenging and fun day outside. The greens and fairways are in good shape, open and have large trees to provide some much needed shade from the summer sun. With three separate nine-hole courses, a par-three course and even miniature golf, Kennedy has something for everyone. The course is mainly flat which makes walking easy. At the end of the round, it offers a friendly staff and good food to kick back and relax.
Fitzsimons Golf Course
2323 Scranton St.
Aurora, CO 80045
Built in 1918, Fitzsimons Golf Course not only has a very pretty yet affordable course, it also has sentimental value that comes with history. President Eisenhower used to play golf here during his summer vacations in Denver. There is even a spot called “Ike’s Tree” smack in the middle of one of the par fours. While it used to be an old military course and still sits amongst the old military-style housing, it is open to the public. It’s rarely crowded, a very decent course and a great value.
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Wellshire Golf Course
3333 S. Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80222
While many may wonder if golf is actually an affordable sport, the Wellshire Golf Course proves it to be true. Very well laid out with a traditional style, a big lake and lots of big shady trees, this course offers something for all levels. Parents will love the junior course and the First Tee program to get their kids started. For many players, one of the best parts of the course is its halfway house that offers the opportunity to take a break with old friends or get to know some new ones. Friendly bartenders and staff will close out the day with some great food and cold beer.
Indian Tree Golf Course
7555 Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80003
Indian Tree Golf Course offers the north metro area an affordable fun time for all levels of players. While it has some challenging elevation changes and water hazards, its par-three courses are excellent for people who are just learning how to play. The greens are kept in good shape and it is rarely over-crowded. The course has a nice layout that makes it easy to walk. The price and the course make Indian Tree an ideal golf course to enjoy some sunshine and exercise.
Applewood Golf Course
14001 W. 32nd Ave.
Golden, CO 80401
Right near the pretty Table Top Mountains in Golden is the Applewood Golf Course. Golfers get the chance to get away from the city area and soak up the beauty of the West with just a short drive. This course is also a friendly and rather forgiving course for newbies. It is just the player against the course, and these Colorado greens offer enough of challenge for all skill levels. With the bonus of being so close to Coors Brewery, Applewood is the place to spend the entire day.
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Colleen Bement is a freelance writer covering all things Denver. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.