Arrowhead Golf Club (credit: Jim Wert)
Denver-area public golf courses offer something for everyone. There are those clubs that cater to those seeking to be pampered and there are also the affordable and fun courses for anyone seeking some easy play on a gorgeous summer day. Golf is a great way to connect with nature, put aside the troubles and chill out with family and friends.
Arrowhead Golf Club
10850 W. Sundown Trail
Littleton, CO 80125
Arrowhead Golf Club is well worth the drive southwest to the gorgeous Roxborough Park area. There is no other golf course like it in Colorado. Players play through this course while enjoying the breathtaking beauty of red sandstone rocks in gorgeous formations, along with the neighboring deer, elk and foxes. With a variety of dramatic elevation changes and interesting holes, this course will provide a challenge. It might be a bit pricey but the very attentive staff offers a bag drop-off area, carts stocked with golf tees, a cooler of ice to store beverages and even a wet towel for the clubs. Be sure to set aside enough time to sit out on the deck of the On the Rocks Bar & Grill and forget about the world with some fabulous food and drink.
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Green Valley Ranch Golf Club
4900 Himalaya Road
Denver, CO 80249
Green Valley Ranch Golf Club has something for every level of golf enthusiast. As a semi-private club, its friendly and efficient staff aims to treat everyone with the respect, whether they are one-time guests or club members. Players are required to wear a collared shirt and pants which eliminates the jeans and tanks not everyone wants to see on a golf course. The course is nicely taken care of and the greens are smooth and helpful to those trying to make that all-important putt. The trees and bunkers are definitely a pretty scene to walk through, and the driving range and putting areas are plentiful and pretty. For those who are seeking to improve their game, Green Valley Ranch offers an excellent golf academy for all ages. Travelers with some time to spare are in luck as this golf club is very close to DIA. Why not enjoy a round of golf before catching a flight?
City Park Golf Course
2500 York St.
Denver, CO 80205
Set aside a summer day for a relaxing and fun round of golf that does not have to break the bank. Golf is supposed to be fun and playing on this pretty city course means less pressure and no crazy dress codes. Shoot a round of golf while soaking up the sun and the beauty of the spectacular Downtown Denver skyline. For those who may take numerous times to sink their shots, the fairways are roomy and the greens are not overly difficult. Visitors to Downtown Denver can combine a fabulous couple of days with a round of golf, a visit to the Denver Zoo and The Museum of Nature & Science across the street and all the city nightlife anyone can handle.
Fossil Trace Golf Club
3050 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401
A unique and widely talked about golf course in the Denver area is Fossil Trace Golf Club. The layout, elevation changes, large rock formations and even some unusual ruins create unique challenges on the course. This will leave the golfer deserving of drinks and food on the clubhouse deck. Here guests will have the chance to wind down after a day in the Colorado sun with lovely views of the City of Golden, Table Mesa and Lookout Mountain. A bonus is that it has a dependable pro shop with an expert staff to help guests find the apparel and accessories needed.
Kennedy Golf Course
10500 E. Hampden Ave.
Denver, CO 80014
Well known as one of the best values for a challenging course with affordable rates, Kennedy Golf Course offers both in a nice convenient location. It has 27 holes to enjoy along with three full-length 9-hole courses and a par-3 course. For those learning towards kicking back with some fun, Kennedy offers a nice little putt putt course and driving range. Tee times are not only reasonably priced they are fairly easy to get. Located in the DTC area near Cherry Creek Reservoir, this course is well shaded by large trees and has well-maintained fairways. With all that Kennedy has to offer, why not enjoy a round of golf on a summer day with family or friends and not have to break the bank to do it?
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Colleen Bement is a freelance writer covering all things Denver. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.