Play like you don’t need a handicap at these golfing institutions — you’re sure to love each of the courses’ only-in-Colorado features.
Recent on the Scene: TPC Colorado, Berthoud
The state’s first ground-up golf course development in nearly 10 years runs alongside the waters of three reservoirs. The course is set to host the Web.com Tour’s TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes (July TBA, 2021) for the next five years.
Storied History: The Broadmoor Golf Club, Colorado Springs
Old isn’t always a bad thing, especially not at The Broadmoor, which turns 102 in 2020. Tee off where the U.S. Men’s Senior Open was hosted in 2018 and where the likes of President Eisenhower tackled these challenging links.
Your Ball Flies Farther: Mount Massive Golf Course, Leadville
America’s highest-altitude golf course greets you at an elevation of 10,152 feet. The thin air on these nine holes means your ball will travel farther, so get ready to hit your most brag-worthy drive yet.
European Style: Ballyneal Golf Club, Holyoke
This private golf destination is well-known in the golf community for a minimalist style of play that makes you feel like you could be wearing a Scottish kilt in 1457. The inland links-style course’s accolades include a No. 50 rank in the U.S. by Golf Digest and Golfweek’s No. 4 Best Modern Course.
Photo-Ready: Arrowhead Golf Course, Littleton
Visit Arrowhead at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains to see red rocks shooting out of the ground. These towering formations are the perfect backdrop for a round — and a selfie or two. The par-70 championship course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Jr.
Off-the-Beaten-Path: Spreading Antlers Golf Course, Lamar
Southeast Colorado’s secret, this public nine-hole course designed by Labron Harris, is open 365 days a year and is host to water hazards, sand traps and challenging greens.
Beginner-Friendly: Cattail Creek Golf Course, Loveland
Cattail Creek should be your go-to if you are new to the golf scene. It provides a nine-hole, par-three course where you can play three holes at a special rate as you learn. You can enlist PGA golf instruction and practice on a nine-hole mini course to work on your short game. There are also four self-teaching stations for pitching, chipping, putting and full-swing practice.
Prehistoric Past: Fossil Trace Golf Club, Golden
Golf next to triceratops footprints at this course that opened 64 million years after dinosaurs walked the grounds. Several massive remnants of clay-mining equipment from the course’s past can be seen throughout the holes as well.
Likely to Spot Wildlife: Quail Dunes Golf Course, Fort Morgan
Spot hawks, eagles and other native birds at this designated Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary along the South Platte River. The original 1920s front nine-hole course was designed by Henry Hughes.
Mountain Views: Telluride Golf Club
Why hike a fourteener when you can take a swing at this course, tucked amid the highest concentration of 13,000- and 14,000-foot peaks in the country? Make sure you stop at the 17th-hole tee box for sweeping panoramic views.
Newly Improved: Thorncreek Golf Course, Thornton
Reopened in 2018 after $7 million in renovations, the changes brought along hole redesigns, an upgraded practice facility, bunker improvements and a revamped club house. Take your time at hole 17; it offers unprecedented views of the Front Range.
Optimal for Year-Round Play: The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa, Grand Junction
Putt for birdie in the shadow of Colorado National Monument. Located on the Grand Mesa, this area has mild weather year-round, and the club’s towering pink and red sandstone also hangs around throughout the year for an additional wow factor.