Find Your Swing

Never picked up a golf club before? Feel like it’s time to learn? Congratulations—you’re in the right place. Colorado is full of gorgeous, world-renowned courses (read: crazy difficult!), but our state is also home to a long roster of well-regarded instructors and plenty of options for playing while you’re still learning.

May 2011

Where to Play

These courses are all suitable (read: shorter and much less highfalutin) for beginning to intermediate players.

  1. If you are... A good putter

    And like... Fast, sloped greens

    Play at... City Park Golf Course, Denver, cityofdenvergolf.com/citypark.htm

    Course's signature hole 8th tee box, which has a view of Denver's skyline and the mountains

    Price $26–$35

  2. If you are...A fan of wide-open fairways and no bunkers

    And like... The idea that there are no forced carries, meaning if you’re still struggling with getting the ball airborne, it’s OK

    Play at... CommonGround Golf Course, Par 3, Aurora, commongroundgc.com

    Course's signature hole 9th tee, which gives you a good look at the pretty, tree-lined fairway

    Price Adult: $10 (if you bring a child, it’s $5 for each of you)

  3. If you are...A beginner looking to walk the course

    And like... A shorter course with only two out-of-bounds areas, one water hazard, and less-than-average bunker play

    Play at... Park Hill Golf Club, Denver, parkhillgc.com

    Course's signature hole 16th hole, which is a killer dog leg with a fun-to-putt, undulating green

    Price Weekend: $35 to walk; $45 with cart. Weekday: $25 to walk, $35 with cart

  4. If you are...An intermediate player working on finding the fairway

    And like... To have some greenside bunkers and water come into play

    Play at... Indian Tree Golf Course, Arvada, indiantree.apexprd.org

    Course's signature hole 13th hole, which is a par 3 that used to be a short par 4—from the back tees it’s 225 yards with a forced carry over water

    Price $33 to walk; $48 with cart

  5. If you are...A beginner or intermediate, who likes playing the irons and wants a variety of course choices in the same location

    And like... The idea of bringing your family along—the junior programs are a stand-out here

    Play at... The Courses at Hyland Hills; North and South Par 3s, and the Blue Course, Westminster, golfhylandhills.com

    Course's signature hole 7th green on the South Par 3 course; it's dubbed the Sunburst hole for the sand trap that encircles the green

    Price Adults: $20 for Blue Course, $9 for South Par 3, $5 for North Par 3 // Juniors: $7 for Blue Course, $4 for South and North Par 3s

  6. If you are...Working on your drives and want generous tee-off areas and wider fairways

    And like... Fewer bunkers, flatter greens, and easy walkability

    Play at... Riverdale Golf Courses, Knolls Course, Brighton, riverdalegolf.com

    Course's signature hole 7th tee box, which gives you an elevated position to see the long par 5 in front of you

    Price $24 to walk the course

  7. If you are...Hoping to improve your short game on holes that are 65 to 127 yards in length

    And like... Large, undulating greens

    Play at... Green Valley Ranch Golf Club, Par 3, Denver, gvrgolf.com

    Course's signature hole 6th hole, which has a downhill green

    Price Adults: $10. Juniors: $6

  8. If you are...An intermediate player ready for the challenge of longer par 5s and greenside bunkers

    And like... The idea of getting a history lesson with your game

    Play at... Fossil Trace Golf Club, Golden, fossiltrace.com

    Course's signature hole 12th green, which offers a chance to see 64-million-year-old trace fossils of palm fronds and triceratops footprints

    Price $75–$79 with cart

  9. If you are...Wanting to play 18 and figuring an executive-length course will have you home before dinner

    And like... The idea of mostly par 3 holes with a few 4 and 5 pars thrown in for good measure

    Play at... Springhill Golf Club, Aurora, golfaurora.com

    Course's signature hole 4th hole, a par 5 with lakes on both sides of the fairway

    Price Weekend: $26. Weekday: $22