No matter how old you get, dinosaurs are still pretty neat. In the shadow of the foothills at Golden's Fossil Trace course, your golf cart follows the footsteps of dinosaurs that roamed the area 64 million years ago. Adjacent to the 12th hole—a par five with a straight fairway between a rock wall and a deep ravine—Triceratops footprints and fossils add a touch of historical whimsy to the challenging course, which includes exposed rocks on narrow fairways, plenty of water and sand, and one punishing 659-yard par-five hole. Check out the twilight rates (starting at 3 p.m.) for a less pricey-but equally scenic-round.
Why we love it: We only have to drive five minutes to tee off at this urban course with stunning mountain and city views.