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5280’s Guide to Golf

Welcome to our beloved state of Colorado, where the fusion of natural beauty and championship-caliber courses creates an unforgettable golfing experience.

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Exploring Colorado’s Golfing Gems

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting your golfing journey, Colorado’s courses offer something for everyone. Tee off against a backdrop of snow-capped peaks, navigate through pine-scented forests, or test your precision on links-style layouts that blend seamlessly with surrounding cityscape.

In this guide, we will highlight some of Colorado’s best golf courses—each with its own unique charm and challenges—as well as resources to local golfers. Lucky for us, Colorado boasts a variety in both areas that caters to every golfer’s preference and skill level.

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Be part of the community.

Before you head out for your next day on the green, make sure you have all of the resources you need right at your fingertips.

Anyone who loves golf can join the Colorado Golf Association. CGA membership includes an Official USGA Handicap® and access to the GHIN Mobile App, which features score posting and stat tracking, GPS, Smart Watch Integration, and games!

CGA Members also have access to Member Play Days which are fun opportunities to play premier Colorado courses such as TPC Colorado, RainDance National Resort & Golf, and Frost Creek Golf Club.

Looking to fine tune your game? Participate in CGA indoor, practice and playing clinics. If you are ready to compete against the state’s top amateurs, sign-up for CGA Championships or USGA Qualifiers. Another great benefit of membership is a 28% discount on green fees at CommonGround Golf Course, Home of the CGA!

Want to get your kids involved? CGA Junior Membership is only $25 and includes a Youth on Course which allows kids to play for $5 or less at participating courses.

CGA membership also supports the next generation of golfers through the Solich Caddie & Leadership Academy, the Broadmoor Caddie & Leadership Academy, Golf In-Schools, and other player development programs.

Membership means more with the CGA. Learn more at ColoradoGolf.org and join today.

Golf in the heart of the city.

Denver Golf operates seven golf facilities scattered throughout the Denver Metro area, along with Evergreen, their mountain park golf facility. The Denver Golf portfolio boasts diverse and distinctive locations, ensuring a unique experience at each venue. From urban golf settings to a genuine Colorado mountain-golf adventure, Denver Golf offers affordable rates and maintains some of the finest playing conditions in the city.

Players can hone their skills at one of four driving ranges, including the distinctive water driving range at Aqua Golf. Families can enjoy miniature golf courses and par threes, ideal for outings. Additionally, kids can partake in free rounds at one of the four junior courses or join junior lessons through the First Tee-Colorado Rocky Mountains golf programs, which cater to children across Denver and the wider state of Colorado.

Adults have access to a variety of golf passes, social events, and night golf activities, ensuring there’s something for everyone regardless of skill level. Whether one resides in the heart of Denver or its outskirts, there’s a golf facility or program tailored to their needs. Denver Golf invites all to “come home to play,” as it aims to be the neighborhood course for all.

For more information or to book a tee time, visit CityOfDenverGolf.com.

Tee it up year-round in Aurora.

In Aurora, five award-winning golf courses await enthusiasts of all skill levels, providing a picturesque backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. The courses, open to the public year-round, boast full-service pro shops, practice facilities, and dining options. Among them, Springhill offers a quick-play executive layout perfect for refining short game skills with its 10 par-3s challenging golfers of every proficiency level. Aurora Hills, the city’s original municipal course, is praised for its affordability and walkability, while Meadow Hills features tree-lined fairways emphasizing strategic shot placement and breathtaking mountain views from the 10th tee box. Murphy Creek, a prairie-links course, offers varied tee options, spacious greens, and wide landing areas evoking a nostalgic ambiance. Saddle Rock, the mountain course within the city, showcases extensive native areas and elevation changes for an unforgettable round, accompanied by splendid views of Pikes Peak on clear days.

After a satisfying round, patrons can unwind in one of Aurora’s excellent restaurants, offering delightful patio seating to savor panoramic views alongside delicious fare and refreshing beverages.

For more information or to book a tee time, visit GolfAurora.com.