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Best golf courses near Golden, CO

Below, you’ll find a list of courses near Golden, CO. There are 62 courses within a 15-mile radius of Golden, 48 of which are public courses and 14 are private courses. There are 38 18-hole courses and 24 nine-hole layouts.

The above has been curated through Golf Digest’s Places to Play course database, where we have collected star ratings and reviews from our 1,900 course-ranking panelists. Join our community by signing up for Golf Digest+ and rate the courses you’ve visited recently.

Fossil Trace Golf Club
Public
Fossil Trace Golf Club
Golden, CO
3.5
46 Panelists
Driving up, this public course in the center of Golden, Colo., seems to hold little promise. The locale is a hodgepodge of urban blight, with remains of a 19th-century clay pit mine edged by a high school, juvenile detention center, water park and fast-food joints. Which is why Jim Engh was the perfect architect to design Fossil Trace. His style, with recessed fairways and greens that twist, turn and funnel shots toward the center, dips beneath the urban landscape and places it out of view. What's more, Engh's emotional architecture aims to surprise and delight golfers. The back nine is one-of-a-kind—with the 11th through 15th playing beneath sandstone bluffs and rock monoliths, particularly on the 12th, where walls of fossils split the fairway and hide the green. Even the fishhook par-5 18th, all grass and water and no rock, is intriguing. Any time a course exceeds expectations, it's a fun day of golf.
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Cherry Hills Country Club
Private
Cherry Hills Country Club
Englewood, CO
4.6
166 Panelists
When Cherry Hills opened in the early 1920s, it was a ground-breaking design, with the nation’s first par-5 island green and closing back-to-back par 5s, although in championships the 18th is played as a par 4. In the 1960 U.S. Open, winner Arnold Palmer popularized the idea of a drivable par 4 by going for the first green in every round. Curiously, when Palmer and partner Ed Seay remodeled Cherry Hills in 1976, they lengthened the first hole so no player could duplicate Arnie’s feat. Nearly 40 years later, modern equipment has once again made the first hole reachable from the tee. A decade's worth of renovation and individual feature restoration by Tom Doak and Eric Iverson of Renaissance Golf have primed Cherry Hills for the next phase of its illustrious tournament history, which began with the 2023 U.S. Amateur.
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Denver Country Club
Private
Denver Country Club
Denver, CO
4.3
55 Panelists
Denver Country Club mirrors the experience of many urban courses. When the club moved to its current location in 1905, the property was rural prairie, on the outskirts south of what is now downtown Denver. The presence of the country club added prestige to this nascent suburb and influenced the decision of the moneyed class to move this directlon. As the city expanded it consumed the area surrounding the club and course, and today, located in the heart of Cherry Hills Village, it is enclosed by expensive homes, high rises, shops and restaurants. The course has been tinkered with relentlessly through the decades as the club was never quite settled on how the design, hazards and issues with Cherry Creek, running through the middle of the course, should be handled. It seems to have found some relative peace under the ongoing consultation of Gil Hanse and his team who have helped dial in the bunkering and course conditions, especially following a comprehensive 2012 renovation, though tree clearing and other adjustments continue. These include the construction of new green complexes at the par-3 7th and lengthened par-3 17th in 2020. There's a lot of golf packed into a small footprint here with the creek coming into play on a third of the holes, and Denver Country Club seems to have found the design recipe to match its priceless setting.
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Glenmoor Country Club: Glenmoor
Private
Glenmoor Country Club: Glenmoor
Cherry Hills Village, CO
3.8
1 Panelists
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Columbine Country Club
Private
Columbine Country Club
Littleton, CO
3.7
44 Panelists
Columbine Country Club is ranked 24th in Colorado
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Bear Creek Golf Club
Private
Bear Creek Golf Club
Denver, CO
3.4
49 Panelists
Bear Creek Golf Club is the 20th ranked golf course in Colorado.
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Pinehurst Country Club: Maxwell
Private
Pinehurst Country Club: Maxwell
Denver, CO
3.4
21 Panelists
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