Denver, long a gateway to the West, is also a gateway to spectacular golf. The season is short but sweet, typically running from April through October, and offers a variety of styles – from classic parkland to majestic mountain courses – to suit any taste and budget. The city appeals to both culture-loving urbanites and serious-nature lovers (Rocky Mountain National Park is only an hour's drive from Denver). In the spring, skiers can often hit the trails in the morning and play golf in the afternoon. Best of all, the top-notch courses are an easy drive from downtown, making the city an ideal hub for a mountain-golf getaway.