Top 10 golf courses in Denver

A mile high is a great place to be when you're a golfer: fewer bugs, the air is crisp and your drives fly longer. In Denver, there is a wealth of publicly accessible golf courses to play throughout the metro area. The city is an all-seasons, outdoor-lover's playground and golf is one of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors.

When you think about the general oversupply that the U.S. golf market has experienced in the 21st century, Denver has been a relatively robust golf market. Tee times are tough to come by at popular courses in the summertime despite the fact there are 70-plus area courses to choose from. The best public Denver golf courses, despite the fact there are very few true golf resorts here, charge green fees in the $125-175 range.

The Denver area has a reputable municipal/non-profit golf scene thanks to not only the City of Denver facilities but the Colorado Golf Association and neighboring municipalities. Later this year, City Park Golf Course will reopen following a multi-year renovation. One of the more unique perks about public golf here is that caddies can be booked at a handful of the public courses thanks to subsidized programs (all you pay is the tip) – you don't have to go to a private club or resort course for the service.

From a golf course architecture perspective, many headliners have area public designs you can play, including Donald Ross, Pete Dye, Tom Weiskopf, Tom Doak, Robert Trent Jones Sr./Jr. and Jim Engh.

So where are the best Denver courses to play on your Colorado golf vacation? Debating the best golf courses in Denver can be tricky because locals and tourists are bound to have different expectations. For a local, mountain scenery might not be as important as a strong layout at a good value near their home. But golfers visiting Colorado can tolerate green fees priced higher if the scenery and shot values are superb.

So with that in mind, I'm approaching this list from the perspective of a traveler more so than a local. I haven't personally played every golf course in the market but have sought out expert knowledge and our Golf Advisor community to fill the gaps.

Want insight from locals? Check out these GolfPass Local Advisors in Colorado:

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Broadmoor West Course

Leo4231779

80 reviews

Pole Creek Golf Club

JeffArenson

100 reviews

Keystone Ranch: #10

jd6236

51 reviews

Top 10 public and semi-private Denver golf courses