A South Suburban Parks and Recreation course, Family Sports Golf Course showcases a nine-hole, par 31 layout that loops around a two-tier driving range. True to its name, the course caters to all members of the family, including seasoned adults practicing their short game touch, beginning juniors making a smooth foray into the game, and grandmothers looking to back up claims of 350-yard drives. Renovated in 2009, the two-tier driving range invites players to hone their stroke on one of 25 grass tees or 30 tees that are covered, lighted, and heated year-round.
For more than 10 years, King's Deer Golf Club's challenging Scottish-style, Redstone Golf–designed course has challenged the swings and putts of all levels of linksmen. A scenic backdrop, featuring 200 acres of rolling hills, lush wetlands, Pike's Peak, and the Rockies, is visible from nearly every corner of the course, which is open year-round. Teach your ball proper travel etiquette on King's Deer's large elevated practice range, putting station, or chipping area, then drive your electronic rickshaw to the well-kept course, its tee yardages averaging 5,054 yards from forward tees and 7,000 yards from professional tees.
Framed by Rocky Mountain foothills, Deer Creek Golf Club weaves through more than 40 acres of wetlands to form a 7,000-yard layout designed by prolific course architect Scott Miller. Ponds and streams meander through the rolling landscape, presenting water hazards on nine holes, providing a habitat for thousands of native birds, and helping to keep parched golf carts well hydrated. The course showcases numerous shotmaking opportunities, including multiple forced carries and a par-three with a green surrounded by marshland. Before playing their round, golfers can practice their swings at the Club's full-length driving range, warm up their putting stroke at the practice green, or sculpt a sandcastle monument to Chi-Chi Rodriguez in the practice bunker.
Nestled in a gently rolling valley of the Rocky Mountain foothills, Raccoon Creek takes golfers meandering across 7,045 yards of fairways dotted with scenic water hazards. To compensate for its somewhat sparse tree lines, the course’s fairways and greens are flanked with a multitude of cavernous bunkers that—unlike guessing where the plumber hid the toilet seat—challenges players without sacrificing fun. Glassy waters and sprawling golf-ball beaches wreathe the green at the 17th hole, creating a daunting tee shot that earned it the distinction of the course’s signature hole. For those who prefer to cruise the links in a cozy conveyance, Raccoon Creek’s carts are all equipped with GPS technology, which keeps players abreast of the whereabouts of upcoming greens, intervening hazards, and heist-planning squirrels. A fully stocked pro shop, driving range, and scenic restaurant round out Raccoon Creek’s course-side facilities.
When golfers approach the elevated first tee box at Gleneagle Golf Club, they’re greeted by a view of Pikes Peak and the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains hovering on the horizon and the U.S. Air Force Academy campus sprawling below. From this panoramic overlook, they send golf balls screaming against the course’s dramatic backdrops, with lines carefully orchestrated by designer Frank Hummel so golfers never have to worry about hitting a low-flying stealth bomber. The course rewards accuracy off the tee, with the par of 72 often attainable only for those players who can manage to stay within the confines of the narrow fairways. After finishing up with the reachable-in-two par 5 18th hole, golfers can head indoors to the club’s La Zingara Italian Restaurant to escape the sun and dine on classic Italian entrees such as veal, pasta, and Neapolitan-style pizza. Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 7,230 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 74.6 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
City of Denver Golf consists of eight distinct facilities that offer nine- and 18-hole courses set amid rustic, wooded landscapes with breathtaking views of the Denver skyline. Both the Harvard Gulch and Kennedy facilities contain nine-hole, par 3 courses, which accommodate novice golfers or advanced golfers.
LPGA teaching professional Lana Ortega is making her mark on the world of golf: she’s been named one of the 50 Best Women Teachers by Golf Digest on numerous occasions, works as an editor for Golf Tips Magazine, and contributes to a slew of other golf publications. Lana approaches lessons with the mentality that everyone has a unique swing, and she adapts her private and group lessons to help students develop a form best suited to their individual characteristics. An expert club fitter, Lana also ensures that her students are swinging with the right equipment, rather than subbing in a modified soup ladle for a sand wedge. Lana also embraces new golf technology such as video analysis and offers clinics for women. Her teaching facility also features a Callaway Performance Center which does club fittings and has an indoor putting studio.