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.
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.
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.
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.
Like farming, picnics, and attempting to climb a skyscraper with suction cups, golf outings are dependent on ideal weather conditions. Striker Golf's facility takes rain and cold out of the equation by offering golfers a chance to play in a climate-controlled compound. Within the 4,200-square-foot facility rest four expansive hitting bays for practicing long drives and a 700-square-foot putting green for fine-tuning one's short game. HD golf simulators replicate rounds on famous courses through vivid images and precise motion-tracking sensors to give players an authentic experience without having to dodge runaway golf carts.
Nature meets the city at CommonGround Golf Course. As golf balls crest through the air, the verdant Colorado Front Range and the steely Denver skyline both stand proudly behind the 18-hole terrain. A lengthy undertaking at 7,229 yards from the back tees, the course was designed by architect Tom Doak—former student of the legendary course designer Pete Dye and creator of four courses currently listed among Golf Magazine’s top 100 in the world. Mr. Doak installed four sets of tees so that players of all skill levels could navigate the densely lush fairways, putt on the carpet-like greens, and sketch loving portraits of him into the frequent bunkers.
Alongside the 18-hole championship course lies the nine-hole par 3 course, a testament to CommonGround’s commitment to growing the game. Youngsters will enjoy the kid-friendly length, with holes averaging a shade over 100 yards.