With a mild climate, open spaces and hundreds of golf courses Colorado is an ideal golf destination, just not for the PGA. The state hasn't been a major stop on the PGA Tour since 2007 when the most widely known Colorado Golf Tournament, the International was last played at Castle Pines Country Club. Currently, the Colorado PGA Professional Championship, with a purse of $50,000 is the biggest tournament in Colorado.
But the PGA's loss is the amateur's gain, Colorado offers great golfing pretty much year round. In fact, Denver residents often brag that a perfect day consists of skiing in the morning and golfing in the afternoon. This is actually possible, especially in February and March. Some of the best courses are in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, only minutes from Denver.
Fossil Trace Golf Club, located about fifteen minutes from Denver in Golden, is considered the best public course in Colorado. Nestled in the rocky canyons near the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater, Fossil Trace offers spectacular views of the mountains, and the plains and a greens fee of less than $50.
Castle Pines Golf Course is Jack Nicklaus designed course about thirty minutes outside of Denver that hosted the International. It's been a while since Tiger and Phil played there, but this private course offers up 18 top level holes with panoramic views of the Front Range. You won't be able to ski and golf on the same day if you're high in the mountains, but if you plan on visiting specifically for a Colorado golf adventure, head to Pole Creek Golf Course.
Just a few miles from the Winter Park Ski Resort, Pole Creek is located in scenic Tabernash, which can be described as breath taking. Tabernash incorporates the natural elements of mountain meadows and streams to make a challenging and beautiful course. Whether you're in the Mountains or on the plains, Colorado offers up endless rounds of top notch golf.