Colorado

The Centennial State of Colorado is one of only three American states with no natural borders. It’s a geographically diverse territory that encompasses the Rocky Mountains, the Colorado Eastern Plains and the desert areas surrounding the Uncompahgre Plateau, all of which are contained within a landmass extending to more than 100,000 square miles.

Amateur golf has been administered in the state since 1915 when the Colorado Golf Association was established. This body has been organising competitive play for almost 100 years – Hale Irwin won the state matchplay title in 1966 whilst a student in Boulder – and it looks after the interests of more than 45,000 male golfers in over 200 golf clubs. Colorado’s equivalent female golfing body was founded a year after its male counterpart and it has the modern day responsibility of governing around 19,000 lady members.

Tucked away in the north east corner of the state, close to the border with Nebraska and Kansas, Tom Doak’s widely-acclaimed Ballyneal course burst onto the world golfing stage in 2007 and his fabulous links-like layout has further enhanced his reputation as one of the best architects in the business. Other layouts of national note in the state include the old William Flynn layout at Cherry Hills, the Nicklaus-designed Castle Pines course at Castle Rock and the recent Coore & Crenshaw creation at Colorado Golf Club.

Our Colorado Best In State Rankings were last updated in April 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Colorado

Ballyneal

1st Colorado - Best in Area

Ballyneal sounds Irish so it’s fitting that this is a links golf course albeit an inland links. Even the address – Holyoke – sounds like a British Open Championship venue.

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Cherry Hills

2nd Colorado - Best in Area

If you get the chance to play this famous course, your driving distances will flatter to deceive. Denver is not called the Mile High city for nothing and Cherry Hills Country Club is certainly golf with altitude.

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Colorado

3rd Colorado - Best in Area

Colorado Golf Club only opened its tees for play in 2007 but it’s already a nationwide hit. Designed by the famous Bill and Ben duo...

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Castle Pines Golf Club

4th Colorado - Best in Area

Castle Pines Golf Club is famous for the International tournament which is played under an unusual and unique scoring system which is similar to Dr Frank Stableford’s system.

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Sanctuary

5th Colorado - Best in Area

The Rocky Mountains provide the dramatic backcloth for the golf club known simply as Sanctuary – the brainchild of RE/MAX Chairman and Co-Founder Dave Liniger.

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Broadmoor (East)

6th Colorado - Best in Area

Golf arrived at the Broadmoor Resort in 1918 when Donald Ross created an 18-holer which was split in two when Robert Trent Jones Snr added two 9-hole loops, forming the East course in 1952 and the West in 1964.

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Ravenna

7th Colorado - Best in Area

The 7,263-yard course of the Ravenna Golf Club is a Jay Morrish solo design and is set between Waterton Canyon and the Pike National Forest.

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Country Club of the Rockies

8th Colorado - Best in Area

A Jack Nicklaus design from 1984, the routing of the Country Club of the Rockies golf course brings the Eagle River into play at several of the holes.

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Maroon Creek

9th Colorado - Best in Area

Situated just outside Aspen, the mountain golf course at the Maroon Creek Club is an incredibly scenic Tom Fazio layout that features a wonderful set of par threes at holes 9, 11 and 13.

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Denver

10th Colorado - Best in Area

Denver Country Club was founded in 1887, moving to its current location eighteen years after its formation. A number of great architects have modified the original James Foulis course, including Donald Ross, William Flynn and, more recently, Bill Coore and Gil Hanse.

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