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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 and the recent Coore & Crenshaw creation at Colorado Golf Club.

Our Colorado Best In State Rankings were last updated in April 2018. 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 course albeit an inland links. The dream of Rupert and Jim O’Neal is located in the middle of a huge Colorado dunescape, and even the address – Holyoke – echoes that of a current Open Championship links venue.

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Colorado

2nd 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 – Coore and Crenshaw – whose design philosophy is to respect the classic golf courses of the "Golden Age of Architecture", Colorado was destined for success…

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Cherry Hills

3rd Colorado - Best in Area

William Flynn designed Cherry Hills in 1922 and if you do 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 is certainly golf with altitude.

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Castle Pines Golf Club

4th Colorado - Best in Area

Jack Nicklaus designed Castle Pines Golf Club in 1981 and he carved it out of a scrub oak and pine forest in the heart of Colorado, not far from Denver. The club is famous for the International tournament played under an unusual scoring system which is similar to Dr Frank Stableford’s method.

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Denver

5th Colorado - Best in Area

Founded in 1887, Denver Country Club moved to its current location in 1905. A number of great architects have modified the original James Foulis course, including Donald Ross, William Flynn, Bill Coore and Gil Hanse.

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Sanctuary

6th Colorado - Best in Area

The Rocky Mountains provide the dramatic backcloth for the club known simply as Sanctuary – the brainchild of RE/MAX Chairman and Co-Founder Dave Liniger. Award winning architect, Jim Engh, designed the course and it opened for play in 1996.

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Broadmoor (East)

7th 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

8th Colorado - Best in Area

The 7,263-yard course at Ravenna Golf Club is a Jay Morrish solo design and is set between Waterton Canyon and the Pike National Forest. Opened in June 2007 it's already an award winner and despite having the second highest slope rating in Colorado, the course is tailored to suit all levels of golfer.

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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 a scenic Tom Fazio layout that features a solid set of par threes at holes 9, 11 and 13. Architect Denis Wise, a former Fazio associate, re-shaped the sand traps and installed new drainage in 2006.

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Red Sky Ranch (Norman)

10th Colorado - Best in Area

Opened in 2003, the Norman course is much the tougher of the two 18-hole layouts at Red Sky Ranch & Golf Club. Separated from the Fazio course by a ridge, it measures almost 500 yards longer than its older golfing sibling.

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Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses reviewed
1 M. James Ward Courses Reviewed 12
2 Ethan Fisher Courses Reviewed 10
3 Fergal O'Leary Courses Reviewed 5
4 Colin Braithwaite Courses Reviewed 3
5 Larry Berle Courses Reviewed 3
6 Max Monroe Courses Reviewed 2
7 David Davis Courses Reviewed 2
8 regripped Courses Reviewed 2
9 Hans Berntson Courses Reviewed 1
10 John Courses Reviewed 1