With over 300 days of sunshine each year, the Denver area offers some of the best golf weather in the country. In fact, there are nearly 150 public and private courses within 50 miles of Denver, including two listed among Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest Courses. Courses offer spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains and/or the Downtown Denver skyline. Be forewarned – the scenery of these 18-hole courses definitely presents a distraction to your game!

Denver Golf

Castle Pines Golf Club was the home of The International, a PGA tour event, from 1986 – 2006.  Located just south of the Denver Metro area, this private course offers up 18 holes of rolling greens, sculpted bunkers, mature oaks and ponderosa pines. The course was designed by Jack Nicklaus. Consistently ranked as one of the best courses in the state with a par of 71 over 7,013 yards, Castle Pines GC also offers a driving range and in-house pro. Golf Digest ranks this course as the number one course in Colorado for 2013-2014.

Cherry Hills Golf Club in Cherry Hills Village is Golf Digest’s runner up for Colorado’s top course. Cherry Hills GC has hosted eight USGA competitions as well as two PGA Championships. With its close proximity to Downtown Denver, this private par 71, 18-hole course of 7,466 yards also offers a driving range. Playing amid views of the Rocky Mountains and the Downtown Denver skyline make this challenging course even more entertaining.

The Golf Club at Ravena is in the suburb of Littleton. Just a short drive from Downtown, Ravena offers views of the Pike National Forest and is set amid the Red Rocks of Waterton Canyon. This 7263 yard private course’s par is 71 and ranks number 17 on Golf Digest’s top golf venues in Colorado.

The Ridge at Castle Pines North, in Castle Rock, is one of the area’s best public courses. In addition to the par 71 18-hole course, The Ridge offers an event center for weddings, a bar and grill and a pro-style shop.

Colorado National Golf Club is just north of Denver in Erie, CO. This course of rolling hills offers views of Long’s Peak and Mount Meeker. CNGC is the home course for the University of Colorado’s golf teams and hosts NCAA events. In addition to the public course, CNGC is home to a clubhouse, an outdoor patio, a private dining room and an indoor practice facility for weddings and corporate events.

Hyland Hills, home of the Greg Mastronia golf courses, is a public course offering events such as Ladies’ Night Out, Couples’ Nights and Family Golf Nights. Additional amenities include the Golf Shop, a practice facility, and Ciancio’s Restaurant, complete with AV equipment including overhead projector, microphones and sound system to help make your corporate event or wedding even more memorable.

Park Hill Golf Club isn’t the most challenging course, but it’s fairly flat terrain make it a great choice for seniors or those new to golf. Hazards include bunkers and a lake. In addition, Park Hill Golf Club boasts one of the largest driving ranges in the state; with 80 grass hitting stations, three putting and chipping areas, a large putting green and an indoor turf hitting area. A learning center, wedding and event hosting, a pro shop, restaurant, snack bar and cocktail bar cover all of your needs.

The Lone Tree Golf Club and Hotel is an Arnold Palmer-designed public course offering Stay and Play packages. Water on half of the holes and deep bunkers make this a challenging course. Practice facilities, a pro shop, drink carts, Out of Bounds Bar and Grill and on-site accommodations make The Lone Tree one of Denver’s top golf destinations.

Mountain Golf

Even though Denver offers championship-caliber golfing, take advantage of your stay in Colorado and treat yourself to golf in the mountains. The higher altitudes come with thin air, which allows your ball to travel farther than at sea level.  Take a day or overnight trip to a nearby Rocky Mountain ski resort for the ultimate summer golf experience. Views of snow-capped 13,000 and 14,000 foot mountains, aspen forests, a wide variety of wildlife and challenging golf courses make the drive worth the desitnation.

Home to world-class skiing in the winters, summers in Summit County are for golf. The Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks is located in Silverthorne, CO, just an hour from Denver. At over 9.000 feet in elevation, The Raven offers golfing with pine and aspen, trout filled lakes and breathtaking views of 13,000-foot peaks. The Raven has on-site event planning staff to plan weddings and corporate events in their dining room or patio, in addition to a Pro Shop, practice facilities and The Grill for weekend breakfasts, daily lunches and weekend dinners.

Keystone is home to two courses, the Keystone Ranch Course and the Keystone River Course. The River Course features both the Golf Shop and The Grill. The River Course offers elevation drops of nearly 200 feet as well as views of Lake Dillon, mountain peaks and wildlife. The family-friendly Keystone Resort is one of Colorado’s best golf destinations.

Nestled between Vail and Beaver Creek Mountain Ski Resorts, you’ll find Red Sky Ranch and Golf Club. Two courses, the Fazio Course and the Norman Course, include dense aspen forest, craggy rock outcroppings, wildflower meadows, sage-covered hills, and views of Castle Peak and a highland lake. Two dining options for guests and members, “stay and play” packages, and Red Sky Golf Academy complete this golf destination’s amenities.

Another world-class skiing destination, Telluride also offers unique golfing experiences. This mountain resort is surrounded by more mountains than any other course in the United States. Telluride Ski Resort is also an Audubon International Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, meeting strict criteria for habitat protection, water conservation, water quality management, reduced chemical use and biodiversity conservation. Other attractions include dining, shopping, spas, festivals and eco adventures in and around Telluride.