City Park Golf Course on the north side of City Park in central Denver is a fine 18-hole municipal golf course. The par-72 course, built in 1912, offers four sets of tees and plays at 6,708 yards from its longest tee box. The year-round course, only a ten-minute drive from downtown Denver, offers a compact traditional layout with sloped greens and narrow tree-line fairways, which reward accurate shots. The historic course also has stunning views of Denver’s skyline and the snowcapped Front Range beyond. City Park also offers a putting green, driving range, pro shop, junior course, rental clubs and carts, pull carts, a teaching pro, and affordable greens fees. Bogeys on the Park Restaurant in the clubhouse is good for après-golf refreshments and meals.
- City Park Golf Course is open all year, including winter. The affordable greens fees range from $27 on weekdays to $39 on weekends. Discounted senior and junior fees are available during the week. Call 720-865-3410 for rates and reservations.
- The historic course, one of Colorado’s first public golf courses, has four sets of tees, making it accessible to golfers of all abilities. The course plays 6,708 yards from the bronze back tees and 5,239 yards from the silver front tees. The tight fairways, lined with tall mature trees, put a premium on smart and accurate shotmaking rather than long drives, while strategically placed bunkers and sloping greens challenge every golfer’s short game.
- The scenery is the best reason to play City Park Golf Course. It’s not the best public course in the Denver area, but it’s well maintained and a fun place to tee up with golfers of all ages and abilities. The greens fees are affordable although some feel they’re a bit high. The putting and pitching practice greens are good but the driving range is just okay. The sloping greens get hard and fast in summer heat, so putts can easily run away.
- The best holes are 6, a par 4 with water hazards; 8, a downhill par 4 with solid views of downtown; 9 is great for driving from its elevated tee box; 15 is a tricky dog-leg right, avoid playing to the left or your ball will be in the road; 17 and 18 are good closing holes alongside the driving range.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Stewart M. Green