Denver’s Best Public and Private Golf Communities
Denver is home to over 100 golf courses, to say nothing of the rest of the Front Range, the Western Slope, or the ski resorts along I70. You’ll find golf courses all over Colorado, mostly because the state’s residents enjoy over 300 days of sunshine a year. Yes, the sun shines even during winter, and the temperature often hovers around 40 or 50 degrees on the Front Range, even during January and February. Summer temperatures are typically in the 80s and 90s, rarely exceeding 100 degrees.
Coloradans often joke that you can get a couple of early runs on the slopes and drive back to town in time to tee off in the early afternoon.
The dry, temperate Colorado climate is perfect for golf. This is the reason you’ll find so many golf course communities in Denver, the state’s capital. If you love golf so much you want to live on a golf course, Denver has something to offer, even if you’re on something of a budget. There are neighborhoods near enough to some of the more popular public courses to be considered “golf communities,” and you might be surprised to find out you don’t have to be rich to buy a house in one of them.
Park Hill Golf Course and Community
Although not strictly a “golf community” in the sense that there are homes right there on the green, Park Hill golf course sits on the very northeastern edge of downtown Denver and is a short walk from the neighborhood. Prices range from the low-100s to the mid-400s for a home in the neighborhood surrounding the course. The course is public and rates are very reasonable.
Check out the Park Hill golf course website for more information.
Arrowhead Golf Course and Roxborough Park
They don’t call them “country clubs” for no reason. This one is way out in the country, right up against the mountains southwest of Littleton, one of Denver’s many suburbs. You’ll find yourself commuting for an hour or more if you have to travel back and forth from downtown for work. Arrowhead is one of the Front Range’s more stunning golf courses, featuring red rock formations and up-close views of the mountains. Homes surrounding the golf course, in the Roxborough neighborhood, cost anywhere from $500k up to $1M+.
Glenmoor Country Club in Greenwood Village
You won’t be able to touch a home in the area for less than $1M, and Glenmoor calls itself “The Best Social Network in Town.” And wouldn’t you know it, the golf course is a beauty, too. It’s a championship 18-hole course designed by Pete Dye. You won’t find rates on their website, either for the golf course or country club membership. So you best show up with your wallet and an influential friend or two. And it never hurts to live nearby, either.
Cherry Hills Country Club at Cherry Hills
Homes listed around the course regularly sell for the low-to-mid seven figures. It’s rumored that there is a 3-5 year waiting list and the initial club fees run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. If you can swing it, there’s no finer place to live a life full of golf in and around the Front Range. Even if you can’t afford to live here, you probably can afford to check the course out when the BMW Championship brings the top 70 golfers on the FedEx Cup points list to the Cherry Hills course in 2014.
*Updated June 2020. Originally published August 2017.