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Fossil Trace Golf Club, Golden

Categories: Golf Courses, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.3/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web
Fossil Trace Golf Club is a popular and premier public course designed by Jim Engh. Golf at Fossil Trace is available for daily fee play and is also open for limited private and corporate golf outings & events. The golf course opened in 2003, 64 million years after the dinosaurs walked it – and although the property is known for its history, the award-winning golf course is what attracts players from all over. Players appreciate the variety of holes & shots, both short and long, undulating fairways and a mountain course feel in an urban the Rocky Mountain Front Range Fossil Trace Golf Club.

Fossil Trace Golf Club offers a unique and memorable experience to golfers of all levels as course length is not the primary concern. Large, undulating greens matched with treacherous greenside and fairway bunkers will often test even the most accomplished and skilled golfers. Combined with the pristine golf course conditions, a friendly staff, and a challenging Jim Engh golf course layout, Fossil Trace Golf Club continues to be a must-play golf course in Colorado.

From the day that Fossil Trace Golf Club opened in 2003, local and national golf course awards and accolades have featured the course, making Fossil Trace Golf Club a renowned golf course not only in Colorado but in the United States and the world. Guests from over (40) countries and all (50) states have visited Fossil Trace since 2003.

Ask any guest who has experienced the course and you’ll hear in great detail why it is the premier golf course experience in the Denver area. Both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine voted Fossil Trace as one of the Top 10 new golf courses to play in the country in 2003.

GolfDigest Magazine has named Fossil Trace a 4 ½ Star “Places to Play” from 2006-11, Top 50 Course for Women in 2011 and Hole #12 as one of the “18 Most Fun Holes in America. GolfWeek Magazine has featured Fossil Trace Golf Club on their Best Municipal Courses list and a top public course in Colorado.
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  • This is a fun public course to play in Denver. However, the fees are a little steep in my opinion for a public course. It's a challenging course to play. You're going to be using your driver and hikin...  read more »
  • Gorgeous course with dramatic stone formations on one and partially on another hole. Otherwise, a links style course that is designed to guide the errant drive back into the fairway and sunken putting...  read more »
  • Don't be fooled by the first look at this club from the highway. And rounding the bend through the industrial park and in the midst of electric power lines, you may not believe you're approaching a ge...  read more »
  • Nice municipal golf course. Check in staff great and friendly to deal with. On the down side expect to only get about 20 range balls without paying extra. As far as the course it is really tricked up with lots of blind tee shots and extreme slope on the greens. The course GPS system on the carts was weak and did not give you suggestions on how best to play the hole. This is needed for first time players. Pace of play was also on the slow side with the Marshalls doing little to speed up play. Based on the reviews I was expecting a better experience but it is certainly a nice municipal course
  • An update: Our annual Colorado Golf Binge group of 8 guys played Fossil Trace again last Thursday and it was super fun. The course is great. The service is super. It's still a 5-star. This was my prior review.....I just played Fossil Trace again on the afternoon of March 20, 2014 after skiing the morning at Arapahoe Basin. What a wonderful day! My nephew and I had a great lunch at the course's Three Tomatoes restaurant. Then played 18 very fun holes that are in surprisingly good condition for March in Colorado. Fairways and greens are already green and lush. And conditions will be better this summer. Give it a try. Just west of Denver in the foothills of Golden you’ll find an incredibly unique golf course. Fossil Trace Golf Club lies right behind that big golden domed government building in Golden north of I-70. Their slogan is “Escape the Ordinary, Experience the Extraordinary” and they claim their course was 64 Million Years in the Making! They’re right on their first claim. The experience is Extraordinary…especially for a Texas Flatlander. I’ll just have to trust them on their 64 million year claim. But this is also probably true because the walls of the cliffs on the back nine contain fossils of prehistoric creatures and plants that have been studied for years by students of the Colorado School of Mines. In fact two walls by the famous 12th hole are set with lights for students and tour groups doing evening studies of the fossils. Before you head to Fossil Trace check out their great website and their helicopter fly over. It's a terrific way to get a feel for what you'll experience. I’ve been able to play this course seven times and have improved progressively as I’ve learned how to play Colorado golf course designer, Jim Engh’s bowl greens and sloping fairways. Some golf purists criticize Engh’s designs as being too golfer friendly but I find them to be great fun. In fact on my last round I got a hole-in-one on the uphill par 3 third hole by using the backstop. I was hosting a group of my TX and IL buddies and we had fun celebrating the special day at Fossil Trace's Three Tomatoes bar/restaurant overlooking the course. Head Golf Pro, Jim Hajek, will warn you not to bite off more of the course than you can handle. But in 2009 we didn’t listen. We played from the tips (Black tees) for 18 holes. The 6,831 yards at a high altitude with a 72.5/139 rating/slope didn’t seem too tough to handle but the narrow 480 yard par 4 4th and the 659 uphill into the wind 9th hole proved too much for us. So we squeezed in another nine holes after a great lunch at Fossil Trace’s Three Tomatoes Restaurant on the deck over looking the beautiful 10th and 18th holes. This time we played the Blue tees at 6,241 yards with a 69.3/131 rating/slope and found it much better for our game and egos. Another option would be to play the "T-Rex" tees (a combination of the Black and Blue tees measuring 6,577 yds and 71.2/135 rating/slope). Before you go check out Fossil Trace's great website including very well done videos of holes 1, 10, 12 and 15. These will give you a good taste of what you'll experience on a golden day in Golden. Have your cameras rolling when you play the unique 12th and 15th holes. Both are par 5s. The 12th makes you feel like you’re the ball in a pinball or bumper pool game as you pick your route through tall rock formations in the fairway. Golden is a fun town to visit après-golf. You’ll see some of the Coors Brewery near the Fossil Trace Golf Club - a tempting tour after 18 holes on a 64 million year old golf course!
  • Great course but very unfriendly check in staff. I have played here a few different times and the course was always great but every time I have played, both the person behind the check in desk and the starter have been very rude. Definitely worth checking out but this course could be a lot better experience if some of the staff had better customer service.
  • 5 stars for course conditions and layout. 1 star for course management. Non-existent marshalls, a pace of play that incorporates about 30 minutes of waiting into the round. If the course is going to have a stated pace of play of 4:30 (stupidly slow for a course with this little trouble), then they at least need to enforce that pace. They refuse to. Made the turn 10 minutes over expected pace, per their GPS. No marshall responds to calls. Spoke to starter at the turn to raise the issue: "What can we do, you have a group of seniors in front of you?" How about making them skip a whole, or let us play through, per USGA rules?
  • Stupid design. Who build greens like this??? Oh putt putt does. Lots of holes built in a valley form where the fairway is at the bottom and rough and cart paths are high above that. Several other blind shots and the annoying carts with GPS remind you of that. Staff was nice and the condition was great. 64 million years in the making but I would play CommonGround or Green Valley 1st. Just did not like the way it played.
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