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Fossil Trace Golf Club, Golden

#5 of 61 in Golf in Colorado
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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  • September 28, 2017
    This course is really fun. It has several very unique holes and layouts which I like. Some might say gimmicky but I still love it. There are numerous holes where the green is in a bowl. There are foss...  more »
  • September 20, 2017
    Typical of the West Denver area, the pace of play at Fossil Trace is between slow and dismal. The course is well maintained, with a scenic layout and few holes that aren't straight forward. There is n...  more »
  • August 25, 2017
    Played in an outing at Fossil Trace. The course is beautiful, the scenery is fantastic and there are fossils to boot. What a wonderful time I had. The fossils are on display and worth visiting even if...  more »
  • June 15, 2017
    Beautiful course. This place eats me up. Pretty tough course for an average golfer. But the views are worth the extra strokes! Incredible panoramic views of the entrance to the Rockies as well as both Table Mountains. Also love golfing through the canyon on the Back 9. I play here every Wednesday for a work League and have a great time no matter what I shoot. Just gained a new appreciation for the staff as well after losing a pretty pricey wireless speaker either on the course or left in the car last week went to the Pro Shop after golfing this week and they had it ready for me in the drawer. Impressive links and impressive staff five stars.
  • July 3, 2017
    I have nothing but great things to say about Fossil Trace. The staff was incredibly nice and helpful and the course is absolutely fun to play! It was in great condition and I am actually driving back in 2 weeks from South Dakota to play it again...if you are anywhere near the Denver area, please do yourself a favor and stop and play, I promise you will not be disappointed!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
  • June 1, 2017
    Fossil Trace is beautiful but very quirky. There are some very unique holes and the tees and fairways are in excellent condition. Not so much the greens, however. And they're ridiculously contoured for a public course. There are also several blind holes. They have kind of a strange arrogance about themselves. Not sure why they think the green fees need to be that high. It's like they're a country club that always wanted to be but never was. Nice to play once or twice but not worth the bucks for a lot of rounds. $$$$orry.
  • May 5, 2017
    Beautiful course, unique layout. Had a wonderful experience with the staff, not sure about the reviews that say the staff is rude. Please don't listen to Kevin Shop, his review reflects a low level understanding of the game, and course design. Yes, the greens can be tricky, as they have many undulations. Look at this as a fun challenge. Spend a moment to analyze the read, and give it a go! My only critique would be that the ball was bouncing around a bit on the greens yesterday (5/4/2017). Seems like they can use a little work in terms of condition. I'll be back a few more times this season and will adjust my review if the condition improves. The rest of the course was in pristine shape. Overall, wonderful experience.
  • June 20, 2017
    We had a two groups for our Saturday outing. The staff was very helpful and very accommodating. The course was very cool, well maintained, and challenging. I would highly recommend this course to anyone visiting the Denver area.

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