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Fossil Trace Golf Club, Golden

4.5
#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 setting.to 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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  • Great views from this public course located in Golden, Co. Not your typical 'round the neighborhood' muni, centrally located in Golden with good views of the entire area. Elevation changes, dog legs, ...  more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
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  • 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.
  • The bartender Richard is amazing he has great customer service he knows how to please his customers. I am a regular and he knows what beverage I have and keeps it coming. I also love Stephanie she also is great. I live 5 min from here and I must say it's my favorite bar.
  • I have nothing but great things to say about Fossil Trace. The staff was incredibly nice and helpful and the course is absolutely amazing...so 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
  • staff and getting ready was great. Very nice practice range and greens. This course is one of the hardest I have ever played. No fairways are even if seems and the greens have different slopes with a high grade. Make sure you are on point and ready to be humbled.
  • Great public course. This par 72 has three par 5s on the back nine, so bring your big sticks. The course requires some precision play, and you will definitely want to avoid the greenside bunkers on #1 and #7 (Glaciers have shallower crevasses). The course tends to be crowded in the afternoons and on weekends, but I have rarely exceeded the 4 hr 20 min pace of play. Since you have five par 3s in a round, you can expect to spend a little time waiting at these spots. The restaurant has good fare for lunch, and there is a hot dog stand in front of the clubhouse.

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