The feeling one gets from driving a long tee shot down a fairway is rivaled by few sports. With each stroke, golf commands discipline, patience and humility. One has to navigate a course in as few shots as possible, while attempting to avoid bunkers, rough, water and various other impediments. As an individual sport, golf is unique because the real competition is the course itself and mother nature. Other players simply add pressure.
Boulder County is home to a multitude of challenging golf courses and driving ranges. With stunning views of the Flatirons, one of Boulder’s signature public courses, Flatirons Golf Course, offers a variety of discounts for both residents and college students alike. The course was opened in 1938 under the name Boulder Municipal Sports Center and has had several name changes throughout its long history. Architect William H. Tucker designed the course and funding was provided by President Roosevelt’s (WPA) Works Progress Administration. The course is also home to the annual Boulder City Open. This $111 entry fee amateur golf tournament takes place the 24th and 25th of September. The course contains a variety of trees composed mostly of Cottonwoods, Blue Spruce and Austrian Pine. Other trees include Crab Apple, Maple Sugar and Juniper. Recently, Flatirons Golf Course was bestowed the status of a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. This status recognizes the course directors’ hard work to reduce water consumption, reduce chemical and pesticide use, in addition to providing a more sustainable habitat for wildlife.
Other golf courses in Boulder County include Haystack Mountain Golf Course It was founded in 1966 and is a great 9 hole beginner course. The course is located along Left Hand Creek in Niwot on 5877 Niwot Road. Numerous events are held at the course ranging from “Wednesday Grill Night” and “Haystack Happy Hour” to a “History of Haystack Mountain.” A full events calendar is located here.
Lafayette and Louisville have two great gold courses. Indian Peaks and Coal Creek Golf Courses provide all inclusive amenities for residents in the southeast quadrant of Boulder County. Indian Peaks, located in Lafayette at 2300 Indian Peaks Trail, is a Golf Digest 4 ½ star course which opened in 1993. Designed by Hale Irwin, this course offers eighteen fairly difficult holes. Course amenities include a large putting green, full driving range, as well as a green designated for chipping and bunker play.Coal Creek Golf Course, located on 585 West Dillon Road in Louisville, provides spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains. Designed by Dick Phelps, this par 72 course stretches over 7,000 yards from the tips with numerous elevation changes and accommodates players of various skill levels.
Twin Peaks Golf Course, located in Longmont, at 1200 Cornell Drive, offers stunning views of Longs Peak, wide open fairways and special rates include a twilight golf special after 4pm on weekends that cannot be beat. Longmont also boasts two other courses, Sunset Golf Course and Ute Creek Golf course. Sunset Golf Course is a nine hole course located just Northwest of the intersections of Sunset and 3rd Avenue.
As one can see, Boulder County offers a multitude of choices for the golfing enthusiast. With challenging courses and stunning scenery it is easy to see why Boulder County is a golfer’s paradise. For a good place to meet up and find fellow golfers, click here.