I used to avoid Denver because I didn’t want to fly to, or especially through, a place that had blizzards and one of the world’s busiest airports. Now, I live there and I love it. The city is booming and bustling with the kind of energy I thought only existed in cities like New York and San Francisco. And the bonus surprise for me: In and around the Mile-High City, I can play golf in any month of the year.

How, you ask, can a place have blizzards and year-round golf? Well, we don’t really have blizzards. Maybe we’ll have one again, someday, but the weather has changed. And, the sun that we’re a mile closer to than most melts the snow almost as fast as it accumulates, while the wind blows it off the fairways. The only time we can’t play is when the snow hangs around, or we get a rare cold snap that might last two weeks.

Supposedly, the altitude lengthens our shots. Then there’s roll on the dry fairways, which are like bowling alleys in winter. The courses rate most of their tees for women, and usually there are two reasonable options for the average woman. The women’s golf community here feels vibrant and sisterly.

There’s so much to enjoy downtown: renovated Union Station, full of shops and restaurants; Coors Field, a destination ballpark for any baseball fan; and more museums, theaters and music halls than you could visit in a monthlong vacation there.

I won’t steer women toward the 16th Street Mall, an uncomfortable place to shop because of the loiterers and lost characters in the vicinity. And there are still some golf courses in the area that are not welcoming to women, but, don’t worry, I won’t send you to those either.

If you stay long enough, please do head west to tour Rocky Mountain National Park; take on Copper Creek, home of the highest tee box in North America, No. 14, at 9,863 feet; or play my favorite high-altitude golf destination, Pole Creek Golf Course, where my husband proposed atop the last tee on the Ridge nine.


Full employment, a population increasing by the day, and a housing shortage have made Denver no bargain. Though you can still play the most elite golf courses in the area for less than $100, expect to spend $250 and up for a night at the best hotels and, at the better restaurants, no less than $80 for a three-course dinner with one glass of wine.


Fossil Trace Golf Club ($$$)

Golden is best known for being home to the Coors brewery, but Fossil Trace’s 64-million-year history put it on every map of city highlights. While you’re on the narrow and imposing first hole, perhaps interminably, you may wonder why you came (and, for sure, why that chimney’s in the middle), but once that’s over you’ll enjoy its collection of fair, pretty, and unique holes, with No. 12 standing out for its massive Triceratops footprints and the adjacent walking trail. The scenery is gorgeous, conditions immaculate, and wildlife prevalent. The women’s club loves that the 4.681-yard most forward tees give them the opportunity to hit greens in regulation and that when they’re done they can have lunch with a view at Schnepf’s.
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City Park ($)

All of my old complaints about this 1913-vintage municipal track–lame pro shop, ridiculously long forward tees, poorly-located clubhouse–will be erased in 2019 by an entirely new golf course. Todd Schoeder used the Long Leaf Tee system to create a new, all-levels-friendly layout with advisement by Hal