Sam S. has not voted in the 2018 Denver A-List.
Arrowhead GC is a "must play" when you're able to get in a round and want to see the ultimate in geological beauty.....with a great golf course winding through it. The red sandstone flatiron rock formations are incredible. You'll feel like you ought to be able to bank your shots off the rocks to the green. If that should happen consider yourself very lucky because most holes have deep and gnarly roughs at the base of the standing rocks. The back nine and especially holes 12-14 are exciting, challenging, and absolutely breathtaking in their natural beauty. I really enjoy this unique combination of geology and golf.
Golfer in awe,
I’ve been able to play this course five 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.
Head Golf Pro, Jim Hajek, will warn you not to bite off more of the course than you can handle. But 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. The first time I played this hole my second shot stayed on the small bit of grass on top of a rock formation to the right of the green. I was actually able to scramble up there and pitch the shot down to the green. It was a great thrill and a memorable photo for my album.
Fossil Trace is exciting, unique and just plain fun. Friendly people and great conditions add to the value. A great place to take visiting guests.
A happy golfer/customer,
Sam S. has not cast any votes in the 2018 Denver A-List.