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10 Best Golf Courses Near Colorado Springs (2023)

We analyzed thousands of online reviews to identify the top 10 public golf courses in Colorado Springs and the southern Colorado area. Discover which ones made the cut.

We analyzed thousands of online reviews to identify the top 10 public golf courses in Colorado Springs and the southern Colorado area. Discover which ones made the cut.

Grandote Peaks Golf Club in La Veta, CO

Looking for the best public golf courses near Colorado Springs? We’ve done the hard work for you. We analyzed thousands of online reviews to bring you the definitive guide to golfing in southern Colorado.

We scoured the internet for public reviews of golf courses in Colorado Springs and the southern Colorado area. Then we gave each course a score between 1 and 100 based on the quantity and quality of golfer’s online ratings. Note: We only looked at regulation 18-hole layouts and public courses.

Here are the top rated golf courses in southern Colorado, ranked by golfers like you. We’ve also included a few honorable mentions that just missed the cut.

Top 10 Public Courses in Colorado Springs & Southern Colorado

1. Four Mile Ranch Golf Club

Four Mile Ranch Golf Club

Photo courtesy of Four Mile Ranch Golf Club

Scoring an impressive 89.4, Four Mile Ranch Golf Club in Canon City is a masterpiece designed by renowned architect Jim Engh. Known for its tricky greens, which are cleverly hidden and guarded, this course will challenge your strategic thinking and shot-making skills.

2. Desert Hawk at Pueblo West

With a solid score of 89.0, Desert Hawk at Pueblo West is a desert-style course that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. It’s a great course and a better value – green fees start at just $34.

3. Hollydot Golf Course

Hollydot Golf Course

Photo courtesy of Hollydot Golf Course

Scoring 87.9, Hollydot Golf Course of Colorado City is a hidden gem. Located 25 minutes south of Pueblo, the course has been a staple of southern Colorado golf since the 1970s. Fun fact: Hollydot gets its name from its founders - Holland (Holly) Duell Jr. and his wife Dorothy (Dot).

4. Elmwood Golf Course

With a score of 87.5, Elmwood Golf Course in Pueblo is one of the oldest courses in Colorado, having opened in 1932. It was originally called City Park, but the course was recently renovated and renamed Elmwood after the elm trees that line the fairways.

5. Cherokee Ridge Golf Club

Scoring 87.0, Cherokee Ridge Golf Club in Colorado Springs is known for its stunning views of Pikes Peak and the Front Range. Technically, it’s a 9-hole course. But there are two distinct teeing areas for each hole, allowing golfers to play it twice for an 18-hole round.

6. Patty Jewett Golf Course

Patty Jewett Golf Course

Photo courtesy of Patty Jewett Golf Course

With a review score of 86.7, Patty Jewett Golf Course in CO Springs is rich with history. Built in 1898, it’s the third oldest public course west of the Mississippi. The grand entranceway and historic clubhouse make golfers feel like they’re stepping back in time.

7. Walking Stick Golf Course

Scoring 86.3, Walking Stick Golf Course is highly regarded championship courses in Southern Colorado. The links-style layout has hosted many notable tournaments including the 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship.

8. Cattails Golf Club

With a score of 82.2, Cattails Golf Club in Alamosa is a unique course that blends desert golf with the natural beauty of Colorado’s San Luis Valley. The front nine is over 60 years old, and the back nine was added in a 1991 remodel by notable architect, Dick Phelps.

9. Pine Creek Golf Club

Pine Creek Golf Club

Photo courtesy of Pine Creek Golf Club

Scoring 76.3, Pine Creek Golf Club in Colorado Springs is another course designed by hall of fame architect, Dick Phelps. At $108 for a tee time, it’s the most expensive course on our list. At that price point, you’d expect it to rank higher on the list. But a flood of recent negative reviews dragged Pine Creek down to #9 overall. Reviewers complain about deteriorating course conditions relative to the cost. We’ll keep an eye on this one.

10. Grandote Peaks Golf Club

Rounding out our top 10 with a score of 76.3, Grandote Peaks Golf Club is a desert mountain course designed by the famous architect Tom Weiskopf. The course is tucked away in the tiny town of La Veta, about an hour south of Pueblo. With incredible views of the Sangre De Cristo mountains, Grandote Peaks is an idyllic spot for a desert golf getaway.

Honorable Mentions

We reviewed a few more public courses in southern Colorado that didn’t quite crack the top ten. Here they are, including their overall online review score:

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