Fox Hollow golf course second to none in experience

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LAKEWOOD — Five minutes from Red Rocks and just 15 minutes from downtown Denver sits one of Colorado’s best golf courses.

Fox Hollow, the Lakewood municipal golf course that feels and looks more like a private golf club, has just wrapped up its second decade of overwhelming success.

The golf course is celebrating its 20th anniversary this August and although Fox Hollow has been challenging Colorado golfers since 1993, if you come to the course for the first time you may think it’s brand new.

“The trees are certainly all 20 years older but we like to think Fox Hollow is always continuing to stay modernized,” Fox Hollow head professional Craig Parzybok said. “We want the course to be as welcoming and inviting to our guests as possible.”

Not satisfied with just 18 holes? Well, Fox Hollow offers three different and very unique nine hole experiences.

The Canyon: Negotiate a challenging plunge down narrow Coyote Gulch, including Fox Hollow’s signature fifth hole. This 445-yard, par 4 hole includes an 80-foot elevation drop from the end of the fairway to the green.

The Meadow: Swing into this streamside nine, where Bear Creek and other water hazards sparkle amid ancient cottonwood trees.

The Links: Unwind on a Scottish-style nine set against a sweeping vista of the Rocky Mountain foothills rising steeply to the west.

With five sets of tees, golfers of every ability will feel at home. Fox Hollow was one of the first golf courses in the nation designed to be completely accessible to golfers with disabilities.

“With our five sets of tees you can come out here and play a very long course for the big hitters, but you can also play a small course if you wish,” Parzybok said.

In addition, your round of golf could potentially turn into a wildlife viewing area. Just moments from the Rocky Mountains, Fox Hollow is also known to host a variety of wildlife.

“Fox Hollow is hands down one of the best public courses around Denver,” said Tom Craine, a Fox Hollow regular. “The scenery is second to none, there is great value and you have three different courses to choose from.

In 1994 Golf Digest nationally recognized and awarded Fox Hollow as the No. 2 “Best New Course in America,” and Golf Digest and Colorado Golf magazines have consistently recognized Fox Hollow as a “Top 10 Public Golf Course in Colorado.”

It also features an award-winning clubhouse. The City of Lakewood also maintains Homestead Golf Course. A very popular course in its own right, Homestead is one of two Lakewood golf courses with magnificent views of downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountains.

Fox Hollow and Homestead offer a unique mix of terrain types and course challenges. Nestled next to Bear Creek Lake Park and the Rocky Mountain foothills, both courses offer an opportunity for escape and relaxation with tranquil lakes, quiet streams and spectacular vistas.

Fox Hollow Golf Course is located on Morrison Road a half mile west of Kipling Parkway and 3 1/2 miles east of C470 in Lakewood.