Courses and Travel

What $500 will get you

Photo: Aidan Bradley

The spectacular Arrowhead Golf Club is a bargain after 3 p.m.

Out-of-town golfers may be susceptible to altitude sickness in Denver, but you certainly won't suffer from sticker shock: the cloudscraping city that marries modern office towers with Rocky Mountain views boasts some of the country's best affordable golf. Plus that extra yardage you gain from the thin air is a great ego-booster, especially when you're not thinning your wallet at the same time.

WHERE TO PLAY

Arrowhead Golf Club, Littleton
6,636 yards, par 70
303-973-9614, arrowheadcolorado.com

WHY IT'S WORTH IT
It's not Robert Trent Jones Jr.'s most sophisticated design, but it could be his most spectacular, nestled into red rocks that jut upwards like cathedral spires. The dropshot 13th is unforgettable.

COST
Through Oct. 1 you'll pay $139 from 7 a.m. until noon, including cart. After noon, it's $105; after 3 p.m. you'll pay $75. Fall rates are $49-$99.

Riverdale Golf Club (Dunes Course), Brighton
7,067 yards, par 72
303-659-6700, riverdalegolf.com

WHY IT'S WORTH IT
Pete Dye and his son Perry created a nearly treeless neo-Scottish layout marked by typical risk reward options, daunting water features and stark railroad ties.

COST
Non-residents will pay $37 to walk during the week and $43 on weekends.

Murphy Creek Golf Course, Aurora
7,456 yards, par 72
303-361-7300, golfaurora.com

WHY IT'S WORTH IT
The venue for this year's U.S. Amateur Public Links, designed by Ken Kavanaugh, is sprinkled with tall fescue, sprawling bunkers and — in a neat Old West touch — rusted farm implements.

COST
Non-residents pay $34 to walk Monday-Thursday, $41 on weekends. Year-round Super Twilight rates are just $30 every day, including cart.

TRIP TIPS

Stay here
Embassy Suites Denver
Two-bedroom suites, free breakfasts and evening cocktails, plus a location near many top courses, make it your best budget option. Rooms from $134 per night.
303-696-6644, embassysuites.com

Eat here
Located next door to Coors Field, the Denver Chop House & Brewery is an affordable haven for professional jocks and wannabes. These folks do red meat right — don't miss the bone-in Iowa Pork Chop.
303-296-0800, chophouse.com

Drink here
LoDo's Wynkoop Brewing Company is Colorado's oldest brew pub — sure, it's only from 1988, but the microbrew craze isn't that old. After 36 holes, the signature amber-red Rail Yard Ale is a tasty reward.
303-297-2700, wynkoop.com

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