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The Gazette Published: May 18, 2013

The Broadmoor Golf Club, East Course

Jack Nicklaus has won at this venerable track. So has Annika Sorenstam. You can add your name to the list. The course has played host to numerous major championships, including the 2011 U.S. Women's Open and the 2008 U.S. Senior Open. The finely manicured fairways and slick greens provide a challenging, fair test. The 18th hole is quite a finish. broadmoor.com

 

Fossil Trace Golf Club

"Escape the ordinary, experience the extraordinary" is this Denver-area course's motto. Located in Golden along the foothills, it opened 10 years ago. A variety of structures from the early 1900s remain in the area. Inside the clubhouse is an exhibit detailing the history of the property. And the golf is tremendous, with undulating greens and plenty of potential hazards. fossiltrace.com

 

Divide Ranch & Club

Bring your driver, bring your putter ... and don't forget your camera! The scenery on this Ridgway golf course is second to none. Sitting atop a massive plateau between Montrose and Ouray, the picturesque backdrop is the San Juan Range. And you're likely to see plenty of wildlife. The 12th hole is an exquisite par 5, with your approach coming from an elevated fairway. eqresorts.com/divide

 

Devil's Thumb Golf Club

Once you leave U.S. Highway 50 outside the town of Delta, you'll never expect to find a golf course. It's dry and it's dusty. But keep driving to this course that opened in 2001. It's green and it's lush. Not to mention affordable. There are some dramatic elevation changes. So when you get to the par-4 13th, give it all you've got and drive the green. devilsthumbgolfclub.com

 

Cougar Canyon

This course in Trinidad carries the Nicklaus Design label so it has to be nice, right? At 7,669 yards, this course is long and challenging. It features the valleys, mesas and arroyos of the canyon. The bunkers are filled with black sand, a tribute to the town's rich mining history. The 16th hole offers an island green experience unlike any you've played - without water. cougarcanyonliving.com/main/golf

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