Broken Tee Englewood municipal golf course: A Denver-area bargain that's well worth playing
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- When the golf blues are getting you down, and your pocketbook can't support your habit, check out the public Broken Tee Englewood Golf Course. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
The June 2000 edition of The Best of the Best rated Broken Tee Englewood as the Best Golf Course. CitySearch.com puts the course in the number one slot of "The Top 10 Bargain Courses."
With a price tag like that, you'd think they'd have to give up something, but after playing a round at Broken Tee Englewood Golf Course, I'd have to disagree. An expensive course does not guarantee an enjoyable play, and conversely, an inexpensive course does not signify a bad day of golf.
Broken Tee Englewood Golf Course Manager Bob Spada said, "We've been working on improving the course over the past few years. Irrigation has been an issue, but we keep adding new lines each year. And the results are coming in with nominations like "The Best of the Best," and even scoring higher on Golf Digest's rating than the previous year.
Englewood offers many opportunities for the golfer with their practice facilities, lighted driving range, putting greens on both front and back nine, a new 3 par course, inside practice facilities, and an outstanding instructional program."
The back nine opened in 1977 and was developed on farmland, and is definitely the plusher of the two. The front nine, previously a landfill, was opened in 1982. Broken Tee Englewood Golf Course added their par 3 in 1995. There are seven lakes, four in the front and three in the back. A power line runs through the back nine, but doesn't interfere with the game.
The front nine is relatively treeless and mostly straight shots with uneventful scenery, generous fairways, fair greens and a moderate amount of bunkers, until about Hole 6 where water borders on the left. But don't let that fool you. Hole #3 is a 390-yard, par 4 with a blind shot over a hill to a fairway to the right. The green sits at the bottom left of the fairway with bunkers looming in protective. There are challenges at each hole with bunkers and doglegs playing tricks on your balls along the way.
Lakes border to the left of the #8 tee box, and follow the fairway to about midway where bunkers lie to the left, an attainable 369-yard par 4. A dog hole right after the bunkers presents you with a picture of the green at the top of the second lake. Holes 6 through 9 play alongside the lakes and test your water balls.
Broken Tee Englewood Golf Course's back nine
Broken Tee Englewood Golf Course's back nine is by far a different game. The fairways are greener and the trees are thicker, and you can almost picture the farm the course replaced. Starting with a 144-yard par 3, the back nine winds around the old farmland. Trees and bunkers border the fairway on the right of Hole 12 with the lake presenting a temptation on the left.
Hole 13 is Englewood's signature hole, a 550-yard, par 5. The tee shot is hit to a landing area with water down the left side. From there, the golfer negotiates a narrowing opening between two ponds and water continuing down the left side. Once you reach the green, stay on the side favoring the pin as the middle is tiered.
The 501-yard, par 5 at 15 is a reachable green in two shots. Keep left for safety to avoid the many bunkers down the right side near the green. This will set you up for a wedge shot onto the small green. The back nine rounds out nicely with a 414-yard par 4.
Your golf experience here will go down in your book as a good one. This course is easily accessible off of Santa Fe Boulevard or Federal south from Hampden to Oxford right over to the course. With the price and the return on the dollar at little sacrifice to the golfer, Broken Tee Englewood is a course you'll return to often.
May 30, 2001