Foothills Golf Course: A championship value in Denver
DENVER -- Snuggled in a residential area south of Hampden between Wadsworth and Kipling you'll find a golfer's getaway. No matter how much time you have or what your skill level, Foothills Golf Course has the course for you in its par-3, nine-hole course, an executive nine, and a championship 18-hole course.
I had the privilege of playing Foothills' Championship Course. There are three tee box options: forward, middle, and championship. The par-72's Championship yardage is 6,908 and the forward tees carry 6,028 yards at a par of 74. The entire course offers varying views of the mountains, and the fairways are plush with few bare spots and lots of trees.
Hole 1 starts with a slightly dogleg left with trees bordering the fairway on the right. You'll find the green behind the trees. This 371-yard par 4 is achievable as long as you stay out of the trees and be aware of the bunker to the right of the green. A rather long 513-yard, par 5, hole 2 gives some of the same in another left dogleg around a grassy area with trees lined on the right of the fairway.
Hole 3's 446 yard is a par 4 straight uphill to an elevated green. Once you're on top of the hill, your next hole plays from an elevated tee down to a green for a 176-yard par 3. Another elevated tee at the next hole plays down to a right dogleg fairway for the par 4, hole 5. The 432-yards are achievable, but bunkers protect the green on both sides. Laying up with a long drive will give you a fairly straightforward shot to the green.
Foothills calls hole 6 their signature hole. This slight S-curved fairway challenges the golfer in its dogleg left around a lake. A creek wanders through the right side. Straight shots are necessary; too much on either side will guarantee a gift to the water gods. At about 110 yards in front of the green, a lake winks at the golfer.
Hole 9 is a 379-yard par 4 that ends with a good challenge and another slight dogleg left. Trees border the fairway on the right and a lake about midway on the left.
Foothills Golf Course's back nine
The back nine is more of the same. Hole 10 begins the back nine with more of the same and another dogleg left, par 4. Hole 11's, 523-yard par-5 challenge is a dogleg right, but trees border the fairway on both sides, not allowing room for slicers.
Foothill's PGA Head Professional Jim Hajek's favorite hole is 16, a par 5. The 551 yards of wide-open fairway with a slight dogleg left is misleading. A grassy area borders the right and a creek beckons the errant ball on the left of the fairway. This same creek weaves back to the course cutting just in front of the green at the 100 yard marker.
The Championship course ends well on hole 18 with a long, sharp dogleg left par 4 (436 yards). Your best bet is to drive over the hill, slightly left. Too much left and short will put you in the bunkers. A 240-yard drive will clear the bunkers. This will set your next shot over the creek directly in front of the green. On either side of the green is the lake, and a heavy shot will put you onto the asphalt.
Foothills Golf Course was recently nominated as one of the most affordable course in the Denver Metro Area, and a round here at any of their three courses will give you a good game of golf.
February 1, 2012