Fox Hollow: A Gem for Women Golfers

By Lynn Zmistowski, Contributor

A couple of golf-course gems lie along the foothills of the Rockies. One of these is Fox Hollow, which is a relatively new golf course in Colorado. There are 27 holes of golf, a huge driving range, a nice practice green and practice chipping area and a nifty clubhouse with a lot of nice women's golf clothes.

There are three nines at Fox Hollow. Depending on what they have going tournament-wise or maintenance-wise, they put their 18-hole players on a combination of two of the courses. The Links 9 is on the hilly side of the course, so it is very good exercise to walk, or you may prefer to ride this 9 if you aren't used to walking. I like all the holes on this 9, as they are interesting and yet pretty gentle, meaning you can't get into a whole lot of trouble.

The Canyon 9 is also on the hilly side of the course and the hills are a little more severe than the Links 9, so again the riding cart may be your choice if you aren't used to or in shape to do a strenuous walk. This Canyon 9 holes is a little more difficult than the Links 9.

The first hole is so uphill that your shot to the first green is more or less blind. You can only see the top of flag from your approach shot. The 5th hole takes some planning because it is down a steep hill with a big ravine that you have to cross that also then runs along the right side of the green. This is a difficult hole, especially for the higher handicap player. Hills and water describe this nine.

The Meadows 9 is among the best 9 holes in Colorado. This 9 is enjoyable to walk. The holes wind around and bring water into play on every hole. It's very challenging, has a lot of trees and is the most difficult but also the best of the three nines. I love the 9th hole (which is usually the 18th hole when they put the Meadows course together with either the Links or the Canyon. It is a short par 4 but you have to slide your drive down a fairway that bends to the right with water hazard right and deep rough and water hazard left. The setting on this hole is especially pretty, with the clubhouse patio sitting in view with a bridge to walk across after you putt out.

Fox Hollow is a public course that is in country club condition. This means that not only is the course extremely well manicured but all the details are kept up, as well. Along with the cart paths, the water drink areas, the ball washers and trash receptacles, the entire facility is very well kept up by the greens superintendent and the clubhouse management. The staff at Fox Hollow is very polite and treat you like they enjoy having you play there.

The course plays a little slow (41/2 to 43/4 hours). The 5th hole on the Canyon course is a bottleneck and sometimes 2 or 3 groups get stacked up. Since the course is interesting, there are a lot of places to lose your golf ball, which slows a course down. The clubhouse has a nice charm, and I especially enjoy sitting out on the patio facing the 18th hole (9th hole of the Meadows course) and watching the golfers come in.

How expensive is it to play Fox Hollow? Very reasonable. In the Denver area, there are many very good public golf courses all charging between $25 and $40/round. Considering the quality of the course design, the extremely good condition of the course and facility along with the friendly atmosphere, Fox Hollow is a very very good value.

Again, women, choose the set of tees that suits your game. The very forward tees at Fox Hollow are very short and perfect for the beginning golfers. The Second set back is a good challenge for the typical women's club member with handicaps between 10 and 30. The advanced player will have all she can handle from the 3rd set back.

Lynn Zmistowski, Contributor

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