Fox Hollow Golf Club: Lakewood Beauty Is Sensitive to Environment

By David R. Holland, Contributor

LAKEWOOD, CO -- Canyon, Meadows, Links -- if it is variety you are looking for, and a female-friendly facility, most Denver residents don't think you can beat the 27 holes of Fox Hollow Golf Club.

"I think the Canyon Nine is the most dramatic in elevation change as it climbs from the clubhouse along Coyote Gulch to an isolated ridge then comes sweeping down through the rugged canyon areas," said head pro Craig Patzybok. "The Meadow Nine meanders along Bear Creek and around some of the oldest and most spectacular trees in the park. The Links Nine travels along the face of Bear Creek Dam and has a distinctive links style. These are upland holes that take full advantage of native grassland areas and beautiful panoramic views. Each hole has five sets of tees, so Fox Hollow can accommodate golfers of all skill levels."

"Every new golf course built eventually fills in the open areas with homes. Fox Hollow is not only one of the best courses in the country, its appeal includes seclusion for the golfers," said Jerry Walters, co-host for KOA 850's In The Fairway radio show with Aaron Kellough (Sunday's 8-10 a.m.) "For me, that's critical. I've kept many a glazier in business at homes near the fairways of new courses replacing broken plate glass."

Patzybok also cites the fact that Fox Hollow was one of the first golf courses in the country to be completely handicapped-accessible. "We have hosted two of the Association of Disabled American Golfers annual tournaments and hope to continue our strong relationship with this group in the future," he said. "We also have several sensitive wetlands areas that are home for great-horned owls, red-tailed hawks, deer, coyotes and foxes."

This 1993 edition of golf architect Denis Griffiths' work has it all.

"I think playing at Fox Hollow is like taking a nature hike," Patzybok continued. "Our most popular combination is the Meadow/Canyon 18. There's a stretch of holes on the Canyon, 5, 6, and 7, that's kind of our 'Amen Corner'."

No. 5, a 445-yard par 4 from the black tees, has a marshal camped out at an approximate aiming point. If you are successful with your tee shot you will have an approach over a barranca to a green 80 feet below. No. 6 is a scenic par 3 at 200 yards from the back. Trees frame this downhill shot over a ravine. Lots of shots go right into a wetlands sensitive area. No. 7 is a 384-yard par 4 with another ravine carry forcing you to negotiate a creek.

On the Meadow Nine, Bear Creek and its huge cottonwoods, come into play on No. 6, a 408-yard par 4. The hole doglegs left along the creek and it's risk/reward. How much of the creek do you want to fly?

The Links Nine is a Scottish-style layout set against a sweeping vista of the Rocky Mountain foothills rising in the west.

Golf Digest picked the Canyon/Meadow combination as No. 2 among the Best New Courses in 1994. It's was also rated No. 24 in Golf Digest's America's Top 75 affordable courses (less than $50).

Fox Hollow is a national Environmental Steward Award winner and has gained national attention for its careful sensitivity to a beautiful natural setting during design and construction. The course was designed to blend into the environment, preserving and even improving habitat for wildlife.

The course is located in the City of Lakewood's wild and wide-open Bear Creek Lake Park, a beautiful 2,600-acre setting right on the edge of town. For a quick change of pace after a round of golf, the park offers opportunities for hiking, fishing, camping, archery, boating and much more, right next door. You can also find separate hiking and horseback trails.

The greens are smooth-rolling bent grass and the fairways winter rye. And with an estimated 80,000 rounds played a year, it's very busy. So call before you go.

It's not hard to discover why Fox Hollow is a favorite in the Denver area.

Fox Hollow Golf Club
13410 West Morrison Road
Lakewood, CO 80228

Telephone: (303)986-7888.

Green Fees: Jefferson County Residents, $24, nine holes $13. Non-residents, $30, nine $16. Seniors, $18 and $10. Cart fees $10 shared, $12, single. Call for other specials. Walking is allowed.

Directions: From Interstate C-470, east or west, take the Morrison Road exit and go approximately 3.5 miles to the east. Those players arriving on Kipling, north or south, will find Fox Hollow 1/2 mile west of Kipling on Morrison road, on the south side of the street.

A Goal Reached by Fox Hollow's Williams:

Congratulations to Fox Hollow's Sonny Williams who earned his Class A certification by the PGA of America and is now an assistant pro at the age of 63. Williams, who didn't start playing until age 32, ignored all the typical discounts about his dream -- you are too old, why would you want to take on this challenge at your age, etc. But he did it. Congratulations.

Denver Happenings: Denver's Red Rocks Amphitheatre turns 60 this summer and has had its share of memorable concerts. The Beatles played here in 1962. U2 filmed their "Under a Blood Red Sky" concert video here, while performers from Bruce Springsteen to Jimmy Buffet have declared it their favorite concert venue.

This summer, Red Rocks Amphitheatre celebrates with Tom Petty and James Taylor and classic films will be shown under the stars on a gigantic screen. The films are accompanied by appropriate live music, such as the Colorado Symphony Orchestra playing during the showing of Citizen Kane on June 18, or the Denver Brass & Bagpipes accompanying a showing of Braveheart on July 31. Tickets for the films are only $8 and are an excellent and inexpensive way to experience the magic of an evening at the Rocks.

Located 15 miles west of downtown Denver, the 9,000-seat amphitheater might be 60 years old, but the huge 400-foot high red rock monoliths that flank either side of the stage are actually much older -- 70 million years. They are made of compressed sandstone from what was once a beach on the edge of a great in-land sea that covered Colorado and Kansas. Each of the two gigantic rocks that form the back of the amphitheatre is higher than Niagara Falls.

It was in 1906 that the natural acoustics of the area were first discovered and concerts were held on a temporary stage.

By 1936, the City of Denver had acquired 818 acres of the red rocks and plans were drawn up for the amphitheatre, which was finally dedicated on June 15, 1941. For information on events and prices at Red Rocks, visit the Web site:

Where To Stay:
Capitol Hill Mansion Bed & Breakfast
1207 Pennsylvania Street
Denver, CO 80203

Telephone: 303-839-5221 or 800-839-9329.

Your hosts, Bill and Wendy Pearson, invite you to return to a time of Denver's great wealth. The Capitol Hill Mansion was built for the Keating Family in 1891, and was one of the last splendid homes erected before the Silver Crash of 1893, when the government stopped buying silver to support the currency.

A national and state registered historic building, it borders downtown Denver on the east side in one of the most architecturally remarkable areas of the city -- surrounded by historic homes of pioneers, governors, financiers and mine owners.

You will be transformed back to Denver's early days in the Capitol Hill Mansion B&B's eight distinctive guest rooms. There are three two-room suites. Two rooms have balconies, two have fireplaces, one has twin beds. Four can accommodate more than two guests using a rollaway bed, three have whirlpool tubs. All rooms have private phones and there is free onsite parking at the inn. The breakfast is memorable and each guest room has complimentary soft drinks and baked dessert snacks.

The inn has been selected for many honors. Among them: Best of Denver (Westword Magazine), Top Ten New Inns (Inn Marketing). It is inspected and rated annually by major motor clubs and inn associations.


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Layout: A
Service: A
Practice Fac.: A
Clubhouse/Pro Shop: A
Pace of Play: A
Value: A
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David R. HollandDavid R. Holland, Contributor

David R. Holland is an award-winning former sportswriter for The Dallas Morning News, football magazine publisher, and author of The Colorado Golf Bible. Before launching a career as a travel/golf writer, he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force reserve, serving during the Vietnam and Desert Storm eras. Follow Dave on Twitter @David_R_Holland.

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