Each club sets the rules for how exclusive its membership policies are. Some clubs require an invitation or referral by other members and others use an application system. Caps on membership totals keeps the clubs from getting overly crowded. When maximum capacity is reached member hopefuls can add their name to a waiting list.
Initial membership fees and monthly dues remain out of reach for a majority of the population. The average membership hovers around 43,000 and monthly dues are about $531, according to Avid Golfer Magazine. Many clubs have tiered membership options such as a non-equity membership, or a social membership. SouthGlenn Country Club is an exception to the normal high price tag.
Most of the clubs are south of I 70 and within the boundaries of C-470. For some, like The Ranch Country Club, views of the mountains are a major selling point.
Every country club boasts a golf course, a restaurant, a clubhouse, and pro shops. Most also have a place for large events like weddings. Tennis courts, fitness areas, swimming pools and social events attract non golfers to the club.
Some clubs retain the traditional mood of a country club, with dress codes, opulent surroundings. Denver Country Club is a great example of this atmosphere. Other clubs, like Red Rock Country Club, attract families by offering a resort style atmosphere with parties, snack bars and lots of lessons.
This is the oldest club in Denver and remains very prestigious. In addition to a famous 18 hole golf course, it has 12 tennis courts, including grass, clay and hard surfaces. There is an outdoor swimming pool as well.
An 18-hole championship Golf course designed by Harry Hughes is the main attraction. It also has a gigantic swimming, complete with two diving boards and 7 tennis courts. With lots of lessons and teams for all age groups, this is a popular club for families. Member nomination is necessary to gain access to this club in Columbine Valley.
The natural beauty of the surrounding red rocks offers stunning views from the club. The 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, and swimming pool with a slide make a day here enjoyable for the entire family. There are tons of lessons and activities to keep everyone active. The restaurant gets fresh food from the culinary garden.
This is the club for people who love golf and value traditions. The course was designed by William S. Flynn which is why three PGA championships have occurred at the Cherry Hills Country Club.
This is a relaxed and family friendly club in Cherry Hills. In addition to the 18 hole Pete Dye golf course, the large pool has a beautiful rock feature. Three outdoor tennis courts operate year round. Other amenities include massage rooms and a 1,000 square foot fitness area.
Castle Pines Country Club
The renowned Castle Pines Country Club has a maximum of 400 golf memberships. Boasting a golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, and a fantastic clubhouse restaurant, membership is hard to come by. Residency in the neighborhood is not necessary, 22% of members do not live in Castle Pines Village. Memberships are sold using a market based system. The outgoing member can set his or her price for the membership.
Established 1908, this is the second oldest country club in the Denver Area. In addition to the 71 par course, it also has an outdoor pool and fitness center.
Jack Nicklaus designed the very challenging golf course with a unique layout. The Cherry Creek Country Club offers the epitome of a luxurious lifestyle. Golf is complemented by a spa, tennis a pool and fitness center. Membership is done by referrals.
The Mount Vernon Country Club in Golden is one of the few clubs that does not have its own golf course. Instead it offers tee times and discounts at Raccoon Creek Golf Course. Onsite it offers tennis, a swimming pool, an exercise facility. Mount Vernon has lots of social events and gorgeous views. The club is 92 years old.
Also in Golden, The Club at Rolling Hills exudes luxury. Tennis lovers never get bored with 4 indoor courts and 4 outdoor courts. Golfers enjoy the 18 Championship course. Everyone likes the picturesque setting, fitness area and swimming pool. It has a low key family atmosphere and several restaurants to choose from.
Canongate is a company with country clubs and affiliations throughout the country. There are two Denver locations, Blackbear and Blackstone. Both locations have incredible golf courses. Members can also use affiliate courses around the nation. Swimming, tennis, and a fitness area are additional amenities.
Located in Centennial, the golf course is the only one in Colorado designed by Billy Bell Jr. The club highlights the social aspect of belonging to the country club. Tennis, swimming and a fitness center are also available. Membership is by invitation.
Westminster has just one country club, The Ranch Country Club. The 18-hole golf course was designed by Dick Phelps. It has an outdoor swimming pool and 8 tennis courts. The mountain views accentuate the charm of The Ranch.
Located in southwest Denver, the Pinehurst Country Club was named one of the most family friendly clubs by Avid Golfer. It has two golf courses, an 18-hole golf course and a nine hole course. Tennis enthusiasts like that 12 courts, including two clay courts. And the Olympic size pool delights the swimmers.
The SouthGlen Country Club is an anomaly among country clubs. Focusing on value and affordability rather than exclusivity and luxury, it offers several recreational opportunities. The 9 hole golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts and a social club are good fun for the family.
In Parker, The Pinery Country Club offers a unique high plains golf course. It has a total of 27 holes in three sets of nine. Golfers also like the driving range, putting green and chipping area. The 9 tennis courts, 6 outdoor and 3 indoor, attract tennis players and the 3 pools keep swimmers busy. Lots of social events and a fitness center round out the club.
Also in Parker, The Club at Pradera features a Jim Engh golf course with lots of water features and wetlands. Two tennis courts are also available.
Plum Creek Golf and Country Club
This is the country club for golf purists. The golf course offers something for all skill levels. No swimming, tennis or other sports are here. It is in Castle Rock.
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Choosing a Club
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