Early summer weather in the mountains can be tricky – it can snow at any time. This Sunday was a beautiful warm day early in June, and Evergreen Lake was cool and clear and waiting for the fishermen to arrive. We were headed to the other side of the lake to the Evergreen Golf Course, at 7,100 feet above sea level.
Evergreen Golf Course is a City of Denver course. This is an opportunity to play mountain golf without the long drive to the mountains or the expensive fees. This course opened in 1926 with 9 holes of natural mountain grass fairways and sand greens. In the early ’80s, the course was irrigated and 9 additional holes were added. Today, it’s a short 18 hole course set in a pretty mountain valley.
This is basic golf with 2 sets of tees. The back tees play a total of 5560, the front tees 4965. The first hole is a short par 4, shooting into the side of the hill. A rushing stream runs directly in front of the back tee box. On hole number 3, the tee boxes are in front of a large granite rock. This is requires the player to shoot over and left to land on the green. We can testify that although this looks pretty tough, we all made it over! On the first 9, the longest hole plays 536 yards from the back tees. This is long and straight with homes along the left side. The fun is watching the players at the hole above trying to hit the #6 green. Reaching number 6, a par 3 with a skinny approach, we see two marmots wrestling to the left of the green. They didn’t seem to mind the golf balls falling nearby. Finishing off the front 9 is a par 4 where lack of accuracy finds the ball in the trees or rolling down the hill on its way to the #1 fairway.
The back 9 starts off with a short par 3 in full view of the restaurant patrons. The back tees are behind a fast flowing stream heading to the lake. The forward tees are a short 75 yards to the green. As we made our way down the par 5, 530 yard #11, we spot a female elk grazing on the tee box we just left. Hole 13 is a par 4 where the fairway drops down a hill for a blind drive the green. This hole is 360 for the back tees and is probably drivable for many low handicap players. The 14th hole goes back up the hill and is also drivable, though the green is guarded by two front bunkers. The 15th heads back down the hill in an identical pattern to 13. The 16th is the last par 3, an uphill shot to the green. Hole #18 shares a tee box with #2 and the final green is a several feet from the stream running through the course.
For the high handicap player, this is a playable course that looks harder than it is. For the low handicap player, many of the greens are drivable. Because of its length, walking this course is quite popular which may slow play. There are lots of trees and wildlife here, along with great views of the valley and Evergreen Lake. As we finished up at the 19th hole, we all agreed that it had been a very pleasant Sunday.
Find Evergreen Golf Course at 29614 Upper Bear Creek Road, Evergreen, CO 80439. Call 303-674-6351 or go online to book tee times.
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