From Virtual Greens to Miniature Delights, Denver’s Golf Scene Has It All

BY Gabriela Reyes

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Denver has had an emergence of numerous golf simulators and mini-golf bars prompting a closer look at the sport’s evolving landscape and the myriad ways to participate. I’ve come to appreciate how the golf course often serves as the backdrop for pivotal business dealings and over the past seven years, the sport has witnessed a remarkable swell in interest, transcending its identity as a pastime reserved for affluent businessmen or retirees. Today, whether one is a member of an exclusive club or prefers the accessibility of city courses, the Greens have become a bustling hub for enthusiasts from all walks of life.

Colorado stands as a testament to the sport’s expansive reach, with breathtaking mountain courses that blend the thrill of golf with the wonders of nature. For instance, consider the stunning vistas at the Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks in Silverthorne, where every swing is complemented by awe-inspiring panoramic views.

Illustrating this growing trend, Topgolf, which has three locations in the state, experienced a remarkable 20.5% growth rate from the first half of 2022 to the corresponding period in 2023. This consistent year-after-year surge has spurred a wave of entrepreneurial ventures seeking to capitalize on the sport’s popularity, evident in the number of establishments integrating golf into their offerings.

While The Golf Club at Omni Interlocken Hotel remains a personal favorite in the Denver area for its pristine layout and great service, Denver offers an array of options for enthusiasts seeking to refine their stroke and elevate their putting game. Whether it’s the allure of proximity or the promise of an entertainment-packed experience, explore the diverse range of venues where you can hone your skills and share in the camaraderie of fellow players.

Golf Simulators

Sheraton Downtown

1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202

“Topgolf Swing Suite is an immersive social experience offering our guests a comfy lounge to play and enjoy elevated food and beverage service through 16th Street Commons. With a massive screen and a selection of exciting virtual games, the Topgolf Swing Suite delivers a one-of-a-kind simulation experience that’s fun for golfers and non-golfers alike.”

Tom’s Watch Bar at McGregor Square

1601 19th St Unit 100, Denver, CO 80202

“The Topgolf Swing Suites will feature three simulator bays and a variety of virtual games – including the popular Topgolf target game, Zombie DodgeBall, Hockey Shots, Baseball Pitching, and more – paired with comfortable lounge seating, HDTVs and food and beverage service.”

Over Flyte at FlyteCo Tower

3120 Uinta St, Denver, CO 80238

“Looking for a private space to enjoy golf, soccer, baseball, football, and 10 other sports with your friends, family, or colleagues? Our sport suite rental offers the perfect solution. This spacious suite is equipped with a Full Swing golf simulator that provides a realistic and immersive golfing experience plus multi-sport capabilities.”

The Local Drive

3503 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
110 Emery St, Longmont, CO 80501

“The Local Drive is the premier cocktail bar & golf lounge featuring a menu of cocktails made with local spirits as well as local beers, seltzers, ciders, and wine. The Local Drive has custom indoor Trackman golf simulators as well as multiple private event spaces. Are you ready for an elevated golf experience?”

The Crow’s Nest at South Broadway Country Club on Tennyson

4200 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212
2265 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80210

“Welcome to the South Broadway Country Club. Established in 2016, we are Denver’s first indoor golf facility utilizing Trackman simulator technology. We offer golf lessons, simulator rentals, and drinks at our full-service cocktail bar. Our motto is “non-members only” because we welcome everyone here. We want to make golf inclusive and are here to make you feel at home”

The Back Nine at The Walnut Room

3131 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205

“RiNo District’s first indoor golf simulator venue with a full food and cocktail menu and a large selection of beer. We have 2 simulator bays featuring Trackman 4 technology book your tee times during these upcoming cold winter weekends.”

One Shot Back

2134 Curtis Street Ste 101, Denver, CO 80205

“One Shot Back is the newest cocktail lounge in Downtown Denver. We focus on high-end cocktails with amazing flavors and a picture-perfect lounge setting. We also have two of the top-end Trackman Simulators, the same ones used by the pros!  Whether you are here for golf, pool, or just in for a couple of drinks and pictures with our Instagram wall we can’t wait to see you!”

Putt Putt

Holey Moley Golf Club Denver

1201 18th St, Denver, CO 80202

“Holey Moley Golf Club Denver is here and we have 27 holes for you to putt your stuff around. Gear up and get ready to collect dollary-doos while ‘Makin it Rain’, win big at the ‘Duck Shoot’ hole, or phone home on ‘The Moon and Pars’.”

Puttshack

2813 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205

“We’ve rewritten the rules of mini golf – pairing modern tech with crazy courses and cool vibes with game faces for one hell of a good time. We’ve thrown out the old rules, paper scorecards, and pencils – replacing them with a seamless tech system. This isn’t just a new way to play mini golf, it’s the only way. Pre-game or post-game– we’ve got you covered. From vegans to omnivores and cocktail connoisseurs – you’re all welcome here.”

Rino Country Club

3763 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80216

“Rino Country Club is located in the heart of Denver’s River North Art District at 3763 Wynkoop St. Our 70’s-inspired Country Club Dive Bar is the perfect spot for good food and cheap drinks. If you’re more John Daly than Tiger Woods, this might just be the spot for you.”

FlyteCo Tower

3120 Uinta St, Denver, CO 80238

“Experience a thrilling 18-hole mini golf adventure at our FlyteCo Tower course! Our family-friendly mini golf course promises endless fun and challenges for everyone, from kids to adults. Navigate through whimsical obstacles, tricky curves, and exciting twists as you aim for that elusive hole-in-one.” 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gabriela Reyes

Gaby has been part of the Denver/Boulder food scene since 2015 when she moved to Colorado. While gradually losing her ability to eat due to six years of misdiagnosed food allergies, she became fascinated with the culinary scene. Gaby, aka The Restaurant Encyclopedia, has been DiningOut’s restaurant coordinator for food festivals since 2017 and joined the editorial team in 2022.

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