The Experience

A Modern Course Experience with Prehistoric Character

Fossil Trace Golf Club is located in Golden, Colorado, just minutes from downtown Denver, Colorado. The course is the latest achievement in Jim Engh designed championship golf courses. Nestled adjacent to the foothills of the Rocky Mountain Front Range, you will enjoy a unique golf course experience that is truly one of a kind.

Historic and Prehistoric Significance

There is a rich history surrounding Golden and Fossil Trace Golf Club. Various buildings and structures still exist from the early 1900’s. On the fairway of Hole #1 is an “often-photographed” incinerator used by the adjacent “Boy’s School” in the mid-1900’s to burn trash. Root cellars were built into the hillsides on either side of the fairway which also housed farm equipment. The entire area was a working farm with cows, hay fields, and fruit orchards. In the early days, the school also housed a blacksmith, laundry and tailor, plumbing and vocational shops – used by area townspeople. 

Millions of years ago, before the Rocky Mountains existed, a huge lake covered the area. As it receded, the first thing to drop to the bottom of the lake was sand, followed by clay, then trees, brush, etc. This happened numerous times and eventually created multiple alternating layers of sandstone and clay. A dinosaur would step in the soft clay and make an imprint – later covered by another layer of sandstone. Years later, the Rocky Mountains began rising and pushed the horizontal layers to a more vertical position.

As you travel to the Back 9, you encounter what remains of the Rockwell Mine, mined by George W. Parfet in 1877. His heirs continued to mine clay until 2001. After removing the clay, all that remained was the sandstone column (#12 green) which houses the palm frond wall and exposes triceratops and hadrosaurs footprints. The path and fence were put in place as part of a Boy Scout Eagle Badge project. Bikers and pedestrians from 6th Avenue bike paths can access the area without accessing the golf course.

The Golf Course

Several pieces of machinery still exist on the property. Prior to the purchase of an Army Surplus Bay City ½ ton yard shovel (located right of 11, above 15 green) purchased in 1954, all mining was done by hand and dynamite. The 2 pieces of machinery on #12 and #14 (photo right) greens are caterpillar powered, consecutive serial numbered machines purchased in 1956. They are an American ¾ ton dragline bucket and shovel boom respectively.

Fossil Trace Golf Club is a premier public golf course designed by renowned golf course architect Jim Engh. Golf at Fossil Trace is available for daily fee play and open for limited private and corporate golf outings & events. The golf course opened in July 2003, approximately 64-million years after the first dinosaurs walked where Holes 11- 15 now sit. Triceratops footprints, as well as other prehistoric creatures’ fossils, can be viewed adjacent to the 12th green. Located just inside the main doors is an exhibit that details the rich history of the property and shares information about the dinosaur tracks and other important fossils uncovered on the site.

From the day Fossil Trace Golf Club opened, local and national golf course awards and accolades have been steadily rolling in, making Fossil Trace Golf Club a renowned golf course not only in Colorado but in the United States.

From the simplicity of a 100-yard Par 3 to the cruelty and challenge of a 659-Yard Par 5, Fossil Trace Golf Club offers every level of golfer a unique and satisfying challenge. Length of hole is not the only concern as the undulation of the greens combined with the treachery of 10 foot deep fairway and greenside bunkers will test even the most accomplished golfer. Combined with pristine course conditions and a unique & challenging Jim Engh golf course layout, Fossil Trace continues to be a must-play golf course in Colorado.