Well I got out to golf this weekend and had a real tough go at it. I played the City of Denver course, City Park Golf Course. This is an older course that is shorter than most, about 6500 yards. There is one par five on the front 9 and three on the back 9. But in the shortness of the course, they make that up with narrow fairways and small greens.
It was tough to make par if you missed the fairway. I had a good run through the middle part of the front 9, holes 3-7, and the one common denominator was that I put my tee shots in the fairway. When I missed the fairway, it was bogey or double-bogey city. I ended up shooting a 92 which was just over my handicap. Holding the ball on the green with your approach shots was almost impossible. They were a little hard. It was almost easier to land them short and let them run onto the green.
The greens fees were relatively inexpensive with the fees only being $41.50.
One thing to be aware of was that I was only going to play 9, but they said on weekends from 7 AM to 4 PM they do not allow 9 hole rounds. So I had to pay for 18. The only problem was that they don't tell you that when you make your tee time or anywhere on their website. It is kinda a rip-off.
My overall impressions was that it was a good challenge. It made you hit good shots in order to score well. If you kept it in the fairway it rewarded you. If you missed, it penalized you. The way golf should be. They could make the greens more receptive for approach shots and the speed of play could have been faster. It got quite slow at times.
If you are ever staying in Denver, catch the views of downtown and the mountains from City Park Golf Course. It is worth it.