The top five golf courses to play around Denver

Travel expert Matt Ginella spent some time in Denver this summer, visiting many of the area's golf courses and off-course attractions.

He played not only historic Cherry Hills, where Arnold Palmer won the 1960 U.S. Open, but also toured many of the area's great public golf courses.

On Morning Drive, he shared his top five public courses to play around Denver with Gary Williams.

Video: Ginella's top 5 public courses around Denver

5. The Ridge at Castle Pines Golf Club : A top-shelf public option just around the corner from the famous and private Country Club at Castle Pines .

4. The Dunes at Riverdale Dunes : Built in the 1980s by Pete and Perry Dye.

3. Arrowhead Golf Club : A Robert Trent Jones Sr. design set among spectacular red rocks in the Rocky Mountain foothills just south of Denver.

2. Commonground Golf Club : Free caddies and great value at $52, the course was designed by Tom Doak and Jim Urbina and has been revived after flood damage in 2013.

1. East Course at Broadmoor Resort & Golf Club : A historic, posh resort in nearby Colorado Springs, the East is a combination of holes designed Donald Ross and Robert Trent Jones Sr. at separate times.

Ginella's Journeys visits Denver

In this two-part series debuted on Morning Drive, Matt Ginella visits the Denver area and tees it up at spectacular Arrowhead, as well as visits the vibrant and revitalized downtown scene.

Click here to watch part II, which includes the best places to drink local beer in town .

Matt Ginella is Golf Advisor's Editor-at-Large and host of Golf Advisor Round Trip travel series on Golf Channel. Matt serves as resident buddy trip expert and captains a collection of VIP trips called Golf Advisor Getaways.
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