Applewood Golf Course

Applewood golf course, Golden, COPhoto credit: Brian Melody

Since 1961, the Applewood Golf Course in Golden, Colorado has provided community members and area golf enthusiasts with a picturesque course nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. In late 2016, The Trust for Public Land, in partnership with Prospect Recreation and Park District, purchased the course, ensuring the protection of 146 acres of urban open space from residential development. In addition to preserving this popular course, the purchase will create a network of trails with access to Clear Creek while also providing a habitat for numerous birds and small animals in the area.

Local community members were highly supportive of this project, voting for a local bond of $9.4 million in funding for the purchase. Jefferson County Open Space also contributed $1.1 million from its Local Park and Recreation Grant Program, while Great Outdoors Colorado awarded $3 million in funding for the acquisition.

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