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Murphy Creek Golf Club - Colorado golf course

Murphy Creek Golf Course in Aurora is a Ken Kavanaugh 18-hole championship municipal course owned and operated by the City of Aurora. It opened in the year 2000 and has since been one of the most popular public courses in the Denver area. The links style layout features gradual elevation changes along a rolling terrain with ample landing zones flanked by perimeter native high grasses.


Located just 20 miles from downtown Denver (and a convenient drive from the airport), Murphy Creek is a local favorite, due to the interesting layout, nicely maintained playing conditions, friendly service and affordable rates structure. The course meanders through a residential community and features plentiful sod-faced sand bunkers and large sloping , ridged green complexes highlighted by mounding, swales and collection areas.

On property is a clubhouse with well stocked pro shop plus restaurant/lounge serving breakfast sandwiches and lunch items. There is an outdoor patio with wonderful views, and practice facilities consist of a targeted grass range plus putting green. On course the yardage marking system consists of 100, 150 and 200 yard posts measured to the center of the green and 150 yard posts on the fairways on all par fours and fives and each score card has a chart with information on the daily pin placements.

Golfers of all skill levels should be able to choose a set of tees that fits their game. There are 5 sets of tee boxes that play to distance and slopes measuring a whopping 7548 yards/139 slope, 6909 yards/132 slope, 6494 yards/127 slope, 5982 yards/118 slope for men and 131 for women, and 5335 yards with a slope of 128 for ladies hitting from the forward tees.

Including waste areas, there is a total of 64 sand bunkers strategically situated along the landing zones or positioned greenside, and water hazards come into play on 4 holes. There generally is room for error off the tee and on the approach, but significant natural areas are part of the terrain and combined with the ponds and bunkers, make players plan their strategy carefully.

This is a beautiful course that is fair yet challenging, and obviously length is an important factor. Murphy Creek played host to the 2008 Public Links Amateur Championship. For more info on the course, visit our page for the property by clicking here.

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