Fossil Trace makes quite an impression

Column by Penny Parker


Fossil Trace Golf Course in Golden is listed among the “10 most unusual U.S. golf courses,” according to Forbes magazine contributor Larry Olmsted.

The writer raves about course designer Jim Engh, calling him “one of my favorite golf architects and way underrated by the general public, though the industry holds him in high acclaim.”

Olmstead also notes Fossil Creek's preservation of rustic mining equipment and the history lesson the course provides with prehistoric dinosaur tracks through holes 11 to 15 left some 64 million years ago. “Triceratops footprints have been well marked next to the 12th green so golfers can take a look, and more fossils, plaster footprint casts, and ancient history are in the clubhouse,” Olmstead notes.

He forgets the great views the course offers from every direction, especially from holes No. 1 and 10, and the commune next to the 16th tee box.

Read about all 10 courses and Fossil Trace at

PGA Tour is on the ball

The PGA Tour is not run by a slew of stooges.

Witness the television commercial already out touting the 2014 BMW Championships, part of the FedEx Cup playoff tournament series that will be played at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village.

The advertisement features four of Denver's best-known sports figures, from the Broncos: John Elway, Peyton Manning and John Lynch and ex-Denver Nuggets star Chauncey Billups (now with the Detroit Pistons but a Denver resident and native).

So Todd Helton and Joe Sakic are chopped liver?

The BMW Championship is the next to the last tournament of the FedEx Cup series that narrows the field to the final 30 that play at The TOUR Championship the following week. Next year's BMW Championship will be played Sept. 4-7 at Cherry Hills. Tickets are already available at for the 2014 BMW Championship.

Check out the video at

Decadent and delightful

The fourth edition of Penny Parker Presents The Fourth Evening of Decadent Delights on Sept. 30 will take your taste buds on a culinary adventure while supporting Sense of Security, the Colorado nonprofit that covers non-medical expenses for breast cancer patients (

The enchanting evening begins at 6 p.m. at Balistreri Vineyards (66th and Washington) with a cocktail party sponsored by Downslope Distilling followed by a multi-course dinner at 7. Some of Denver's finest chefs who will blow your culinary mind are: Troy Guard (TAG, TAG Raw Bar, TAG Burger Bar), Tyler Wiard (culinary director for Elway's restaurants), Michael Bortz (City Bakery), Alex Seidel (Fruition), Brian Laird (Sarto's), Sean Yontz (formerly with El Diablo) and Lance Barto (The Social).

Robert Eldridge is back for the fourth year performing acoustic guitar during dinner. Emcee Les Shapiro is sure to get the party rolling and pump up the live auction.

Tickets are limited and available at Enter event code SOS930.

Our friends at Uber are providing $40 off one ride for new users. To claim your discounted ride, sign up for an Uber account by downloading the app to your iPhone or Android and enter the code DDELIGHTS under "promotions" or sign up at

For more information, contact event manager Trisha Lindeman at 720-985-6947 or at

Englewood goes to the dogs

Dogs will be taking a dip at the sixth annual Freedom Festival & Doggie Plunge on Sept. 7 at Englewood's Pirates Cove Aquatic Park.

The event benefits Freedom Service Dogs of America, which rescues shelter dogs and trains them to assist veterans.

The festival is free to the public. The dog plunge is $15 per dog and all dogs must be spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccinations.

Pirates Cove, an Englewood Parks and Recreation Department facility, is located at 1225 W. Belleview Ave., east of Santa Fe Drive.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature hundreds of dogs splashing and diving in the pools, dock dog demos, dog ice cream eating contest, fastest dog competition and a Buckley Air Force Base Police K9 Unit demonstration.

Patxi's on the grow

Inc. Magazine ranks Patxi's Pizza No. 24 on its annual list of fastest growing food and beverage companies in 2013′s Inc. 5,000 — up from the No. 32 ranking in 2012.

The annual ranking system lists the fastest growing privately held companies in the United States. Patxi's Pizza, with Colorado locations in Cherry Hills Village and Cherry Creek, ranked 1,217th overall, making it in the top 25 percent of growth businesses this year, and the company has experienced 342 percent growth in the last three years.

Patxi's owns and operates nine locations in the Bay Area and two in Denver with plans for expansion in both markets this year.

“Patxi's Pizza is once again excited to be a part of such a legendary list,” said CEO William Freeman. “We have been working hard to grow our business and have been extremely well received in our newest markets in Denver and San Jose. Our fresh authentic pizza seems to speak for itself and we are looking forward to bringing it to even more new customers. We have expansion plans for Seattle and Southern California.”

More information at www.

The seen

Actor Kurt Russell and a group taste-testing his GoGi wine line at Elway's Cherry Creek on Aug. 28. He's named the Chardonnay "Goldie" after forever girlfriend Goldie Hawn.

The Viognier is called LuLu after his mom. And the Pinot Noir is called Bosty Boy in honor or his son, Boston. Read more about GoGi wines at

Meanwhile in downtown Denver, former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald, in town Aug. 28 for a Denver Botanic Gardens concert with local vocal Hazel Miller, was spotted sipping cocktails in the bar at Panzano inside the Hotel Monaco.

Penny Parker's “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209. Want to advertise your business to run with Penny's column? Contact Trisha at


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