Remember the beginning of this century, when developers couldn’t build new courses fast enough?
Those days went the way of subprime mortgages, but for the first time in nearly a decade, Colorado will be adding to its golf-course directory.
Foreshadowed last month, the PGA Tour, along with owner and developer Heron Lakes Investments, LLC, formally announced the plan June 4.
Designed by Art Schaupeter, the same architect who designed Highland Meadows Golf Club in Windsor, the public course will anchor a master-planned, 830-acre community off U.S. 287 near Berthoud. It represents Colorado’s first ground-up golf course development in nearly a decade, and the first TPC built by the PGA Tour since TPC San Antonio in 2010, according to Chairman of Golf Course Properties Charlie Zink.
It’s also the first TPC to open in Colorado since Plum Creek’s debut in Castle Rock in 1984 (the Tour long ago ended its involvement.)
TPC Colorado overlooks the Lonetree, McNeil and Welch reservoirs—homes to one of the state’s largest heron rookeries—and the majesty of Longs Peak. Designed to host a potential tour event, the course can stretch to 7,900 yards, but the general public can play it anywhere from 4,000 to 7,600 yards. Broad, treeless fairways bring water into play on numerous holes, while stacked-sod pot bunkers and fescue-lined fairways suggest the links heritage of the game.
In addition to the course, plans call for a clubhouse, community center, pool, fitness facility, 1,200 homes and condos, marina, restaurant and eight miles of walking trails. TPC Colorado intends to join the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program. The developer has donated more than 90 acres of land to the town of Berthoud for permanent open space and recreation, and another 40 to a partnership between Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), the Town of Berthoud, City of Loveland, Larimer County, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
More info: tpc.com/colorado
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