Hiwan Golf Club completes $2.1 million upgrade

Clubs continue to invest to keep pace or stand out

By Jim Bebbington

Private golf clubs in Colorado continue to reinvest, renovate and upgrade to keep pace with the latest amenities and with each other.

Hiwan Golf Club, 20 miles west of Denver in the foothills of the Rockies, announced this week that it completed a $2.1 million clubhouse renovation under new owners Concert Golf Partners.

Concert Golf acquired Hiwan last year and embarked on a 14-month upgrade. The main clubhouse received new finishes, furniture and artwork. It added a new patio, trellis and fire pit for outdoor seating, redesigned the men’s locker room and updated the restrooms and proshop. An outdoor grill is expected to be ready for spring 2024.

This work is part of a trend playing out across the country. According to survey results assembled by the National Golf Course Owners Association, 85 percent of club owners this year reported spending more on capital projects – construction or renovation – than in the past. “You’re seeing it in the municipal sector too,” said Rachel Carter, senior director of membership for the NGCOA. “There’s more rounds, more golf being played since Covid.”

Cherry Hills Country Club this summer completed a renovation of its historic clubhouse just in time to host the U.S. Amateur in August; the price tag for the Cherry Hills work ran into the multiple tens of millions.

It’s neighbor around the corner, Glenmoor Country Club, this summer re-opened its Pete-Dye designed golf course after it underwent a renovation over last winter. Love Golf Design oversaw a course upgrade that cost an estimated $8 million. The course opened in 1985 and this was the first renovation since then. Many of Dye’s signature railroad tie bulkheads and architectural features had to be replaced. The project renovated some fairways, greens, paths, tees and bunkers. Love Golf’s team is World Golf Hall of Famer Davis Love III, his brother Mark Love, and architect Scot Sherman.

In summer 2022 the Club at Ravenna, in Littleton, finished construction on a new clubhouse that Kevin Collins, the club’s owner, president and CEO, called “Our crown jewel.” It came after the club spent more than $19 million since 2014 on the course and grounds.

Hiwan Golf Club is a private club that opened in 1962. The course was designed by Press Maxwell – a member of the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame for his design or remodeling work on courses like Hiwan, Inverness, Pinehurst, Denver Country Club as well as Augusta National and Prairie Dunes in Kansas.

“We’re extremely proud about the investment we have made at Hiwan Golf Club and what these impressive upgrades provide to Hiwan’s membership,” said Hiwan Golf Club General Manager Ryan Naab. “The pride in being a member and great potential for new members to enjoy a premier experience makes Hiwan a destination for people who want to enjoy a unique, fun and exciting lifestyle so impressively set between Denver and the Rocky Mountains.”

Concert Golf owns 30 clubs nationwide including Hiwan and The Ranch Country Club in Westminster.

In the April edition of Colorado AvidGolfer our annual Club Guide will update readers on the latest news with all the state’s private clubs.

New patio of Hiwan Golf Club

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