Moving Pros

Don Hurter
Don Hurter (Photo courtesy of the Colorado PGA)

More at Castle Pines Golf Club has changed than its gloriously renovated clubhouse, which is formally now scheduled to debut in July.

After 21 years at the club, acclaimed PGA Director of Instruction Don Hurter has relocated to Desert Forest Club in Carefree, Ariz., where he and his wife, LPGA teaching professional Sue Sanders, can be closer to family.

Replacing Don Hurter at Castle Pines is PGA Director of Instruction Paul Lobato, who spent 29 years at Meridian Golf Club in Englewood. “I have lots of close friends at Castle Pines, and teaching has been a passion of mine,” Lobato says. “I’m also going to bring in some nationally known teachers to do clinics.”

Dave Lopez has taken Lobato’s spot as head PGA professional at Meridian—the club where Lopez began his career. “Dave worked for me for eight years—until Castle Pines Golf Club hired him away,” Lobato says, laughing at the coincidence.

Lopez eventually became the PGA director of golf at Beaver Creek Golf Club for 12 years before moving back to the Front Range as the head PGA professional at The Country Club at Castle Pines and the club liaison for Club Car sales at Colorado Golf & Turf.

“I’m happy to be back at Meridian, where it all started,” he says.


This article was also featured in the May 2020 issue of Colorado AvidGolfer.

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