After 35 years, the Glenmoor Country Club is returning to its roots.
Members of the Cherry Hills Village country club voted in December to fund an $ 8 million renovation to replenish the soil under its greens and tees and to install a better irrigation system to help feed the fairways.
Chief professional CJ ââParry said distributing water resources to help the soil has been the biggest problem.
âIf you were playing this golf course this summer, you’d be like, ‘Why are you rebuilding these greens?’ Parry said. âWell, because it’s a product that’s 35 years old and the new technology is better. The golf course was in fabulous condition this year and it will be even better when it comes out.
The course is expected to close on August 1 and will reopen in June 2023, Parry said.
Of the 73 percent of members who voted on a special assessment to fund the improvements, 75 percent were in favor, according to an email to members obtained by BusinessDen. The assessment is a one-time payment of $ 5,000 for members aged 69 and under, $ 3,750 for members aged 70 to 74, and $ 2,000 for members aged 75 and over.
Parry said building a green to US Golf Association standards means it will eventually wear out.
âJust like you have to replace the roof of a house, you have to take care of it,â he said.
According to the email to the members, high levels of sodium concentrations in the top inch of a soil sample from hole 12 showed that the grass roots had difficulty in absorbing water, causing the rot. plants even in the absence of drought.
Glenmoor recently signed a new agreement with Denver Water to install a faucet to dilute certain concentrates from the pond water, which may be affected by runoff from the Denver Tech Center, Parry said.
The layout of the nearly 6,800-yard par-71 golf course will not change, but there could be differences in the greens once the draft is completed, Parry said. The tees and greens are the main focus, he said, but they are also looking to rebuild 89 bunkers.
Love Golf Design, a company owned by the winner of the PGA Championship and inducted into the Davis Love III World Golf Hall of Fame, was hired for the project. Love himself urged members to vote ‘yes’ on the course improvements in an 11-second YouTube video posted in December.
âWith the irrigation system and the water improvements, we plan to continue and improve the turf conditions and first-class playability,â said Parry. “The idea is that aeration, soil amendments and re-irrigation will help allay this challenge.”
If Glenmoor members did not vote to make the improvements, Parry said, the golf course’s turf would be strained, especially during severe droughts.
âThe golf course would be fine and continue to thrive the way it was, it’ll just be a much better product to have it rebuilt,â Parry said. âThe new green concept is called ‘California Green’, which has better percolation and a better rate of drainage through soils. “
Sometimes golf courses stagger their projects by renovating the first nine or the last nine one at a time to allow scaled-down games to continue, but Parry said it was estimated that the project this way would cost around 20%. Moreover.
âOur members are very excited because golf has experienced such a resurgence during the pandemic,â said Parry.