TPC Colorado set for a spring 2018 opening; will be 34th golf course in the Network

The PGA Tour, along with owner and developer Heron Lakes Investments, LLC, has announced groundbreaking on the latest TPC Course, the TPC Colorado, which will be open to the public and is located in a master-planned development about an hour north of Denver and 30 minutes from Boulder near the town of Berthoud.

The golf course, which is designed by Arthur Schaupeter Golf Course Architects, will be situated along the banks of Lonetree, McNeil and Welch reservoirs with views of the Rocky Mountains. The course, which can be stretched to more than 7,900 yards, is part of the state's first ground-up golf course development in nearly 10 years.

"We're excited to announce the construction of TPC Colorado, which has been a highly anticipated project from everyone involved and will feature the first TPC course to be built from the ground up since we opened TPC San Antonio in 2010," said Charlie Zink, PGA Tour chairman of Golf Course Properties.

The 800-acre golf community is slated for a spring 2018 completion and will encompass the 18-hole golf course, as well as a clubhouse, community center, pool, fitness facility and a lakefront gathering locale.

The course, as well as surrounding infrastructure, is being designed with the idea that it could someday play host to a professional tournament, though no announcement has been made in that area. While the course can be stretched to over 7,900 yards for tournament competition, multiple tees on each hole will give recreational golfers an opportunity to play it at any length, ranging from 4,000 yards up to 7,600 yards.

The par-72 layout will feature elevated ridges with panoramic views of Long's Peak and the entire Front Range and holes along the shorelines of the large reservoirs. Stacked-sod pot bunkers and fescue-lined fairways will give golfers a sense of the Scottish heritage of the game.

Course designed to enhance environment

TPC Colorado is also slated to join the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program. Fairways will blend with the area's natural terrain, reducing the environmental impact. In addition, more than 90 acres of land have been donated to the town of Berthoud for permanent open space and recreation, and over 40 acres were dedicated to a partnership that includes: Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), a statewide organization committed to preserving and enhancing the state's wildlife and native habitat, the Town of Berthoud, City of Loveland, Larimer County, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. GOCO, the Town of Berthoud, and Larimer County will work to protect the Great Blue Heron population on site, one of the largest heron rookeries in the state.

The development will include homes ranging from multi-million-dollar custom estates to a diverse mix of townhomes and condos. The TPC Colorado clubhouse will include a pro shop, grill, bar and dining room, expansive meeting and banquet spaces and a separate pool and exercise facility. A Marina Club will also be available for lake access, as well as a waterfront bar and grill with a pier and outdoor seating on the lake to provide members and public alike with a unique dining experience. There also will be more than eight miles of walking trails.

"More and more people are looking for places they can settle and either grow families or retire and live an active lifestyle," said Jon Turner of Heron Lakes Investments, LLC. "The community of TPC Colorado epitomizes that culture.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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