As U.S. Open begins, new TPC course proves Colorado golf is strong

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DENVER -- While much of the golfing world is focused on western Pennsylvania and the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club, Colorado golf is strong.

“Golf in Colorado is very special,” said Ed Mate, executive director of the Colorado Golf Association. “We are very healthy."

Mate said that while Colorado has experienced some golf closures in the past few years, the state has not been  impacted as severely as other states.

“Even though the International isn't here anymore, we've had Women Opens, we've had Senior Opens, we've had the Senior PGA right here at Colorado Golf Club,” Mate said.

Mate said that while having a yearly tournament would be nice, having a “parade” of golf tournaments that are different every couple years creates extra excitement.

Perhaps there is no better example of Colorado golf than the building of a new TPC golf course in Berthoud. TPC Colorado will open next year. It will be public, stretch nearly 8,300 yards and include a par 5 that is nearly 800 years and a par 3 that can play close to 270.

“The course is going to be managed by the PGA Tour's division,” said Jon Turner, owner and developer of TPC Colorado.

Turner said the course is being designed specifically for championship golf with a layout that includes mountain and water views.

“Every indication is that it's being designed for professional golf tournaments,” Turner said.

Turner said TPC Colorado will be the only TPC course in the state, and because TPC courses are affiliated with the PGA Tour, the project will get international exposure.

While TPC Colorado looks forward to future tournaments, championship golf has already been scheduled to take place in the state. The Broadmoor will host the U.S. Senior Open in 2018 and Colorado Golf Club will host the USGA Mid-Amateur in 2019.

Tom Ferrell, membership director at Colorado Golf Club, welcomes the addition of TPC Colorado. Ferrell believes another championship course raises the pedigree of golf in the state.

“I think a rising tide of golf lifts all boats in Colorado,” Ferrell said.