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Capital Improvements

This page is to keep you informed about the progress of current and upcoming Denver Golf capital projects. The Denver Golf mission is to deliver a complete golf experience and provide our community with excellent customer service, programs to grow the game for future generations and outstanding course conditions while remaining stewards of the environment.  Our capital projects support this mission and are vital to the preservation and improvement of our facilities.

Denver Golf is an enterprise fund which means no general fund or sales tax revenue is allocated to Denver Golf for operating or capital expenses. The sole source of operating and capital funding is the funds generated from golf fees. Every dollar generated by Denver Golf stays within the golf division to be used for operations, capital maintenance and capital improvements.

Capital improvements are prioritized by the following criteria; safety, guest experience, the environment, available funding, synergies, and return on investment.  Projects tend to be in the planning process for 2 to 5 years depending on the size of the project and the level of involvement needed by other divisions within the city. Projects also follow city purchasing procedures which, depending on the size of the project, can require the issuance of a request for pricing, collection of bids, an award of the bid, creation of a contract and City Council approval. As you can imagine all of these steps take time.

Overall, our capital projects are done for one or more of the following reasons: to enhance the guest’s experience, provide more value for the guest, improve safety, be better stewards of the environment, maintain or construct a community asset.

Aqua Golf

Improvement

Mini Golf Turf Replacement

Description

Replacing mini golf turf.

After photos:

Before Photos:

Start Date

Summer 2023

Projected Completion

Completed Summer 2023

Improvement

Speaker Installation Phase I

Description

Adding outdoor speakers to fence in between mini golf and back of driving range. Phase two will go around whole mini golf course.

Start Date

Summer 2023

Projected Completion

Summer 2023

Improvement

Median Street Improvements

Description

Adding planters around median trees on Florida and replacing sod with rock mulch to reduce non functional turf area, reduce water usage, and improve Street tree shade.

Aqua Florida Ave Landscape
Aqua Florida Ave Landscape 2

Start Date

Spring 2023

Projected Completion

Completed Summer 2023

City Park

Improvement

New starter area

Description

Pouring slab of concrete for starter podium to sit on near tee #1

Before Photos

Start Date

Winter 2023

Projected Completion

Winter 2023

Improvement

13th Fairway Redesign

Description

Installing tee to green cart path to reduce turf wear and tear from heavy cart traffic where the fairway narrows.

Start Date

Summer 2023

Projected Completion

Fall 2024

Evergreen

Improvement

Replace On-Course Bathroom

Description

Replacing bathroom between 17 tee and 4 green complex near the existing restroom location.  In design phase and getting ready to go out to bid. (11/22023)

Start Date

Fall 2023

Projected Completion

Winter/Spring 2024

Improvement

Cart Path Improvements

Description

Repaving of cart paths. In design phase.

Start Date

Summer 2023

Projected Completion

Fall 2024

Improvement

On Course Stair Renovations

Description

Repair on course stairs on holes 6 & 7.

After photos:

Before photos:

Before Shot of 6th Green Stairs
6th Green Stairs
Drone Before Shot of 6th Green Stairs
Drone of 6th Green Stairs

Start Date

2022

Projected Completion

Completed Summer 2023

Harvard Gulch

Improvement

Pedestrian Bridge

Description

Resurface the pedestrian bridge on hole #4. Added paved patio area near putting Green.

Before:

Harvard Gulch Pedestrian Bridge Before
Harvard Gulch Pedestrian Bridge Before

After:

Paved Pedestrian Bridge

New paved patio:

Harvard Gulch New Paved Patio
New Paved Patio Harvard Gulch

Start Date

2022

Projected Completion

Completed Fall 2022

Kennedy

Improvement

Fence repair project

Description

Repair of fence behind hole 5 between park and golf course.

Start Date

Winter 2024

Projected Completion

Summer 2024

Improvement

Bridge repair project

Description

Repair of bridge on Babe between holes 2 & 6. Finalizing construction drawings.

Start Date

Winter 2023

Projected Completion

Fall 2024

Improvement

On-Course Restrooms

Description

Design and construction of new on-course restrooms. Currently in design phase.
Proposed Restroom sites as of 8-4-22

Site 1-West 9

Site 1 West 9

Site 2-Creek 9

Site 2 Creek 9

Site 3-Babe 9

Site 3 Babe 9

Start Date

2022

Projected Completion

TBD – Currently On Hold for Funding

Improvement

Master Plan

Description

Master plan to revamp Babe and West and Par three 9’s and build new clubhouse and practice facilities.  Looking at identifying funds for final design and construction.

Virtual Town Hall, October 6, 2021

Proposed Designs

Option A for Master Plan
Option B For Master Plan
Kennedy Golf Course map

Master plan design for improvements on Babe, West and Par Three courses and clubhouse/restaurant.

Proposed Master Plan schedule:

August 2021: Preliminary Concepts Completed.
September 2021: Chosen Preliminary Graphic Renovation Master Plan Completed.

Will include:

  • Clubhouse Area Site Plan and parking lot renovation suggestions.
  • Driving range and short-game practice area renovation suggestions.
  • Renovation Business Plan Overview/Executive Summary.
  • Tabular listing of Design Issues, Maintenance Issues, Irrigation System Issues, General Tee Box Issues, General Green Complex Issues, Sand Bunker Issues.

October 2021: Final Graphic Renovation Master Plan Completed.

Will include:

  • Clubhouse Area Site Plan and parking lot renovation suggestions.
  • Driving range and short-game practice area renovation suggestions.
  • Renovation Business Plan Overview/Executive Summary.
  • Tabular listing of Design Issues, Maintenance Issues, Irrigation System Issues, General Tee Box Issues, General Green Complex Issues, Sand Bunker Issues.
  • Listing of General Renovation Solutions with prioritization of Immediate, Mid-Term, or Long-Term items.
  • A tabular listing of each individual proposed task with supporting justification and prioritization of Immediate, Mid-Term, or Long-Term items.
  • Age of Golf Course Features Analysis.
  • Construction Phasing Analysis and Cost Estimates.
  • 5 – 10 year Phasing Plan for implementation.

Start Date

Spring 2021

Projected Completion

Winter 2023

Overland Park

Improvement

Tee Improvements

Description

Expanding tee boxes on holes #2 and #10

Start Date

Fall 2023

Projected Completion

Spring 2024

Improvement

Entrance Sign

Description

New entrance sign being installed in driveway of course.

Sign rendering

Start Date

Fall 2023

Projected Completion

Summer 2024

Improvement

On-Course Restrooms

Description

Restroom on back nine is completed and open.  We are still working on sewer lines for front nine bathroom but should open this one by end of year.

After Photos

Restroom paving

Restrooms Installation

Front Nine Location

Location map for bathroom

Before – Front Nine Location

Location of East Bathroom

Back Nine Location

Back 9 Location Map

Before – Back Nine Location

Back Nine West Location

Start Date

Summer 2021

Projected Completion

Completed Winter 2023

Improvement

Range Cart Path

Description

Widening path next to range tees to allow for two way cart traffic and avoid cart traffic damage on sides of path.

After photos:

Before photos:

Overland Cart Path Before
Overland Path Cart Before #2
Overland Path Cart Before #3

Start Date

March 2023

Projected Completion

Completed

Wellshire

Improvement

New Entry Sign

Description

New entry sign to Wellshire on Colorado Blvd. Construction to start in November 2023. In construction phase.

Plans

Before entrance photo

Location on Colorado Blvd.

Entry Sign Location

Sign Rendering

Entry Sign Rendering

Start Date

Summer 2022

Projected Completion

Spring 2024

Improvement

Colorado Boulevard Landscaping

Description

Plant new landscape on Colorado boulevard side of course near entrances.  Will happen after new entry sign is installed.

Start Date

Spring 2024

Projected Completion

Spring 2024

Improvement

Cart Path Improvements

Description

Installing concrete cart paths to reduce turf wear and tear in heavy cart traffic areas.

Path Improvements Hole #1

Hole 1 Path Improvements

Path Improvements Hole #7

Hole 7 Path Improvements

Path Improvements Hole #11

Hole 11 Path Improvements

Path Improvements Hole #17

Hole 17 Path Improvements

Start Date

Fall 2022

Projected Completion

Completed Spring 2023

Improvement

Clubhouse Gable Replacement

Description

Replacement of the gables on the clubhouse.

Gables Before

Clubhouse Gables Before #1
Clubhouse Gables Before #2

Gables During

Gables During Renovation

Gables After

Clubhouse Gables After

Start Date

Fall 2022

Projected Completion

Completed Summer 2023

Improvement

Driving Range/Dam

Description

Decommissioning of dam and draining Skeel Reservoir to handle water quality and retention. Pond continues to be drained. The project includes draining the pond  and drying out a space that will provide a grass landing area for the driving range. Currently the driving range is closed but there are temporary nets in which players can hit into to warm up.

Preliminary design concepts involve capturing the stormwater in a small section of the reservoir, and then piping it underground to the storm sewers left of hole #7.  This will allow us to dry out the bottom of the reservoir and grow turf for a grassed driving range landing area with some targets. The tee line will be realigned for safety and will still have artificial teeing stations, as there isn’t enough room for a turf teeing area.

This project is estimated to cost between $8M and $9M depending on project timing. Construction of this project is not currently funded, but the project team is applying for a FEMA grant, and looking into other potential grant opportunities in hopes of receiving funds to complete the project.

Project Update – 2-23-24

Skeel Reservoir at Wellshire Golf Course has been drained of water for approximately three years as part of the reservoir’s decommissioning process. The ground at the site of the former reservoir remains extremely water-logged and difficult to navigate for construction vehicles. In an effort to stabilize the area prior to construction of the driving range, the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) Operations Team is bringing in recycled concrete and soil. The material will be set in such a way to provide a stable access path for construction vehicles to begin work to dry out the bottom of the reservoir. The concrete and soil is coming from active infrastructure construction sites in the City, and is tested and has to be free of environmental hazards prior to import. You may see construction vehicles coming in from Hampden Avenue and stockpiling material on the east side of the former reservoir before it is installed. This effort will continue throughout the winter months of 2024.

#10 Fairway Pond Drain and Sod Repair

After

Sod Repair

Sodding of Fairway 1
Sodding of Fairway 2

6-11-19 Fairway damaged area repaired from lake flooding

Drainage Repair

Pond Filled In

Fill in of pond

Before

6-28-21

Pond Before

6-21-17

Pond from 6-21-17 #2
Pond from 6-21-17
Pond from 6-21-17 #3

Lake Drainage

3-9-18

Lake Drainage #2
Lake Drain #1

Start Date

Fall 2018

Projected Completion

TBD

Willis Case

Improvement

Hitting bay improvements

Description

Laying concrete pad around hitting mats to clean up mulch that gets displaced when people are hitting balls

Start Date

Fall 2023

Projected Completion

Winter 2023

Improvement

Fairway Improvements

Description

Repairing fairways where irrigation lines have settled and created trenches.

During photo:

Before photo:

Fairway repair map:

Start Date

Fall 2023

Projected Completion

Completed Winter 2023

Improvement

New Entry Sign

Description

Replacing entrance sign on corner of driveway

Finished sign photos:

Finished sign prior to landscaping:

Front

Willis Case New Entry Sign - Front

Back

Willis Case New Entry Sign - Back

Wall with pillar and new curbing 1-30-23

Entry Sign In Progress
Entry Sign In Progress #2

New curb being put in 1-17-23

New Curb Being Put In

Wall and Pillars being poured 12-7-22

Wall and Pillars being poured 12-7-22

Before Sign

Entry Sign Before New Installation

Start Date

Summer 2022

Projected Completion

Complete