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2018 February Newsletter

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FORE! Denver Golf is Hiring
Whether you prefer providing top-notch customer service in the Pro Shop or operating a mower in the early mornings out on a beautiful course, there is a golf job for you at the City and County of Denver. There are job openings in many areas of golf operations. Flexible schedules seven days a week, golf privileges and a great work culture are a few of the benefits you will receive working with Denver Golf. These jobs are ideal for those seeking up to 39 hours per week, a flexible schedule and a passion for working in golf! Apply on the Denver Jobs website (search: GOLF). Share this information with friends and family who may be interested!

Visit The First Tee of Denver at the Denver Golf Expo
February 9-11
Buy your 2018 Denver Golf Passes
at the Expo, Booth 215
Denver Golf Passes will be on sale for a limited time at the Denver Golf Expo this weekend.  A portion of the proceeds from the Denver Golf Passes go to benefit The First Tee of Denver!
Come Play and Walk Pass - $225  
  • Includes (20) Twenty 9-hole rounds on a participating regulation golf course
  • Two 9-hole rounds may be combined for one regulation 18-hole round
Come Play and Ride Pass - $289
  • (20) Twenty 9-hole rounds on a participating regulation golf course with a single rider cart 
  • Two 9-hole rounds may be combined for one regulation 18-hole round
Family Fun Pass - $99
  • (20) Twenty Par-3 rounds of golf at Harvard Gulch or Kennedy Par-3 courses
  • (20) Twenty round of Mini Golf at Aqua Golf or Kennedy Golf Course
  • (20) Twenty small buckets of range balls at Aqua Golf or Kennedy Golf Coruse
​​​​​​​For details and restrictions go to: www.denvergolfpasses.com

Social Media Happenings
Check out Denver Golf on YouTube!
Look at the new flyovers for Evergreen Golf Course or see an overview of Denver Golf on Golf At Altitude! 
For more flyovers at Evergreen or Harvard Gulch, go to www.cityofdenvergolf.com.

Wellshire driving
range update

As the Wellshire Irrigation project continues to progress there may be temporary closures of the driving range. The project includes; an entirely new irrigation system, new more reliable source of water, removal of the small collection pond in #10 fairway, restoration of #10, #1 and #7 fairways, and a grass landing area for the driving range. The work will continue throughout the year and may result in periodic closures of the driving range. During any closures of the Wellshire driving range we encourage you to visit our other driving ranges at Kennedy, Overland and Aqua Golf. When needed, we will do our best to provide warm up stations as we continue to improve Wellshire Golf Course and its amenities. Please check with the pro shop or the Wellshire Facebook page for the latest news and updates on the driving range and the entire project. 
New Flag System
Finding the hole location will get a little easier at Denver Golf courses this spring.  Formerly, Denver Golf used red, white, blue color flags to identify front, middle, and back hole locations.  By May, all of our courses will use one color flag; pin sheets will be provided to identify hole locations.  Daily pin sheets will be available at the pro shop and on the carts. 
Even if you misplace your pin sheet, the first and 10th tees will have a sign identifying the hole location for that day and each pin will follow the order of front, middle, back.  If your round starts on a back location, the next hole will be front, then middle then back and so on. 
The benefit to the golfer is that you will no longer have to guess what color the flag is on each hole.  You will know the hole locations before you hit your first shot off the first tee.  If you are using a yardage finder, each flag pole will have 4-6” of reflective tape to assist your rangefinder to deliver precise yardage to your next birdie.
Hope you enjoy these little changes that allow us to continually improve and deliver a great  golf experience.  



Overland Blow Out Sale!




Charting a New City Park Golf Course

How Waves of emotion over losing my first home course turned into a wellspring of hope for Denver's City Park.
By Ed Mate, Executive Director, Colorado Golf Association
Growing up in the Park Hill neighborhood, I played City Park Golf Course hundreds of times. As I got older and as my game improved, I measured the increasing length of my drives against the 200-yard stone to the left of the first fairway—the golf equivalent of the pencil marks on the wall in my bedroom indicating my height at the start of each school year.
With so much personal history at City Park, I was very concerned when I heard rumors that the course would be closing to make way for a major flood control project.
Thankfully, I have since learned that this is not the case.
On November 1, the course shuttered for an 18-month period during which it will undergo a complete makeover. And while I am sad to see the course I grew up on go away, I am very excited about the future.
I have learned that the stormwater detention element will not be an obnoxious structure blocking views of the course but will be integrated into a new, modern, 18-hole course design.
I now understand that the project will result in an improved driving range, enhanced First Tee facility and clubhouse location that capitalizes on the incredible views afforded by the site.
I have learned that the city has selected a great team of professionals to complete the project and that the final result will be a rebirth of a new and improved City Park for summer 2019.
The preservation of City Park Golf Course is important to all of us—not just those who play golf. City Park will continue to be an oasis of open space in an ever-growing city.
In addition to its obvious benefits as a place of recreation for people from all walks of life, the course will also continue to provide more than 100 acres of wildlife habitat and make a positive contribution toward the reduction of carbon emissions.
While the holes might look different in summer of 2019, I am very optimistic that City Park Golf Course will be better than ever. The course will continue to be a gathering place for one of the most diverse neighborhoods in our community and an outdoor classroom and haven for hundreds of kids in the First Tee of Denver’s programs.
Not bad for a stormwater detention project!
Ed Mate is the executive director of the Colorado Golf Association. He grew up playing City Park Golf Course and caddying at Denver Country Club.

Learn more about the project and see the proposed designs at  CPGCredesign.org 


College Scholarship Register January 29th!

Spring Registration Opens Monday January 29th at 10:00 a.m.
Classes start in April
Click on the class name below to sign up!
Youngun - ages 4-6 with no experience
Willis Case Saturdays 10:00-11:00 
Overland Saturdays 12:30-1:30
Wellshire Sundays 12:30-1:30
Overland Sundays 2:30-3:30
Advanced Youngun - ages 5-6 with some experience
Willis Case Saturdays 2:00-3:00
Wellshire Sundays 11:00-12:00
Willis Case Sundays 4:00-5:00
Overland Sundays 1:00-2:00 
Player - ages 7-12 with no experience
Willis Case Saturdays 11:30-1:00
Overland Saturdays 2:00-3:30
Wellshire Sundays 2:30-4:00
Par - Ages 7 & Up 
*You must pass Player Certification before you can enroll in Par Classes.
Wellshire Saturdays 12:00-1:30
Overland Saturdays 10:00-11:30
Willis Case Sundays 2:00-3:30 
Pardie - ages 9 & up with some experience
*Must have previous golf experience and must have completed Par Certification
Wellshire Saturdays 2:30-4:30
Willis Case Sundays 11:00-1:00
Girls Only - ages 7 & up
Wellshire Saturdays 10:00-11:30
Willis Case Saturdays 3:30-5:00
Overland Sundays 10:30-12:00
Intro to Birdie - ages 9 & up with Pardie Certification 
Willis Case Sundays 9:00-10:30 (3/18, 4/8, 4/22, 5/6, 5/20)
Birdie - Birdie experience and coach permission required
Wellshire Sundays 9:00-10:30 (3/11, 3/25, 4/15, 4/29, 5/13)
Advanced Birdie - ages 12 & up with birdie experience and coach permission 
Overland Mondays 4:00-5:30 (3/12, 3/26, 4/9, 4/23, 5/7)

Birdie Class Format

To ensure that our advanced participants maximize their time and abilities in class we have split our advanced player classes into three different levels: 
Intro to Birdie will be for students that have certified and wish to advance their golf skills and knowledge to the next level but still need to master basic technique.
Birdie class will be for students that have mastered basic technique and have aspirations but are not quite ready to play tournament golf at a competitive level.
Advanced Birdie class will be for those juniors that have played competitive golf or are close to playing competitive golf at a higher level (high school, CJGA, AJGA events)
In the summer all birdie class participants will be encouraged to participate in The First Tee of Denver’s Players’ Club tournament series. If you have any questions or concerns regarding advanced player classes please contact Nick Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 720-865-3422

At the end of all Par, Pardie, Girls Only, and Beagle classes, participants will take The First Tee Golf Skills Certification. Participants must pass the certification to move to the higher level class of Intro to Birdie or to join Players' Club. Emails were sent out after last session with certification results and recommended classes. If you did not receive an email or if your son or daughter is new to the program and you would like him or her to take a higher level class (Players' Club, Intro to Birdie, Birdie or Advanced Birdie class) please register for this FREE certification. 
This year's spring certification will be held at Wellshire Golf Course on March 11th at 11:00 a.m.

R.S.V.P. for certification here

Spring Classes Available Now!

The First Tee Of Denver Spring Registration is open!  With our new and improved registration system, everyone that registers will be required to create a new user account during registration. CLASSES START IN APRIL SO SIGN UP NOW by clicking here!
  • Youngun - Ages 4-6 with no experience
  • Advanced Youngun - Ages 5-6 with some experience
  • Player - Ages 7-12 with some experience
  • Par - Ages 7 & Up - *You must pass Player Certification before you can enroll in Par Classes.
  • Pardie - Ages 9 & up with some experience - *You must have previous golf experience and must have completed Par Certification
  • Intro to Birdie - Ages 9 & up with Pardie Certification
  • Birdie - Birdie experience and coach permission required
  • Advanced Birdie - Ages 12 & up with Birdie experience and coach permission
2018 Denver Superintendents
City Park - John Madden
Evergreen - Phil Petrone
Harvard Gulch - Rob Ross
Kennedy - Dean Gleason
Overland Park - Colin Muphy
Wellshire - Scott Ellis
Willis Case - Steve Schommer

Capital Improvements

Wellshire irrigation renovation. Construction Late 2017- Early 2018. Construction on irrigation improvements began September 5th. For more photos and daily updated information go to the Wellshire Facebook page.

Wellshire Driving Range renovation. Wellshire is decommissioning the Skeel Dam and renovatiing the reservoir to handle water quality and retention.  The reservoir is currently draining.  This will prevent the current flooding of holes #1, #7 and #10. Wellshire Driving Range will be closed temporarily to accommodate the improvements.  Please use Kennedy, Aqua Golf of Overland Park for range practice.

City Park Golf Course Update
By John Madden
Superintendent, City Park
                As we head into the month of February there are some amazing changes occurring at City Park Golf Course during our course-wide renovation. Rough grading is occurring at a rapid pace, there are already a handful of holes that have been shaped to rough grade. Within a few weeks golf features such as greens and tees will start being built on the eastern end of the property. The construction of the golf course will progress in an east to west direction.
                As construction transitions into the fine details of the golf course the infrastructure is added in stages. After rough grading drainage is installed. Following drainage installation, the irrigation system is then installed. Following the installation of irrigation, fine grading commences with the replacement of topsoil that was harvested and stockpiled before rough grading.
                After topsoil replacement and more fine grading the grow in portion of the project commences with the seeding and establishment of the greens, tees, and fairways. This process will continue throughout the project with the contractor working on three to four holes at a time until completion.
                This sounds easy enough, right? A typical drainage system includes over five miles of pipe as an average. An irrigation system typically contains over ten miles of pipe and twenty miles of communication wire that services over 2000 irrigation heads. Our new USGA greens will be built from 4400 Cubic Yards, or 5500 tons of soil. The scope of the process seems daunting with numbers like this, it is this infrastructure that will provide Denver Golf the ability to return a great playing experience for all golfers in the future.
                As this process continues the Denver Golf team is watching all processes and details with a sharp eye to ensure we receive a quality project that will provide enjoyment for our golfers for many decades to come!
2017 Hole-In-Ones 
2017 Hole-In-Ones 
Date Name Golf Course Hole #
12/30/17 Jarrod Banning Wellshire 11