Denver has picked a fivesome of businesses to redesign and rebuild City Park Golf Course as part of a $40 million rehabilitation and flood-mitigation project.
Former CU golf prodigy and three-time U.S. Open winner Hale Irwin will serve as a consultant to the lead course architect, Broomfield-based iConGolf Studio.
Scott Rethlake, director of golf for the City and County of Denver, said iConGolf and Irwin submitted the best proposal, integrating a water-detention area to help protect nearby neighborhoods from flooding.
“The real reason we are doing (the redesign) is for the detention purposes,” Rethlake said, adding that Irwin and iConGolf added a wetlands water channel through the middle of the course as an extra water feature.
Irwin, who acted as a design consultant on the preliminary design of the course, started Hale Irwin Golf Design in 1986 with his son, Steve. IConGolf, which Todd Schoeder founded in 2010, has renovated courses at Lakewood Country Club, Glacier Club, Cliffs Course in Durango and the Telluride Golf Club.
Together, Hale Irwin Golf Design and iCon Golf Studio have completed Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Washington; the Lakewood Country Club renovations; and Lodestone Golf Club in Maryland, according to a city document.
Rethlake said the golf course redesign includes a new layout for its 18-hole, par 71 course, as well as a full driving range. The group proposed moving the clubhouse farther east. Saunders Construction will build that new structure.
“The design won’t be final until later this fall,” Rethlake said. “We are trying to update it to the needs of the community,” including bigger meeting rooms, and preserving the current clubhouse’s views of Denver and the mountains.
The chosen firms still need Denver City Council approval.
City Park Golf Course plans to close Nov. 1. Construction is scheduled to start in 2018. Saunders is the lead contractor, responsible for overall construction, which includes the clubhouse and maintenance facility. Aspen Corp. will provide support for the grading and shaping of the golf course.