4 things you need to know about the Colorado golf scene this month.
18 Colorado courses—including Denver Country Club (below), Lakewood and the Roaring Fork Club—are among 500 from around the country donating rounds to Rounds 4 Research, an innovative auction to support areas of research grants, education programs, scholarships and awareness of golf ’s environmental efforts. Sponsored locally by the philanthropic arm of the Rocky Mountain Golf Course Superintendents Association, it’s a great way to help keep courses green in every way. Online auctions take place June 9-22 and August 1-10. rounds4research.com
100 holes in a day? No problem if you’re playing on one of the longest days of the year. On June 23, Denver’s City Park Golf Course will host the 12th annual Summer Solstice Golf Marathon, which starts at dawn and benefits Denver Kids. Since 1946 the organization has provided longterm, one-on-one counseling and mentoring to Denver Public School students who risk not graduating high school. Players pay no entry fee but must raise a minimum of $500 in pledges or dollars received before teeing off. The goal is $1,000 per player in the 36-player field. Since the event started, golfers have raised more than $217,000. Contact Michelle Maldonado at 720-423-8195 or Michelle_Maldonado@dpsk12.org
6 months after announcing it was “suspending operations indefinitely,” The Golf Club at Fox Acres in Red Feather Lakes has entered into a management agreement with Touchstone Golf, which plans to open it to the public June 1. “The members/homeowners have a strong passion for the club and have collected enough dues to lease it from the bank and keep it open,” says Brian Melody, the general manager at Applewood Golf Course, a Touchstone facility in Golden, who is overseeing the transition. The plan is to allow public play until the club reaches enough members to support it with dues. “This gorgeous property simply can’t be one that closes,” Melody says of the lakefilled acreage tucked between mountain ranges 45 minutes northwest of Fort Collins. “However, it has been so exclusive for so long that nobody really even knows it exists.” Touchstone plans to change that with “very affordable” public rates, improved course conditions and promotion of the glorious Red Feather Lakes location. In addition to Fox Acres and Applewood, Touchstone’s Colorado portfolio also includes Pagosa Springs Golf Club, Monument Hill Country Club and Grand Elk Ranch and Club. 970-881-2510
120 players are expected to play in the FORE Families First Golf Tournament at Golden’s Fossil Trace Golf Club on June 23. Founded in 1986, Families First provides services which strengthen families, empower parents, nurture children, and end the cycle of child abuse and neglect. Every year it helps nearly 5,000 families across Colorado. familiesfirstcolorado.org.