TPC Colorado Gets Its Man
Larry Collins in now GM at the TPC Colorado in Berthoud, opening in the spring of 2018.
In the year since TPC Colorado was officially announced, questions have swirled around the new course in Berthoud. When will it open? Will it be public? Will it host a tour event? As to who’ll be the general manager—and, presumably, the person to answer further inquiries—there’s a definitive answer.
Larry Collins, who for the last 18 years has served as the director of golf at the 27-hole Omni Interlocken Golf Club in Broomfield, will oversee the highly anticipated latest addition to the 33-course TPC network. Prior to Omni, Collins was PGA director of golf at Boulder Country Club and at The Club at Ibis in West Palm Beach. And before that, he held the head PGA golf professional’s job at TPC Southwind (Memphis), TPC Sawgrass (Ponte Vedra Beach) and the former TPC at Starr Pass (Tucson).
Collins brought his TPC know-how to bear at Omni, spearheading the opening of its 27-hole resort golf club through all phases of development and transitioning it from a resort/daily fee property to a successful semi-private club. He brought in high-profile events including the John Elway Celebrity Classic from 2000-2004.
“I’m proud to be returning to the TPC family in the state I’ve called home for the past 25 years,” says Collins, whose own family includes daughters Chelsey and Brooke, both former prep and collegiate star golfers. Larry was a two-time All-American at the University of Southern California, where he won the 1977 Pac-8 Conference’s South Division Championship.
Collins’ experience makes him the perfect fit for the first ground-up golf course development in the state in nearly 10 years. The semi-private TPC will boast all the infrastructure, facilities and amenities necessary to host TOUR-sponsored golf tournaments. Situated alongside the Lonetree, McNeil and Welch Reservoirs, Arthur Schaupeter’s links-style design incorporates fescue, sod-faced bunkers mountain views and shoreline. Plans call for it to open to the public next spring, and we could see either a Web.com or Champions Tour event soon thereafter. tpc.com/Colorado
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