West Woods Golf Club’s New Clubhouse Aims to Amaze this Spring
By Jon Rizzi
SINCE OPENING IN 1994, the City of Arvada’s West Woods Golf Club has hosted more than a million rounds on its three nines—Cottonwood, Silo and Sleeping Indian—and the clubhouse bar and restaurant annually serve in excess of 110,000 people. Three years ago, the city recognized that the original clubhouse couldn’t adequately handle the volume and approved a major overhaul of the facility. Originally slated for completion in 2019, the new clubhouse will open this spring, thanks to $5.6 million largely generated by the course and restaurant, which operates as a self-sustaining enterprise fund.
Architected by Boulder-based Z Design, the new facility nearly doubles the size of the previous clubhouse, from 10,172 to 18,213 square feet, and features a “refined, Colorado Mountain” style highlighted by high ceilings, tall windows and walls and floors consisting of tongue-and-groove cedar, stucco, stone and brushed steel. The bar and restaurant areas have both been expanded, with space adaptable enough to accommodate events of varying sizes. Flexible partitioning separates golfers on their 19th hole from diners looking for a quiet meal.
The upgrade also optimizes the space for golf tournaments, banquets and events of varying types and sizes, according to City Golf Manager Steve Lynes, who has worked at West Woods since it opened.
An additional 2,400 square feet of covered outdoor space takes the form of a Golfers Porch, which will seat 120 for events and dining, and an adjacent Overlook Patio sports a fire pit and the ambience of a rooftop terrace. The porch also connects to a handy outbuilding with restrooms and a snack bar for players making the turn.
The lower level of the structure can finally accommodate West Woods’ entire fleet of golf carts, and the facility will boast a top-of-the-line kitchen that’s four times the size of the previous one. A greatly enlarged golf shop can now stock more merchandise.
Perhaps the most intriguing addition is an HD Golf Simulator located in its own room adjacent to the entry foyer. “This will allow us to give lessons and do clubfitting,” says the club’s PGA Head Professional Bobby Quaratino. He and Lynes believe the amenity will attract players for winter and evening golf leagues (they’ve even put a bar in the room).
“A simulator is definitely something you don’t see at many public courses,” Lynes accurately observes.
The course itself won’t change, though the double-sided practice range will feature more tees, and there’s a new short-game practice green, complete with bunkering, as well as a putting green where players formerly chipped.
For additional information about events and more, visit westwoodsgolf.com
This article appears in the Spring 2018 issue of Colorado AvidGolfer Magazine— the state’s leading resource for golf and the lifestyle that surrounds it, publishing eight issues annually and proudly delivering daily content via coloradoavidgolfer.com.