Denver Golf News
A Dream Becomes Reality... Highlands Ranch Golf Club is Donated to University of Denver
Ron Moore often credited the University of Denver and its golf team for creating the foundation of the successful man he became after graduation, and he dreamed that one day his beloved alma mater would have its own golf course.
Eight years after Moore’s passing, his family made that dream a reality by donating Highlands Ranch Golf Club to DU, thereby making the semi-private facility the official home of the Denver men's and women's golf teams. Designed by Hale Irwin, the 18-hole championship golf course is 7,179 yards with a par 72 layout, boasting expansive bentgrass greens that many say are the best in the region.
"We are here to celebrate more than this transformational gift," DU Chancellor Robert D. Coombe said during a grand celebration on Nov. 3. "We are here to celebrate the legacy of the Moore family at the University of Denver and, of course, the legacy of Ron Moore, perhaps the quintessential Pioneer at DU. This gift will change the lives of our students now, tomorrow, next week and for years and generations to come."
Moore was born in Grand Island, Neb., and earned a golf scholarship to the University of Denver in 1951. An accomplished golfer at every level, Moore crafted a lifetime of success from his winning ways on the course. Inducted into the University of Denver Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002, Moore was a member of two Skyline Conference Championship teams and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1952, '53 and '54. Moore credited his time on the Pioneer golf team from 1951-54 as one of the turning points in his life.
"Ron had a vision of the University of Denver having its own golf course and that vision is coming true," DU Chancellor Emeritus Daniel L. Ritchie said. "You can't imagine how much this means to me. I want to thank the Moore family for this generous gift."
Inducted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 1987, Moore's golf titles span more than 30 years, starting in 1949 when he won the Central Nebraska Amateur Championship. In 1950 he won the Nebraska High School Championship and went on to win the Sacramento City Amateur in 1957, the Colorado Stroke Play Championship in 1967, the Broadmoor Men's Invitational in 1970, the Colorado Match Play Championship in 1981, and the Phoenix Country Club Men's Amateur Invitational in 1983. He also won the Colorado Open Amateur Championship in 1966 and 1968.
"Highlands Ranch is a beautiful facility that our men's and women's golf programs are honored to call home," DU Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation Peg Bradley-Doppes said of the course, which has a book value of $5.2 million, making it the second largest gift to athletics in DU history. "Student-athletes and coaches both now and in the future will benefit from Ron Moore's dream and his family's inspiring gesture."
The Highlands Ranch Golf Club, which opened in 1998, offers memberships, tournaments, leagues, lessons, men’s and ladies clubs, banquet and event opportunities, as well as day rates for green fees.
“This is going to be the home of golf for Pioneer golf, but it’s also going to be an enormous part of the glue that binds us together as a community at DU. You’re going to see all kinds of students, faculty members and staff members here. You’re going to see all kinds of alumni,” Coombe said. “It’s going to make an enormous difference. It’s really going to be one of those course changers in life of the University of Denver.”
For more information about Highlands Ranch Golf Club or to book tee times, please visit www.highlandsranchgolf.com.