Colorado Golf News
Thorncreek Golf Course... the long wait is finally over
After closing for play on October 9, 2016, Thorncreek Golf Course has undergone a major 21-month renovation project.
The 26-year old golf facility, owned and operated by the city of Thornton, was in need of upgrades to enhance playability and improve the long term viability of the grounds. A great job was done by the redesign team of Baxter Spann Golf Course Architect, Landscapes Unlimited and city of Thornton Staff.
The bulk of the project was building a state of the art irrigation system which gives the maintenance staff greater control and efficiency over watering the golf course and providing better playing conditions. The new irrigation system is 60% more green efficient than the old and uses 15-20% less water. Also the Fertigation Injection System allows maintenance to run fertilizer applications through the irrigation system. Upgraded drainage systems and bunker renovations will help with keeping playing conditions consistent during the unpredictable weather conditions Colorado is known for. Big Dry Creek, impacting most of the front nine, underwent redesign to improve flood control and enhance long-term sustainability.
In terms of playability for the golfer, Thorncreek has changed the look and feel of most holes. All holes received new grass on all tees, fairways, greens and some rough areas. The first tee shot starting your day offers a different feel with the fairway bunker removed to provide a wider landing area. The green complex was rebuilt wider and larger to accept varying shot types. The often criticized par 5 16th underwent the most drastic changes of any hole on the golf course. The drainage ditch that crossed the fairway in the landing zone has been removed thus creating an inviting tee shot for all players on a monster hole that can stretch 650 yards. The green was redesigned and moved 20 yards away from the hazard offering a more forgiving approach. Other holes with noticeable changes were: #6, #9, #12, #14, and #18.
Another exciting feature to the renovation is the change and feel of the clubhouse. The golf shop and inside seating area have a more modern feel. The highlight would have to be the new outdoor patio with bar seating and multiple tv’s for a fun environment with a great view of the golf course and mountains. This new all-weather space will be ideal for lunch, dinner and larger groups as well. A great job was done by D2C Architects, Mark Young Construction, and city of Thornton Staff.
Lastly, the practice facility has been upgraded giving players a professional look with new target greens and a 320 square yard teeing area. The new 13,000 square foot putting green will be great for practice or a little pre or post-round putt-off within your foursome.
For information and updates please go to www.thorncreekgc.com