Design Work Finishing Up on Course in Colorado’s Front Range

Southern plantation-style along Colorado’s Front Range will be the theme at Phelps Golf Design’s Shiloh Creek Golf Course. Work on the course in Windsor is expected to start in late 2005 or early 2006.

Construction documents are 90 percent complete and developers expect to put construction of the park-style, 18-hole design out to bid in May or June, according to course architect Rick Phelps. The course and plantation-style clubhouse will serve as the centerpiece of the mixed-use Shiloh Creek Community and Golf Club just east of Fort Collins.

“Large areas of trees will separate most of the holes,” says Phelps, who credits developer Geoff Smith with the idea of bringing a Southern flair to the Eastern Rockies. “We will be planting between 1,500 and 2,000 trees, with additional plantings of flowering shrubs and ornamental grasses. But the golf holes themselves will be relatively wide with rolling fairways and undulating greens. Only in rare instances will the trees intentionally affect play. The Augusta National-style bunkering, water features and large undulating greens will affect the strategy of the golf holes.”

Plans are to start construction of the private, $8-million layout routed over 208 acres of former winter wheat field early next year. The major dirt work, primary drainage systems and main irrigation lines will be the focus during the first few months, with the grassing done in the summer of 2006. Plans are to open the course in late 2007 or early summer 2008, Smith says.

John Williams, who has worked on several projects with Phelps, will design a 35,000-square-foot clubhouse that will feature a columned facade, balconies, curved staircases, pro shop, 200-seat restaurant, members-only dining room, 200-seat bar, kitchen, 450-person ballroom, private lounge, billiard room, offices, library and board room, locker room, exercise room, lap pool, snack bar, day-care center and cart storage. A 100-unit bed-and-breakfast adjacent to the clubhouse will have 40 units in a main building and a Williamsburg (Va.) Village concept for the balance of the units.

The course and clubhouse will be part of a mixed-use project catering to both a national and Northern Colorado market. Much of that market is expected to be second- and third-home buyers looking to enjoy the amenities of the Shiloh Creek community and a unique golf experience in the Rocky Mountains. Upscale patio homes, townhomes and single-family residences in the $1-million-to-$2.5-million range will surround, but not infringe, on the course. An office park and commercial development with a tennis/swimming pavilion are also part of the development package.

“As a golf course architect, it is exciting to get to design a core golf course where we have sufficient room to separate the holes with trees without having them crowd the golf holes, and, at the same time, the housing is all on the perimeter of the golf course. The finished product should be unique to the Front Range area,” Phelps says.

Headquartered in Evergreen, Colo., with additional offices in Scottsdale, Ariz., Phelps Golf Design is one of the leading course architecture firms in the country. The firm’s designs have received numerous honors, including multiple Golf Digest “Best New” award winners, many courses that appear on “places to play” lists and at least one “top 10” course in California, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Colorado, North Dakota, Nebraska and Texas.