Are government efforts useless?
With all due respect to Thomas Bendelow, who designed City Park Golf Course a century ago, the course is long overdue for a redesign. I’d like to put the politics of the Park Hill to Platt Stormwater project aside to provide my perspective as a neighborhood golfer and an instructor for the First Tee of Denver. (There is a junior course on the southwest corner of the property.)
The location of the course is really superb for the mountain and city views. However, the playability is treacherous. The first four holes run adjacent to 26th street, making a very dangerous potential for hooked shots to careen into traffic. There are five or six greens on the course that have such an extreme pitch that it creates a very frustrating environment for players as well as contributing to slow play.
And finally the tee box for the 200yard, par three 16th hole is located adjacent to the junior short course. On two different occasions I have been struck by a ball hit from the 16th tee box (no “fore” warning) while I was teaching junior players. I shudder to think what injuries those kids would have if those shots hit one of them instead.
A reconfiguration to address these issues would go a long way to improving the golfing experience and safety for all those involved in this great Denver site.