The Murphy Creek Golf Course Story – Part 2
This is Part 2 of a 3 part series about the development of the Murphy Creek Golf Course. The information is being provided by Murphy Creek resident, Dennis Lyon, who was the Manager of Aurora Golf, prior to retiring, and who supervised the building of our golf course. If you missed last week’s Part 1, click here to catch up.
In order for Murphy Creek Golf Course to be successful, I felt we needed to create a golf course very different from Saddle Rock. At the time construction was started at Murphy Creek, the immediate neighborhood consisted of two residential homes along Jewell. I don’t believe either family had any golfers. I knew people would have to travel some distance, for many years, to play the Murphy Creek course. As a result we had to design and build a unique and exceptional facility.
With the help of staff and members of the citizen golf advisory committee, Ken Kavanaugh was hired to design the Murphy Creek course. Ken is from Tucson, AZ, and had never designed a course in Colorado. We evaluated his work and felt he was the man for the job. His instructions were to design a golf course which matched the existing terrain. Due to the lack of trees, the openness of the area and the wind, it was decided the course needed to be big, with sufficient length to hold championship tournaments and wide enough to offer interesting, challenging fairways, exciting bunker complexes and superior greens. The goal was to create a course with a homestead theme that, although recently built, looked like it could have been built in the 1930’s. Our architect also stated his goal was to build a course where the U.S. Golf Association could hold a national championship event, as well as a course where his 80 year old mother could still play it and have a good time.
Ken designed the course in 1996 and 1997. It was put out to competitive bid among golf construction contractors in 1998. Construction began in the fall of 1998. Seeding started in April of 1999 and the grand opening was mid-July 2000.
Stay tuned and read the rest of the story in next week’s MCGC Neighbors News Blast. Thank you, Dennis!