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MCGC Neighbors' Guest WriterThe 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! 

Neighborhood Watch Program

Neighborhood Watch Meeting

If you would like to learn more about how to keep our neighborhood safe, plan to attend the Neighborhood Watch meeting on March 20 at the Community Center (next to the pool) beginning at 6:30PM. 

Mike Dziurgot, our Police Area Representative Officer, will be on hand to discuss ways to keep our property and neighborhood safer, as well as discuss any of your questions. 

If you would like any additional information, contact the neighborhood coordinator for this event, Darcie Friess, at 720-435-1969.

Plains Conservation Center
 City Roundtable Discussing Amendment 64

The city of Aurora is sponsoring a Neighbor to Neighbor Roundtable for discussing Amendment 64 and the regulating of marijuana in Aurora. 

If you’d like to learn more and have your questions answered, put Wednesday, March 19 on your calendars.  The location is the Aurora Municipal Center at the corner of Alameda and Sable. 

There will be a light dinner at 5:30PM with the Roundtable presentation beginning at 6PM.  Call Aurora’s Neighborhood Services at 303-739-7280 to reserve a spot.

Calendar at a Glance

Calendar At A Glance

Mar 17 &19 (Mon & Wed) – Poker Night - Tavern - Register by 6:00PM - play begins at 7:00PM

Mar 17 (Mon) – Happy St. Patrick’s Day -  If you’re Irish, wear green.

Mar 20 (Thurs) – Neighborhood Watch Meeting – Community Center – 6:30PM

Mar 20 (Thurs) – First Day of Spring


Murphy Creek Golf Lessons

Golfing Lessons Anyone?

Our Murphy Creek Golf Course is ready to start the season.  If you’ve thought about taking up golf or you’d like to brush up on your skills, classes are starting soon. 

There will be 5-lesson sessions running April 7-11 from 5-6PM and April 21-25 from 5-6PM.  There will also be Junior sessions with 4 lessons on Saturdays, April  5, 12, 19 & 26 from 1:30-2:30 and on Sundays, April 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 1:30-2:30PM.  Space is limited. 

Call 303-361-7300 or drop by the Golf Club House to get more details, fees, and to sign up.

 Tavern Hours

Spring is in the air, and the Tavern has announced its new spring hours!

You can now visit the Tavern Monday thru Thursday from 8AM to 8PM; Friday from 8AM to 9PM; and Saturday and Sunday from 8AM to 8PM.

If you are a paid member of MCGC Neighbors' present your membership card to receive 15% off your food purchases - alcohol is excluded

Sean Closset - #1 Colorado Native Realtor
Jennifer Oldham - Your Neighborhood Realtor
Steve Smith - Murphy Creek Realtor
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