Posted: June 10, 2009
PGA Senior Championship comes to Parker
Colorado Golf Club will host event next May 25-30thBy Bart Taylor
Local fans of major championship golf will once again be able to travel a short distance to see their favorite professionals tee it up when the 71st PGA Senior Championship comes to the Colorado Golf Club in Parker next May 25-30th.
This past Tuesday, PGA officials hosted a breakfast event at the Inverness Hotel & Conference Center to officially rollout hospitality packages for companies interested in marrying golf and business, a popular and productive nuptial for many in the corporate world. If the PGA hosts in the room were nervous about a less than ideal economic environment, it didn’t show. There seems to be genuine enthusiasm for bringing the storied event to Colorado and excitement about the venue, Colorado Golf Club. It’s a combination the PGA hopes will overcome a more difficult corporate fundraising landscape than in previous years.
Colorado is no stranger to hosting golf’s most important and prestigious events. Many of golf’s major championships have historic ties to the state. But as altitude and equipment now combine to scare off the PGA Tour and their top championships, it’s the Champions tour and LPGA Tour that continue to beat a path back to Colorado’s fabled venues. On the heels of last year’s U.S. Senior Open at the Broadmoor G.C. in Colorado Springs, the women will return to the East course for the U.S. Women's Open in 2011.
Colorado Golf Club is hoping to join the venue rotation on a regular basis. Mike McGetrick, well-known in Colorado golf circles, a prime mover of establishing the Colorado Golf Club and acting general chairman of the championship, noted, “We don’t view this as our first major championship, we view it as the first of many.”
McGetrick and others representing Colorado Golf Club, including CGA Senior Player of the Year Robert Polk, also a speaker at the event, have good reason to be confident. Spread out over hundreds of acres, the course, designed by Ben Crenshaw, can play over 7600 yards. There are few tricks here, just the sort of muscular, imposing course the PGA and USGA favor for its majors.
Colorado Golf Club also has the logistical attribute now imperative for any major event – namely lots of space to accommodate television infrastructure, parking, throngs of spectators, hospitality tents and so on.
The state of Colorado, Douglas County and Parker, in particular, stand to gain significantly from the event. KieAnn Brownell, President of the Metro Denver Sports Commission, identified the Championship as the “premier” sporting event in Colorado for 2010, and estimated its total economic impact in the state and local economy to be $20 million to $30 million dollars.
For more information on the event, contact Jeromy Manser, championship director, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 720-259-8500.
Bart Taylor is the publisher of ColoradoBiz magazine. E-mail him at email@example.com.