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Capital Improvements


This page is to keep you informed about the progress of current and upcoming Denver Golf capital projects. The Denver Golf mission is to deliver a complete golf experience and provide our community with excellent customer service, programs to grow the game for future generations and outstanding course conditions while remaining stewards of the environment.  Our capital projects support this mission and are vital to the preservation and improvement of our facilities.   

Denver Golf is an enterprise fund which means no general fund or sales tax revenue is allocated to Denver Golf for operating or capital expenses. The sole source of operating and capital funding is the funds generated from golf fees. Every dollar generated by Denver Golf stays within the golf division to be used for operations, capital maintenance and capital improvements.  

Capital improvements are prioritized by the following criteria; safety, guest experience, the environment, available funding, synergies, and return on investment.  Projects tend to be in the planning process for 2 to 5 years depending on the size of the project and the level of involvement needed by other divisions within the city. Projects also follow city purchasing procedures which, depending on the size of the project, can require the issuance of a request for pricing, collection of bids, an award of the bid, creation of a contract and City Council approval. As you can imagine all of these steps take time.  

Overall, our capital projects are done for one or more of the following reasons: to enhance the guest’s experience, provide more value for the guest, improve safety, be better stewards of the environment, maintain or construct a community asset.  

Aqua Golf

Improvement Description of Improvement Start Date Projected Completion

City Park

City Park Golf Course is closed for the winter months to complete some final touches and allow the new turf to rest and recover.  It will reopen next Spring 2021.  

Improvement Description of Improvement Start Date Projected Completion
Golf Course Renovation

Project Updates: 

City Park is closed for golf rounds for the winter to allow grass to continue growth and give us time to put in some finishing touches.  The fence surrounding the golf course will remain in place until Spring of 2021 in order to protect the sensitive new turf from unauthorized use during the winter months, and to minimize foot traffic while we are working on remaining projects within the golf course.  The driving range is open during the winter pending weather.

The new course offers:

  • 18 holes of golf and a new full-size driving range
  • New clubhouse and returning nines
  • Dedicated 4-hole course for the First Tee of Denver program

 City Park Golf Course Clubhouse rendering
11/8/20 Spring 2021


Improvement Description of Improvement Start Date Projected Completion
Clubhouse Log Repairs Log siding and gutter improvements. Design phase is 95% complete and wull be going out to bid for construction to DOTI in November.  Construction is planned to take place in January and February 2021.  Restaurant will be closed for dining during this time.  They will be open for take-out only.
October 2020 March 2021
Parking Lot Improvements We are currently producing the grading and erosion control drawings to regrade and repave the parking lot.  This will promote positive drainage across the lot an dfix all puddling issues that currently exist.  Construction is scheduled to take place in the spring before Evergreen opens for golf. October 2020 Spring 2021

Harvard Gulch

Improvement  Description of Improvement  Start Date Projected Completion
Pond and Irrigation Improvements Harvard Gulch Golf Course will be closed for the pond and irrigation renovation from October 1, 2020 through May 1, 2021.  Benefits of this project will include:
  • Conservation of potable water
  • New seating and viewing areas
  • Constant water circulation reducing mosquito breeding grounds, population, growth, and development 
  • Restoration of native species and wildlife
  • Adds character and a new challenge to the golf course
  • Improved irrigation equipment resulting in less water usage and more efficient energy consumption
  • Improved course drainage

Construction Kick off/Site Preparation
10/1 - 10/8, 2020

Installation of water line and concrete channel structure
10/13 - 12/7, 2020

Pond Excavation & Hauling.  
Pond grading and Installation of clay line/rip rap
10/22 - 11/24, 2020

Installation of new pump and intake
12/1 - 12/28, 2020

Forebay and access ramp installation (Harvard Gulch Park)
12/16, 2020 - 1/20, 2021

New pumphouse and well installation and testing
12/29 - 3/25, 2020-21

Irrigation modifications  installation of landscape
Patch back any disturbed fencing, asphalt
1/21 - 3/3, 2021

Punch list items & Final completion
3/26 - 4/30, 2021

Construction kickoff/site preparation
10/5  - 10/23, 2020

Trenching and installation of new irrigation lines and components
10/26, 2020 - 1/1, 2021

Installation of new drainage lines and structures
12/4 - 12/29, 2020

Punch list items & Final completion
1/4 - 1/22, 2021

 Progress photos 12/10/20
Before picture

As you can see, there is a lot going on with construction and tree protection on this small site which makes it impossible for us to keep the course open during construction.  We look forward to wrapping up the irrigation installation end of March, giving us a few weeks of warmer weather to recover the turf before we open again in April. 

The new irrigation pond at Harvard Gulch is taking shape.  When completed, the project will replace the current potable water source with City Ditch water as the main source of irrigation water for the park and golf course.  Notice the new pump station being installed.


Approximately 16,000 CY of dirt is being excavated and hauled to Kennedy. The pond will be around 14-15’ deep at it’s deepest point, but closest to hole #2, will only be about 10’. Hauling should be completed by the end the week of January 18, 2021.


In addition to the new irrigation pond, the Harvard Gulch Golf Course is also getting an updated irrigation system.  Notice the mainlines have been installed.

Photos 12/22/20

Erosion Control Plan

Hauling plan
Fall 2016 Spring 2021


Improvement Description of Improvement Start Date Projected Completion
Creek #9 Bridge Construction This project has gone out to bid and construction will take place in December through February.This will fix settling issues at the bridge approach and stabilize the creek bank while prociding golfers with a smooth and accessible routh to #9 green. Winter2019-2020 Spring 2020
Course Restrooms Design and construction of new on-course restrooms. Spring 2018 2021

Overland Park

Improvement  Description of Improvement Start Date Projected Completion
First Tee Course

Hole #1 reconstruction is complete with new rerouting.  First Tee Course construction is complete.  Turf needs to finish getting established.  Junior course will open for classes in Spring of 2020.

First Tee golf course design 

Summer 2016 Spring 2020
 On-Course Restrooms Design and construction of new course restrooms.  Concept design developed.  
Fall/Winter 2019 through Summer/Fall 2020 
  • Procure design services through Public Works (utility extensions and approvals, design of prefabricated restrooms, Floodplain analysis for locations and grading, building review and approval)
  • Bidding and construction procurement through Public Works on-call contractors
Fall/Winter 2020 - Spring 2021 - Construction Phase
  • Procure bulidings and coordinate delivery with general contractor
  • Construction (mobilization, install utility connections to buildings, complete grading requrements for floodplain, install building and make connections, install electrical, final grading, paving and landscaping around buildings, complete certification for floodplain, obtain occupancy permit)
Fall 2019 Spring 2021


Improvement Description of Improvement Start Date Projected Completion
Driving Range/Dam

Decommissioning of dam and draining Skeel Reservoir to handle water quality and retention. Pond continues to be drained. The project includes; an entirely new irrigation system, new more reliable source of water, removal of the small collection pond in #10 fairway, restoration of #10, #1 and #7 fairways, and a grass landing area for the driving range. Currently the driving range is closed but there are temporary nets in which players can hit into to warm up.

Draining of the pond

As of 3-9-18

Draining of pond as of March 3, 2018

Filling in #10 pond

Filling in number 10 pond
Fall 2018 Irrigation system has been completed.
Small pond has been removed. 
Fairway restoration is completed.
Driving range projected to be completed in 2021.
Course Restroom Renovation Renovation of the on-course restrooms Spring 2018 December 2018

Willis Case

Improvement Description of Improvement Start Date Projected Completion
Maintenance Building Electrical Audit Audit of electrical systems due to multiple tripps from wiring and circuits 6/16/17 Completed
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