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Aspen Muni set to open all 18 holes

Karl Herchenroeder
The Aspen Times
This courtesy photo shows the completed water feature between holes 2 and 3 at the Aspen Golf Club.

When play resumes Wednesday morning at the Aspen Golf and Tennis Club, players can expect access to a full 18 holes.

The city of Aspen’s Golf Department Director Steve Aitken said Friday that the $150,000 irrigation project undertaken on holes 2 and 3 this spring is complete.

“We’re really excited,” Aitken said. “We’re really excited to have people come play the new product and excited to get it going.”

Hole 2 will now feature a fairway landing area that’s about 15 yards wider than before, and it will run along a new water feature that allows the course to pump a greater amount of effluent water.

Aitken said the project was within budget and claimed it cost about four times less than what it would have cost in the private sector. City Parks Department crews completed all work associated with the project.

Starting this week through Sept. 14, silver season-pass holder play is limited to before 8 a.m. and after 1 p.m. Platinum and gold season-pass play is not limited.

Aitken ranked this latest project ahead of all the others he has seen during his time in Aspen. The list includes construction of the pro shop, addition of the tennis courts, restructuring of hole 18’s green and the back nine’s native-grass areas created from Burlingame dirt piles.

“This ranks up there with the best of all those for sure,” he said, adding that there are no other projects scheduled at the golf course this year.

The project was included in the city’s Golf Course Master Plan, which was designed, in part, by golf-course architect Rick Phelps 20 years ago. Phelps worked with city crews this spring to complete the project. The new holes also feature two new native-grass areas, with one running behind No. 1’s green to behind No. 3’s green. The second native area runs along the left side of No. 2 just before the fairway. The two areas make up more than an acre.

The new water feature is similar to the one found on the par-5 No. 15, and it’s supplied with water from Castle Creek.