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Golf Department unveils hole 2 plan

Karl Herchenroeder
The Aspen Times

Golf Department Director Steve Aitken describes plans that call for a new water design on hole No. 2 Friday at the Aspen Golf Club. Work is expected to take place in spring 2015.

Aspen's Golf Department unveiled plans for an estimated $150,000 project Friday aimed at improving irrigation and playability of hole No. 2 at the Aspen Golf Club.

Golf Director Steve Aitken detailed the project, which includes replacing No. 2's pond with a water design similar to the one found just before the green on the par-5 No. 15. The new pond will be supplied with Castle Creek water.

The landing area for No. 2 will be at least 15 yards wider, Aitken said, and crews also plan to remove the bunker that sits in front of No. 3's green. The $150,000 cost is already approved and within budget for the Parks Department, which will finance the project with the Golf Department. Aitken said his department is expected to check in with the Aspen City Council at a later date.

Construction is scheduled for spring 2015, and Aitken hopes to have the course fully functional by June 1. During the work, hole No. 2 will play as a par 3 at a length of about 120 yards.

The plan is included in the city's Golf Course Master Plan, which was designed, in part, by golf-course architect Rick Phelps 20 years ago. Phelps continues to work with the city on design, which Aitken said might deserve a fresh look in the coming years. Aitken added that future plans call for the rebuilding of hole No. 2's green, as well, because the current one "does not receive shots well."

The club's irrigation system has been in place for seven years but just recently gained access to effluent, or treated water. Working with the Water Department and the Aspen Consolidated Sanitation District, officials found they could deliver water from the sanitation district to the course. To make this possible, the course needs a pond on the lower end of the golf course.

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"We need the right amount of water in (No. 2's) pond to irrigate the golf course properly with the new advent of effluent water," Aitken said. "And so we have a great opportunity not only to make a really good pond but make it a great, playable hole by doing that."

All greens will be watered using the Castle Creek supply, while the rest of the course will come from effluent sources. Currently, the entire golf course is watered using the pond from No. 15.

According to Aitken, treated water from the sanitation plant gets dumped into the Roaring Fork River. With the new golf-course design, that water will have one more filtration system as it runs through the course's turf.

"It's a great environmental move," Aitken said.

The new plan also calls for the addition of two native areas, one that runs from behind No. 1's green to behind No. 3's green. The second native area will run along the left side of No. 2 just before the fairway. The two areas will make up more than an acre.

Parks Director Jeff Woods said he doesn't expect the need to hire any subcontractors, as city crews will handle the work.

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