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Local links now Aspen Golf Club

Aspen Times Staff Report

Don’t call it the Aspen Municipal Golf Course. It’s now the Aspen Golf Club.

The city-owned course has changed its name to project a more upscale image.

“We’re trying to take `municipal’ out of it,” said Clem Cleveland, director of marketing for the city’s golf and recreation programs.

The 18-hole course remains a municipal operation, but the term “municipal” conveys an image of a course that isn’t quite up to par with private courses when, in reality, it’s as challenging as any around, according to Cleveland.

In fact, some visitors complain that it’s too challenging. The city course, for example, doesn’t cut the rough along the fairways for environmental reasons. By mid-summer, players must find their ball (or not) and play from grass that is two feet high or more, Cleveland noted.

“They could make this golf course as tough as any on the Western Slope,” he said.


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