June 1 will mark one year since Monument Hill Country Club reopened its 6,715-yard golf course.
During that time, the course has experienced ups and downs, but according to General Manager Grant Wingate, the course is thriving now.
“We have over 800 members and we’re averaging 130 golfers a day,” Wingate said. “It’s a nice change.”
The golf course, built in 1969, was closed in late 2012 by previous owners, Tri-lakes Golf LLC, because of pricey water bills and expensive maintenance of the course. In April 2013, Colorado Community Bank, the property’s lien holder, took back the property as part of a bankruptcy agreement.
The bank assigned Touchstone Golf as the receiver for the property. Wingate is employed by Touchstone.
“There’s a buzz here in Monument,” Wingate said. “We need to make Monument golf the best that it can be.”
Steve Harker is president and CEO of Touchstone. One of the first things his company did was fix a leak in the pond, which was the primary source of water for the course. That meant draining the pond and improving the irrigation system. Harker said the project cost about $150,000.
Meanwhile, Woodmoor Water and Monument Hill worked out a deal on rates, reducing the rate from $500,000 annually to about half that, according to Harker.
The golf course enjoyed a boon in players earlier this year when King’s Deer closed down. That came on the heels of nearby Gleneagle closing last November.
King’s Deer reopened on May 3. King’s Deer resident Doug Almond agreed on a lease agreement with Nebraska-based Exchange Bank and plans on purchasing the course in September after it goes through the foreclosure process.
“King’s Deer will be the public course in Monument and we will be the private course,” Wingate said.
Both courses have private and public members, though most of Monument Hill’s traffic is private.
Monument Hill’s ladies club has gone from 12 members to 75 in less than a year.
“Basically by word of mouth,” said Deb Geolat, the ladies club tournament chair and co-captain of the tournament team. “It’s amazing how much it has grown.
“We have so many members who have backed the club and never given up. There’s a new positive energy and it’s contagious.”
According Geolat and multiple members, the course is in the best shape in years at this point of the season.
Public rates range from $20 to $50 depending on the day of the week and time. Carts are an additional cost.
Yearly passes for members and nonmembers are $300 and $400, respectively. Family passes are $450 and $550, respectively.