USGA pulls out of Colorado GC for 2012

The U.S. Golf Association has withdrawn an initial plan for Colorado Golf Club to co-host the 2012 U.S. Amateur.

The private club, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw and opened in 2007 in Parker, Colo., southeast of Denver, was home to the 2010 Senior PGA Championship and is scheduled to host the 2013 Solheim Cup.

Plans called for the layout to share the stroke-play qualifying duties for the 2012 Amateur with Cherry Hills Country Club, site of the subsequent match-play competition for the 64 qualifiers. Instead, Cherry Hills will co-host stroke play with CommonGround Golf Course, a Tom Doak-designed layout just east of downtown Denver. The par-71 layout, 7,250 yards from the back tees, is owned and operated by the Colorado Golf Association and is run as a daily-fee facility.

Colorado Golf Club, rated No. 37 on the Golfweek’s Best Modern list, has been plagued by financial issues. Club founder Mike McGetrick, who resigned last year as director of golf but who has retained his ownership status, says he’s “21 days away from selling the club to a group of members,” with the sales and purchase agreement under negotiation. Of the club’s 170 home lots, 135 have been sold to individual members, McGetrick said. The remaining 35 lots are under contract to be purchased by Arendale Holdings.

While regretting loss of the stroke-play share of he 2012 U.S. Amateur, McGetrick said he understands the USGA “did the right thing for themselves and for the championship. There were just too many financial uncertainties.”

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