The Durango, Colo., resort will offer two 18-hole golf courses once construction is complete, with the final nine holes expected to open in 2017. The resort also plans to demolish its 74,000-sq. ft. Tamarron Lodge and replace it with a luxury hotel, and to add more real estate, including four master suites and a new condominium facility.
Glacier Club in Durango, Colo., plans to break ground June 1 on its final nine holes, enabling the resort to offer two 18-hole courses, the Durango Herald reported.
The private luxury resort also wants to demolish Tamarron Lodge, a 74,000-sq. ft. building that once was the home of a convention center, restaurants and meeting facilities, and replace it with a luxury hotel. The portion of the building that has occupied condominiums is not part of the planned demolition, the Herald reported.
The additional nine holes will complete the Glacier Course, an 18-hole design by Hale Irwin and Todd Schoeder. The second golf course has been years in the making for Glacier Club, the Herald reported.
“This completes the original golf vision for our members—to have a world-class venue that includes an opportunity for a members-only course and a semiprivate course within a resort setting,” General Manager Jim Goodman said.
The Glacier Course will join the existing Cliffs Course, designed by Arthur Hills. Glacier Club said it anticipates opening the final nine holes no later than the spring of 2017. The course will be built on 228 acres at Glacier Club’s north end acquired as part of the Chris Park land swap with the U.S. Forest Service that was completed in 2010, the Herald reported.
Glacier Club, responding to an improving market nationally for vacation homes, also is looking to add more real estate. A new development called Golf Villa will feature four master suites, targeted to couples or friends on a golf junket. A new condominium facility also is planned, the Herald reported.
“The downturn in the economy hit Glacier Club just like it hit all real-estate developments, but because we are golf-centric and there is membership associated with real estate here, we got hit hard,” said Bruce Geiss, director of real estate.
Hundreds of golf courses have closed in recent years. Geiss attributed Glacier Club’s survival to having a single owner, Rick Carlton of Nashville, Tenn. Further, Glacier Club is debt-free, Geiss said.
“We have put ourselves in the position to make this decision to complete the final nine and complete this vision,” Geiss said.
Glacier Club has begun discussions with La Plata County officials and Tamarron about the potential demolition, the Herald reported.
“We’re trying to be clear and upfront about our intentions,” Geiss said. “It’s a big subject. It’s a challenging subject, and we’re at the beginning of the process.”