The proposed golf course at Florissant (Colo.) Fossil Beds National Monument will be constructed in two phases, with the first nine expected to be complete by summer 2018 and the second in summer 2019. Plans also call for a practice putting green, and an old schoolhouse could be transformed into a clubhouse.
The proposed Fossil Beds Golf Course at Florissant (Colo.) Fossil Beds National Monument will be constructed in two phases, the Woodland Park, Colo., Mountain Jackpot reported.
Phase One will include nine holes that are scheduled to open in the summer 2018. Upon completion of Phase One, excavation will begin on Phase Two, with the remaining nine holes set to open in summer 2019, the Jackpot reported.
Plans also call for a practice putting green, which will incorporate abandoned prairie dog holes. Enough open space will be preserved so that the animals can still call the area home in other parts of the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, the Jackpot reported.
A bridge with a Western flair in its design will be constructed over Upper Twin Rocks road to connect Phase One and Phase Two of the Fossil Beds Golf Course. Golf carts will not be allowed due to federal Environmental Protection Agency regulations which would be applicable since the golf course is to be located on federal land, the Jackpot reported.
It is hoped that during the excavation, new fossil specimens will be unearthed and many of the slabs would be used as decorative accents in the clubhouse and restaurant, which could be constructed from an old schoolhouse. The design of any new construction would remain consistent with the frontier ranching and Western heritage of the Florissant area, the Jackpot reported.
Every effort will be made to utilize water from several springs located in the Florissant Fossil Beds. The drought-tolerant Dichondra grass will be used, which has small leaves that are flat and do not require frequent watering or mowing, yet provide a stable “golf ball friendly” surface, the Jackpot reported.