CASTEL ROCK, Colorado – The PGA Tour returns to Colorado for the first time in a decade with the redesigned course at Castle Pines Golf Club hosting the BMW 2024 Championship.
It’s the first major professional golf tournament on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course 30 miles south of Denver since the 21-year international race ended in 2006.
Each hole has been modified over the past five years, Nicklaus said, most notably the addition of several lakes on the mountainside carved into natural rock and the Ponderosa pine trees that opened in 1981.
“It is very exciting to see Castle Pines return to the golf tournament,” Nicklaus said. “We’ve made some excellent changes to the golf course over the past five years which makes it more playable but still very challenging.”
The undulating design featuring multi-layered high-rise greens and narrow fairways plays over 8000 yards at a par of 72.
“I think it’s a fun golf course, certainly not lacking in beauty,” Niklaus said.
Castle Pines was the third of more than 400 golf courses designed by Nicklaus and his team.
Tyler Dennis, executive vice president of the PGA Tour, said returning to the Denver market has been a priority for the PGA.
“It’s one of the biggest markets in the US and has a great sports culture,” Dennis said. “We think this is the perfect opportunity to showcase the FedEx Cup playoffs.”
The BMW 2024 Championship will take place in mid-August before the start of the NFL and NCAA football seasons.
George Solich, chairman and president of Castle Pines Golf Club, said he’d like to see professional golfers make more frequent visits to Colorado.
“We’d like to see, let’s say, always spin,” Solich said. “We really like to not make this just one event and action.”
The last big PGA Tour event in Colorado was the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills Country Club in 2014, which Billy Horschel won on his way to winning the FedExCup title.
“I know time travels faster and faster,” said John Elway, executive committee member and board member at Castle Pines Golf Club. “But it was a great event in the Cherry Hills as well as the championship history here, The International in the ’90s and early 2000s, so it’s great to have it back here.
“I know Colorado fans, they are great sports fans. So, it’s going to be a great tournament.”