by Nel Lampe
After watching Angel Cabrera’s sudden-death win at the Masters Tournament held at Augusta National in Augusta, Ga., April 12, with Phil Mickelson finishing at fifth and Tiger Woods in a tie for sixth, golfers may be wanting to brush up on their putting and other skills.
Fort Carson’s Cheyenne Shadows Golf Course may be just the place.
It is a “really good golf course,” said Frank Jacobson, Bowling and Golf Branch manager. After all, it’s “Your Resort for the Day,” the course’s mission statement.
Par for the course is 72; the lowest ever score is 63, shot last year by
David Duarte, a part-time employee at Cheyenne Shadows.
The course opened in 1972 and is one of about 250 golf courses in Colorado.
There are several other golf courses in the Colorado Springs area, but Cheyenne Shadows is nearby and is a good value.
Cheyenne Shadows is also open to the public.
Golfing in Colorado is virtually a year-round sport. Fall golfing is particularly popular as the weather is cooler but almost snow free.
“Fall golf here is fantastic,” said Jacobson.
Summer hours are 7 a.m. until dusk, Mondays-Fridays and 6:30 a.m.-dusk Saturdays-Sundays.
Soldiers can reserve a tee time five days in advance, provided there are three players in the party. Civilians may make reservations only three days in advance, again if three or more people are in the party.
For tee times, lessons or for more information, call 526-4102.
Fees are based on a rank structure. Privates-sergeants can golf for $12 for 18 holes or nine holes for $7.
On weekends, fees are $9 for nine holes and $14 for 18 holes.
Greens fees for staff sergeant and above and Department of Defense civilians are $20 for 18 holes, $12 for nine holes on weekdays and $15 for nine holes and $22 for 18 holes on weekends.
Civilians can play nine holes for $16; $30 for 18 holes on weekdays. Weekends, civilians pay $19 for nine holes and $35 for 18 holes.
Senior citizens get a discounted greens fee Monday-Thursday mornings.
Twilight play is half price after 3 p.m.; 75 percent off after 5 p.m.
Cheyenne Shadows Golf Course has 75 Club Cars, which are equipped with activated GPS systems, eight EZGos and three solo rider carts. The solo carts are for people who are amputees or may have difficulty walking the greens. Carts are rented for $8 per person for nine holes and $14 for 18 holes.
Don’t have golf clubs or shoes? No problem. Rent golf clubs at the pro shop; a full bag rents for $10, a half bag for $5. And the shoes? Jacobson said that it isn’t necessary to wear traditional golf shoes at Cheyenne Shadows – just shoes that don’t hurt the course. Boots aren’t allowed; but shoes with a flat sole, such as sneakers, are allowed.
There is a dress code at Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club: shoes and shirts with sleeves are required. T-shirts – not undershirts – may be worn.
Cheyenne Shadows has a “Player’s Guide” for new players, kind of a “standard operating procedure” for beginners.
The guide answers questions about almost any aspect of golf, carts and weather rules; local rules as well as course courtesy – including how long to look for a lost ball.
Private lessons are also available at Cheyenne Shadows.
Golfers can get a bucket of balls for $4, borrow the clubs and while away a lunch hour and improve skills at the same time.
Several clinics for women are offered each year. The next Women’s Clinic begins May 12, at either 5 or 6:30 p.m. The clinic meets Tuesdays and Thursdays for six sessions, each about an hour long. After a tour of the facility, the women attending the clinics are given information on all aspects of golfing. The clinic culminates with a golf tournament. The clinic is $35 and Cheyenne Shadows provides all equipment; call 526-4122.
Youngsters can be introduced to golf at Coyote Run Junior Golf Course, a three-hole course with 60-yard holes, designed for use by young players. The three-hole course has bunkers and elevated greens. Parents may watch their children from a nearby pavilion or join them on the course.
There’s also a Kids’ Clinic June 1-3 and June 9-11.
A Men’s Clinic is set for May 4-7, at 5:30 each day, at a cost of $30.
A “Demo Day” is June 6, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the course. Several vendors will be on hand, and there will be a 10-percent discount, free lessons, prizes and drawings. There’s no entry fee.
Something new this season will be “PGA family golf,” Jacobson said. Markers will allow a beginner-friendly short course within the regular course, where the tees are advanced. The family golf markers encourage parents and children to play the course together, spur beginners and allow players of various skills to shoot similar scores.
Although Cheyenne Shadows Golf Course has been around for 37 years, a new clubhouse opened in 2005. The clubhouse can seat 168 people for a meal, meeting or special event. In addition, there is patio seating in warm weather
For special events or meetings, the club house can be configured into three separate rooms.
Mulligan’s Grill, in the clubhouse, opens at 9 a.m. weekdays, serving snacks, breakfast sandwiches, cold drinks and the like, until the grill opens at 11 a.m. The grill closes at 3 p.m. On weekends, Mulligan’s opens at 7 a.m. and the grill opens at 10 a.m.
The kitchen caters golf tournaments and other gatherings in the clubhouse.
The Golf Pro Shop, also in the clubhouse, stocks state-of-the-art golf equipment and provides personalized fitting. A large selection of golf clothing is also in the Pro Shop.
The golf course is at 7800 Titus Blvd. near Evans Army Community Hospital and Gate 5.