Twenty years ago, Lone Tree Golf Club and Hotel was the defining building of the Lone Tree community. If one saw Lone Tree Golf Club today as the defining building, they would probably have a misconception that Lone Tree is a dump. The director of South Suburban, Dave Lorenz, shows his frustration when he says, “I hate to say it, but everyone who comes in here says, ‘Wow, this place is dated. This place is tired.”
Lone Tree Golf Club and Hotel is owned by South Suburban Parks and Recreation. However, SSPR’s most elite golf course could use a facelift. The original clubhouse still stands as an outdated building. South Suburban cannot afford to renovate the clubhouse, other than some minor (but expensive) fixes. It is estimated that they will spend $115,000 on sprucing up the place, including new decorations in the hotel.
Hotel? Lone Tree still has a hotel? Yes, Lone Tree has fifteen hotel rooms located upstairs from the pro-shop and restaurant. However, the rooms are almost always vacant due to the lack of being able to compete with hotels around the area, such as the Marriot or the Extended Stay located just a couple miles away. The hotel attracts business men and women that are also in need of a conference room, and may have extra time to play golf.
South Suburban bought Lone Tree Golf Club for $4.7 million dollars in 1991, and now it may need to be a time for change. Dan Murphy, head of Life After South Suburban, has emphasized his interest in contacting Troon Golf to manage the course. Troon Golf is one of the largest golf businesses, owning and managing courses all over the world. Their main goal is service for all customers as they want them to “Experience Troon Golf.” Troon Golf would have to agree to renovate the entire clubhouse and focus on advertising. Troon Golf currently manages two golf courses in Colorado: The Ridge at Castle Pines North (Castle Pines) and Rollingstone Ranch Golf Course (Steamboat).
If you have experienced Troon Golf, whether it was at one of these Coloardo courses or in another state, it can be said that this may be one of the best options to redefine the entire community.
At this point, there are only introduction proposals for how to improve the course, but in the meantime, Lone Tree Golf Club continues to show its age and rundown features to its customers. It is this clubhouse and golf course that are known as South Suburban’s best, so many may begin to associate a negative stigma to SSPR. If you have thoughts on what Lone Tree can do, they are accepting ideas. What do you think?