Greening Golf Community

By: Kieran Wilson Email
By: Kieran Wilson Email

A western slope business is trying to make its energy footprint under par; Cobble Creek Golf Community in Montrose has just debuted its new clubhouse, just as green as the golf course it sits next to.

Cobble Creek is nestled next to the beautiful San Juan Mountains, and a dream more than ten years in the making for developer Tiff Hayden and as far as the green technology goes. He says more is less these days, "Sometimes a little more cost has a long term benefit that you ought to think about."

Hayden just opened up Cobble Creek’s new club house and fitness center, both use geothermal heating and cooling. To get the heat from the earth Hayden had a contractor drill 24, 300-ft. holes in the ground with pipes that collect the temperature. Hayden says this pays off in energy bills and reducing the clubs footprint on the resources it relieson, residents agree. Belynda Prahn says, "having the golf course here in the summer, and we can snowshoe and cross country ski in the winter, and also catch and release fishing all summer long on the lakes, it really makes the golf course special."

These Coloradans say they feel better about joining a club that preserves the resources we all depend on. The beams in the clubhouse are made from pieces of old scrap lumber that were compressed together, and cobble creek has already seen what preserving the earth can pay back. Governor Ritter stopped by the club a couple of weeks ago to give them a check for more than $9,000, now that's a different kind of green we all like as well.

Cobble creek says even though the project was pricey it has not had to raise its prices on the course.

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