Southern Exposure

If you’re in the market for a new course or a great deal, take South Suburban Parks and Recreation District for a spin at this year’s Denver Golf Expo.

At the SSPRD booth, one of the busiest at the Expo, visitors spin a prize wheel for a chance at a free round, range balls or 2-for-1 deals. “It’s become our signature, and the booths near us like the lines,” SSPRD’s Director of Golf Bill Ramsey says. 

The district has worked hand-in-glove with the Expo for the 27 years Mark and Lynn Cramer have owned the event. “Mark’s a member at Lone Tree Golf Club, one of our courses, and a past club champion. The first year, I helped him out with some mats and range balls,” Ramsey says. “We’ve always had a good relationship.”

That relationship extends to everyone who attends the Expo. Cramers and Ramsey have baked into the Expo ticket price the early-season discounts of SSP&R’s Fore Golf Program. “We want to give people an incentive to come out at least once a week to practice or play,” Ramsey says. “The more they go out, the better they get; and the better they get, the more they like the game.”

They are also more likely to queue up at the SSP&R booth. 

The crowds give Ramsey and his staff the opportunity to spend time with customers. They can introduce new players to the four SSP&R courses—Lone Tree, South Suburban Golf Course, Family Sports Golf Course and the Littleton Golf and Tennis Club—and visit with members who “tell us what we’re doing right and what we need to improve upon,” Ramsey says.

And, Ramsey says, SSPRD has already improved on many of its facilities for 2020: 

• Lone Tree, a tournament-level, Arnold Palmer-designed course with five sets of tees, this year will serve golfers “with a completely remodeled, well-stocked golf shop with an entirely new look” Ramsey says.      

• South Suburban’s 18-hole Dick Phelps design features some of the state’s fiddliest greens—including a newly built one on 18 that brings the lake into play. Help with negotiating those putts and chips now comes in the form of a spanking new short-game area, as well as the popular 9-hole par 3 course. 

• Family Sports—which complements its 9-hole, par-31, executive course with a superb practice area and lessons from its PGA pros and those from GOLFTEC—has outfitted every bay on its double-deck, open-late-all-year driving range with new heaters “to upgrade player comfort.” 

• Littleton Golf & Tennis Club, a par-63 executive course in name only, continues to pride itself on tremendous conditioning and female- and family-friendliness, while offering challenge of tree- and water-lined fairways. 

“The Expo allows us to connect with people who want to be involved in the game and want to play more golf,” Ramsey says. “When it comes to growing the game programs, the Expo is one the best.” 

Visit ssprd.org for more information.

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