Club Story

It was 1969 and Jack Vickers had just moved to Denver and wanted “to get better acquainted with his new surroundings” when he stumbled upon the property that is now Castle Pines Golf Club.

Out on a drive to explore the area, he came upon a dirt lane on the south side of town and, on a whim, turned onto Happy Canyon Road. He stopped his car about half way up the lane, got out and climbed to the top of a rocky ridge — discovering a 360-degree panorama of iconic Colorado scenery. He had found the perfect spot to build his world-class golf course and club.

It took 12 determined years before Vickers had persuaded the numerous local landowners involved to deed him the title to the acreage he needed. With the location of his club decided, Vickers turned his attention to the golf course and engaged Jack Nicklaus to be the course designer. Touring the site on foot and by helicopter, both Vickers and Nicklaus are fond of saying that though they seldom agreed, they ultimately hammered out the final layout to what would become one of the best golf courses in the country. Construction began in 1979 and Castle Pines Golf Club officially opened in October of 1981.


a Mission for the club

From its origination, Jack Vickers envisioned Castle Pines Golf Club setting the standard of excellence in all phases of its operation. From the Jack Nicklaus designed golf course to the dining experience, on-site cottages, the classic Clubhouse atmosphere and beyond, accommodating hospitality and world-class quality remain a signature of Castle Pines Golf Club today. 

 

NICKLAUS TAKES CASTLE PINES TO THE FUTURE 

With a genuine fondness for the Club, Jack Nicklaus returned to Castle Pines in the fall of 2015 with the goal of evaluating the course he originally designed in 1981. At the conclusion of an extensive tour and assessment of each hole, 18 new greens and four hole renovations were on the drawing board. The project was completed in the fall of 2016 and Castle Pines began its new era as a modern day layout capable of hosting both a major championship and daily Member/guest play all on the same day.

“Castle Pines is a pretty special place in my mind and in my heart and I want to make sure that I am doing what Jack Vickers wants to do and what you the Membership want to do.”

–Jack Nicklaus, August of 2016

“I expect you could call it a vision or my dream – well, call it anything you like – but when you get right down to it, I’d have to say that it was in the forefront of my mind since the late 1960s to have a wonderful golf course hosting a professional tournament of national prominence.”

Jack Vickers



 began in 1986, making a reality of Jack Vickers’ dream to bring a PGA TOUR event to Castle Pines Golf Club—the course that he built specifically for championship golf.


During the tenure of this tournament, the golf course rose in national and international attention as millions tuned in to watch the best players in the world—including Greg Norman, Phil Mickelson and Davis Love III—go for birdies and eagles in the rarified Colorado air. During these years, Vickers listened to the TOUR players as well as the Club's growing membership and implemented improvements to the course as it matured into one of the finest in the country.

PROFESSIONAL Golf the Jack Vickers way 

“I also knew at the outset I envisioned a great golf tournament – and forget that “major” issue – I simply wanted a significantly different event that would stand the test of time. The TOUR did not need another 72-hole stroke play tournament so our aim was to provide the three ingredients a great golf tournament requires: A great golf course on a spectacular site; a substantial purse – and we were the first ever to offer the TOUR a $1 million purse; and a great field of players with an international flavor to enhance the refreshing Modified Stableford format.”


  • 1000 Hummingbird Drive. Castle Rock, CO 80108
  • Phone: (303) 688-6000
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