Heritage Golf Group has expanded its portfolio with the acquisition of three semi-private golf clubs in the Denver region. Heritage purchased The Golf Club at Bear Dance, Colorado National Golf Club and Plum Creek Golf Club from the Bruening, Bennett, and Kerr families and Southwest Green, LLC.
The three clubs are Heritage Golf Group’s first locations in the western United States and expands the company’s portfolio to include 28 private country clubs, high-end daily-fee and resort golf courses across the country.
“The opportunity to acquire these three exceptional facilities really bolsters our continued growth strategy as we expand geographically,” president and CEO Mark Burnett said. “Our future capital investment will further enhance the member and player experience at each property. We are grateful that Stuart Bruening and his partners selected Heritage Golf Group to continue the legacy of these clubs for the next generation of families and we look forward to working with him through a seamless transition.”
Bruening, a long-time member of the Colorado PGA, was the principal owner of the three courses and will continue to serve as an advisor to Heritage Golf Group during the transition period. “I am confident in the vision Heritage Golf Group has for these three clubs, and its proven experience in elevating the golf experience makes them the right steward to take over ownership and operations of these properties,” he said.
The par-72 Bear Dance course has been ranked for the past eight years as the top daily-fee course in the Denver area. Located in Larkspur, it is set on 753 acres of mountainous terrain with mature Ponderosa pines, oak-lined ridges and native grass valleys. With an average elevation of 6,800 feet, it offers stunning views of the Rocky Mountains’ Front Range and surrounding mountain landscape. It is the home of the Colorado PGA and its Hall of Fame. Practice facilities include a full-size driving range, putting green and chipping green with practice bunker.
Colorado National Golf Club in Erie was designed by award-winning golf course architect Jay Morrish and offers breathtaking panoramas of the Rocky Mountains’ northern Front Range. The 18-hole course is set on more than 230 acres of land within the Vista Ridge Residential Community. Colorado National Golf Club is the long-term home of the University of Colorado men’s and women’s golf teams and offers a state-of-the-art practice facility including a double-sided driving range, two large putting greens, chipping green and practice bunker, and a 7,000 square foot performance center with an indoor putting/chipping green and four indoor hitting bays.
Plum Creek Golf Club in Castle Rock, a rapidly growing suburb 45 minutes south of Denver, is an 18-hole course designed in 1984 by Pete Dye as a Tournament Players Club course and hosted a Champions Tour event for several years. Practice facilities include a full-size driving range, putting green, and chipping green with practice bunker. Significant capital improvements are underway, including a new irrigation system and a brand-new clubhouse.