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The Club at Cordillera continues with golf course reopenings

Justin McCarty | jmccarty@vaildaily.com

EDWARDS — Cordillera's new management company promised residents that it would open two of its three golf courses this summer, and it will fulfill that promise next week.

The Summit course is scheduled to open June 12. Troon Golf said Monday it hopes to open Cordillera's third 18-hole course, the Mountain Course, by Aug. 1.

It'll be the first time since 2010 that Cordillera's three 18-hole courses will be open.

The Valley Course opened April 12. It's at 7,000 feet.

The Summit is at the top, at 9,000 feet above sea level. It's scheduled to open June 12.

The Mountain Course is in between the two at 8,000 feet. It has 300 homesites around it and is where most of the Cordillera residents live.

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"Under normal circumstances they'd open in order of elevation. And that's how they'd close," said Mike Henritze, general manager of The Club at Cordillera.

About 150 club members were on hand when Henritze made the announcement during Saturday's grand reopening of the Timber Hearth Grille. Troon brought in guest chefs from some of its Florida and Arizona properties, along with the Timber Hearth's staff, Henritze said.

"We understand how important the Mountain Course and the Timber Hearth Grille are to the social fabric of our community," Henritze said. "Our team assessed the course's condition and will work in the next 60 days to get it ready."

Troon Golf has had an army of agronomists, course designers, superintendents, and turf specialists in town since early spring assessing course conditions, drainage and turf issues.

The Valley course was designed by Tom Fazio. Hale Irwin designed the Mountain Course and Jack Nicklaus designed the Summit Course.

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon Golf is the world's largest third-party golf management company. The company oversees operations in 29 states and 28 countries. Of those, 48 Troon facilities are ranked in the world's top 100.

Club at Cordillera members have reciprocal access at more than 30 private clubs Troon Prive operates around the world.

Cordillera owner David Wilhelm bankrupted the club after he refused to open all but one of Cordillera's golf courses. He had promised members in writing that he would, but reneged days later and opened only the Valley Course. Members sued him for $108 million for that, and for keeping $8 million of their dues money. They sued him for violating the ownership and member agreement.

Wilhelm bought Cordillera out of bankruptcy for $14.2 million, outbidding Donald Trump.

The Cordillera Property Owners Association got, as part of the legal settlement, the par-3 short course, the Summit Athletic Club and the Trailhead, which will reopen the kids camp this summer.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935, and rwyrick@vaildaily.com

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