Aug 22, 2013 6:19 PM by Greg Smith

Broadmoor chooses fire safety over U.S. Open

The Broadmoor Golf Club made recently a choice to put the community's safety over hosting any big golf tournament. You won't see Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson in Colorado Springs anytime soon, but it wasn't a difficult choice.

They need ten football fields worth of distance to attract major golf tournaments, like the U.S. Open, and the only way to do it is to take out a road that runs right through the center of the property. The only problem is, it's vital to the area's fire evacuation route, something they're determined not to compromise.

"Our number one priority was to not take away any fire evacuation opportunity, and to enhance it if we could," says Broadmoor Director of Golf Russ Miller. "We just couldn't make the golf course routing work."

The Broadmoor would need to add an average of about 55 yards per hole, which may not sound like a lot, but it's the difference between the men, and the women and seniors.

"We're going to strongly pursue more championships like U.S. Senior opens, Women's opens, PGA Senior championships, and we're already talking to the USGA about some future events," says Miller. "Even though we may not get the big one of all, we will continue to do major championships every four or five years."

But don't expect the Broadmoor to give up. They still have something big, and secret, in the works.

"Our hundreth anniversary is coming up in 2018," says Miller. "So maybe something that year."

Their sleeves might be a thousand yards shorter, but there are still tricks hidden within them.



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