By RICK LANGENBERG:
With the slow arrival of spring, links fever has finally invaded Woodland Park’s Shining Mountain Golf Club, now celebrating its eighth season since reopening under a new management group.
And, for the first time in several years, Shining Mountain will feature new managers, but will have plenty of familiar faces and retain the same push for consistent, good service. Moreover, the amenities at the club will abound with the cozy golf club restaurant, the Mountain View Bar and Grill, Woodland’s premiere special events center, improving golf conditions and a variety of competitive and social groups.
“We want people to come out here and enjoy what we have,” said Becky Clifford, the club’s new general manager. “We are very excited. This is a great mountain getaway. Who wouldn’t enjoy the views of Pikes Peak from our 1,400 square-foot deck?”
Although new to the general manager spot, Clifford is no newcomer to the Shining Mountain ranks, working with the club for the last four years in a variety of stints, such as running the bar and grill and the pro shop and booking special events. “People like consistency,” said the Shining Mountain general manager, in citing one of her main goals. “We get a lot of regular customers out here. We have some staff changes, but the faces here are pretty much the same,” explained Clifford. At the same time, Shining Mountain customers will notice a sprucing up of the bar and grill area to make it more cozy, attractive and welcoming.
Clifford says the club is increasing its promotion of the facility within the community and region. The course will bustle with a variety of charity events open to the public, and will even host a major running competition for area schools this fall. You can also schedule a tour of the facility, arrange for a sampling of their menu and meet with the event planning specialist on staff.
Already, Shining Mountain has gotten more aggressive in publicizing some of its key events. With plans in the works for creating exciting golf tournaments open to the public. Keep your eyes and ears open, the season is just getting started.
New Pro Shop Manager
The club is also joined this year by Marshall Warren, who will serve as the new pro shop manager. Like Clifford, Warren is a familiar face, who has spent a considerable amount of time in the Shining Mountain links trenches, doing marshalling stints and even washing carts.
The pro shop manager believes the course conditions for the par-70, tight 6,500-yard layout (from the championship tees) this year could be the best ever. “The course keeps getting better every year,” said Warren, in complimenting the greens and maintenance crews. “This is the best I have seen the course for this time of year for the last several years.”
In addition, the Shining Mountain Pro Shop will feature more items to purchase, such as more affordable golf balls and a good selection of Under Armour logo golf apparel and accessories. Also, re-gripping of clubs is available this year in the pro shop, along with rental clubs for locals or vacationers.
Warren cited good customer service as one of the primary goals, along with maintaining a decent pace of play. He frequently converses with new links patrons and gives them advice on what tees to play from and other insider tips.
A major draw to the area is the club’s golf tournaments.
“We enjoy events and offer weekday tournament packages Monday thru Thursday, 36 or more players starting at $50 per player and weekend tournament packages from Friday thru Sunday with an 80 minimum player starting at $60 per player,” stated Warren. Several options are available to corporate, non-profits and groups which include greens fees, carts, event reservations, scoring and meal arrangements, just contact the Pro Shop to schedule a tournament.
Shining Mountain also features a number of regular promotions, such as “deal of the day.” Many of these are offered through their Facebook page, the Shining Mountain website and in a variety of media outlets.
And for regular linksters, the course offers a full annual pass, a limited pass (for certain week days), a punch card and good deals during less popular times. Some of these pass offerings rival any club in the Pikes Peak area. Plus, Shining Mountain features a men’s and women’s club, along with a senior’s group. All three clubs are open membership and welcome newcomers. These provide great outlets for people who want to play casually, or even on a more serious level.
Newcomers to the game and youngsters can also benefit from the expertise of LPGA teaching pro, Rose Weis, who offers group and private lessons and clinics to all ages during the summer. “She is great with beginners and young people,” said Warren. Weis will run several clinics in June and July and coordinate teaching programs through the WP Parks and Recreation Department.
In addition, Shining Mountain sports the popular Mountain View Bar and Grill.
The Mountain View Bar and Grill is currently open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays through Wednesdays and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays, with happy hour hosted daily from 4 to 6. These hours will get extended after Memorial Day. The Mountain View Bar and Grill is also debuting a new executive chef, Donna Hinman, a long-time resident who graduated from the acclaimed Aspen Pointe Culinary School.
Hinman, who also graduated from Woodland Park High School, wants to turn the Mountain View into a year-round restaurant. She has vowed to improve the menu, debut a “lighter side to the Mountain View,” and even introduce cooking classes.
“We plan to do a lot of new things,” said Hinman, who recently began her new stint with Shining Mountain.
The club also has gained much notoriety with its impressive, adjoining, 250-seat center, the prime spot for weddings and special events in the high country. A smaller venue option is available downstairs which accommodates up to 56 people, perfect for birthday, anniversary or other celebrations. “It’s a great facility,” admitted Clifford, who previously spent much time running and booking events. “There is nothing like it in Woodland Park.”
The staff welcomes locals and visitors to check out the club’s varied facilities, whether they want to play golf, hang out with a few friends in the club, have meetings, tournaments, an event or just walk around. For more information, call 719-687-7587 or visittheirwebsitewww.shiningmountaingolfclub.com Also, like them on Facebook, www.facebook.com/shiningmountaingolfclub