Fitzsimons Golf Course will be closing to the public on December 15. That will be the final day the tree-lined classic built in 1918 can be played, the City of Aurora announced. Fitzsimons originally evolved into an 18-hole military course and was a favorite of former President Dwight Eisenhower. There is a tree located in the middle of the sixth fairway that is named after the former president with a wood plaque that reads “Ike’s Tree.” The course became an Aurora public course in 1998.
Even though the City of Aurora’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department operated the course, the land is owned by Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority. As of now the area is zoned for multi-use construction where the land may be developed alongside the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, which is located to the south of the course.
“The city of Aurora has always had an understanding that the course would close for development one day,” Tom Barrett, Director of Parks and Recreation said in a news release. “It has been a pleasure to operate this golf course and offer so many golfers memories at this special place.”
Fitz, as it became known, has a history that will not be soon forgotten. Back in its heyday, players would often see foxes roaming the course during their round of golf. The fox is currently used as the logo for the course.
Fitzsimons will be offering a special rate of $19.18 during the final week of play, honoring the year it opened. The pro shop is also offering deals where all merchandise will be priced at 10% over cost. Below is a breakdown of the rates for Dec. 9-15.
18 holes with cart: $19.18
18 holes walking: $10
Nine holes with cart: $9.59
Nine holes walking: $5