Course manager ready for spring

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Coyote Creek’s Tyler Tarpley hopes to get more young golfers onto the course as winter ends

By Ben Wiebesiek

FORT LUPTON — The new general manager for Coyote Creek Golf Course would like to bring new programs for young golfers at the municipal course.


Tyler Tarpley started as general manager Dec. 26, taking over for Pat Marek, who accepted a promotion within the company that manages Coyote Creek Escalante Golf.

Before accepted the position with Fort Lupton, Tarpley was the manager of Quail Dunes Golf Course in Fort Morgan. Tarpley, who lives in Brighton, said his initial interest in the position was due to the proximity of the golf course to his home.

Tarpley said one of his objectives is to get more young golfers out on the 18-hole municipal course.

“Our main goal is to offer some programs: junior golf being a major portion of that,” Tarpley said. “So we’re going to look to start offering some junior golf programs, not only clinics but also leagues.”

Tarpley, a PGA-certified course manager, said he would like to implement some beginner programs for adults also.

“The junior programs are going to start the first week of June,” Tarpley said. “The other stuff is still wait-and-see. We’re still filling out some of the processes here, operationally, in the clubhouse before we get really adventurous.”

In March, the golf course is still mainly in off-season mode, but Tarpley said the staff was still working on operations.

“But we manage the payroll so that we’re not spending too much money when we’re not yet open,” Tarpley said. “We’re really trying to maximize the efforts of the organization.”

Tarpley said managing a course also involves at least a few games of golf to learn the links, but the weather hasn’t been conducive to a game yet.

“I hear the rough is kind of challenging, kind of a factor in itself,” Tarpley said of the 71-par course. 

Marek, who now manages a course in Ohio, said he’ll miss the Fort Lupton greens.

“I really grew up with it, learned a lot, saw a lot of really great things happen there over the years,” Marek said. “I’m going to miss an awful lot of the players who played there. I’m going to miss people I worked with there; they’re good people all the way around.”

Marek managed Coyote Creek for 3 ½ years, and before that, he worked in the Coyote Creek Pro Shop.

With its strong customer base, Coyote Creek has a bright future, Marek predicted.

“It has been growing, and it no doubt will continue to keep growing. It’s very much a word-of-mouth golf course drawing people from farther and farther away,” Marek said. “We had regular players who drove from as far away as Castle Rock and Cheyenne.”

Marek said Coyote Creek was in good hands with Tarpley.

“I’m sure people are going to love him,” Marek said. “He’s a great guy.”

Tarpley said he’s looking forward to the year.

“I’m excited to be here,” Tarpley said. “And we’ll see if we can make it as good as it possibly can be.”