PROJECT FACT SHEET
Maroon Creek Club
Purpose of Project
The Maroon Creek Club is a Tom Fazio-designed mountain golf course and a planned private community tucked into 375 acres of meadows, aspen groves and pine forests. Through rigorous planning and design, the Maroon Creek residential golf community achieves the optimum balance of environmental, economic and social factors.
Role of the Landscape Architect
The landscape architect worked closely with the golf-course architect to achieve an environmentally sensitive landscape design that creates a context within which the golf course exists. The golf-course architect was responsible for layout and design of the course; the landscape architect was responsible for the community master plan, planning and design of the golf course, clubhouse, townhomes and employee housing components which are located throughout the property. The landscape architect elevated the experience of recreational golf by highlighting significant viewsheds to the Maroon Bells and surrounding mountain peaks using specific plantings and grading, designing the water features and wetlands, developing signage and creating an overall experience that is much more than a golf course. From the initial schematic designs to political applications to design and construction oversight, the landscape architect’s expertise in local politics, design in mountain environments and planning foresight was critical to the project.
The plan successfully blends new development into the picturesque setting by emphasizing conservation of open space and restoration of natural areas. This was accomplished with computer simulations that evaluated alternative locations for houses and proposed landforms. Other special factors include:
1. Located adjacent to one of Aspen’s four ski mountains, the Maroon Creek Club offers ski in/ski out access.
2. An environmental hallmark, all drainage remains on–site in detention basins: there is zero run-off into area streams. The site was enhanced by the creation of a series of wetlands throughout the property that purify all captured water.
3. A wide range of housing types are available including large single family lots, townhomes and, most importantly, there are a significant number of affordable housing opportunities.
4. As an amenity for the county trails system, an exaction from the developer assisted in constructing a bridge over Maroon Creek. This connection facilitates the use of all trail systems in the Upper Roaring Fork Valley during all seasons of the year. The bridge also allows access to the newly constructed Recreation Center and the Aspen School District campus.
5. The highway entrance to Aspen was improved with vegetative plantings at the Maroon Creek intersection. These plantings include trees and shrubs that are native to the area and typically would have been found on this site prior to any development in the upper valley. Ponderosa Pine, Page 2
Cottonwood, Red-twig Dogwood and a native seed mix are integrated into a planting plan that runs the length of both sides of the state highway for approximately 200 feet.
6. The first grade separated intersection in Aspen was built as a result of the Maroon Creek development. This separation allows for and encourages pedestrian trail linkages that tie into the greater Pitkin County Trails and Open Space system.
The Maroon Creek Club distinguishes itself due to the manner in which it has embraced existing spectacular views, created a challenging golf course from a relatively flat site, maintained a minimal visual and environmental impact within the property itself and the upper Roaring Fork Valley, and thoroughly adapted itself through the preservation of the existing landscape. It is a model of high environmental standards due to the large areas of natural wildlife habitat that are retained and the establishment of significant wetlands that capture, retain and purify on run-off from the property. It has established itself as a hallmark of the community, providing the last link of the Pitkin County Trails and Open Space system connecting the City of Aspen with the Town of Snowmass Village, and eventually the lower Roaring Fork Valley.
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