Evergreen golf course, restaurant opening with new management

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By Sandy Barnes

Soon after the snow melts from the Evergreen Golf Course, it will be opening with a new manager.

Susie Helmerich says she will be managing “everything golf” at the pro shop and course for Denver City and County Parks, which has taken over the operation.

“Our focus here is to be guest-oriented, to provide great service,” she said.

Conditions of the course will be brought up to Denver standards, Helmerich added. Although Denver owns the golf course property, in recent years it has hired contractors to oversee its management. After seeking bids on possible managers earlier this year, Denver decided to bring the property back into its jurisdiction.

Helmerich is in the process of acquiring new golf carts and equipment and setting up the pro shop in the historic building where Keys on the Green restaurant is located. She is bringing her experience as a former general manager of the Arrowhead Golf Course in Roxborough and Gypsum Creek in Vail to the Evergreen operation. She is a member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association who has been in the golf business for more than 19 years.

Both Helmerich and Craig Caldwell of B.C. Evergreen, with whom Denver contracted to manage the restaurant, say they are pleased to be in Evergreen.

“I want to be a part of this community more than anything,” said Helmerich.

“We are so excited about Keys on the Green,” said Caldwell. “Evergreen is a wonderful place.”

Caldwell will be managing the restaurant with his brother Kevin Caldwell and Richard and Pamela Bard of Beaver Creek.

Caldwell said he has been in the restaurant business most of his life. Working with his brother, he currently manages restaurants at three other Denver golf courses, including the one in City Park, as well as one in Englewood.

At Keys on the Green, Caldwell said, he and Kevin will handle the day-to-day operations. He plans to serve a full breakfast on weekdays and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. From 11 a.m. until closing, a lunchtime tavern menu will be offered in the bar area. The dining room will feature an upscale menu that includes steak, seafood and pasta dishes, he said.

Before the restaurant opens in late April, Caldwell and his partners will furnish it with new tables and chairs and new kitchen equipment. 

“We’re starting from scratch,” he said. “It’s going to look beautiful.”

Caldwell said he is also planning to enlarge the patio area by moving the stairs leading up to the nest of the restaurant. He and his partners are also hiring staff to work at the restaurant. 

“We are so thankful to be a part of the community,” he said. “This is a dream come true.”

Contact Sandy Barnes at sandy@evergreenco.com or call 303-350-1042.