The Glacier Club

Durango, Colorado

Developing a sustainable golf course to revitalize a struggling mountain resort

After twenty-five years of thriving as a resort property, Tamarron was experiencing a financial downturn, as little was being done to reinvest in the property to keep it competitive. New owners renamed the resort The Glacier Club and brought on Design Workshop to help transform the 426-acre property. A new master plan was prepared to leverage real estate development potential, renovate the existing golf course, create a new private golf club with an additional 9-hole course, and provide the layout for an additional 9-holes. The attributes of the land were the guiding force behind the plan. The design utilized a natural filtration system of constructed wetlands and bio-filters instead of conventional storm-water management systems, allowing the course to disturb less than one-half acre of the site’s 43-acres of wetlands. By preserving the ecosystem, using sustainable filtration methods and taking advantage of the natural features of the area, the golf course provides visitors with a true rugged mountain experience.

Services Provided: Entitlements, Master Planning, Site Planning, Golf Architecture, Landscape Architecture


  • Honor Award for Design, ASLA National
  • Honor Award for Design, ASLA Colorado
  • Best Private Western Slope/Southwest Golf Club, Colorado Avid Golfer


Tamarron Development Corporation


Russell Engineering