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2018 January/February You Were There
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"You Were There" 

The Fitzsimons Golf Course Story

by Dennis Lyon, Aurora Golf, Retired

1918-2017

Three golf holes with sand greens for Hospital 21 opened in 1918. For the injured heroes of WWI, when they came home; “You were there.”

In the 1930’s, the Work Progress Administration (WPA) built an 18-hole golf gem at Fitzsimons Army Post.  For the men and women in uniform who followed; “You were there.”

For the heroes of WWII; “You were there.”

For Ike, the President General and Orville Moody, The Sarge; “You were there.”

For the courageous veterans of Korea, Viet Nam, the middle east and across the world; “You were there.”

For the thousands of active duty men and women who crossed your path, seeking a place of beauty, relaxation, health and welfare; “You were there.”

For the civilian golfers and the military community, when Fitzsimons Army Hospital closed in 1999, and the city of Aurora assumed control; “You were there.”

For all the foxes, hawks, eagles, squirrels, trees and plants who made you their home for almost 100 years; “You were there.”
In 2017, when your hallowed grounds were closed to make room for bricks, glass and concrete, we who cherished and adored you know, in our hearts; “You’re still there.”

Dennis D. Lyon, 
Honorably Discharged Major, USAR,
Aurora Manager of Golf, Retired

Contact Gary Leeper at RMGCSA
Voice: 303-255-9611 Fax: 303-458-0002
12011 Tejon St., Ste. 700., Westminster, CO 80234 EMAIL: info@rmgcsa.org