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Three Crowns Golf Club

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07/01/2009 - Okay, I'm havin' a crisis of confidence here. I can't be the only person in Casper who didn't know that you don't have to be a member of Three Crowns Golf Club to participate in all that it offers. You don't have to be a member because Three Crowns doesn't have memberships. The fact is Three Crowns Golf Club is a public course. By public, I don't mean "owned by the City"(which it's not), I mean "open to the public."

I meet with Three Crowns Golf Club's General Manager Chris Moore. He is gracious enough to show me around the pro shop, restaurant, and out-door dining space that overlooks the course and the mountain. He also fills me in on the golf club's history.

Designed by the most sought-after golf-course designer in the world, Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Three Crowns rivals other courses designed by Jones as well as courses designed by professional golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. When it opened in 2005, Three Crowns was rated 20th in the nation among new golf courses and was rated in the top-100 new courses in the world. Currently it is rated the 2nd-best public golf club in Wyoming. The course that was rated Number One sits against the Big Horn Mountains.

Three Crowns was built on the site of the old Amoco Oil Refinery. In the early 1980's the refinery was closed and, a decade later, British Petroleum bought the land, believing they could successfully remediate and reuse the land. The eyes of the world were on British Petroleum and Casper because such a remediation had never been attempted. And, as we know now, not only was it attempted, it was successful. In the early 2000's, British Petroleum re-purposed the site into a business park. One of the business park's first tenants, also built by British Petroleum, was Three Crowns Golf Club.

A year after the golf course opened, the restaurant and pro shop was built. Two-and-a-half years ago, Chris was brought on board, first as the head pro in charge of golf and then as general manager.

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"I guess I'd say our mission is to put in a full effort on everything across the board," Chris tells me. "We strive to have the best customer service and the best presentation. To look sharp and to be nice. We want our customers to enjoy coming here."

Chris, along with wife Kimberly and son Tyler, moved here from Phoenix. Arriving here in January 2006, he expected he might have a little trouble adjusting to a Wyoming winter. However, when people who'd lived here all their lives complained but he found the conditions "not so bad," he knew he'd be just fine. He says, "I like the change of seasons here."

Three Crowns' golf season is from April 1 through October 31. The restaurant is open for lunch and for Happy Hour where appetizers are served. People can also book the restaurant, which "has the best view in town," for special events such as wedding receptions, retirement and graduation parties, and baby showers.

To reach the restaurant, call 472-7694. For the club, call 472-7696. And book a round of world-class golf.

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