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Bored on Buckley: Golfing at a mile high

AURORA, Colo.—The Murphy Creek Golf Course clubhouse stands as the gateway to a round of 18 holes and to the practice range.  Murphy Creek hosted the 2008 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship and offers players a unique challenge, according to Caine Fitzgerald, an assistant golf pro at the course.  Murphy Creek is one of a handful of courses available to golfers in the Aurora area.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau)

AURORA, Colo.—The Murphy Creek Golf Course clubhouse stands as the gateway to a round of 18 holes and to the practice range. Murphy Creek hosted the 2008 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship and offers players a unique challenge, according to Caine Fitzgerald, an assistant golf pro at the course. Murphy Creek is one of a handful of courses available to golfers in the Aurora area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau)

AURORA, Colo. — By following the signs to the Murphy Creek Golf Course driving range or the chipping greens, new golfers can work on improving their skills or veterans can refine theirs.  The golf course offers junior leagues, Wednesday night leagues and a women’s golf league that runs on the weekends, all with no commitments.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau)

AURORA, Colo. — By following the signs to the Murphy Creek Golf Course driving range or the chipping greens, new golfers can work on improving their skills or veterans can refine theirs. The golf course offers junior leagues, Wednesday night leagues and a women’s golf league that runs on the weekends, all with no commitments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau)

AURORA, Colo. — A local golfer heads out to the Murphy Creek Golf Course driving range to start his practice session June 19, 2012.  Murphy Creek has multiple sets of tees to play from in order to challenge golfers.  The golf course measures a total of 7,456 yards from the longest tees and has a U. S. Golf Association rating of 75.5.  This means that Murphy Creek plays three strokes harder than the average golf course.   (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Darryl Bolden Jr.)

AURORA, Colo. — A local golfer heads out to the Murphy Creek Golf Course driving range to start his practice session June 19, 2012. Murphy Creek has multiple sets of tees to play from in order to challenge golfers. The golf course measures a total of 7,456 yards from the longest tees and has a U. S. Golf Association rating of 75.5. This means that Murphy Creek plays three strokes harder than the average golf course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Darryl Bolden Jr.)

AURORA, Colo. — Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs journalist, tees up a golf ball on the driving range at Murphy Creek Golf Course June 19, 2012.  The golf course is near Buckley Air Force Base, Colo.  and is approximately 5,800 feet above sea level.  This makes the Murphy Creek golfing experience a unique one at over a mile-high, according to Caine Fitzgerald, an assistant golf pro at the course.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Darryl Bolden Jr.)

AURORA, Colo. — Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs journalist, tees up a golf ball on the driving range at Murphy Creek Golf Course June 19, 2012. The golf course is near Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. and is approximately 5,800 feet above sea level. This makes the Murphy Creek golfing experience a unique one at over a mile-high, according to Caine Fitzgerald, an assistant golf pro at the course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Darryl Bolden Jr.)

AURORA, Colo. — Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs journalist, smashes a ball from the driving range at Murphy Creek Golf Course June 19, 2012.  The golf course has rental clubs available for all players and is a semi-private course that is available to the public.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Darryl Bolden Jr.)

AURORA, Colo. — Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs journalist, smashes a ball from the driving range at Murphy Creek Golf Course June 19, 2012. The golf course has rental clubs available for all players and is a semi-private course that is available to the public. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Darryl Bolden Jr.)

AURORA, Colo. — Airman 1st Class Darryl Bolden Jr., 460th Space Wing Public Affairs photographer, tracks a golf ball hit into the wide-open driving range at Murphy Creek Golf Course June 19, 2012.  The golf course has a lack of trees and is defended primarily by the wind and other hazards, according to Caine Fitzgerald, an assistant golf pro at the course.  Murphy Creek is one of the only links-style courses in the state.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau)

AURORA, Colo. — Airman 1st Class Darryl Bolden Jr., 460th Space Wing Public Affairs photographer, tracks a golf ball hit into the wide-open driving range at Murphy Creek Golf Course June 19, 2012. The golf course has a lack of trees and is defended primarily by the wind and other hazards, according to Caine Fitzgerald, an assistant golf pro at the course. Murphy Creek is one of the only links-style courses in the state. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau)

AURORA, Colo. — Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs journalist, chips out of the bunker at Murphy Creeks Golf Course June 19, 2012.  The golf course offers one of the better practice facilities in all of the state, according to Chris Manning, a golf-shop associate at the course.  The golf course was designed by Ken Kavanaugh and opened to the public in 1999. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Darryl Bolden Jr.)

AURORA, Colo. — Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs journalist, chips out of the bunker at Murphy Creeks Golf Course June 19, 2012. The golf course offers one of the better practice facilities in all of the state, according to Chris Manning, a golf-shop associate at the course. The golf course was designed by Ken Kavanaugh and opened to the public in 1999. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Darryl Bolden Jr.)

AURORA, Colo. — A golf ball sinks into the cup on the green signaling the end to a practice session at Murphy Creek Golf Course.  The links-style course at Murphy Creek is similar to a course that would be seen in Scotland, according to Chris Manning, a golf-shop associate at the course.  Manning went on to add, “it’s just a great golf course.”  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau)

AURORA, Colo. — A golf ball sinks into the cup on the green signaling the end to a practice session at Murphy Creek Golf Course. The links-style course at Murphy Creek is similar to a course that would be seen in Scotland, according to Chris Manning, a golf-shop associate at the course. Manning went on to add, “it’s just a great golf course.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Bored on Buckley? This week we spotlight an opportunity to have a good time outside.

Murphy Creek Golf Course offers individuals a chance to experience one of the only links-style golf courses in all of the state. At Murphy Creek you can either play a round of 18 holes or just hit some balls at the driving range. The golf course hosts weekly leagues and has clubs available for rental.

Murphy Creek is a semi-private golf course that is open to the public. It is just one of a handful of courses in the Aurora area and is a 10 minute drive from Buckley.
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