Former Lowry Air Force Base to be Converted into New Golf Venue
A local group of investors, including veteran real estate developer Daren B. Schmidt, have acquired a former military building in Denver’s Lowry neighborhood for the development of The Hangar Club, a best-in-class indoor social golf venue that will feature industry-leading simulators, an interactive putting green, food and beverage, exquisite service, lounge areas, and event space.
Located at 7600 E. First Place in the heart of the former Lowry Air Force Base, the 22,000-square-foot repurposed hangar-like structure was built in 1942 and features vast amounts of natural light and open space due to the expansive steel beams and windows used in the building’s original construction.
“The building is an iconic structure dating back to World War II and its uniqueness provides the perfect opportunity to align social, golf and community to create and bring to Lowry and the surrounding neighborhoods an upscale indoor golf entertainment facility,” said Daren B. Schmidt, veteran real estate developer and cofounder of The Hangar Club. “With golf’s resurgence and the remote, work-from-anywhere movement, The Hangar Club will combine an indoor golf experience that is second-to-none with private event space, seamlessly integrating work and play.”
Roger Brown with the Adair Group, Inc. is one of The Hangar Club’s founding partners and will be performing all of the construction. The architect is Swan Dive Design Studio, Aleksandra Kaplan and Amanda Arguello.
The Hangar Club will include 10 individual TrackMan simulators featuring iconic golf courses, a 750-square-foot interactive putting green by PuttView, a central bar for craft cocktails, beer, wine and appetizers with service to each simulator, multiple lounge areas to watch sporting events or work, and private conference rooms and event space. The venue can also be rented partially or entirely for private and corporate events.
“We’re focused on offering an elevated atmosphere for avid and casual golfers alike, and executives and professionals who are looking for a work experience not available anywhere else,” added James Love, former PGA TOUR Canada pro and The Hangar Club cofounder. “The time and equipment golf requires has historically impeded the game’s growth and appeal, but indoor golf facilities have helped to solve that problem, and The Hangar Club’s dedicated spaces to meet and work will provide a differentiated experience for all.”
The facility’s golf component will extend beyond just recreational use. Professional lessons, leagues, club fittings, manufacturer demo days and space for high school and college golf teams to practice will also be offered.
“Our group has acquired a pristine piece of real estate for The Hangar Club to call home thanks to Denny Coughlin and the entire team at Coughlin & Company,” added Schmidt. “Repurposed to the highest standard, the building and property have been impeccably maintained. Denny and the Coughlin & Company team have been true stewards of this historical building.”
The buildout of the space is expected to begin in August, with a targeted opening date in the first quarter of 2023.