On the Job With Castle Pines Golf Club’s Head Golf Professional

Drew Parr, the head golf pro at Castle Pines Golf Club, strives to provide the best day of golf in America.

Drew Parr
Photo by Jake Holschuh.

The best way to approach golf, according to Castle Pines Golf Club head pro Drew Parr, is in full swing. When he first got into the game in high school, he didn’t just take lessons—he started competing, igniting both a lifelong passion and a golfing career. After honing his skills at Penn State’s Golf Management program and serving as an assistant pro at several East Coast clubs, Parr began a new chapter in Colorado at Castle Pines Golf Club. With the club poised to host one of the PGA Tour’s premier events, the 2024 BMW Championship, this August, we joined Parr on the course for a closer look at the man whose name seems tailor-made for the game.

What does your role as head pro at Castle Pines Golf Club entail?
“I oversee all our golf operations. It’s a forward- facing job, and our team’s primary focus is to deliver the club’s vision of providing ‘the best day of golf in America’ to all members and guests. It’s a slogan that we live and die by here. We also have some unofficial terminology we use often: ‘We treat our members like family and our guests like members.’”

Tell us more about the upcoming BMW Championship at Castle Pines.
“We are very excited to host the 2024 BMW Championship, as it has been an 18-year drought since the club last hosted a tour event. When we hosted the International Tournament from 1986–2006, it was the first tour event that conducted a Stableford format and the first purse over a million dollars. It will be exciting to see how the course plays for a stroke play event for the top 50 players in the world this summer.”

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What is your favorite hole on the Castle Pines course?
“The short answer is all of them! However, I am partial to Hole 14. When you stand on the tee, you have this beautiful landscape of the tall pines lining the fairway and the majestic view of the mountains in the background. There is a water feature that runs across the approach to the hole, making it a fun risk-reward hole. If you hit a good drive, most players are able to challenge the green on the second shot. I must say, it requires two really good shots to give yourself an opportunity at a potential eagle.”

How does Colorado’s high elevation and dynamic weather impact our golf scene?
“We are at 6,305 feet, so the ball travels much further, which I love. Colorado weather is also difficult to predict. If the wind is high, it becomes very challenging. When the wind lays down, the course can have a bit more softness to it.”

Do you have any tips for improving your game?
“Most golfers could improve by simply evaluating some fundamentals of the game. I tend to look at a player’s PGA—posture, grip, and alignment—for starters, as most bad habits can be corrected through these avenues. I try to keep the game as simple and relatable as I can for students to enhance their results.”