Finding quiet solitude at the Broadmoor Golf Club 

click to enlarge Rolling the 18th green of the East Course at sunrise. - SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
  • Rolling the 18th green of the East Course at sunrise.
For the last seven years I’ve worked at the Broadmoor Golf Club as a starter marshall.

A starter marshall is like an air traffic controller for a golf course. We make sure that golfers tee off at the correct time and that they play the course in the allotted amount of time. For 18 holes, it’s four and 1/2 hours.

This year, the Broadmoor Resort is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary and hosting the USGA Senior Open later this month. The golf club will be deluged with professional golfers and fans from all over country.

The USGA is responsible for running the tournament, so I won’t be needed for that — and I won’t mind. I'll spend time with my kids, shooting weddings and looking forward to a time when the golf course is quiet again.

The Broadmoor golf courses are carefully and lovingly tended to. As one of my golf professional friends likes to say, “it’s babied.” And he’s right, it is. And it has a beauty that I continue to enjoy when I work there.

In the mornings, before everyone has arrived, the courses are filled with a quiet solitude that's refreshing for the soul. Later in the evenings, after everyone is gone, the wildlife comes out to enjoy the apple trees and native grasses.

I get to see a side of this spectacularly manicured landscape that no one else gets to see, and that’s what makes the job so special.

Here are a few photographs of the from the club, taken with my iPhone. The golf club has three courses, although one is currently closed for repairs.

Sean Cayton is a wedding photojournalist of 19 years and operates a successful, award-winning wedding photography studio in Colorado Springs. He's also an award-winning photojournalist. Sean is happily married to the love of his life (also his business partner) and is father to three beautiful children. When he’s not working, Sean can be found outside flying kites with his kids, hitting golf balls or casting a fly rod to hungry trout.


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