About the course
Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the course has 110 acres of manicured turf and 45 acres of native grasses. The greens are constructed to USGA standards with A-1 bentgrass surfaces. Kentucky Bluegrass carpets the tees, fairways and roughs. Robert Trent Jones, Jr. has not disappointed in his consideration of all players. Men will have their choice of challenge from either the Black, Gold or White teeing areas. From the Red or White tees, women will enjoy the excellent conditions, generous fairways and receptive greens.
The course also features a 13 acre Practice Facility with a course condition practice green, two bunkers, short game area and 300 yard driving range provide golfers an excellent opportunity to improve their game.
What Once Was, Is No More
Three Crowns Golf Club resides in the Platte River Commons, formerly known as the Amoco Refinery. The refinery was first operated by Midwest Refining Company in 1913, to process petroleum from the Salt Creek Field, located about forty-five miles north of Casper. In 1923, the Salt Creek Field peaked at 100,000 barrels per day. Standard Oil of Indiana took controlling interest and invested $10 million to expand it. In 1941, refining was modified to supply the military with fuel oil, toluene for explosives and aviation fuel. In 1953, the refinery began making commercial aviation fuel and increased the octane of motor gasoline. Standard Oil’s Refinery was said to be the largest plant in the world for volume of gasoline produced (615,000 gallons per month). At the height of production, 48,000 barrels of oil were processed, and the refinery employed approximately 750 people. The former Amoco Refinery, located on the western side of Casper, was the lifeblood of the community’s economy for over 60 years, since its beginnings in the early 1900’s. It provided thousands of well-paying jobs and refined petroleum products to Casper and the nation. The refinery process area occupied approximately 340 acres, which was supported by a tank farm, to the north, of approximately 700 acres.
Beginning in 1981, prior to the time of the refinery shutdown, Amoco began to implement a plan to clean up the site and prevent the underground flow of contamination. It did so by installing several groundwater recovery wells and accompanying pumps. Around 120 recovery wells have been installed within the golf course and along the barrier wall. These wells pump groundwater out at a rate of 700 gallons per minute. The oil and other chemicals are then separated through a series of filtering wetlands, which serve as water hazards on the golf course.