Friday, May 23, 2008

Steamboat Golf Courses' Opening Soon

Golf courses ready to tee off
By Luke Graham (Contact) - Steamboat Pilot & TODAY Reporter
Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Steamboat Golf Rates

Steamboat Golf Club
9 holes — $26; 18 holes — $36

Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club

9-hole rate until June 8 — $70 with a cart; twilight after 2 p.m. — $55

Haymaker Golf Course (resident rates)
9 holes — $29; 18 holes — $45; twilight after 3 p.m. — $34

Steamboat Springs — Aided by the recent surge of warm weather and blue skies, all three Steamboat Springs public golf courses are expected to be open by the end of the week.

While the Steamboat Golf Club has been open since May 4, Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club — formerly the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Course — is set to open Friday, and Haymaker Golf Course is scheduled to open Thursday.

“It’s emerald green right now. It is pristine right now,” said Hank Franks, Haymaker’s director of golf. “It’s a little soft, but it’s in pristine shape. (Golf course superintendent) Bill Whelihan and his staff have just done a tremendous job.”

All of Haymaker’s amenities will open Thursday, including all practice facilities and the Staxx restaurant.

Thursday also will be the first day tee times will be accepted at Haymaker. Tee times can be made by visiting the course or going to

Because of construction and some weather issues, Rol­lingstone Ranch Golf Club will have only the front nine open Friday.

Director of Golf Brian Thorne said weather permitting, the back nine will open soon. He also reminded golfers that because of construction this summer, the course will have only 17 holes open at any given time.

“Other than that, it’s green and in great shape,” Thorne said.

Wayne Garrison, manager of Steamboat Golf Club, said while the other area courses have been battling the fruits of a record-setting winter, his course has been open and in great shape.

“It’s a compliment to our new course superintendent, Andy Keyek,” Garrison said. “They’ve done an absolutely great job of getting the course open.”

Golfers with questions can call Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club at 879-1391, Haymaker Golf Course at 870-1846 or the Steamboat Golf Club at 879-4295.

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