Golf pro to leave course

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— When the golf season comes to an end in Steamboat Springs, so will the run of local golf professional Dennis Johnson.

After 16 years as the head professional at the Steamboat Golf Club, west of Steamboat, Johnson announced earlier this year that this would be his final season.

He said he plans on staying in Steamboat this winter and possibly part of next summer, depending on when his house sells, before moving to Florida with his wife, Mary Beth.

"The time was right for a change," Johnson said.

Johnson moved to Steamboat Springs from Vail in 1987 to take the position as head pro at the club. His latest contract came to an end this summer.

He said the biggest change during his time as head pro was the upgrade of the irrigation system. Ironically, the change came the first year he moved here.

"That was the biggest change we made while I was here," Johnson said. "Before that we had a homemade system that just wasn't getting the job done. After we upgraded, this really became a beautiful golf course."

Johnson said he didn't know when a new head professional would be announced or what his exact plans for the future are.

However, he did say he informed the golf club of his decision in March and several interviews have taken place. He expects the new pro to he hired in the upcoming weeks and to take over once next season starts.

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