Area courses to open

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The Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club will be the third area course to open for the season when it allows golfers to start playing the front nine Friday.

"We are 98-percent sure that we will open for the season," pro Gary Crawford said on Wednesday.

Crawford said golfers would be allowed on the course's front nine starting on Friday. Golfers will have to walk the opening weekend, but will be rewarded with reduced rates.

The cost to play nine holes will be $40. Crawford said that golfers can also play the front nine twice for $60.

The club will allow carts starting on Monday. The cost to ride for nine holes will be $50 or $75 for 18 holes (the front nine twice).

If the weather remains warm and dry, the back nine could open by late next week, Crawford said.

Early-season rates would remain in effect until June 2. After that date, the cost will go up to $130 for 18 holes before 3 p.m.

After 3 p.m., golfers can play the course for $95.

Because of this year's wet spring weather, area golf courses are behind schedule for opening. The Steamboat Golf Club opened in late April and the Haymaker was scheduled to open today. The only other course in the valley, the Catamount Ranch and Club, is also scheduled to open today.

Catamount is a private club east of Steamboat Springs. The only way to play the course is to be a member or be sponsored by a member.


--To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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