If the weather cooperates, golf could return to the Steamboat Springs area as early as Saturday.
"Things are looking great," Steamboat Golf Club Manager Scott Matthews said. "Tom Houk has done a great job getting the course into shape, and we should be ready to go this Saturday, weather permitting."
The nine-hole, member-owned course west of Steamboat typically is the first course in the area to open each spring. Matthews said Saturday's opening would be one of the earliest in the course's history -- but not the earliest. Several years ago, the course opened March 27.
Golfers will notice a few changes when they arrive at the course this spring. Gone is the old clubhouse and in its place is a new one, which will house the course's operations, a pro shop and a restaurant.
Unfortunately, the new clubhouse will not open until mid-April. Until then, the course will be operated out of a temperory trailer -- complete with the basics such as golf balls, tees and beverages. The trailer also will house the club's basic operations.
Matthews is hoping to be moved into the clubhouse by April 15 and to hold a grand opening for the facility in May, possibly in conjunction with the annual Founder's Day Tournament.
The cost to play the course is $22 for nine-holes, and $33 for 18-holes (twice around the course).
The course was scheduled to open for members Tuesday and to the public Wednesday. But Matthews said the warm weather has allowed the club to open earlier. He said that Tuesday would be reserved for the 140 members of the club, however.
Golfers can call for reservations beginning Friday at 879-4295.