Manager finds new home at golf club

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— On Wednesday, Wayne Garrison looked like a man still trying to adjust to his surroundings.

"Sure, I'll hold," he told the computer technician he was speaking to on a cordless phone.

Meanwhile, he continued to fiddle with wires and the connections of his computer, hoping to discover why his high-speed Internet was stalled in cyberspace.

But Garrison didn't pause for long, and soon, he had turned his attention from the computer connections to helping a club member who is sponsoring a benefit for Brian Houston's family at the course. The phone on his ear also didn't stop him from reflecting on why he is excited to be back in Steamboat Springs.

"We lived here for 13 years," Garrison said. "This job is a great opportunity to come back to Steamboat in the summer and escape the heat in Arizona."

It is clear that the longtime business owner and Steamboat resident already is at home as the manager of the Steamboat Golf Club, even though it might seem as though he's still moving in at times.

"Wayne brings a level of professionalism to our golf course that we need," said Jim Denton, president of the board for the Steamboat Golf Club. "He's a good business man, and he has the skills we need to be successful."

Garrison was named the course's new manager earlier this year and began working at the course when it opened April 19.

He replaces Scott Matthews, who departed in the off-season after managing the course for the past three seasons.

Matthews has moved on to the Haymaker Golf Course, where he will work as an associate professional and continue to pursue his ambitions to become a fully certified teaching professional.

Garrison will handle the day-to-day golf operations and pro shop, while his wife, Jane, takes care of things behind the counter at the 9-hole course's bar and restaurant.

"They are giving me a chance to take the club in a new direction," Garrison said. "It's my goal to create more of a club atmosphere with social events, and family and couples golf outings."

The Steamboat Golf Club was founded in 1964 by a group of private investors who wanted to bring golf to the area.

Several other courses have been added in the Steamboat area since then, but the Steamboat Golf Club has been able to survive by finding its niche.

The course is owned by its members, but allows public play throughout the summer.

The course was the first to open this season and was busy Wednesday afternoon.

The Garrisons, who owned and operated the Snow Bowl from 1990 to 2003, arrived in town just a few days before the course opened. Denton said Garrison impressed him when Garrison worked at the Steamboat Golf Club in 2004. Garrison also worked at a golf club in Arizona City, Ariz., last summer.

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

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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