Golfers take final swings of season

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— Last week's wet, snowy weather kept golfers off area courses, but Steamboat Golf Club manager Wayne Garrison reminds players there are still a few weeks left in the season.

"It's day-to-day and probably will be for the rest of the season," Garrison said. "Last year, we were open until Nov. 19 and if weather permits I guess we could stay open until the end of November."

Garrison said last week's chilly weather, and the snow-covered slopes of Mount Werner that are visible from just about every fairway on the course, serve as a reminder that the golf season is winding down.

On the other side of town, superintendent Bill Whelihan of the Haymaker Golf Course wasn't sure about the fate of the city course, which was scheduled to be open until Nov. 5.

Monday morning, the course had 4 to 6 inches of snow on fairways.

Whelihan said once the snow melts it will take four to five days for the course to dry out for play.

"I don't really see it opening again until Saturday," Whelihan said. "If that's the case we basically have one week left of play."

Assistant professional Tim Fuhrer said there is a possibility that the range might re-open sooner. He suggests calling the pro shop (870-1846) first to make sure the range is open. The clubhouse will remain open through Nov.5.

Sunday officially marked the end of the season for The Sheraton and Catamount Ranch & Club.

Another option for local golfers is the Yampa Valley Golf Course just down the road in Craig.

Professional Chuck Cobb said business has been steady the past couple of weeks and that many golfers from Steamboat are making the 45-minute drive to play his course.

"I would say three-quarters of the play (Sunday) were people from Steamboat Springs," Cobb said. "The course is in great shape and we should have a couple more weeks."

Cobb said the course is also on a day-to-day basis with the weather playing a key role. He expects to be open through the first part of November and said the fairways and greens will remain open as long as possible, without damaging the course.

"Last year we were open on Nov. 25," Cobb said. "I guess we will just have to see what this fall is like."

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