Course openings swing season into gear

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— The golf season is set to swing into high gear during the next few weeks as Haymaker, the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Resort and Catamount Ranch & Club look forward to planned openings.

Both the Haymaker and Sheraton will open for the season on May 1. Haymaker's driving range and pro shop are already open for the season and, if weather permits, will add 18 holes to the mix Tuesday morning. Once the course opens, Routt County residents can play 18 holes for $44 or nine holes for $28. In order to qualify as a Routt County resident, golfers must have a valid Routt County driver's license or own property in the county.

Just up the road, the Sheraton is also gearing up for a new season. Director of Golf Brian Thorne expects the front nine to be the first to open. With a little warm, dry weather, the back nine shouldn't be too far behind.

Thorne said the course would offer an early season discounted rate of $75 for nine holes and a cart. Once the back nine opens the rate will increase to $95 for 18 with a cart. Those rates will continue through June 6, at which time the course will move into its regular season rates.

Jim Miller, the director of golf at the Catamount Ranch & Club, said his course came through the winter in terrific shape and should be open to its members by May 12. The 18-hole private course offers play to members and guests. It also hosts charity events during the course of the summer.

"We would love to open the season with mid-season conditions," superintendent Lenny Kline said. "If we can get some warmer weather, we should be in terrific shape this year."

-To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steramboatpilot.com

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