Save on early golf passes

Haymaker sales start April 7

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— The 2008 golf season at Haymaker Golf Course still is several feet of snow and more than a few warm spring days away, according to director of golf Hank Franks.

But the time to start thinking about golf has arrived for Routt County residents who want to save money on Haymaker resident golf passes. Resident passes go on sale April 7 at the Parks, Open Space & Recreational Services offices, 245 Howelsen Parkway. Golfers can save $200 on an adult season pass and the spouse add-on pass by purchasing before April 30. The cost for the season pass is $975, up $25 from last season. The spouse add-on pass is $800 when purchased along with an adult season pass.

There are no early price breaks for the resident punch card (20 nine-hole rounds or 10 18-hole rounds) that is offered for $415, the junior season pass that is offered for $300 or the junior add-on pass, which sells for $175 with the purchase of an adult season pass. The resident punch cards also include a $25 pro shop gift certificate.

The passes can be purchased starting at 8 a.m. weekdays through April 18. Beginning April 21, the passes will be offered seven days a week at the Haymaker pro shop, 34855 U.S. Highway 40.

"The rates did go up slightly," said John Vanderbloemen, chairman of the Haymaker Golf Management Committee. "But it's truly a great value the way I look at it."

Franks wasn't ready to make any predictions on when the city-owned course will open, but he said the record snowfall this winter is expected to delay things.

"I can't say when we will open for sure, but our May 1 opening is unrealistic," Franks said.

The course is covered with several feet of snow. Franks said it is going to take some time for that snow to melt, and for standing water to drain off the greens and fairways.

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