Craig youth Cort Murphy, 3, tees off on the 10th hole at the Yampa Valley Golf Course on April 14 in Craig. While no golf courses are open yet in Steamboat Springs, there are other options for local golf enthusiasts.

Photo by John Vandelinder

Craig youth Cort Murphy, 3, tees off on the 10th hole at the Yampa Valley Golf Course on April 14 in Craig. While no golf courses are open yet in Steamboat Springs, there are other options for local golf enthusiasts.

Golf course openings delayed

Lingering snow hinders start to Steamboat season

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— A record-setting winter has led to a headache start of the local golf season.

While Steamboat has enjoyed warm weather during the past week or two, the almost 500 inches of snow that fell on Mount Werner and surrounding areas has delayed the start of golf season at Steamboat's three public and semi-private courses.

Haymaker, Steamboat Golf Club and Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club (formerly the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club) are on course to open later than in previous years.

"Not a clue," Haymaker director of golf Hank Franks said when asked when the city-owned links-style course will open. "We can't even look at making a decision until the snow melts."

Franks said when the snow does melt, crews still will have two to three weeks of maintenance on the course before players can get out.

At the Steamboat Golf Club, board vice president Larry Covillo said they are anticipating a May 2 opening, with the potential to open even earlier.

"There may be a chance we get open a little before that with the way the weather has been," Covillo said, noting interested golfers should check the course's answering machine by calling 879-4295 for updates.

The Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club, which will undergo construction throughout the 2008 season, does not list when it plans to open.

Courses in Craig, Rifle and Rangely already are open.

There's also the option of Golf Etc., located in Central Park Plaza. Owner Blake Stansbery said he's had a consistent flow of golfers to his state-of-the-art simulator. Stansbery, who also does club fitting and has retail items in his shop, said people interested in playing nine holes, 18 holes or who just want to practice for an hour can call Golf Etc. at 879-8072. He encourages people to book sessions ahead of time.

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