Photo by Matt Stensland
Steamboat Golf Club superintendent Andy Keyek uses a dethatcher to remove dead grass from the course Wednesday morning. The course opens Saturday. "It came out of winter alright," Keyek said about the course.
Updated April 24, 2009 at noon
Steamboat Springs Editor's Note: This story has been changed from its original version, to show correct early season rates at Steamboat Golf Club.
For eager golf enthusiasts, the time is here.
The recent bout of warm temperatures, bluebird skies and pristine melting conditions has local area courses right on track to open on time.
Steamboat Golf Club is slated to open at 10 a.m. Saturday, with a full nine holes ready to play.
Although there is some snow on the back end of the course, General Manager Wayne Garrison said Wednesday that the course will be a full go by Saturday.
"The course will be ready for play on Saturday," he said. "We're starting to take tee times. I think the course weathered well. It's still wet in a few places, but I think it's going to be very playable."
Early season rates for the Steamboat Golf Club - which should run until the middle of June - are $20 for nine holes and $28 for 18. Garrison said there still are season memberships available and the course will have 10-play punch cards, as well as specials.
"There is a little bit of snow, but it will be gone by Saturday," he said. "We're already filling up for Saturday on tee times."
Although Haymaker Golf Club and Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club aren't quite ready for regular play yet, with the way the snow has been melting, both courses are looking for an early- to mid-May opening.
"We're still looking at the first week in May," said Brian Thorne, Rollingstone's director of golf. "A lot will depend on what happens next week with the weather. But it's melting really well. The course is still wet with the runoff, but it's good to see the snow going."
Hank Franks, the director of golf at Haymaker, said they're also shooting to open in May.
But with the recent weather and melting, Franks said there is a chance that the driving range, putting green and practice area could be open as early as today or Saturday.
"Weather permitting," he said, "hopefully sometime this weekend."