Wes Nelson, left, and Ted Leonhardt make their way down the second fairway Wednesday at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The course opened for business Tuesday, signaling the beginning of another season on the links in Craig.

Photo by Hans Hallgren

Wes Nelson, left, and Ted Leonhardt make their way down the second fairway Wednesday at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The course opened for business Tuesday, signaling the beginning of another season on the links in Craig.

Yampa Valley Golf Course opens

Steamboat Springs courses aiming for openings in late April, early May

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2009 Haymaker rates

Individual season pass - $1,025 through April 30

Spouse add-on - $850

Junior add-on - $175

Junior pass - $300

Punch cards - $435 for 20 nine-hole rounds or 10 18-hole rounds

Daily resident fee - $48 for 18 and $31 for nine

Non-resident rates - $98 for 18 and $58 for nine (June 12 to Sept. 13), $69 for 18 and $45 for nine (opening day-June 11 and Sept. 14 to close).

— Those eager to get out and play some golf are in luck.

The Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig opened Tuesday and was ready for cart use Wednesday.

"It came out real well from the winter," Director of Golf Brett Etzler said. "The greens are in great shape. Everything came out real well."

Etzler said the course is running a special for Steamboat Springs residents. Ten rounds of golf can be purchased for $300. The punch cards are interchangeable and on sale until April 30.

"We're excited," Etzler said. "The main thing is the special and that we're open."

To play 18 holes costs $36, and nine holes costs $24. Carts cost $14 per person for 18 holes and $7 per person for nine.

In Steamboat, local courses are still waiting for the snow to melt.

Brian Thorne, director of golf at Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club, said they are shooting for a May 1 opening. He said course officials are considering an early-season special for residents.

The Steamboat Golf Club anticipates opening by the middle of April.

"We are hoping at this point, with the way the snow is going and assuming we don't get March and April blizzards, that we stand a pretty good chance of opening mid-April," said Larry Covillo, vice president of the board at Steamboat Golf Club.

Wayne Garrison, manager of the Steamboat Golf Club, seconded that the course is shooting for an April 11 open date, weather permitting.

At the Haymaker Golf Course, plans are to open the first week of May.

"Historically speaking, it's usually around May 1," Haymaker Director of Golf Hank Franks said. "It's usually always sometime around the first of May."

Haymaker Golf Course Superintendent Bill Whelihan said that although much of the snow has melted, the only part of the course visible is a small parcel on hole No. 13. Other than that, Whelihan said, there still is probably two feet of snow covering the course.

"It's about what's going to happen at the end of April," Whelihan said. "We still got a lot of snow."

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