Local golf course openings
- The Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club has opened its front nine. Director of Golf Brian Thorne is hopeful the back nine will open within the next week. Call 879-1391 for rates and tee times.
- Haymaker Golf Course is scheduled to open Friday. Non-resident rates are $69 for 18 holes and $45 for nine. Resident rates are $48 for 18 holes and $31 for nine. Call 870-1846 for more information or tee times.
- The Steamboat Golf Club opened April 25. Early season rates are $20 for nine holes and $28 for 18. For more information or to make a tee time, call 879-4295.
- Catamount Ranch & Golf Club opens Saturday. The driving range is open. The course is private.
Steamboat Springs For the second consecutive year, Catamount Ranch & Golf Club has been ranked among the top 10 golf courses in the state.
The May issue of Golf Digest magazine ranks the top 100 courses in the nation as well as top 20 by state. The magazine pegged Catamount as the No. 8 course in Colorado. Last year Catamount checked in at No. 10.
"It's great for our membership. It's great to say we're a top 10 club," Catamount Director of Golf Chris Nachtweih said. "It's just that type of facility. It verifies everything we're doing right."
Golf Digest has more than 900 golf course ranking panelists. The panelists rank courses in seven categories, using a scale of 1 to 10. Those seven categories are shot value, resistance to scoring, design variety, memorability, aesthetics, condition and overall ambiance.
Nachtweih thinks Catamount got the recognition for what he calls the "Catamount experience." He said the club prides itself on not just being one of the best courses in the area, but being the best private club in the state.
"It's always nice to climb in the rankings once you're an established course," he said. "Usually as new courses open up, you find yourself slipping."
The Country Club at Castle Pines in Castle Rock was ranked first, Cherry Hills Country Club in Englewood was second, and the Sanctuary Golf Course in Sedalia was third.
"It would be nice to move up - we'd love to," Nachtweih said. "There is a lot of great golf courses, but we'd love to move up."