Rollingstone golf course offers discounted rates

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— For the next four weeks, local golfers can play Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club at discounted rates.

The course, formerly known as the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Course, announced this week that locals can play at member rates until June 7. Those rates are $75 for 18 holes or $65 for tee times after 2 p.m. The rates include the use of a golf cart.

Starting June 8, Rollingstone greens fees will be $125 for 18 holes. The club also will offer two twilight deals. From 1 to 3 p.m., the cost will be $95. From 3 p.m. to close, the cost drops to $75.

"We've never had any type of a locals rate," said Brian Thorne, Rollingstone's director of golf. "We're doing as much as we can and wanted to get something in there for the locals rate."

Those who choose to take advantage of the rates also will get to see the revamped course, which underwent more than $2.2 million in renovations.

Rollingstone completed 160,000 square feet of fairway leveling, added 9,000 lineal feet of drainage, renovated or added 14 tee boxes and created four tee box options. The course also added a new pump system.

"The biggest thing is, we updated our irrigation system," Thorne said. "It was pieced and patched together and never had a big renovation like we did until now.

"It gives us more watering options. There is much better turf coverage, and we should see some better conditions out there. A lot depends on the weather, but in a typical year, it's more efficient and should help conditions."

Thorne said Rollingstone Ranch is using this season as sort of a grand reopening for the course. Whereas last year construction limited play on some holes, this year Rollingstone Ranch is a full go.

"It was just to cater to the locals a little more," he said. "We wanted to get something in there for them because we'd like to see them out here more."

For more information or to book tee times, call 879-1391.

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