Billy Fink hits a ball at the driving range at Haymaker Golf Course a few years ago. The range is expected to open to the public Thursday, if the weather cooperates.

Photo by John F. Russell

Billy Fink hits a ball at the driving range at Haymaker Golf Course a few years ago. The range is expected to open to the public Thursday, if the weather cooperates.

Steamboat's Haymaker Golf Course hopes to open range soon

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— The sky Monday afternoon was dark and imposing, but golfers in Steamboat Springs will be happy to know that the future of Haymaker Golf Course is bright.

Luke Brosterhous, director of golf and instruction at the city-owned course, said the plan is to open the driving range by the end of the week and the 18-hole course by the end of the month.

“Of course, everything this time of year depends on the weather, but hopefully we will be up and running well before Memorial Day,” Brosterhous said.

Brosterhous said the course came through the winter in good shape, but the fairways still have patches of snow and the course needs a few warm days to dry out before it opens. He said he thinks the range will open Thursday, followed by the practice facilities. He said crews are hard at work, and with some help from Mother Nature, the entire course should be open by the end of the month.

Brosterhous said the range’s hours will be from 8 a.m. until dusk every day. The golf shop also will be open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day.

Golfers can buy a small basket of balls (about 35) for $5 or a large basket for $10. Brosterhous said golfers this year will be able to hit off the grass on opening day instead of the mats that have been used in the past.

Brosterhous was cautiously optimistic about the latest storm to roll through the area and said he hopes it will not slow the process of opening the range or the course.

Haymaker is scheduled to host the Season Opener junior skills day May 21 and also will kick off its Junior Chippers program the same day.

The skills day is for players ages 6 to 18 and will include skills challenges designed to introduce young players to the Haymaker’s junior programs. The cost is $35, and it will run from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Haymaker also will open its Junior Chippers program from 11 a.m. until noon that same day. The program, for golfers ages 4 to 6 and their parents, uses age-appropriate equipment and instruction to introduce youngsters to golf. The cost of the class is $25.

Brosterhous said that professionals at Haymaker plan to start private lessons as soon as the range is open and that group lessons and the course’s regular programs will begin in June.

On a side note, the Cobweb Classic, originally scheduled for May 21 and 22, has been pushed back to May 28 and 29.

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