Rollingstone golf club in Steamboat opens front 9 holes

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— Maybe it was fitting.

On Friday, Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club opened its front nine for the first time this season. And snow was falling.

“The sun needs to come out,” Head Professional Brian Thorne said. “Summer can show up anytime. We’re ready for it.”

But the key point is the course — at least the front nine — is open. Thorne said they hope to have the back nine open by Wednesday.

Thorne said despite the long spring, the course came through winter pretty well. Between 50 and 60 elk camped out on the course and did some damage to the fairways, but Thorne said the course is otherwise in good shape. They aeriated later than normal, but Thorne said the greens are ready and the fairways have recovered nicely from the elk.

“It’s actually, all things considered, doing pretty good,” he said.

Rates for locals are $75 for 18 and $65 after 2 p.m., through June 6.

From June 6 to Sept. 11, locals rates will be $125 before 1 p.m., $95 after 1 p.m. and $75 after 3 p.m.

The course will again hold a locals day Tuesdays, when all-day rates will be $75 for 18 holes. New this year, locals can play nine holes after 3 p.m. for $50. Juniors younger than 15 can play for free with a paying adult.

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