Steamboat Golf Club Superintendent Andy Keyek mows the No. 9 green Wednesday afternoon at the west Steamboat Springs golf course. The course is scheduled to open for the season Thursday morning.

Photo by John F. Russell

Steamboat Golf Club Superintendent Andy Keyek mows the No. 9 green Wednesday afternoon at the west Steamboat Springs golf course. The course is scheduled to open for the season Thursday morning.

Golf openings on the horizon in Steamboat

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— As Steamboat Ski Area battles to stay open, local golf courses are prepping to open in record time.

Steamboat Golf Club officials announced Tuesday that the course would open Thursday, the earliest opening in its history.

The course ushered off its first golfers at 10 a.m. Thursday, just in time to collect a few ski runs on Mount Werner in the afternoon. Early-season fees are $29 for nine holes and $40 for 18 holes, or $16 for nine holes and $27 for 18 holes for juniors 18 and younger. Call 970-879-4295 for tee times.

Rollingstone on track

With the way things turned out last year — the lost month at the beginning of the season and the lost two weeks in September — Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club Director of Golf Brian Thorne is ready for a full season.

“Our season is short enough,” Thorne said. “It’ll be nice to have a full summer.”

Thorne said the course is scheduled to open all 18 holes April 30. He said there is a possibility that the course could open earlier depending on weather the rest of the month.

Thorne said the April 30 date would mark the earliest opening since he arrived in 2005.

“It came through really well. Our greens look good,” Thorne said. “The golf course looks really, really good right now.”

Whereas last year there were 3 feet of snow on the course near the mountain, Thorne said Rollingstone is 90 percent clear.

Early-season resident rates are $75 for 18 holes and $65 after 2 p.m. through June 4. Early-season nonresident rates are $95 for 18 and $75 after 2 p.m. The course also is implementing the Troon Family Golf Program, which allows children ages 15 and younger play for free with a playing adult after 3 p.m. The cost is $50 for nine holes for the playing adult, and junior clubs are available.

Haymaker up in the air

At this time last year, Haymaker Golf Course had 18 inches of snow on it. As of Wednesday, there was none.

Still, Haymaker officials weren’t ready to say when the course might be open.

Superintendent Bill Whelihan said they still were evaluating when the course might be ready. He said the Haymaker Golf Committee is meeting April 11 and should have a better timetable.

The course usually shoots for May 1.

“This year, we’re looking pretty rosy for that,” he said.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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