Longtime Steamboat Golf Club member and volunteer Blaze Arigo cleans up branches at the golf course west of Steamboat Springs on Thursday afternoon. The 9-hole course is planning to open Saturday morning if the weather cooperates.

Photo by John F. Russell

Longtime Steamboat Golf Club member and volunteer Blaze Arigo cleans up branches at the golf course west of Steamboat Springs on Thursday afternoon. The 9-hole course is planning to open Saturday morning if the weather cooperates.

Steamboat Golf Club ready to open for the season

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— One season will come to a close this weekend, but another will just be teeing off in Steamboat Springs.

“The novelty of skiing and playing golf in the same afternoon in the Yampa Valley is always a big draw,” Steamboat Golf Club Manager Seann Conway said. “Craig has been open intermittently, and I’m sure that will happen to us, too, but weather permitting we will be open from now to Closing Day.”

Conway said the course came through the winter well, and with the exception of a few snowy patches, the course is pretty much open.

“It’s early spring conditions,” Conway said. “There will be some wet spots and some standing snow in the non-playable areas.”

Conway said the Steamboat Golf Club will open Saturday at 10 a.m. and will remain open — weather permitting — for the rest of what he is hoping will be a historic season for the course that opened in 1964.

“We are looking forward to continuing the tradition as we celebrate our 50th anniversary this year,” Conway said. “We plan, as I mentioned, to keep the tradition going, allowing the residents and people we serve to enjoy a comfortable and friendly round of golf.”

Conway said new course superintendent Jason Rivera has been hard at work getting things ready for the opening day and said the staff is anticipating a very successful season with fantastic playing conditions.

Golfers who get out on the course this weekend also will enjoy special early season rates that include a nine-hole round for $25 and 18-hole round for $40. The regular season rates will go into effect Monday with the cost increasing to $31 for nine holes, and $45 for 18 holes. Conway said the course would continue to offer a punch card that allows regulars to save a few dollars.

The $199 punch card allows golfers to play 10, nine-hole rounds. The card can be refilled throughout the season for another $199. After May 15, the cost of the card will increase to $239.

Juniors also are welcome on the course. Players younger than 18 will pay $16 for nine holes or $28 for 18. Those rates will be in effect all season.

Golfers can call the pro shop at 970-879-4295 to reserve tee times for this weekend or next week and can check out the website at www.steamboatgolfclub.com for more information.

The snack bar also will be open the first few weeks of the season offering golfers light snacks and beverages. Conway said the grill should be open within a few weeks and will offer a full menu.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966

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