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Take to the links, Steamboat style

Yampa Valley offers challenging courses wth beautiful views

Scott Stanford

The view from the 12th tee at Catamount Ranch and Club in Steamboat Springs.

— Want to add 20 yards to your game? Golf Steamboat, where the elevation will do more to carry your ball than anything in your bag.

If you brought your clubs, there is a mix of private and public golf options in the Yampa Valley:

Haymaker Golf Course: This city-owned, links-style golf course plays anywhere from 5,059 to 7,308 yards. Green fees for 18 holes range from $54 in the off-season to $96 in peak season. Twilight and 9-hole rates are available. Call 879-1846 or visit haymakergolf.com.

Catamount Ranch & Club: This 7,000-yard course on the east entrance to Steamboat Springs was designed by Tom Weiskopf and offers stunning scenery of the Yampa Valley. The private course is open to members and their guests. Call 871-9200 or visit catamountranchclub.com.

Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club: Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club, formerly the Steamboat Sheraton Golf Course, is open to members and the public. The course is off of Steamboat’s Clubhouse Drive near Mount Werner. Fish Creek meanders through the course. Public fees for 18 holes range from $85 in the off-season to $125 during peak season. Guests of the Steamboat Sheraton receive discounted rates. The par 72 course is 6,800 yards. Call 879-1391 or visit rollingstoneranchgolf.com.

Steamboat Golf Club: Steamboat Golf Club, just west of Steamboat Springs, is a 9-hole course with challenging, tight fairways. The cost is $39 to play 18 holes or $29 for nine. Call 879-4295 or visit steamboatgolfclub.com.

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Yampa Valley Golf Course: Yampa Valley Golf course is a half hour west of Steamboat Springs in Craig. The 18-hole course is 6,500 yards from the tips. It is the most affordable golf option in the valley, with $36 green fees for 18 holes. Call 824-3673 or visit yampavalleygolf.com.