Best of the Boat: Haymaker wins best golf course |

Best of the Boat: Haymaker wins best golf course

Haymaker Golf Course pro Tom Taylor
Mackenzie Yelvington

— Nestled in the valley with amazing views at every turn, it’s not hard to imagine why 18-hole Haymaker Golf Course aced the Best of the Boat’s golf category. Although there are other great courses in town, its location allows for long fairways and challenging holes combined with vistas and wildlife viewing.

“It’s a fun course to play no matter what level you are,” course pro Tom Taylor says. He adds that one of the course’s top priorities is to provide residents with opportunities to play. A range of fee options caters to different schedules and budgets that appeal to visitors and locals alike.

Owned by the city, Haymaker is the home course for the Steamboat Springs High School golf team and hosts many programs that help golfers of all ages improve and enjoy the sport. This past year, Haymaker held successful junior’s, women’s and men’s clinics and programs, and for the past three years it’s partnered with the Boys & Girls Club by offering five weeks of lessons at no charge.

More than local golfers are fans of its fairways, which play anywhere from 5,059 to 7,308 yards. It was given four stars by Golf Digest in 2012 and ranked sixth in Colorado for Golf Week’s Best Courses You Can Play. It also was one of the first golf courses in Colorado to achieve Audubon International certification for its preservation efforts. Players will notice wildlife-sensitive areas where extra caution is requested, and may see wildlife; a family of sandhill cranes and deer both called Haymaker home this year.

Players may also see something even rarer: holes-in-one. According to Taylor, par-three hole number 7 sees the most as it’s perfect for using shorter clubs to drive the green. By the end of September, the hole had seen six aces this season alone. (Taylor says to watch for when the pin placement is on the right side of the green — it creates a bowl that sweeps balls into the cup.) 

Aces or not, with great views, fun, challenging holes and a knowledgeable staff that truly wants you to enjoy the game, Haymaker offers more than a great round of golf. It serves up yet another way to enjoy Steamboat sans snow.

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