Golf season in Steamboat Springs expected to be in full swing by the end of the week |

Golf season in Steamboat Springs expected to be in full swing by the end of the week

— With the opening of the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club Monday, and the planned openings of the Haymaker and Catamount Ranch & Club courses later this week, it appears golf season is in full swing in Steamboat Springs.

Area golfers can now choose from all four local courses when making tee times for play. However, the private fairways and greens of the Catamount Ranch & Club are limited to members and guest of members.

“It is a little earlier than the norm for the past 20 years,” said Mike Dunlop, new director of golf at Rollingstone Ranch.

Dunlop said the course normally opens the first week of May. However, the lack of snow this winter and warmer temperatures have allowed the course to open about a week earlier than usual. Dunlop came from another Troon property in California and will be spending his first summer in Steamboat Springs.

But Rollingstone Ranch will not be the only course opening its doors this week. On Thursday, Haymaker is scheduled to open for the 2015 season, and by Saturday, the Catamount Ranch & Club also will be open.

The Steamboat Golf Club, west of Steamboat Springs, was opened the first full week of April thanks to moderate spring temperatures. In fact, all four course directors pointed to the light winter and a series of warm spring days as reasons for the early openings.

Cost to play 18 holes at the Steamboat Golf Club is $45. Golfers can also choose to play nine holes for $31. Electric carts are available for $18 for 18 holes and $13 for nine holes.

Rollingstone Golf Club became the second local course to open for the season Monday. Cost to play that course is $85 for locals before 2 p.m. and $69 later in the afternoon. Non-resident green fees are $105 before 2 p.m. and $79 after.

On Thursday, Haymaker will offer its first rounds of the season. Cost for locals is $62 for 18 holes.

“All 18 holes are open for play, but golfers will need to walk the course at least for the first few days” said Tom Taylor, director of golf. “Our driving range has been open for a while, but it will be nice to get the season rolling.”

Taylor said the Haymaker Patio Grill will be open for limited hours for the first few weeks, but as play on the course picks up, those hours will be increased.

Golfers can still purchase a Haymaker season pass at early discounted rates. The pass is $1,345 through Thursday. On Friday, the price of the pass increases to $1,500.

On Saturday, Catamount Ranch & Club will join the other courses. However, rounds at the private course will be limited to members and their quests.

Luke Bosterhous, who returned to Steamboat Springs to assume the role of director of Golf at Catamount after leaving three years ago, said locals will have several opportunities to play the course this summer during charity events, which include the Sailors Steamboat Shootout June 1, the Ski Town Classic June 13, the Young Life benefit Sept. 10 and the Yampa Valley Fly Fisher Golf/Trout event Sept 13.

“This is on the early side for us to open,” Brosterhous said. “I think the course may have only opened earlier once, or twice.”

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

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