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Golfers swing into season as Rollingstone, Haymaker announce opening plans

Steamboat Springs resident Scott Ptach warms up on the driving range at Haymaker last season. The range is set to open Wednesday.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The menu of items available to golfers hungry to get back on the courses in Steamboat Springs will grow in the next several days as Haymaker Golf Course and Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club prepare to open for the season.

In an email blast sent out last weekend, Haymaker's new professional Cody Hasten announced that the practice facility — including the driving range, chipping and putting greens — will open on Wednesday. Shop hours will also be extended to 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. He also announced that the course will be open for play May 10.

"The course came out of winter really well and is looking really good," Hasten said. "We are excited to see the season start, and I'm excited to be able to see some of the golfers out here now."

Hasten, who is in his first year as head professional at Haymaker, said that the May 10 opening is pretty typical for Haymaker, which was built 21 years ago. Last year, the course opened April 20, which is its earliest opening to date.

"Last year was the earliest opening day that we have ever had," Hasten said. "This opening is right in line with a typical opening day."

Golfers will pay $79 for 18 holes or $55 to play nine holes during the early season, which ends June 2. For a complete list of greens fees, visit haymakergolf.com. Hasten said season passes are on sale now, and punch passes will be on sale on opening day. Season passes are $1,395 for just golf or $2,495 for golf, driving range and cart for the season. Punch passes will cost $560 for ten, 18-hole rounds.

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Rollingstone Ranch plans to open for the season Friday, according to Director of Golf James McDougall. He said season passes are also available at the semi-private course located at 1230 Steamboat Blvd., near the base of Steamboat Ski Area. Golfers will pay $85 for 18 holes and a cart during the early season. McDougall plans to offer that same rate to Steamboat residents on Tuesdays throughout the summer.  

A season pass for an individual is $3,150, and a family pass, which includes a spouse and children younger than 18, is going for $4,750. Cooperate passes are also available. For more information or to make a tee time, visit rollingstoneranchgolf.com.

The 9-hole Steamboat Golf Club west of Steamboat Springs is already open for the season with the private Catamount Golf & Ranch expected to open soon, as well. As always, the course openings are dependent on the often unpredictable weather in the Yampa Valley.

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

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