It's golf season: Steamboat Golf Club opens; Haymaker and Rollingstone aim for May |

It’s golf season: Steamboat Golf Club opens; Haymaker and Rollingstone aim for May 15

Brian Thornton chips a shot on the green Tuesday, April 23, at Steamboat Golf Club, which had 20 tee times on its opening day.
Leah Vann

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Golfers swung their clubs for the first time this season at Steamboat Golf Club’s opening day Tuesday, April 23.

A winter of heavy snow pushed the golf season later at the west Steamboat Springs course, which opened almost a month earlier in 2018.

“A week ago, I wouldn’t have thought we were going to open until … the weekend of the 3rd of May,” manager Jim Rapp said. “But it melted so quick, and it dried up really quick and drained real well. We moved opening day up. It’s really good because no one else is open.”

It took two weeks for a team of 13 people to get Steamboat Golf Club in playing condition, with the exception of some remnants of winter.

There’s still work to do, but the greens held up perfectly through the winter thanks to preemptive fertility treatments. Snow can cause mold damage if courses are not taken care of properly prior to winter.

There is some minor vole damage needing attention this year. Voles are small rodents that burrow in the snow for the winter. Seeding will bring new life to the vole-damaged grass in two to three weeks.

As the skies begin to clear and temperatures rise, golfers are brushing the dust off their clubs and other area courses are preparing to open.

Haymaker Golf Course is tentatively scheduled to open the week of Wednesday, May 15, with a locals appreciation week on the calendar for May 24 to 30. The annual Cobweb Classic, the first local golf tournament of the season, is May 25.

At a glance

Steamboat Golf Club
• Mondays to Thursdays: $30 for 9 holes, $16 for additional 9 holes
• Fridays to Sundays: $35 for 9 holes, $18 for additional 9 holes

Haymaker Golf Course
Tentatively scheduled to open the week of May 15
• Resident (through June 2): $29 for 9 holes, $54 for 18 holes
• Twilight resident (after 3 p.m.): $47 for 18 holes

Rollingstone Ranch Golf Course
Scheduled to open May 15 
• Resident: $70 for 9 holes, $95 for 18 holes
• Twilight resident (after 2 p.m.): $60 for 9 holes, $75 for 18 holes

“Ninety percent of the snow is gone,” Haymaker head golf pro Cody Hasten said. “(We’re) waiting for the course to dry out, so we can get our equipment out there. Once it gets dry enough, we can start bringing out maintenance.”

Haymaker typically aims for a May 1 opening, so it’s planned opening date is two weeks later than usual.

The Sheraton’s Rollingstone Ranch Golf Course is on time, also planning to open May 15.

According to Dan Pirrallo, general manager of Sheraton Steamboat Resort, some holes are completely clear, while others remain under 20 inches of snow.

For now, locals can enjoy Steamboat Golf Club with views of Steamboat Resort in the background every time they drive a shot.

To reach Leah Vann, call 970-871-4253, email or follow her on Twitter @lvann_sports.

Jerry Thornton lines up a putt Tuesday, April 23, at Steamboat Golf Club.
Leah Vann

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