New pro ready to swing into action at Haymaker Golf Course
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The fairways and greens of Haymaker Golf Course are still covered by a couple of feet of snow, but new head professional Cody Hasten is ready to get to work.
“I really want to create a memorable experience for everyone who walks through the door,” said Hasten, who will start working at the city-owned course March 12. “I want to up our game as far as service goes and as far as programming goes.”
Hasten started playing golf near his home in Littleton when he was 8 years old. His love of golf is a life-long obsession that followed him to college at the University of Nebraska where he earned a degree in professional golf management.
After graduating in 2010, he went to work at Golf Club at Bear Dance near Larkspur. He spent nearly six years at the public course as an assistant professional and helped build development programs for juniors and adults.
“I introduced about 300 golfers to the sport while I was at Bear Dance,” Hasten said, “mainly through ‘Get Golf Ready’ programs and stuff like that.”
In 2015, Hasten moved to Columbine Country Club where he has worked for the past three years.
Hasten will oversee all aspects of Haymaker and report to John Overstreet, director of the city of Steamboat Springs’ Parks and Recreation Department, in collaboration with the Golf Management Committee.
In the past, the position was held by an independent contractor, but that arrangement was reevaluated after last season. The committee and city staff made the decision to make the position an internal one in early in 2018, and the process of hiring a new professional began.
“I want every guest that comes through the door to feel like they are at home, to feel like they are welcome, and I want them to have a ‘member’ experience for the day,” Hasten said.
Overstreet said he is excited about the new hire.
“We are really excited to have Cody come onboard,” Overstreet said. “We had some really great candidates, but Cody just stood out. His business and merchandising experience as well as his track record of building kids, mens and womens programs were really exceptional. His references glowed about him, and we are looking forward to him joining our city.”
Hasten replaces former professional Tom Taylor, who has been contracted by the city to run Haymaker since 2010.
“We are still working through the process of transitioning from a contract position to a city employee option,” Overstreet said. “We hope to get that done soon. It’s something that everybody on the golf committee wanted, and it’s something I believe will actually strengthen the golf course in the long term.”
Hasten said when he saw an opportunity to come to Steamboat Springs, he jumped at the chance. Hasten and his wife, Annie, have an 18-month-old daughter Avery, and the family has been coming to Steamboat Springs for years.
“We spend a lot of time up there — winter and spring,” Hasten said.“We love the community, we think it is a very unique Colorado community, and we have always wanted to live there. This opportunity was just fantastic, and it was best thing we could possibly hope for.”
To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.
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