Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Golf Course Openings

Summit County golf courses anticipate opening near Memorial Day as lingering snow continues to melt.

At the Breckenridge Golf Club, the greens of the Bear, Beaver and Elk nines are uncovered but “so much snow” remains on the courses, said head golf professional Erroll Miller.

Miller said crews are raking, vacuuming and “getting bunkers back into shape” as the club hopes to open the courses May 24. Last year they opened before Memorial Day.

The Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks superintendent Trevor Broersma said snow pushed back the course’s typical May 15 opening date now estimated for May 23.

The Keystone Ranch Golf Course is scheduled to open June 6 and the River Course at Keystone is planned for May 23, according to the Keystone Resort Web site at

At Copper Creek Golf Club, snowblowers are at work toward a potential opening the first week in June. “We always shoot for early June; we haven’t released an opening date yet,” said Copper Creek public relations manager Lauren Pelletreau. She said golf at 9,600 feet is not an exact science, as much depends on the weather. The National Weather Service predicts slight chances of snow or rain countywide the rest of this week.

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