Tim Boyle, Yampa Valley Golf Course superintendent, looks at the green around the cup Tuesday on the second hole. Boyle said the golf course’s greens are in good shape this year after the winter.

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Tim Boyle, Yampa Valley Golf Course superintendent, looks at the green around the cup Tuesday on the second hole. Boyle said the golf course’s greens are in good shape this year after the winter.

Yampa Valley Golf Course set to open Friday

Back 9 set for walking-only golf; front 9 ready in ‘2 or 3 days’

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Weather permitting, spring will arrive Friday for Yampa Valley Golf Course.

The golf course, 2179 Highway 394, will welcome back golfers for the first time since fall when the back nine opens Friday for walking-only golf.

The front nine will open “two or three days” later, said Bud Bower, Yampa Valley Golf Course Association president.

“Then it should be business as usual,” he said.

This year, there will be a couple of changes at the par-72 course.

On the fifth hole, a second pond has been added to the left of the fairway, and prices have been dropped.

But with the exception of the new pond, the course shouldn’t look too different from last year, Bower said.

Groundskeeper “Tim Boyle has some ideas, so there might be some changes,” Bower said. “But nothing drastic.

“Hopefully, we’ll have the course in great shape like last year, throughout the whole year.”

One thing that is new for the year is an increased high school schedule.

The Moffat County High School girls varsity golf team will host three tournaments this season at the golf course.

The first MCHS tournament will be April 26 and another April 29.

On May 10 an 11, the golf course will play host to the Class 4A regional girls golf tournament.

Ann Marie Roberts, LPGA golf professional and MCHS girls varsity golf coach, said hosting the regional tournament is a big deal for the course, and the high school.

“It’s exciting,” she said. “Whenever you are on your home course, you’re much more comfortable. It increases your odds (for qualifying for the state tournament).

“But you still have to show up and play.”

This year, golf fees have been tweaked, Bower said.

In prior years, Yampa Valley has offered an “early bird” seasonal rate of $400 for resident members and $450 for non-resident members.

“We will have the early bird rate throughout the year,” Bower said. “Even if you’re not in by (today), you will be able to take advantage of the early bird special throughout year.”

The one-time membership fee is $950 for a resident and $1,375 for a non-resident.

Last year, the golf course felt the effects of a down economy, Bower said.

“It was down, but the national trend was that golf was down in general,” he said. “The economy makes it hard on everything.”As soon as the weather becomes nicer, more golfers are expected to sign up for the year, Bower said.

“Just now, people are starting to pay dues,” he said. “It’s time to come out and get excited about golf.”

The opening dates for other golf courses in the area affect how the early season business will go for Yampa Valley, Bower said.

“A lot of our income depends on when Steamboat opens,” he said. “When the courses in the upper valley aren’t open, a lot of people come down here to play.”

But most of Yampa Valley’s income comes from locals, he said.

“We have a main core group who keep us going,” he said..

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