David O'Mailia begins his round on the first tee at Yampa Valley Golf Course Friday afternoon. The course has seen plenty of play so far this spring and summer, thanks to good weather and course conditions.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

David O'Mailia begins his round on the first tee at Yampa Valley Golf Course Friday afternoon. The course has seen plenty of play so far this spring and summer, thanks to good weather and course conditions.

Yampa Valley Golf Course logs big numbers in May

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Good weather has kept golfers both near and far coming to Yampa Valley Golf Course so far this summer.

The course, which opened in April, saw snowstorms, which shut it back down for a week. Yet, it recovered with a strong month of May. Nearly 2,500 rounds were played in May, which is up from 2,200 rounds for the same month last year, according to the course.

A large part of that contingent were golfers from Steamboat Springs and elsewhere outside Craig who came to YVGC to play before their hometown courses opened.

Of the 2,435 rounds played in May, just 1,115 came from members of the course, which is the opposite from last year.

Three hundred rounds came from the punch cards the course offers, which are utilized almost exclusively by out-of-town golfers looking to get a good price for 10 to 15 rounds of golf in a short time frame.

“It was our first good full month,” said Head Golf Pro David Hardison. “In April, we had the snow slow us down, and in the past week or so wind has probably kept some people away, but May was great. I don’t really know what else could be better.”

The course has benefited from being in excellent condition for the early part of the golfing season, something its regular players have noticed.

David O’Mailia has been on the course most days since it opened and has enjoyed the weather and course conditions since the start, he said.

“I’m out here all the time,” O’Mailia said. “The course wintered really well, and it’s already been caught up to where it normally is in the middle of the summer.”

Warm weather and sunshine have stuck around in June as the heavy tournament season began. YVGC hosted just one tournament in May, but has already played two in June, with its three biggest events of the summer in The Memorial Hospital Tournament, the Cottonwood Classic and the Silver Bullet all happening in the next month.

“Now it’s really go-time,” Hardison said of the upcoming schedule.

But it is also a time of the year the golfers enjoy most.

“I’m looking forward to the Cottonwood,” O’Mailia said. “I play that every year. That’s our big event.”

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com

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