April 9, 2012
Rich Erickson, of Steamboat Springs, plays a round of golf at Yampa Valley Golf Course, which opened two weeks earlier than normal this season. Jason Back, golf course professional, said out-of-town players are essential to the course’s financial success during the spring months.
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Last year, the Yampa Valley Golf Course had just less than 900 rounds played in the first three weeks the course was open. This season, almost 1,800 rounds have been played in the first three weeks, about double last year’s total. And, the course opened two weeks earlier than last year thanks to a mild winter and a warm spring. The golf course opened March 16 and has been open every day since, racking up 1,057 rounds played by non-members and 720 member-rounds through Sunday. Jason Back, the golf course professional, said the early-season play has been huge in trying to make up for last year’s loss in revenue.