‘Enjoy life to its fullest’: Five minutes with Jason Back, 34, club pro at Yampa Valley Golf Course | CraigDailyPress.com

‘Enjoy life to its fullest’: Five minutes with Jason Back, 34, club pro at Yampa Valley Golf Course

Club pro Jason Back displays the selection of putters on sale in the pro shop at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Back, 34, has played the sport since he was 11 and considers his job a dream come true.
Andy Bockelman

Where is your hometown? “Meeker.”

What brought you to Craig? “We moved here in 2004. My wife went to work in Steamboat and I worked at Colowyo.”

Motto or outlook on life? “Have fun and enjoy life to its fullest. I was in a serious car wreck seven years ago, and it can end at any time, so make sure you enjoy every second of it.”

When did you first get started in your job? “I’ve always been involved in the golf industry. I’ve been playing since I was 11 years old. I worked at the Meeker course when I lived there. I just started helping out here and then it took off from there. I took my playability test two years ago, and now I’m just getting through the bookwork and doing all that to continue.”

Favorite part of your job? “You get to do what you love and be around golf all the time and be around great members of the community. Everybody’s really good here and I really enjoy it.”

Favorite part of life in Northwest Colorado? “Just the area. Being from Meeker, I’m a big outdoors person, I love to hunt and fish. It’s just nice when you have that in your backyard and you don’t have to travel from the city. We have it all right here.”

Favorite meal from a local restaurant? “The Steak Carelli from Carelli’s. It’s really good.”

Favorite course other than YVGC? “Each golf course is unique in its own way. I’ve never played Pebble Beach or anything like that, but they’re all good. If I had to choose one like a desert course, I like the Phoenician down in Arizona. If I chose a mountain course, I’d probably say Catamount or Rolling Stone in Steamboat.”

Movie or TV show you consider a guilty pleasure? “Probably ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ I really like it, but I don’t know that it’s that great of a show. Being married, I watch a lot of ‘The Real Housewives’ that I really don’t like, but that comes with being married. (Laughs)”

Favorite ice cream flavor? “Pistachio. I like all kinds, but I really like that one.”

Your sidekick? “There’s my dogs, and dogs are your best friend. I’ve got three labs, two chocolate, one yellow. They’re a lot of fun, and they’re permanent companions. I’m lucky because I’ve had a lot of sidekicks in my life and it’s hard to name just one. I’ve had a lot of great friends and my dad has always been my best friend. So has my wife, because she does everything with me.”

Most embarrassing moment? “It was probably when I got after my wife for hitting the trash can with the car and then I turned around the next day and did the same thing.”

Proudest accomplishment? “Probably when I received this job. It’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid, and of course when you’re a kid we all dream of being on the PGA Tour. Then reality sets in and you have to realize the realistic part of life, but when I passed my PAT (Player Ability Test), that was just a big accomplishment for me. I’d say my family, too, because I love my wife, we have three great dogs and a happy life all around.”

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