Area golf courses available to local players
Local golfers itching to shoot a few holes can get their clubs out of hibernation and start play at some of the area’s golf courses.
However, course operators say that golfers should be aware of weather conditions before venturing out on the links.
Two local golf courses are open, and are featuring reduced or winter rates.
The Rifle Creek Golf Course, located in North Rifle on Highway 325 off Highway 13, has been open the past two weeks.
The 6,235-yard, 18-hole course is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Rifle Creek is offering a winter rate of $13 per-person for nine holes and $23 for 18 holes until daylight savings time begins on Sunday, April 7.
From that date through the summer, greens fees will be raised to $18 for nine holes and $34 for 18 holes. Rental golf carts are available at $8 and $12 per person, respectively.
Golfers can obtain current information on course conditions, tee times and rates by calling 625-1093.
Further west along I-70, the Battlement Mesa Golf Course is accepting walk-ons and reservations for tee times.
The course opens at 9 a.m. The pro shop operates daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Greens fees, excluding rental carts, are $14 per-person for nine holes and $28 for 18 holes.
Carts can be rented through the pro shop at $7 per person for nine holes. The rental cart fee is $12 for 18 holes.
Call 285-7274 for additional information.
Poor weather has pushed the opening date for the River Valley Ranch Golf Course in Carbondale back to March 29.
Once open, the course will accept walk-ons with no tee time reservations required from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily for the spring season.
Individual greens fee rates are $15 and $22 for 9 and 18 holes, respectively.
River Valley Ranch does not have automated golf carts, but golfers can rent push carts for $2.
Farther upvalley, the 18-hole Aspen Golf Course is scheduled to open the week of April 14.
Tee times are available, after the course opens, by calling the pro shop at 925-2145.
The Aspen Golf Course features an early-season bargain rate of $45 per person. The fee entitles golfers to play an unlimited number of holes that day. The early season rate runs through May 30.
Afterwards, the daily rate rises to $60 per person from June 1 to 15, and $80 per person from June 16 through October. Golf carts can be rented for $16 throughout the season.
Meanwhile, operators of the Glenwood Spring Golf Course are waiting for warmer weather. Until then, the office is closed.
“We’re sitting and waiting before we open,” said Glenwood Springs Golf Course pro Greg Gortsema.
Gortsema said that areas of the course are still snow-covered, and need a few days of sunlight for maintenance crews to scrape off the snow, then dry out.
The Snowmass Golf Course is currently going through a major renovation and is closed to the golfing public this year. The goal is to complete work for a re-opening in the summer of 2003. Part of the renovations scheduled at Snowmass include a reconfigured golf course and a new pro shop
Finally, the tentative season-opening date for the private, members-only, Roaring Fork Golf Course in Basalt, according to the club’s answering machine is March 20th. Members requesting information can leave a message at 927-9100.
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