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Ranch at Roaring Fork offers deals prior to offseason improvements

Staff Report

CARBONDALE – The opportunity to play at the Ranch at Roaring Fork is about to go into the deep freeze for the winter, but head pro and manager of the par-3 course, Brian Fuller, wants the season to end with a bang.

Fuller, a Glenwood Springs native, is also looking forward to the opportunity to make things better for next year.

The Ranch at Roaring Fork has announced specially discounted prices for the end of its 2002 season, which wraps up on Sunday.

For the rest of the season, greens fees are $12 for adults and $10 for juniors and seniors. The golf course has also marked all drinks and snacks half off.

“The days are still warm and the course is in great shape, but we need time to prepare for winter. One of the big things is we plan to redo the bunkers, which should make the course even better in 2003,” Fuller said.

This was the first season at the Ranch at Roaring Fork for Fuller, whose most recent experience includes two years at the exclusive Sonnenalp Resort in Vail.

Patrons of the Roaring Fork Valley’s only par-3 course say his management helped restore the course to its best condition in years.

“The course is very convenient, well maintained, and a great value,” commented Scott Sanders, a high school teacher from Boulder who played the course several times this summer. “The holes range from more than 200 yards to the shortest one at less than 60, so you end up using pretty much all your irons. It will either hone your short game or drive you to another sport.”

Located on Highway 82, just upvalley from Carbondale, the nine-hole course has several water features, well-placed bunkers, mature trees, and undulating greens. But, unlike many area courses, the Ranch at Roaring Fork is low-key.

“We’ve priced things to make it affordable for kids, families, and seniors,” Fuller said. “Our goal has been to maintain the casual atmosphere that makes The Ranch at Roaring Fork unique while implementing changes that improve the overall golf experience.”

Evening frost has restricted course hours to 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. for this final week of operation. However, fall leaves remain in full color, and tee times are not required. For more information call 963-4410.

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