Valley golf championship taking form
The possibility of a large field teeing-off Friday for the first day of the three-day, 54 hole Valley golf championship tournament has started to take shape.Some thirty-plus players, according to the Lakota Canyon Golf Course staff, have sent in their paperwork and paid their tournament fees. Registration continues through Thursday morning.Entry fee is $225. Fees include three days golf with a cart, tournament hats, trophies, postevent meals and gift certificates. The tournament is open to resident golfers in Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties.The individual stroke-play tournament will crown overall winners in three divisions – men’s, women’s and seniors.The event features separate 18-hole events played over the weekend of Oct. 6-8 at three different courses. Action begins Friday morning at Lakota Canyon in New Castle, shifts to River Valley Ranch in Carbondale Saturday, then concludes Sunday at Rifle Creek Golf Course.Formation of the valleywide tournament came out of a discussion among each golf course’s resident pro – Tom Underwood, Tad Holloway and Zack Ray.While all three golf courses are within an hour’s drive of each other, each features a different layout with its own unique challenge, which should make each day’s play interesting for the participants.Lakota Canyon, the newest course, opened in 2004. The par 72, 7,111-yard course features varied landscaping with ridges and canyons, plus seven holes with water hazards.River Valley Ranch, at 7,348 yards is the longest golf course. Seven holes of the par 72, Jay Morrish-designed course either cross or align themselves with the banks of the Crystal River.Rifle Creek, built by Jimmy LaDonne in 1960, is more traditional in nature. The front nine features flat-surfaced holes, then shift to more challenging rugged, rocky, up-and-down for the course’s final nine holes.To register or for more information, contact Lakota Canyon at 984-9700, River Valley Ranch at 963-3625 or Rifle Creek GC at 625-1093.
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