Golf clubhouse nearly done

It's a season of change at the Steamboat Golf Club.

Gone are the endless fields of snow, now replaced by the familiar rolling green fairways, tee boxes and greens that greet golfers at the nine-hole course west of Steamboat Springs.

Patches of snow have survived in a few shaded areas, but diehard golfers will be glad to know that opening day is just around the corner.

"We could be open as early as next week," said Hal Noyes, Steamboat Golf Club president. "But that's not for certain. We don't want to rush things, and it depends a lot on the weather."

But the melting snow isn't the only recent change golfers might notice when they arrive at the member-owned course.

Also gone, or soon to be gone, is the course's outdated 600-square-foot clubhouse. Noyes expects the old building to be trucked to Craig later this week.

A new $250,000 clubhouse that will hold the club's pro shop, a full-service restaurant and bar is nearly complete.

Noyes said the clubhouse, which has about 1,000 more square feet than the old building, is 90 percent complete and should be finished by April 15. Noyes expects the club to open this season in a temporary location, but the operations should be moved into the new facility before the season gets into full swing.

"It's like night and day," builder Danny Thompson said. "This is going to be a nice place where you can sit down and have lunch. It's going to be great."

Noyes said without Thompson and his company, Dalor2000/ Brutal Builders, the clubhouse project would not have gotten off the ground.

Thompson, who is a golfer and member of the club, said he is excited to get the clubhouse open so everyone can enjoy it.

Once the building is finished, golfers can come in for breakfast or lunch, or enjoy the food on a deck that overlooks the course. The clubhouse also will feature upgraded restroom facilities and a conference room.

Noyes said the clubhouse has been in the works for more than a year, and members feel it is a good investment to make sure that the course continues to stay competitive in Steamboat's golfing community.

Noyes said the addition of the city-owned Haymaker Golf Course several years ago impacted the club's membership but hasn't replaced the Steamboat Golf Club's unique place in the golfing community.

The club's membership has leveled at about 140 members and Noyes hopes the addition of the clubhouse and other changes will help the club generate new members.

New memberships are $1,200, which includes greens fees and club dues for the first year. Members pay $1 per nine holes each time they play in the summer.

After joining, yearly dues are $700 ($440 dues, $260 for green fees) for a family and $605 ($440 dues, $165 green fees) for single members.

The club also will have a new manager this season. Scott Matthews will manage the clubhouse and the course, while an outside concessionaire will handle the restaurant.

Matthews is not a professional, but he has been a member of the club for several years and has a solid golfing background, Noyes said.

-- To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steamboat pilot.com

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