Eat, drink and golf in Gypsum
So many contests, entertainment and deals are planned for the Gypsum Creek Golf Course and Big Valley Steakhouse & Sportsbar grand opening Saturday that the scene might resemble something from the 1980 movie “Caddyshack.” About the only thing guests won’t find, hopefully, will be the havoc-wreaking gopher, a.k.a. “Varmint Cong.”The fun will tee off with two-for-one golf all day starting at 7 a.m. Other golf offerings will include free lessons in various disciplines from 2 to 6 p.m. (some of the lessons are only offered until 4 p.m.).Anyone golfing that day will be eligible for the longest-drive and pro-shop challenge. The winner will receive a free round for four to Gypsum Creek.There also will be a closest-to-the-pin contest at 7 p.m. with cash and a 10-play pass going to the victor. Contestants must register in advance at the pro shop.A pool party with a DJ gets started at noon and keeps rollin’ to 9 p.m.”The pool will be open to everyone then, and normally it’s for members only,” said Dawn Ritts, Gypsum’s special events coordinator. “So that’s pretty cool.”However, Ken Wadsworth, one of the Big Valley Steakhouse owners, said anyone can become a member. “The membership is capped at 150, but we still have some available,” he said.Free hot dogs and ice cream will be doled out from 6 to 7 p.m. in addition to food and drink specials at the steakhouse. The free franks and ice cream will be just in time for people to munch on as they go on the raffle scavenger hunt from 6 to 9 p.m. People touring the facilities will earn free raffle tickets for rounds of golf, gift certificates, concert tickets and other goodies.From 6 to 9 p.m., live music by Derringer takes over.Then, at dusk, to cap it all off, people can snuggle up with blankets in golf carts and enjoy a “drive-in” movie – “Happy Gilmore.” Food and drinks will be available during the movie. New eat and drinkEarlier this year, the town of Gypsum purchased the former Cotton Ranch Golf Club, which was in foreclosure. A little after that, four people – two married couples – took ownership of such Cotton Ranch facilities as the restaurant, bar and pool. Their vision was to offer “under-$20 steaks and $2 PBRs.” Big Valley Steakhouse & Sportsbar began serving patrons on May 10 with limited hours and a limited menu, Wadsworth said. Now, the restaurant has a full menu and is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, with the bar serving until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.Wadsworth said the menu has four steaks to choose from, including a tri tip steak with two sides for $13. There’s a mahi-mahi plate as well as grilled chicken. The menu also has four salads, which Wadsworth said have been getting rave reviews.”What’s really encouraging is that we’re seeing people from all over, including Eagle and even from upvalley,” he said. “I think the word is getting out that we’re a public restaurant.”The vision is still growing, too. Wadsworth said he and his partners hope to feature live music and perhaps karaoke, as well.As for the bar, which used to be “about 8 feet long,” the new owners tore down walls and reconfigured the main level. Now, patrons can belly up to a bar that is 35 feet long. Of course, that bar is serving $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon beers, as promised, as well as $4 glasses of wine. Happy Hour is 3 to 6 p.m. seven days a week.Big Valley Steakhouse is located at the former Cotton Ranch Clubhouse in Gypsum. For more information, call 970-524-6200, ext. 5, or visit http://www.gypsumcreekgolf.com.