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Local golf courses offer late, high-season deals

Chris Freud

Golfers, by and large, until just last week haven’t had to pull their rain gear out of the bag – which means more rounds for local links enthusiasts on the county’s three public courses: Eagle Ranch, Eagle-Vail Golf Club and Vail Golf Club.

Yet, at the same time, the lull in the national economy has had an impact on the number of tourists vacationing in Eagle County and that has translated to a lower number of tourist rounds, the best source of revenue for local publics.

“Where we’re hurting – where everyone in the valley is hurting – is our outside guest (rounds), either coming up from Denver or coming in from out of town,” Vail director of golf Randy Houseman said. “We’ve got a lot of local play, but we’re not getting the outside guest. Our play numbers are actually up a bit. But the problem is that doesn’t mean that your revenues are up.”

“I guess I attribute several things, but certainly the slow economy and I think the drought has affected visitors to the valley in general,” Eagle Ranch Director of Golf Jeff Boyer said. “It seems to me like less people are here this year overall. It’s kind of hard to put a finger on it.”

This trend, though, is good news for golfers – both tourists and locals alike. There are deals to be had.

At Vail, Sundays through Thursdays after noon, the out-of-town rate has dropped from $105 to $65. The club is also offering a Two on Tuesdays special, where nonresident golfers get a 2-for-1 rate. That comes out to $45/per person, though cart fees are not included.

Eagle-Vail is offering its Summer Sizzler special from 2-4 p.m., where greens fees (cart included) drop form $105 to $75.

Down at Eagle Ranch, twilight rates are going into effect at 1 p.m. instead of 3 p.m. That drops greens fees from the maximums of $90 for nonresidents, $65 for Eagle County residents and $45 for Town of Eagle residents to $60, $45 and $33, respectively. Cart fees are an additional $17 per person.

Eagle-Vail and Vail also have reduced twilight rates. At Eagle-Vail, it’s $55 (with cart) after 4 p.m.

At Vail, twilight fees with cart for outside guests are $70 and $80, on weekdays and weekends, respectively. For Eagle County residents the rates drop to $60 and $65, while district taxpayers pay $45 and $50.

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