Quandary: Golf season winds down in Summit | SummitDaily.com

Quandary: Golf season winds down in Summit

The Keystone River course is scheduled to close for the season on Oct. 7. The date could get moved up due to weather, but the season will not be extended as crews will need to turn the course over into the Keystone Nordic Center.
Susan Gilmore / sgilmore@summitdaily.com


Quandary, the old and wise mountain goat, has been around Summit County for ages, and has the answers to all questions about life, love and laws in the High Country. Have a question for Quandary? Email your queries about Summit and the High Country to Quandary@summitdaily.com.

Dear Quandary,

When do the golf courses close in Summit County?

Fire danger and water levels aside, this summer’s weather sure has been great for golf season. I know, not exactly a courteous thing to say, but still true. All those bluebird days have added up to an entire summer’s worth of fun on the links, but as the days get shorter so does golf season.

For most of Summit’s golf courses, closing day is pretty well set. If you want to play the Keystone Ranch course or Copper Creek, you had better hurry as both courses will be closing on Sept. 30.

If you prefer the Keystone River course or Breckenridge Golf Club, you’ve got an extra week with both courses planning to close on Oct. 7. While any of theses dates might change, it’s not to your benefit: Poor weather could shorten the season, but there’s no chance of it extending.

However, the Raven at Three Peaks is the one golf holdout for Summit. As long as the weather’s nice, the date on the calendar doesn’t matter. Last year, the Raven kept bewildered golfers hunting for golf balls until mid-November, but that was quite a stretch. In a typical year the course closes down in mid- to late October, meaning it’s your best chance at a Summit County doubleheader — ski in the morning and golf in the afternoon. Quandary has his own version of a doubleheader — pose for photos in the morning, head-butt a tourist in the afternoon — but so far that hasn’t really caught on. Old Quandary doesn’t believe in doing anything unless there’s some competition involved, and I don’t mean the everyone-gets-a-trophy competition style, I mean the elbow-granny-out-of-the-way kind where families are destroyed and blood is lost. If you also have a competitive streak, the Keystone golf clubs are combining for the Epic Pass Club Tournament on Sept. 22-23, giving you a chance to play both Keystone courses in two days. Granted elbowing is frowned upon, but it might be enough to hold over your competitive side until the ski slopes open up. To get your clubs in the game only one member of the team needs to be a pass holder and the rest of your ringers, I mean teammates, can be non-skiers if need be.

If you do find yourself on a course in November or December, chances are you’re going to be in the wrong gear. Most of Summit’s courses do double duty in the winter turning into Nordic centers and ski slopes once the snow starts flying. After all, can anyone survive in Summit County with just one job? So before you pack your putter, give the course a call to make sure you don’t need to bring your skis instead.

A note on e-bikes

Dear old Quandary is remiss for not mentioning that the e-bikes regulation for the recpath does not apply to people with disabilities. In those instances, e-bikes are allowed.

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