Social Summit: Golfers brave chill, snow for opening day |

Social Summit: Golfers brave chill, snow for opening day

Sebastian Foltz
Chris Saunders tees off on the first hole at The River Course at Keystone Friday. Grounds crews were able to open the front nine for the season Friday. Course officials expect the back nine to open some time next week.
Sebastian Foltz / |

Avid Summit County golfers braved cool temperatures and occasional drizzle last week for opening days at the River Course in Keystone and the Raven in Silverthorne.

“I think it’s great for this time of year,” Dave Helmer, of Dillon, said while out on the front nine at Keystone. Weather delayed the Friday, May 9, opening at the Raven, but course director Mark Nickel said a few golfers took to the course between intermittent snow showers when the course opened Thursday, May 15. Keystone opened its front nine Friday, May 16, and has since opened the back nine. Breckenridge Golf Club followed suit with 18 holes on Friday, May 23. Course officials at all three courses said consistent snow cover throughout the winter helped preserve their fairways and greens and should lead to the courses being in prime shape early in the season. The Ranch course will open later this month; Copper Creek is scheduled to open in early June.

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