Raven leads local golf courses in today’s opening | SummitDaily.com

Raven leads local golf courses in today’s opening

SUMMIT COUNTY – It’s different from skiing opening day, when Loveland and Keystone battle it out to fire up the country’s first lift. But the Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks takes a certain pride in being Summit County’s first links to open for the season.

And just like Loveland, which won this year’s sweepstakes with its Oct. 17 opening, the Raven is helped by altitude, in that it is lower than the rest of the county’s courses.

Usually, the Silverthorne course opens about a week earlier than the courses in Breckenridge and Keystone. This year, however, the Raven squeaked ahead of the others by one day.

The Raven opens today; Keystone’s River Course opens Friday; and the Breckenridge Golf Club opens Saturday. Meanwhile, Keystone’s Ranch Course opens May 29th, and Copper Creek is targeting May 31.

“The Raven always likes to be first in everything we do,” said spokesman Dan Guinle.

The Raven always opens on a Thursday, calling it a “soft opening” that allows the staff to get a day under its belt before the weekend rush.

“The staff gets the opening-day jitters out of the way so when the weekend rolls around, we’re ready to go like rock stars.”

Yes, excitement has been building since the weather broke last weekend. Officials at Copper said the mid-60s temperatures have melted about two feet of snow off the course since Tuesday.

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