● By Christina Freeman
Blue skies abound for this afternoon four-ball at Catamount Ranch and Club. Photo by Paula Jo Jaconetta.
Haymaker Golf Course City-owned Haymaker is the jewel in Steamboat Springs’ golfing crown. The links-style Keith Foster designed course offers 360-degree Yampa Valley views with at least four sets of tees per hole. A full-service bar and restaurant make the perfect 19th hole stop.
www.haymakergolf.com / 970-870-1846
Rollingstone Ranch and Club Owned by the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, this Troon Golf-run, 18-hole course was designed by Robert Trent Jones II. Hilly in parts with stunning vistas of the south valley, the course tests players with doglegs, occasional water hazards and tight fairways.
Steamboat Golf Club The oldest course in Steamboat, this nine-hole course offers affordable golf by the Yampa River with a small clubhouse and nearby driving range. It is a favorite with families.
www.steamboatgolfclub.com / 970-879-4295
Sporting Clays Open for the season on Friday, May 1, Three Quarter Circles offers shooters the opportunity to sharpen their skills at the 12-station sporting clay course. All abilities welcome and tuition is available. Open weekends, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and weekdays by appointment.
www.3qc.net / 970-846-5647
Tennis, Pickleball and Volleyball Indoor and outdoor courts can be found downtown and on the mountain. The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs (aka “the bubble,” as it's affectionately dubbed), offers six indoor cushioned hard courts and 10 outdoor tennis courts (four hard and two clay). Courts must be booked in advance. Old Town Hot Springs has two outdoor tennis courts at Third and Oak streets that can be reserved. Howelsen Hill Sports Complex offers two outdoor tennis courts and three volleyball courts. All operate on a first-come basis, and players are asked to rotate on the hour.
www.10s.com / 970-879-8400
www.oldtownhotsprings.com / 970-879-1828
www.steamboatsprings.net / 970-879-4300
Hiking Walk all summer and never cover the same trail twice. In town, Emerald Mountain offers a plethora of steeper trails with incredible views. A more gradual option, Spring Creek Trail is an ideal choice for the family, with a covered pavilion for picnics and ponds for splashing. Wildflowers abound on Rabbit Ears Pass, the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area and later in summer, the Flat Tops. Stay close to water and circle Pearl Lake or take in the expansive views by Steamboat Lake. Get on a first-name basis with the flora and fauna of the area with a guided tour by Yampatika. Treat tired feet to a soak at Strawberry Park Hot Springs after hiking in on the Hot Springs Trail, starting at Elk River Road.
Gliding The[NB1] Steamboat Springs Soaring Association offers winch-assisted lifts for gliders, as well as training for aspiring glider pilots. The club operates from Eagle Soaring airfield just west of Steamboat, and is open for membership. Imagine soaring high above Mount Werner, cruising above the Park Range, flying into Wyoming and down south, past Kremmling, Silverthorne and back again.
Water Sports Cruise the waters in a pontoon boat, stand-up paddleboard, kayak or canoe at Stagecoach Lake or Steamboat Lake. Speed things up and ride the wake on a board, skis or inner tube. A day pass to either park is required. Alternatively, head down the Yampa River in a kayak or on a paddleboard. When the temperature rises opt for a tube.
www.steamboatlakemarina.com / 970-879-7019
www.stagecoachmarinastore.com / 970-736-8342