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May
2016
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Golf

Golf Season Tees Off in Sun Valley

Conditions could not have been much better as golf season teed off this weekend in Sun Valley.

If the warm sunshine, lush fairways and gentle greens weren’t enough to make golfers giddy, Sun Valley is also running several early season specials, including one this week through Thursday only: $29 for nine holes at the White Clouds course, or $49 for two laps and a full 18 holes.

The tee sheets were full for opening weekend on the White Clouds course, according to Steve Haims, who has been working for the golf courses at Sun Valley for nine years and swinging the sticks locally for 35.

“It’s been a great opening weekend. To be out there when the weather is like this is just delightful,” Steve said.

There is an energy and excitement to opening day of golf seasons akin to what happens across town on the slopes of Baldy each November. Thanks to the best snow in many winters, the golf season started a couple weeks later than it has the previous two years. The extra wait just added to the anticipation.“People are always chomping at the bit,” Steve said about the smiles he saw from golfers all weekend. “A lot of people come home to roost. They return for the season and they come in and pick up their season passes. It’s a fun time.”

Despite the slightly later start this season, the courses are in exceptional shape and playing well. Golf course superintendent Alex Bliss has done a great job getting the local tracks ready.

White Clouds is open, as is the back nine at Elkhorn (which opens to the general public at noon during the spring). Trail Creek, which usually opens first, will open its back nine next week, and its front nine the following week. The Putt Putt course promises to be open by Mother’s Day, and the popular Sun Valley Club restaurant and bar is also open for the season.

“Conditions are really good. Alex has done a terrific job getting the course ready,” Steve said.


The are lots of Spring Deals going on right now. Bedsides this week’s killer deal to play White Clouds, Early Season Pricing is in effect until May 30th with nearly a half-off the greens fees during the Peak Season. The Club House at Sun Valley has specials on all kinds of gear and clothing and season pass holders get a 15% discount on just about everything from club storage to the driving range.
 
Early Birdie stay-and-play packages are also tough to beat, especially during the quieter spring days in Sun Valley when you can feel like you’ve got the whole course to yourself.

As for early season advice on playing any of Sun Valley’s three courses, Steve said it’s pretty simple,“ Bring a smile and your best swing, and get out there and enjoy yourself.”


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