Golf courses continue to hit record numbers as golf craze continues

The Breckenridge Golf Club sign is pictured on April 29, 2020. The golf course continues to see record numbers in response to the pandemic.
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With ski season now in Summit County and the depths of winter on the horizon, most local golf courses have closed for the season.

During the 2020 golf season, the country saw a 20% increase in golf course demand, largely due to people seeking to escape the strongholds of COVID-19 shutdowns. The same roused interest in golf was reflected in Summit County during the 2020 season.

This summer, when the shutdowns seemed to be over for good and the vaccine allowed people to reunite, things didn’t slow down for outdoor recreation in Summit County.

According to Scott Reid, the director of recreation at the City of Breckenridge, Breckenridge Golf Club saw an even bigger wave of golfing craze than last year.

“Our numbers were significantly higher in terms of number of rounds,” Reid said. “We had an unprecedented number of rounds bought and run for the season at the Breckenridge Golf Course.”

Other Summit County courses saw a similar trend, including the River and Ranch courses at Keystone Resort.

“Golf courses across the country continued to see momentum from 2020, (and) so did our two courses at Keystone,” Philip Tobias, Keystone Resort PGA’s director of Golf, wrote in an email. “We were delighted to offer a full-service offering with both courses.”

Breckenridge Golf Club Director Patrick Clary said on Sept. 10 that “COVID gave us the greatest opportunity in the world to socially dissociate from everyone and get outside.”

Reid and Clary noted that the pandemic craze of golf was over for an even bigger year in 2021. Reid contributes to some of the best golfing conditions Breckenridge Golf Club has ever seen.

“Our golf maintenance crew has done a fantastic job getting the greens in great shape early in the season and keeping them in good shape despite the high number of rounds,” said Reid.

“Last year we were somewhat affected by the impact of ice on our greens, so we had some challenges charging lower rates over a period of time,” Reid said. “In 2021, the strong demand continued, but the conditions were much better.”

The only issue Breckenridge Golf Club faced during the 2021 season was the availability of tee times due to increased demand.

Clary contributes the new record numbers to people who still want to be outdoors and socialize while engaged in an activity.

“We do not expect demand for golf to decline any time soon and we are actively taking reservations for the 2022 season,” said Tobias.

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