(Vail)-The Vail Golf Club will celebrate 45 years of golf in the Vail Valley this summer and is offering early season discounts for those who purchase their season passes and punch cards by May 15. Passes are available for purchase by e-mail or at the Vail Golf Club from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The golf club is scheduled to open no later than Memorial Day weekend, weather and course and conditions permitting.
Punch passes are transferable and those who purchase the 10 and 20 round passes by May 15 will receive a range card good for five small baskets. Season passes are perfect for those who play more than 20 rounds of golf per season and those who purchase a season pass by May 15 will receive a range card good for five small baskets, a guest coupon card that will allow the pass holder to bring guests who will receive the Vail resident rate, plus an opportunity to take one, free lesson per week throughout the season. The golf club is also offering a Merchant Pass program for Vail-based businesses. Season pass and daily rate details are available by clicking here.
An annual application including proof of taxpayer status is required to purchase the VRD Resident Pass, VRD resident rates, Eagle County Pass and Eagle County taxpayer rates. Season pass holders are allowed to play any time, any day during the shoulder season. During the peak season, season pass holders are allowed to play Monday through Thursday any time and after noon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Play is restricted during holidays including Memorial Day, Labor Day and Fourth of July weekends. Junior Golf Passes are available to VRD resident dependents under age 17. All golfers must abide by the 4.07 pace of play for 18 holes.   
According to Vail Golf Club Superintendent Steve Sarro, the course will open later than scheduled following a wet and snowy spring. Sarro says golf course crews have been clearing greens and paths for the past two months and are taking steps to provide playable conditions. Additionally, work to complete the bridges on holes 11 and 17, plus tee box 7 is underway. "With a record year of snowfall in Vail, May 1 looked like April 1, we are just playing catch up right now before a busy summer," said Sarro. "Our goal is to open the driving range and back nine as soon as possible, followed by the front nine. The snow slowed work to complete the bridges and tee box, but once these are finished, golfers will be able to enjoy the course at its fullest."
Happy Valley Grill and the food and beverage operations will open as soon as the golf course opens for the season offering world-class cuisine and Colorado mountain favorites. The Grill also is available year-round for booking private parties, including weddings and special events. Click here for details.
For more information, or to book tee times, go to www.vailgolfclub.net or call 970-479-2260. For details on all other VRD offerings and activities, go to www.vailrec.com.

About the Vail Golf Club
The Vail Golf Club, which is operated by the Vail Recreation District, is nestled at the base of the Gore Mountain Range and presents golfers with a unique 18-hole, par 71 experience at 8,200 feet elevation. The golf club is open to the public and offers a full service golf shop, group and corporate outings, professional instruction, launch monitor, driving range, practice area, club storage, golf swing analysis, club rentals, demo days and an on-site restaurant, Happy Valley Grill.



Media Contact:  Alice Plain, Vail Golf Club Director, 479-2260

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