Need a tee time? Log on
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” Scoring a tee time at the Aspen Golf Club is about to be as simple as logging on.
The municipal course is launching an online option for booking tee times. Starting Friday, June 22, golfers will no longer have to make a phone call to arrange a tee time, but can instead go to http://www.aspengolf.com for instant access to tee time availability.
The new system allows golfers to book slots to get on the course from a computer, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from anywhere in the world. Golfers may check course availability and cancel reservations on line, as well.
The Aspen Golf Club staff began researching an online system for booking tee times last year. Its time has come, according to Steve Aitken, director of golf. Golfers are about to find out exactly what they’ve been missing.
“They’re going to realize they want it once we start it,” he predicted. “You’ll pull it up and see exactly what’s available.”
For local pass holders who choose to use it, the new system will replace the system of calling up the club’s pro shop at 5 p.m. to get a tee time four days in advance. Pass holders have designated tee times ” an average of three per hour each day during the peak season ” and aren’t allowed to book them over the phone more than four days in advance, and not before 5 p.m.
As a result, the pro shop is flooded with calls at 5 p.m. and some callers endure a repeated busy signal.
As an incentive to use the online system, pass holders will be able to book a tee time five days in advance (it will remain four days for those calling in reservations via phone). Five days in advance, both the tee times set aside for pass holders and any guest tee times that are open will be available for locals to reserve.
Guest slots on the course, for those paying daily green fee rates, are available four times an hour. Those are also open to booking via the new online system. Golfers reserving a tee time in one of the guest slots can “book two months out, if they want,” Aitken said.
Booking tee times next summer, however, is not an option ” yet.
“We’re trying to walk before we run,” Aitken said.
Coming next is an automated phone system for golfers who’d rather call than go online to reserve a tee time, allowing golfers to call at any time instead of just during the pro shop’s operating hours ” daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The pro shop number is (970) 925-2145.
On peak days, the Aspen Golf Club sees 240 to 250 rounds of golf. The club is open to play from dawn to dusk.
Green fees hit their peak season rates last weekend. Through Sept. 14, a round of 18 holes costs $95 until 1 p.m., $75 between 1 and 3:30 p.m. and $45 from 3:30 p.m. until closing each day. Carts are $20 per person, a pull cart is $12 for 18 holes and $7 for nine holes.
– What is your preferred tee time and how many players do you have?
– Players need to check in at least 20 minutes ahead of time. (The course is 5 minutes from downtown Aspen and 15 minutes from Snowmass Village, but allow time for potential traffic delays, which are likely during the summer.)
– Advance tourist tee times are :24 :32 :40 :48 after the hour.
– To reserve a time you will need: a player’s group name and number of players; Visa or MasterCard and expiration date (Amex and Discover accepted on day of play).
– If you wish to play 9 holes only, you have the following options: Play the back nine during the first hour of daily play upon availability, make a tee time after 3 p.m. or arrive without a tee time and try to work in.
From Aspen, take Highway 82 out of town (toward Glenwood Springs) and make the first right past the roundabout (there’s a traffic signal at the intersection). From Snowmass Village, take Brush Creek road to Highway 82; turn right had travel past the airport at Buttermilk Ski Area (both on the right). After crossing the Maroon Creek bridge, take the next left, at the traffic light.
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