If I rated Haymaker based solely on the quality of the course and the beauty of the views, then this would have been rated a "five". Unfortunately, I have to rate the full experience, which was less than stellar. We were visiting Steamboat on vacation and thought we would play nine holes to check out the course and what we were told were amazing views. We were not disappointed. The course was well-maintained, and the views were stunning from every angle. We had a group of four and rented clubs and carts using a coupon from one of the visitor's guides. We reserved an early tee time on a weekday in an effort to avoid crowds. After we paid and got our carts, another group of golfers asked us to go ahead of them on the first hole, and, despite our objections and warnings about our amateur team, they insisted we go first, as they were waiting for the last member of their group. As it turns out, these golfers were clearly locals who had played the course before, and they began shouting at us to hurry up after the first hole. As we were playing the second hole, the course marshal rode up to us on a cart and informed us that, despite the fact we were playing for fun and were not as good as the other golfers behind us, we would need to play faster. We then proceeded to rush through the remainder of the course, taking away part of the fun of our visit. Haymaker probably shouldn't advertise in all of the visitor's guides if it isn't willing to embrace tourists who, like us, are not in a hurry. We enjoyed playing this course, although I think it would have been more fun had we not been forced to rush through our nine holes.
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