BOULDER - Haystack Mountain Golf Course in Niwot was hit hard during the flood. However, the owners are relying on friends and volunteers to get back on course.
After nearly 50 years in existence, it finally has a few sand traps. The water hazards are a bit more hazardous these days as well.
The course's clubhouse took a direct hit from the flood. Water on the bottom flood rose to as high as seven feet.
The family's home on the course grounds suffered substantial damage as well. However, it wasn't enough to send the owner's packing.
Three holes are now open, and there's plenty of optimism that they'll be open more fairly soon.
Don't get Aaron Pirnack, the owner's grandson, started on the troubles with the fifth hole.
"I guess it makes for good play, if you like miniature golf," Pirnack said.
The family who owns the course credits the work of dozens of volunteers for getting them to this place.
"I don't know what I would have done if I didn't have these people. I feel like I would have walked away and never wanted to come back," Haystack's owner Lois Ebel said. "So much has been done in just a short time."
Volunteers include members of Risen Savior Church, Convoy of Hope, and Summit Foursquare Church in Longmont.
Most of the damage will be repaired, but Ebel acknowledges one or two of the new "sand traps" might stay put.
"People used to say, 'You don't have any sand traps.' Now, we have a big one on the other side of the course," she said.
Here is an update on some of the other courses in the area:
Coal Creek in Louisville: remains closed indefinitely
CommonGrounds in Aurora: Nine holes open
Pelican Lakes in Windsor: Nine holes open
Mariana Butte in Loveland: 15 holes open
Mad Russian in Milliken: 17 of 18 holes open and ready to go.
Estes Park: Nine-hole course closed
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