Killington Preparing for May Opening

Even though the skiing and riding will continue for another five weeks at Killington Resort in Vermont, the grounds crews and golf pros are already preparing for the opening of the Killington Golf Course. Director of golf Dave Pfannenstein anticipates the course to open as early as mid-May, or whenever the snow melts. To kick the golf season off, Pfannenstein has announced season pass prices for 2005.

“Even though we’re still skiing and riding up on the mountain, we’re ready for another great season of golf down here in the valley,” said Pfannenstein. “Despite more than 200 inches of natural snowfall this season, the greens have been plowed and the snow is almost gone on the course. The grounds crew has been working daily in preparation of a mid-May opening while a mile away, skiers and snowboarders continue to enjoy the longest ski season in the East!”

For golfers who play frequently, Killington Resort will offer numerous season passes this season, including the following:

Seven-Day $775: Seven-Day pass includes unlimited golf. Tee times may be booked seven-days in advance.

Midweek $595: Midweek pass includes unlimited golf Monday through Friday, and space available play on Sunday afternoons. Tee times may be booked seven days in advance for midweek play.

Space Available $495: Space Available pass includes golf privileges seven days a week on a space-available basis. Tee times may be made one day in advance. Deadline to purchase this pass is June 1, 2005.

Midweek Space Available $349: Midweek Space Available pass includes golf privileges Monday through Friday on a space-available basis. Tee times may be made one day in advance. Deadline to purchase this pass is June 1, 2005.

Walking is permitted at any time for pass holders. Cart fees, not included in season passes, are $8 per pass holder for nine holes and $12 per pass holder for 18 holes. Fees do not include 6 percent Vermont sales tax.

Daily greens fees start at $30 for nine holes of twilight play (after 3:00 p.m.) and $35 for 18-hole twilight play. Daily 18-hole greens fees are $52 (Monday through Friday) and $57 (Saturday and Sunday). Cart fees start at $10 and club rentals start at $15. Driving range fees are $3 per bucket. To order season passes, call 802/422-6885.

Given four stars in Golf Digest’s “Places to Play” issue, Killington Resort’s 18-hole course is designed to test players of all abilities. The 6,186-yard, par-72 layout features mountainous terrain. The course is augmented by a golf training facility that contains a 12,000-square-foot practice putting green and 15-station driving range. In addition, there are pitching and chipping areas, practice sand bunkers and a video review center.

Stay and Play packages are available from $82 per person and include greens fee, cart rental and one night of lodging. A two-night minimum is required. For tee times call 802/422-6200. Reservations and information are available by calling toll-free 877/735-MTNS or visiting