The Family at Haystack Mountain

Our Family

For more than 50 years, Haystack has been owned and operated by the Ebel family. The children - Autumn, Julia, Shauna, Heather, Zhanna and CJ - have held every position imaginable at a golf operation, from running the restaurant to washing balls and filling buckets. We are proud that our family have built and made Haystack the success it is today.

An honorary family member for his support and devotion, course superintendent Clay Johns has been with Haystack Mountain for more than thirty years. Mike Hammerstone is the new Operations Manager, and he has fit right in to the close relationships here.

Lois' first and second daughters, Autumn and Julia, grew up building the golf course an driving range with Bud and Lois.  In those early days there was also weeding to be done in the garden, taking care of the chickens (that have recently returned!), and caring for the four younger siblings as they arrived.  Julia also helped Lois create and managed for several years, Haystack's famous breakfast and lunch restaurant, the Et Yet? Inn.  Shauna, Heather, Zhanna and C.J. all worked at the front desk or in the restaurant as well.

Lois' fifth daughter, Zhanna and he husband Adam, worked at and provided administrative management at the course from 1996 to 2012.

CJ, the youngest sibling, only son and golf professional, along with his wife Maxine, helped improve the lands and services, brought exciting events and weddings to the property, and provided a vision for what Haystack could become.

The family tradition continues to be passed down to the third and fourth generations, as Zhanna and Adam's daughters, Aspen and Adara, before going to college, served food and drinks at Haystack's signature Wednesday night event, Grill Night.  Julia and husband Scott along with their children, Aaron and Sheah, and granddaughter Evalynn, pitched in for months of grounds clean-up and volunteer coordination after the flood of 2013 and are leading re-energized Haystack's event venue, Haystack Hearth.  Scott as also been the resident architect and construction manager for the residence, as well as renovation projects, for many years. 

With more than 63 courses in the Denver/Boulder area today, the Ebel's have carved out a niche as a teaching course that caters to a broad range of golfers while focusing on course improvements rather than expansion. We hope you get a sense of family when you join us for a friendly, relaxing day at Haystack.

Matriarch Lois Ebel passed away on July 10, 2016.  With her passing, the property has passed into ownership by the Haystack Living Trust, which is comprised of her six children.  The Trust is working diligently to continue the tradition of warmth and grace that Lois brought to the business and land.