Over the weekend, a record was set in the golf world. Guan Tianlang’s, a 14 year old from China, qualified for the 2013 Masters. He did this by winning the Asian-Pacific Amateur Championship. This continues a trend of younger players winning to gain entrance into tournaments. Remember when Michelle Wie was the next big thing and going to challenge the men. Italy’s Matteo Manassero was 16 when he played in 2010. And Rory McIlroy is now the youngest to win 2 Majors, topping Tiger Woods’ record. Look around at other sport. Bryce Harper was 19 when he debuted earlier this year. Mike Trout was 20. Kids these days are doing amazing things.
While all of us out here just have to worry about the rain, the east coast was crushed by Hurricane Sandy. We are all aware of the damage that it has caused to the cities and region. But, there are ramifications to the golf courses in the area as well. Here’s a gallery of some of the damage done to some great courses, many of which I’d like to play.
So I was browsing through my email this morning and I saw an email from Rose City Golf Course. Now normally I just speed through mass emails and get on with my day. But this one stopped me for a great reason, SALE! I’m a sucker for them. I have to stop and check them out, regardless of if I buy something or not. This one had some great things in it and I thought I should share them.
Hank Childs Golf Shop
Whether you are shopping for the golfer in your family or yourself, you may find the perfect gift idea in our golf shop.
- Special prices on boxed sets of Womens and Junior clubs
- Selected Callaway and FootJoy shoes reduced up to 50% off their regular price
- Rain and Wind jackets
- Rain covers for carry or cart bags
- Rain and Winter Golf Gloves
- Lesson Gift Certificates
- Super-low prices on select name brand iron sets
Prices apply to stock on hand, stop in soon for the best selection.
Hit ’em straight
I just have to let everyone in on this great course. Its a little bit of a drive, but more than worth it in the end.
Course: Indian Creek Golf Course
Location: Hood River, OR
Price: $40 with cart on golfnow.com
My Take: This course is absolutely beautiful. The drive out there you continually see Mt. Hood as well as vineyards, at least once you get off the highway. The 45 minute drive goes fairly quickly. Once you get out there, you’ll wonder why you didn’t get out there sooner.
As you drive up to the course, it looks like an old log cabin for the clubhouse. When you get inside, the staff is very welcoming. The matted driving range is a great place to get started, and there’s covered ones for the cooler days. Once done there, the putting and chipping area is enormous. There were 5 guys on there and not one of us felt crowded.
Hole 7 Fairway
Once you get on the course, you can’t help but look around. The rolling hills in the fairway make certain shots a little more difficult than others, but you can’t help but enjoy your time out here. I’m definitely planning my next trip to Indian Creek.
Hit ’em straight
Since February of 2008 Chambers Bay golf course has know that it will host the 2015 US Open. This is a huge accomplishment for a course in the pacific northwest, as it will be the first Open held in either Washington or Oregon. The significance of this is soon to be determined. But, the area around Tacoma, WA will soon see a huge boon.
The course itself was a great one to begin with, but the Tour has asked for some updates or modifications to be made to a few of the holes. Here’s a short list of the work being done.
Most that have lived in the pacific northwest and golf in the fall and winter months have probably played with two gloves on. This, in all likelihood, was for warmth and not performance. But, what if you could do this on the PGA Tour and succeed? It turns out that someone has. If you haven’t heard of him, now’s your chance. His name is Tommy Gainey and here is just a snip-it of his story.
Here’s the latest installment in my course reviews. Hope they help you out.
Course: Resort at the Mountain
Location: 68010 East Fairway Avenue Welches (Mt. Hood), OR
Price: $25 walking rate on golfnow.com
My Take: This course is AMAZING. Resort at the Mountain is a 27 hole golf course split into 3 9 hole courses. They all look and play spectacular. The views from the front desk are those you see in golf magazines. The practice greens were neat and very well kept. And the attendants were very helpful.
Getting out onto the course was like getting onto a professional course. The tee boxes are all very well maintained as well as the greens were nicely manicured. The only downgrade I would have about this facility is that there is no practice range. You have to head to the course cold. Other than that, I can’t complain.
This is a course that you almost have to play if you are living in the Portland area. Its an hour drive, but well worth it.
Hit ’em straight!