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  1. We're off BD #10 at 5:40. Loving the fact that we get BT done early, after what I'm going to think of as a warm-up 9, then do OM and SR before finishing with an easy front 9 on BD. Heading down tomorrow morning, lunch at Tony's and spend the afternoon dinking around at the Practice Center before the shindig at PD. Looking forward to meeting a few of y'all. Weather looks perfect. Bring it!
  2. Hoping for the best for you, but 4:40 tee time is pretty tight. Assuming you land on time, a lot depends on how quickly you can pick up your bags, get to your rental (the car rental place is about a 10 minute shuttle ride from the terminal) and the traffic situation on I-205 from PDX southbound. If you get to Eugene (reliably 2.5 hrs from the resort) later than 2, call the course and let them know you might be a bit late. The good news is that since you're starting fairly late, if you have to push your tee time a little later, there probably won't be a problem doing that. There's
  3. Agree with Jimmy and Lefty. You've got a sh*t-ton of golf planned for the week. I think your challenge will be pacing yourself so you're not feeling like you're on a death march by day 5.
  4. For me, OM is at the bottom of the Bandon List for a couple reasons: 1. It's the only course there that I don't have at least one really good score on 2. That's mainly due to putting issues (not the course's fault) 3. The middle section is kind of meh, compared to all the other courses Having said that, there's still only a couple other non-Bandon courses in my 'courses played' list that I would rather play than OM. It's not a bad course, and I have no problem stating when I don't like a course that has generally rave reviews (Pumpkin Ridge comes to mind).
  5. If you have the opportunity to play each course more than once, you should. All five are of the nature that they do not reveal their subtleties with just one round. OM is at the bottom of my list, personally, but that's probably because I haven't really figured it out yet...
  6. +1 on 2bgood's comment. I love playing a course in the morning, stopping for a bite to eat and a bit of a break, then heading right back out on the same one. Takes care of that little gnawing feeling of "man, I wish I had another shot at that one hole..." You can also mix it up and play from a different set of tees.
  7. Tough to beat a sunset on BD 16 green....
  8. Curious what everyone entered for their estimated round pace. I think we put ourselves in the 3-3:30; we'll be aiming more toward the 3 hr side, but we were thinking we should give ourselves a bit of leeway. We did one of our training rounds in 3 and that was a totally comfortable pace.
  9. Same here. Just too much remaining uncertainty for the July timeframe. In the process of rescheduling (again) for 2022. Sadly won't be able to play N. Berwick, as they have an event the week that I'll be there. Also hoping that TOC has removed most of the structures from the Open by the first week of August. Anyone have any info on how long that normally takes? Assuming that they won't have a Singles Lottery again for 2022, so queuing up early in the morning is the only likely option.
  10. Agreed on all the above. SR is definitely the easiest of the full courses, Trails the hardest. Though depending on where your tee shots end up, any of them can be a lot of small ups and downs added to the trek. Check out the Solstice 2021 thread in the NW forum. There's a post in there with the Map My Walk diagrams for all the courses.
  11. Assuming that everyone got their welcome email today. Really getting pumped for the event. Packing has already started... Would love to meet up with other WRX'ers at the reception. Maybe 4:30 at the PD starter shack? I'll be wearing a yellow PD hat and looking like I want to get in a few holes before sundown...
  12. Good list of John's courses here: http://johnfought.golfservers.net/portfolio/original-designs-portfolio.html
  13. The standard public courses for the PDX area: Langdon Farms Pumpkin Ridge Heron Lakes (2 courses) The Reserve (2 courses, only one available for public play, alternates every two weeks) Stone Creek Quail Valley OGA All but Heron Lakes are out a ways from Portland proper, but worth the drive. Heron is a muni, so while the layouts are great (both by RTJ II), the maintenance is not. Langdon and Stone Creek are the best draining, which means a lot of you're playing anytime other than June-September. Pumpkin is the most expensive and gets the most m
  14. Played at Langdon this morning. Course is in spectacular shape. Reseeded tee boxes are back in use, fairways are running nicely and greens are quick and velvety. It's prime time, folks...
  15. If you've got a couple days, and have already played Pumpkin, then: 1. Langdon Farms 2. The Reserve 3. Heron Lakes Blue 4. Eastmoreland This is assuming you are playing in the summer. If it's wet, substitute Stone Creek for #2, and probably forget #3 and #4, as they are both munis and do not drain well, despite being fantastic layouts.
  16. It all kinda depends on your definition of "hidden." Most of the tracks mentioned are not hidden to anyone who lives in the PNW, but they would almost all qualify as "hidden" to someone who hasn't lived in the region. It's not like Scotland, where you can't swing a cat without hitting a golf course. Having said that, Elk Ridge is also my pick for a hidden gem, even amongst the locals. Probably would include Tokatee, Juniper, Eagle Point and Florence Golf Links, too.
  17. Lip balm and sunscreen, especially on Day 6. Both OM and SR are completely exposed. We'll be there on your days 4-6 for the Solstice event. We're aiming for a WRX meetup at the evening get together on the 21st, maybe take a lap around the Punchbowl together.
  18. In Bandon: Edgewaters - nice view and atmosphere, pretty good food Tony's Crab Shack - funky decor, right on the bay, fantastic seafood Alloro: no views, excellent food In Coos Bay: Shark Bite Cafe - no view, excellent seafood, especially the fish tacos Not much else to speak of until you get to Florence: Bridgewater: peeks of the bay/bridge, great seafood
  19. Agree with Seamus and 2bGood for advice on the coastal scenery from Lincoln City to Florence. If you go that route, stop at Luna Sea in Yachats (pronounced "YAH-hots") for some of the best seafood on the Oregon Coast. The one advantage to cutting over at Eugene is you can stop in at Fiddler's Green if you need anything golf gear-related. Huge place with arguably the best prices in the PNW. Also a very good links-ish course in Florence (Florence Golf Links, formerly known as Sandpines) if you want a quick 18 holes on the way, but probably better to just get to Bandon.
  20. Thanks for the info, bdt! Looking forward to our first Solstice after many years of playing at Bandon. Should we aim for a WRX meetup at the reception event? Maybe take a group lap around the Punchbowl? We can keep each other from drinking too much free beer...
  21. +1 on duffer's comments. December and January only have about 9 hours of daylight, so even if you get one of the first tee times, all it takes is an hour's worth of frost delay or one slow group in the afternoon to eliminate the possibility of a full second round. I tend to approach those months with the mindset that I'm going to just play golf as long as there is daylight, and if that means I get 36 in, great.
  22. Why not just fly into SeaTac? Then stay in Tacoma and catch a hop flight to Eugene or NB? All that driving time is better spent on the course(s)
  23. One good reason to play Crossings is if you need a "light" day between 36-hole days, as you can take a cart there and give your legs a break. It's not a bad course, but nowhere near the level of the courses on property, even your least favorite.
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