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  1. Thanks for that context @mallrat. It's nice to hear that no, that sort of thing isn't normal. It's always disappointing to to come across places that are run like Pronghorn seems to be. Hopefully this thread will help shine a light on their behavior for other folks.
  2. Drove three plus hours to play the Nicklaus course at Pronghorn earlier this week. It’s a course that has been on my bucket list for a long time, so I was pretty excited. When I booked online, there was a note that said fairway aeration “will be underway”. That’s fine — I don’t mind playing off plugged and sanded fairways. Except — these weren’t plugged and sanded. On four holes, the aeration holes were unfilled and the plugs were completely covering the fairways. You were playing into and off of a field of bumpy dirt. Those four holes were unplayable, and we had no idea until we stepped into the tee box on 10. Pictures don't actually do it justice. Here's a short video I took of #13: Not only didn’t they not tell us that four holes were unplayable — they charged full price. I’ve never seen anything like this before, but especially at a course of this caliber; Pronghorn is a top 100 USA public course that charges over $100. Am I crazy but don’t courses typically close a nine if they’re doing work like that? Is charging full price when maintenance work renders multiple holes unplayable (and not giving customers a heads up about the extent of the work) a common and accepted thing now? Post script: I emailed the pro shop and the director of golf after the round to express my disappointment and neither has bothered to reply, two full days later.
  3. Florence is a fun course. Strong coastal vibes. Parts of it are open and links-y but there is also a lot of water and some tree lines holes. You can't help but feel the design could have been better than what it is, with the location it has, but it's still enjoyable. Last time I played there – August 2020 – the greens were extremely slow. Trysting Tree is also very open, with the occasional large tree. The design itself isn't super exciting but it has some nice holes and I think the course is generally underrated among Oregon folks. It's in a flood plain, so all the greens are elevated and there is very little sand. Bring a good short game; if you miss a green by a little bit, your ball is going to get kicked down and away and you'll have a challenging chip back to the green. Trysting Tree is usually in phenomenal shape – I think the OSU agricultural school is responsible for its upkeep (or something like that). Personally, if I had 10 rounds to play, I'd play Florence 7 times and Trysting Tree 3 times.
  4. Elk Ridge, about an hour east of Portland in the Columbia Gorge. On the shorter side, but with very tough greens and amazing views. Tons of fun and definitely a hidden gem. More: http://forecaddie.golf/2019/02/10/why-i-love-washingtons-elk-ridge-golf-course/
  5. Played 9 at Rose City on Tuesday. Probably the nicest shape I've ever seen that course in. Greens are a bit slow – especially going uphill – but overall the course is in great condition. Has anyone played the new 18th green yet?
  6. Ocean Dunes would be a really fun, interesting 15 hole course. Unfortunately, there are 18 holes.
  7. From what I'd seen online, I was expecting one of the better non-Bandon, non-top tier Bend courses in the state. But on my personal ranking of Oregon courses, I put it 15 out of the 30 I've played. It's not bad, but your enjoyment primarily comes from the setting, not the course. So yeah, your assessment was more accurate than mine.
  8. I played there for the first time last week. I enjoyed myself, but the course didn't quite meet my (admittedly pretty high) expectations. I will say, everyone was super friendly and the customer service was great. It felt like management and the players were taking COVID-19 seriously, which was a relief. Lot of people wearing masks around the clubhouse area and driving range. Course is very much a tale of two nines. Front is hilly and tight. You will lose a lot of balls. I think I lost three on the first hole alone (...I guess I need to do a better job warming up in the future). There is a lot of housing (across both nines), but the land (and housing) is so varied that I didn't find it to be an issue; it didn't feel like you were playing through a subdivision. Back nine is more coastal. It's not oceanside, but it feels like you're near the ocean. The gnarled trees drip with moss, you can feel the salt air, it's pretty breezy. It's a nice environment to play golf in. Course was in pretty decent shape. Greens were good. Bunkers were in nice shape. I couldn't identify the fairway grass, but it's not super manicured or consistent. It's sorta patchy, almost scrubby grass cut short. It was fine, but not your typical fairway. The course was a bit soft in places (mostly in areas of the rough), but apparently they've had a lot of rain recently. I think I what was lacking for me was the holes. There were some good ones – 1, 9, 10, 15, 16, 18 – but a lot of them are just sorta unremarkable with minimal design (and not necessarily in the good way). The course was pretty penal, and you can easily lose a ball on pretty much every hole. You don't even need to mishit the ball that much. I shot a terrible score and thought I played terrible, but when I looked at my scorecard later I realized I actually had parred a majority of holes. I just also had an ungodly number of triple bogeys (and a 10 on the first hole). A bunch of times I just clipped pine trees that were leaning into the fairway and then never saw my ball again. Which is fine, I should have played better. But it's hard. The setting was definitely the best thing about the course. It's worth playing, but it's not a course I'd pay $100 for. They have some solid twilight deals, so that's when I'd play.
  9. Turning to the hive mind for this one... I'm looking to take a few lessons for the first time this winter and I wanted to see if anybody here haw an instructor they'd recommend. I'm in in southeast Portland, but would be willing to travel up to an hour for somebody worthwhile. I typically shoot mid-to-high 90s, but I feel like I should be mid-80s. I'm mostly done in by inconsistency, so I'm hoping to make some improvements there. I don't necessary need the most experienced instructor ever, just somebody who's smart and knows their stuff. Cost definitely is a factor for me – less expensive options are definitely welcome. I'm on the younger side (30s), so I respond well to technology. Anybody out there I should take a look at?
  10. > @spud3 said: > Eastmoreland yesterday. The course is really in good shape. Greens are rolling a bit slow, but very true and the fairways are dry and running. > > Time for the round was an easy 3:55. Very enjoyable morning! I don't think I've ever had less than a 6 hour round at Eastmoreland. Tell me your secret.
  11. > @mallrat said: > 3:18. Might be a real good deal but not sure. Ah bummer. Can't make it.
  12. fwiw, I played Ghost Creek three weeks ago after a short (less than a week) dry spell and I found the course to be right on the threshold of playable. Zero roll but balls weren't plugging. Any shot I hit even a little fat resulted in an explosion of sandy mud. I wasn't disappointed with the condition, considering it was January and I got a cheap tee time but idk if I'd say it was "good" for winter golf.
  13. I'm a big fan of Elk Ridge in Washington. It's a mountain course about an hour from Portland's airport, albeit in the wrong direction. On the plus side, it's a spectacular drive. Here's more on the course: http://forecaddie.golf/2019/02/10/why-i-love-washingtons-elk-ridge-golf-course/ Langdon Farms is on your route and is a "fine" nice course, although I find the constant highway noise off-putting. It's a muni, but I really like the Great Blue course at Heron Lakes in Portland. It's a RTJ Jr design with a lot of water and some really fun holes. More "on the way" to Bandon would be Salishan and Sandpines - now known as Florence Golf Links - as you said. Tokatee is a mountain course but it's going to be even farther out of the way as Elk Ridge.
  14. Hi all – Portland-based long time lurker on this forum here. This past fall I started planning a golf trip to Scotland and, well, it was a ton of work. All the info you need is out there, but its spread across dozens (or hundreds!) of sites. It’s hard to get a sense of the golf course options – which are the ones you actually really want to play vs which are the ones on every tourist’s itinerary cause they’re a Big Name for whatever reason. The are some useful websites, but most are just frustrating with their unrealized potential (looking at you, Golf Advisor). Anyways, it inspired me to create my own site. It’s taken a few months to do a lot of research and build something but it’s finally at a place where I’m comfortable with sharing it. Here’s it is: http://forecaddie.golf Right now I’ve covered 32 courses across Scotland, Ireland and the Pacific Northwest. It’s still small – there are a lot more courses I plan to cover and a lot more travel advice I want to write about for the blog. There are also a million little things I need to fix or refine, but I’d love your honest feedback on what I have thus far. Tell me what you like and what you don’t like. What do you want to see more of? Less of? What else would make this better. Does anything not make sense? Is anything broken or misspelled (there undoubtedly is). FYI – you all are literally the first people I’ve shared this with.
  15. It's nothing special but I like it. It's older and charming. Back nine is a lot more interesting (to me at least) than the front nine. 15 is a beautiful little par 3. I can't imagine it does well if it has rained recently.
  16. I didn't! We ended up playing Wine Valley (which was great), but I definitely plan on coming back to Walla Walla and when I do, I very much want to play WWCC. I'll give you a shout when I do!
  17. Clubhouse sells a very helpful yardage book.
  18. That was my first time there. What have they done to improve the course? Just got back from a round there and yes it is in great shape. I really like how they have improved the course and clubhouse over the years.
  19. Played Wildwood this evening. Course is in great shape.
  20. I played Stone Creek on Monday. It was mostly fine, but wetter than I expected considering its reputation as a winter course. The greens had been aerated a week or two prior but they rolled pretty true. I think only once I had a putt that wobbled.
  21. I played Camas Meadows in mid-February. It was wet but playable. Not bad, considered what I was expecting. But I think I played after a dry week, so that probably helped.
  22. I noticed the Marcus Whitman Hotel has a stay-and-play offer that includes Wine Valley and - intriguingly - the private Walla Walla Country Club: https://marcuswhitmanhotel.com/golf-courses The course looks interesting and it's an A.W. Tillinghast redesign. But I can't find any reviews of the course online. Has anybody played this course before? Thoughts? I'm thinking of doing a short Eastern Washington golf trip and this seems like an interesting option, but I'd love to hear from people who've played there before.
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