b'WASHINGTON GOLFWine Valleys Chris Isaacson RetiresAt 62 years old, 42 of them behind the counters of seven golf course pro shops, Wine Valleys General Manager and PGA Head Professional Chris Isaacson is changing sides. Hes going to the other side of the counter, doing so as a playerand doing so no longer as a golf professional, but as a professional golfer. His retirement, which takes effect January 1, 2022, will mean time for himself, his family, and especially his grandchildren. Further, it will mean his own tee times, and lots of em.Isaacsons successor at the popular and highly acclaimed Wine Valley will be Tyler Sweet, himself movingChris Isaacson (right) will hand over the reins at Wine to Walla Walla and Frenchtown from his head pro job atValley to Tyler Sweet on January 1, 2022. The dogs, Port Ludlow. Sweet is 42, born the same year IsaacsonAlia (left) and Penny come with the deal.began his professional career. Isaacson spent the past four years at Wine Valley, vintage years, to include a robust finishsort of like theChris has set a lot of great things in place (at fine wines served in a bevy of tasting rooms nearby alongWine Valley), Sweet said. Im filling some pretty big U.S. Highway 12 and throughout the Walla Walla region. footsteps.Its not common in this business to spend 45 Ive absolutely loved every day Ive come to work,days learning the ropes.Chris is one of those guys whose Isaacson said. Now Im ready to unplug from the schedule,customer service is so good, and this can be a tough ready to spend time with my kids and grandkids. I lovebusiness to work in.the game now more than ever, and Wine Valley has been aIsaacsons pipe dreams include some travel.Scotland special place. is to be expected, but Spain is also a strong possibility.To Isaacsons legacy glows with a record of hospitality,be sure, most of his travel will include all points across teaching, and impressive play, qualities long recognizedWashington and the Pacific Northwest.There are those tee among his contemporaries. times to fill, ya know.Hes one of the best, a consummate professional,My game is still in there, Isaacson said. I have to said Bob Scott, PGA head pro at Spokane Countysknock some rust off it.But I look forward not just to playing MeadowWood Golf Course, and a pro for almost as manythe game, but competing more. years. Chris is a great example of how to provide customerHe likes the sound of professional golfer.service and personality in the pro shop.Hes also a veryThat really is true, he said. I can look forward to good player, and I love to talk to him every time I comeplaying with friends and in tournaments.I have so many down here. relationships with good people, and I never get enough Sweet, meanwhile, is already on board, moving to Wallatime to spend with any of them. I have always felt my role Walla in early November, a 45-day stint with Isaacsonin golf has been to make a difference. The value of the underway until Sweet takes over January 1.friendships Ive made is immeasurable. Bob Bostwick38PACIFIC NORTHWEST GOLFER| DEC 2021'