Well Traveled Golfer
On this page:
- Suncadia Resort
- New Life for Old Works
- Whistler – Great Golf, Great Value
- Golf in the Biggest Little City in the World – Reno-Tahoe
- Gearhart Golf Links – The First 125 Years
- One of the World’s Top Golf Destinations – Northwest Montana Golf Association
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Suncadia offers two scenic championship golf courses on its 6,400-acre property in Washington State. Set within a pine and fir forest with lakes and ponds, the Prospector course is adjacent to the 18-room Inn at Suncadia. Family-friendly Rope Rider is named after the coal miners who precariously balanced themselves on the coal cars that maneuvered the steep slopes of mine shafts. The foundations and portals of mines No. 9 and 10 remain on the course, along with Tipple Hill – a 120-foot hill of coal tailings. There is something for all ages and skill levels. Suncadia’s golf courses also offer tournament play, lessons and group events. Plan your next foursome, family event or group tournament now.
New Life for Old Works
A Jack Nicklaus Signature design awaits you at Old Works Golf Course
One of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses; No. 94 – Golf Digest , 2015-2016
Built on the site of a century-old and long-since-closed copper smelter, Old Works Golf Club in Anaconda, Mont. is the first course ever built on a Federal EPA Superfund site.
Jack Nicklaus incorporated historic relics into his design of Old Works. Granite slabs from the old mill line the banks of trout-filled Warm Springs Creek, protecting the 10th green. Massive stone furnaces border the third fairway, while the 150-foot flue provides a dramatic backdrop to the fourth green.
The challenge of building a golf course on one of the largest EPA Superfund sites in the world was one Nicklaus eagerly accepted.
“The decision to build a golf course there was a terrific, money-saving use of the property, and it was a special opportunity to create a source of pride, employment and potential revenue to a town that was struggling due to unemployment from the loss of Anaconda mining,” Nicklaus said. “Old Works brought tourism to the town; it brought jobs to the town; and in some way, it brought new life. It was a very worthwhile project all around. And, we were able to construct the project for about half the cost that it would have taken to clean up the site, due to regulations.”
Over 700,000 cubic yards of earth were hauled in to provide a protective cap over the scarred terrain to build the course. When all was said and done, nearly two million cubic yards of earth were moved to create the course.
Managed by Troon and owned by Anaconda Deer Lodge County, Old Works is a public course spread across 220 acres. Nicklaus incorporated five sets of tees for each hole, allowing the course to measure from 5,290 to over 7,700 yards offering a challenge to players of all skill levels. All bunkers are filled with black slag sand – a by-product of the copper smelting process – giving the course its unique and signature look.
The club also has a three-hole “Little Bear” course, with two par-4s and a par-3, that is popular with families and with golfers short on time.
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- No. 1 “America’s Best Courses, State-by-State” – Golfweek, 2013
- No. 94 “America’s Top 100 Public Courses” – Golf Digest, 2015-2016
- No. 7 Best Course in Montana – Golf Digest, 2015-2016
- No. 1 Public Course in Montana – Golf Digest, 2015-2016
Whistler – Great Golf, Great Value
With the strong U.S. dollar, Whistler has become very enticing for golfers from all over the United States. Rated Canada’s number one golf destination by Golf Digest, Whistler’s four championship designer courses provide an unparalleled mountain golf experience. Play at the base of majestic Mount Currie on Robert Cupp’s Big Sky Golf Club, experience Jack Nicklaus’ signature design at Nicklaus North Golf Course, Arnold Palmer’s first-ever Canadian design at the Whistler Golf Club, or Robert Trent Jones Jr.’s pre-eminent mountain design at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club.
Golf in Whistler boasts a variety of classic Canadian mountain golf courses. Surrounded by incredible mountain views, each course has its own unique style. From the rolling greens of the Palmer course, to the mountainside vistas from Robert Trent Jones Jr., the dramatic par 3’s by Jack Nicklaus and the stunning backdrop of Mount Currie above Bob Cupp’s creation, Whistler offers four unique golf experiences that make it one of North America’s leading golf destinations. Of course, mountain golf in Canada wouldn’t be complete without incredible wildlife viewing. A visit from one of the local black bears is pretty much a guarantee on your trip.
Located in the spectacular Coast Mountains of British Columbia just two hours north of Vancouver, Whistler is Canada’s favorite year-round destination. Highlights include two majestic mountains with a vibrant base Village, amazing summer activities along with our four championship golf courses, unbeatable shopping, restaurants and bars, accommodation to suit every budget, hiking trails, spas and arguably the best mountain bike park in the world. Before becoming a ski area and Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, this was already a place that drew visitors from far and wide. All of this is accessed by the incredible Sea to Sky highway, a wonder in itself.
Whistler boasts an array of world class hotels providing unlimited options for golf and stay packages. Our booking agents can tailor your package to your needs. Many guests also choose our Golf Whistler Passport. Starting at $269* for our spring passport and $345* for our summer passport, each passport includes a round of golf at each of Whistler’s four amazing courses. Play them all in one trip or split it up and enjoy a few trips to Whistler – the choice is yours.
To book a golf and stay package call one of our Golf Whistler experts at 1-866-723-2747. For more information on golf in Whistler visit www.golfwhistler.com. To purchase a Golf Whistler Passport online visit www.golfwhistler.com/passport.
(*Restrictions apply. Based on exchange rate of 1.30.)
Golf in the Biggest Little City in the World – Reno-Tahoe
Reno-Tahoe is home to an impressive lineup of special events and concerts, a sprawling shopping and dining scene and more than 50 golf courses, begging you to come out and play. Experience the region’s diverse elevation, climate and courses in an all-seasons destination where you can ski in the morning and golf in the afternoon.
The course selection boasts unique sceneries stretching from the barren, sage-scattered deserts of the North Valleys to the high grass and wildflower-strewn meadows of Genoa, and from the dark blues of Lake Tahoe to the endless Pine tree forests of Plumas County. Even spectators will relish the scenery during the PGA TOUR Barracuda Championship at Reno’s Montrêux Golf and Country Club. Golfers will enjoy longer drives in Reno-Tahoe, where elevations range from 4,500 ft. to 6,300 ft. above sea level. This boost will be appreciated, as golfers play through course layouts designed by architects such as Arthur Jack Snyder, Arnold Palmer, Robert Trent Jones and Jack Nicklaus.
Just 10 minutes from downtown Reno, Lakeridge Golf Course is ideal for the seasoned golfer. Designed by the famed architect Robert Trent Jones Sr., this course has a world famous par-3 which tees atop a 150-foot, rocky ridge overlooking an island green in Lake Stanley. The 19th Hole restaurant displays an elegant but casual atmosphere for breakfast and lunch menus. A scenic 40-minute drive away from Reno-Tahoe International Airport is the Incline Championship Golf Course at North Lake Tahoe. This inspiring course has been ranked in the “Top 50 U.S. Golf Courses.”
That’s just a taste of what Reno-Tahoe offers on the course, but for a different kind of course, the options are similarly vast. The destination is now home to nearly two-dozen craft breweries, many of which are in the booming MidTown district. In addition to unique, curated menus, Reno-Tahoe brewers take great pride in creating a wide variety of tastes, offering sessional and high-volume beverages. You’ll be happy to know that the fairly young proliferation of high-quality, professional brewing is not only being recognized by locals. In the 2016 Best of Craft Beer Awards, IMBIB Custom Brews won three medals, including a gold medal for its Berliner Weisse. Brasserie Saint James won two medals, taking gold for its 1904 brew. Brasserie Saint James was also named “Mid-size Brewpub of the Year” at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. The Depot, Nevada’s first brewery/distillery, has also been awarded for its brews as well as its spirits.
In addition to great, nightly entertainment, Reno-Tahoe is also home to a number of professional sports teams. The former Triple-A Champion Reno Aces play at the recently renovated Greater Nevada Field in downtown Reno, where the United Soccer League’s Reno 1868 FC held its inaugural season in 2017. The Reno Bighorns are the Sacramento Kings’ D-League affiliate, and play at the Reno Events Center, also in downtown Reno.
With endless opportunities for group and seasonal rates, Reno Tahoe is one of the premier golf destinations in the U.S. For more information, go to www.VisitRenoTahoe.com.
Gearhart Golf Links – The First 125 Years
Golf has been played in Gearhart, Ore. since 1892, when Robert Livingstone took a lawn mower out to his pasture to level the ground, put a few tin cans in the soil for holes and planted some flags in them. A golf course grew from that humble beginning, and now Gearhart Golf Links will be celebrating 125 years in 2017. The club will be commemorating this exceptional birthday with events planned throughout the year, but will kick off its summer season with a special gala.
Built on slightly more than 100 acres and playing at just over 6,500 yards, the current routing of Gearhart was influenced greatly in the 1920s by the early American golf champion, Chandler Egan, who moved to Oregon from Chicago right before World War I. In addition to winning two U.S. Amateurs and a team gold medal at the 1904 Olympics, Egan established himself as a leading West Coast golf course designer.
Egan’s portfolio included the original course designs for Portland’s first municipal course, Eastmoreland, along with Oswego Lake, Eugene and Tualatin country clubs. Collaborating with Alister MacKenzie and Robert Hunter (who was also Egan’s teammate on the winning U.S. Olympic golf team), Egan renovated Pebble Beach Golf Links in advance of the 1929 U.S. Amateur Championship.
In time for its anniversary, Gearhart has just completed a several-years long project to restore the course to its original links style. Trees were removed and several of the holes were lengthened and modified to bring the course up to 6,500 yards. Gearhart is meticulously maintained by Forrest Goodling’s staff of professional groundskeepers, and the entire operation is managed by Jason Bangild, PGA professional.
Mark these key 2017 dates on your calendar to join the club’s celebration:
Friday, June 23rd – “Gearhart Hickory Classic” – The NW Hickory Society plays every year at Gearhart, and this year the Society has extended an invitation to Gearhart regulars to join in the fun. Hickory clubs will be available and their use is included in your entry fee. Following golf, there will be a formal Anniversary Presentation in the Livingstone Room – golfers and non-golfers are invited. We will be celebrating the links and the town of Gearhart.
- 12:00 noon – Gearhart Hickory Classic Golf Tournament (You will be paired with a member of the NW Hickory Society)
- 4:30pm – Scoring in the Pot Bunker Pub, dinner on your own.
- 6:00pm – Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Livingstone Room
- 7:00pm – Presentation on the history of Gearhart Golf Links
- Paul Linnman – Master of Ceremonies
- Tim Boyle – Welcome
- Kerry Tymchuck (Oregon Historical Society) – The early days of Gearhart
- Paul Levy (PGA of America) – Video presentation on the birth of the PGA of America
- Tim Hills (McMenamins Historian) – The Sand Trap, then and now
- David Jacobsen (R&A) – Life as a golfing kid in Gearhart
- Matt Brown (Gearhart Mayor) – Recognition of City officials
- 9:00pm – Music and Dancing!
Sunday, July 16th – “Whiskey Road to the Final Four” – The signature team event of three 9-Hole Matches. Grab a partner and vie for a spot on the perpetual trophy!
Wednesday, July 19th – Birthday Pricing – Gearhart was founded in 1892, so for one day only, green fees will only be $18.92!
Friday, July 21st – “McMenamins Scramble: Forrest’s Revenge” – Gearhart is lucky to have one of the best Superintendents in golf, and on this day he is going to punish you. You will celebrate the beloved golf course by playing it at its toughest!
Thursday, July 27th – $125 Skins Game – Bring your “A” game!
Friday, July 28th – Croquet on the Lawn – 5th Annual!
Monday, July 31st – Employee Appreciation Day – All current and past employees of Gearhart Golf Links, McMenamins Sand Trap, and the Gearhart Hotel play for free. Recognition in the Pot Bunker Bar to follow.
Friday, August 4th – Flag Day – All players play until they’ve hit the ball 125 times. Whoever gets the farthest wins the pot (i.e. better players may play 30 or more holes).
Friday, August 11th – James Beard Dinner
For more information on Gearhart Golf Links, please contact:
Jason Bangild, General Manager and PGA Director of Golf
One of the World’s Top Golf Destinations – Northwest Montana Golf Association
Golf Courses in Montana, especially Northwest Montana, are some of the most beautiful golf courses in the country making this one of the top 50 golf destinations in the world.
Excellent courses in close proximity, vibrant dining and nightlife options, and the spectacular scenery of Glacier National Park are some of the reasons why Golf Digest called Northwest Montana one of the world’s top golf destinations.
Course styles range from mountain courses with tree-lined fairways and winding rivers to traditional Scottish links-style layouts to courses set along the shores of impressive lakes. “We have nine very excellent courses within a short driving distance of each other,” says Steve Dunfee, president of the Northwest Montana Golf Association.
Getting to Northwest Montana is relatively easy from Seattle or Portland. Alaska Airlines flies daily into Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) and fares for the short flight are surprisingly affordable. Amtrak also departs daily from both Seattle and Portland and delivers passengers at the historic Whitefish Train Depot, in the heart of the golf course action. Do-it-yourselfers won’t find the half-day drive from Seattle or Portland, or the four-hour drive from Spokane, to be difficult. The epic scenery along the way makes the trip all the better.
While golf is definitely reason enough for a visit, Northwest Montana is also home to a dining scene that will surprise even the most finicky sophisticate. The nightlife and bars are considered by some to be legendary. Many visitors think of the lively ski town of Whitefish when they think of the region. However, downtown Kalispell has also cultivated its own impressive stock of dining and nightlife options. Visitors should not miss the great little shops and places to eat in the area’s other small towns including Polson, Eureka and Libby.
Most golfers organize their trips around their tee times, but some will also plan a diversion to neighboring Glacier National Park. Flyfishing, ziplining, hiking and boating are a few ways that non-golfers will have a great time. “It’s affordable, it’s fun, it’s entertaining and there are so many places to go,” says Dunfee.