Well Traveled Golfer
On this page:
- Stay and Play at Icicle Village Resort and Leavenworth Golf Club
- Black Butte Ranch Grapes & Golf Couples Event Features Food, Wine and Fun
- Silvies Valley Ranch – new golf resort on the Western frontier
- Salish Cliffs Golf Club Offers PNGA Members Special Weekday Playing Incentive
- Suncadia Resort
- Gearhart Golf Links – The First 125 Years
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Stay and Play at Icicle Village Resort and Leavenworth Golf Club
Icicle Village Resort and Leavenworth Golf Club are located in the majestic Cascade Mountains where you are close enough to touch the mountains in downtown Leavenworth, Wash. The Leavenworth Golf Course is one of the most pristine golf courses in the Northwest, located within a mile of the Bavarian town of Leavenworth. Experience the mountain views, the Wenatchee and Icicle rivers and the abundance of wildlife while you play. Icicle Village Resort is home to traditional hotel rooms as well as one, two and three-bedroom condominiums with all the comforts of home. The resort is also home to Alpine Spa, where you can choose a Swedish massage or facial to melt the stress away. Our restaurant, JJ Hills Fresh Grill, offers a fantastic happy hour along with some of the best Bavarian dishes in town.
Have fun in the beautiful surroundings of Leavenworth. Bring your friends and your golf clubs – both will thank you!
Two great ways to save:
- When you play a round of golf at Leavenworth Golf Club, mention your tee time at the resort and you will be entitled to a 10 percent discount on your overnight accommodations at Icicle Village Resort.
- Be sure to check with the hotel front desk to save 15% on your golf round when staying Icicle Village Resort. Beat the heat and play early or wait until it cools down and play twilight at a reduced rate.
Black Butte Ranch Grapes & Golf Couples Event Features Food, Wine and Fun
Put a bow on summer 2017 with a long (romantic maybe?) weekend of golf, wine, food and fun at one of Central Oregon’s most beautiful destination resorts, Black Butte Ranch.
The event kicks off Thursday evening with a wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres reception. Friday provides the first tournament round of golf at Glaze Meadow, best-ball format, and an exquisite four-course wine dinner at the award-winning Lodge restaurant. Participants tee off on Saturday for the final tournament round at Big Meadow, Stableford format, followed by a barbecue awards luncheon. Tee prizes, gifts, and gross and net prize payouts are all part of the event.
Lest you think it’s not a competition – this year’s tournament winners will
win a VIP experience at the 2018 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The prize includes two passes for Feb. 11, parking and full access to a hospitality tent on the 18th fairway that features chef-prepared meals, open bar, cigars, etc. This is one of the most popular events on the PGA TOUR, so this prize is huge!
ENTRY & DETAILS
- Entry is $550 per team and includes a wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres reception, two tournament rounds with cart, range balls each day, an exquisitely prepared four-course wine pairing dinner, BBQ awards luncheon, tee prizes and gifts, gross and net prize payouts and more!
- Optional entry of $750 per couple includes full entry, plus one practice round with cart for two, and four breakfast vouchers for a full breakfast at Robert’s Pub.
- Maximum course handicap is 30 for Men and 40 forLadies.
- Gross and Net Divisions – the event will be pre-flighted based on combined player handicap index. Tournament scoring will be on a gross and net basis for each flight. Pairings based on handicaps (day one), and tournament position (day two).
- Winnings are awarded in golf shop credits.
- Practice rounds are available for the special rate of $55 with cart and will be extended in conjunction with your travel. Call Ryan Dunning at 541.595.1292 for practice round tee times.
- Participants can secure a 15 percent discount off lodging at Black Butte Ranch. A two-night minimum stay applies. Options range from private Lodge rooms and 2-3 bedroom condos to 6-bedroom custom homes that can accommodate one, two or several couples. Please call Amanda Golien at 866.681.1123 for reservations and information.
For more information about this year’s Grapes & Golf event at Black Butte Ranch, contact Ryan Dunning at 541-595-1292 or by email.
To join the fun, register online at BlackButteRanch.com.
Silvies Valley Ranch – new golf resort on the Western frontier
The image of the American West brings to mind renegade spirits who value straightforwardness, tradition, resilience and a comedic sense of relaxation. For the traveler seeking an undiscovered Western retreat, Silvies Valley Ranch, a storied operating cattle ranch and resort located in Silvies, Ore. is just that.
The new frontier boutique eco-resort merges luxury and relaxation with an authentic Western ranch experience. Located along historic U.S. Route 395 near Burns, Ore. and designed in partnership with the Campbell family, who have roots in the area dating back to 1863, The Retreat at Silvies Valley Ranch brings the Western mystique of the region to an intimate scale, full-service resort complete with lodging, two reversible 18-hole golf courses, delicious dining options, exclusive outdoor activities, a spa (to open in 2018), and a private airstrip for guests looking to fly directly onto the property.
Silvies Valley Ranch provides visitors with a one-of-a-kind golf experience, including unlimited play on two reversible 18-hole courses – the Hankins course and Craddock course, each named after pioneer families who homesteaded the site, and designed by award-winning Northwest golf architect Dan Hixson.
The golf offerings fulfill the needs of every player of all ages, from novice to professionals, with expansive views of the area and dramatic elevation changes. The course direction is reversed each day to create a different layout with a variety of pin placements and tee box options that create thousands of unique rounds, but none with a water hazard – a design directive of the owner who has lost too many balls in the water. Instead, there are over a hundred bunkers incorporated into the course design.
The Retreat also introduces golfers to Chief Egan, a mountain meadow course on Paiute Creek. The course is a nine-hole par-3 layout named after the last Paiute war chief, and is a fun experience with water on every hole. Players can also test their game on McVeigh’s Gauntlet, a stunning seven-hole course carved into a razor back. Though challenging in design, the course is meant to be a fun, care-free course to help players settle bets and test their accuracy on a series of undulating par-3s and par-4s. Golfers will marvel at the views while exploring the course and its Western appeal. Together, these courses offer an unending number of golf experiences, bringing players face-to-face with the majesty and serenity of the region.
Off the course, guests have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a real working cattle ranch. Visitors can explore the grounds that were previously inhabited by Native Americans and worked by pioneers, will be able to learn the innovative practices of a working ranch from Silvies Valley Ranch team members, test their accuracy at the shooting range, dine on ranch-raised, grass finished, organic beef and chevon, and relax near the campfire and under the stars of the Oregon sky.
For those looking to experience the true American West, Silvies Valley Ranch is a destination that can’t be missed.
For more information about Silvies Valley Ranch, please call 1-800-SILVIES or visit www.silviessimplyamazing.com to book your adventure.
Salish Cliffs Golf Club Offers PNGA Members Special Weekday Playing Incentive
Acclaimed Amenity of Little Creek Casino Resort on the South Sound in Superb Condition
Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Wash. is home to Salish Cliffs Golf Club, which recently hosted the 42nd PNGA Men’s Master-40 Amateur Championship. “Hats off to Salish Cliffs – it’s a really good match-play course,” champion Erik Hanson said afterward. Asked what makes a good match-play course, Hanson cited unique holes that stand alone as “18 little tourneys.”
Authored by golf course architect Gene Bates, Salish Cliffs has earned a positive reputation for its layout since opening in 2011. Featuring 18 creative, well-crafted holes with little to no design-composition redundancy, the course’s first three holes exemplify Bates’ artist touch. No. 1 is a short, straight par-5 that many players can reach in two – an eagle opportunity out of the gate. It’s followed by a drivable par 4 where the fairway runs diagonal to the teeing area and missing right often leads to aggressive-strategy lament; it’s more prudent to position the drive well for a short approach and look at birdie. No. 3 is a brawny, downhill par-3 that measures 291 yards from the back tees. If you offered players par for the hole prior to playing it, most would take it and gratefully move on.
Suffice it to say that a Salish Cliffs round is a diversity-filled journey, or “18 little entities unto themselves,” as Hanson might say. Add the course’s customary high-quality conditioning – thanks to Superintendent Anton Diaz, GCSAA, and his team – and it’s a memorable playing experience that has garnered “best-of list” ratings in Washington and nationally. “The greens are in fantastic shape, and the fairways and tees are in excellent form, too,” says PGA Director of Golf David Kass.
Don’t take Kass’ word for it. Make your own judgment. To that end, PNGA members who cite promo code “PNGA59” can play the course Monday-Thursday after 1 pm for $59 including tax through Aug. 31, 2017. Given that the course rack rate on weekday afternoons can be $95, that’s a savings of approximately one-third. To book a Salish Cliffs round, visit www.salish-cliffs.com or call 360.462.3673.
The course isn’t the only thing in excellent shape at Little Creek – the resort will soon unveil comprehensively renovated rooms in one of its hotel towers (mid-July was planned as of this enewsletter’s publication). The new accommodations offer pristine décor, bedding, carpeting, paint and cabinetry. The new layout creates more livable space in each room along with enlarged bathrooms including new vanities and glass walk-in showers.
Guests will see representative tribal art designs reflected in the room colors and style. The Squaxin Island Tribe, which owns and operates the property, showcases stunning handmade Native American art throughout the resort.
“Rejuvenating our rooms provides guests with the relaxing, finely appointed setting that they covet,” says Mark West, Chief Executive Officer of Little Creek Casino Resort. “We must ensure that our hotel and overall resort experience ranks as highly with them as our casino, golf, entertainment and spa amenities.”
For more information, or to book a stay, visit www.little-creek.com or call 360.432.7300.
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.
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