Recently I took a trip to visit my parents new home in Paradise, CA. Naturally, this provided the perfect excuse for me to take a trip from Seattle down to CA and golf my little heart out along the way. I booked a ton of tee times, packed a bag, and threw my clubs in the car. This was going to be a monster of a trip covering 13 golf courses, with multiple 36 hole days, and walking every one of the courses. Feel free to click on the link of the courses to check out the full galleries and write-ups.
The Oregon Courses: On my way down to CA I took on 3 courses in the Bend area.
- Aspen Lakes Golf Club - I started the trip off with a bang visiting the #15 Best in State on Golf Digest's rankings. The cinder red bunkers gave this course a unique look and feel.
- Black Butte Ranch Golf Club - An early morning tee time for a day of 36 started off at this classic Oregon staple.
- Tetherow - Teeing it up with the club champion was a definite advantage in helping to navigate this challenging Kidd design. I managed only 4 pars, but rolled in 5 birdies.
California Courses: During my stay in CA, I hit up some local gems with my Dad and friends.
- Table Mountain Golf Course - A local Paradise municipal track. The Dad and I had fun whacking it around the local layout.
- Sevillano Links - This John Daly signature course plays just under 8000 yards from the back tees. Like an idiot, I played the tips and had a blast grinding it out.
- Bidwell Park Golf Course - We teed it up with the local city champion who showed us how to properly strike a golf ball. The course features many friendly deer that you can walk right up to. They don't cheer for birdies though and seemed relatively uninterested in that 6 footer you missed for par.
- Bailey Creek Golf Course - One of the local favorites. This course came highly recommended and did not disappoint.
Complimentary Scoring Pie Chart
The Home Stretch: With the end in sight I crossed the finish line in style
- Pronghorn Fazio Course - My favorite course of the trip. For a guy who likes to take pictures, Fazio makes it fun. Also there is a lava tube hole!!
- Bend Golf & Country Club - A classic country club experience and a fun course to play. I managed to make 16 pars for the second 18 on a day of 36.
- Pumpkin Ridge Witch Hollow - For the final round of the trip I teed it up with Sean Ogle of breakingeighty.com. Sean was a fantastic host and helped me to conclude the trip with finesse.
Awards & Accolades:
- Best Par 3 - The 8th hole at Pronghorn's Fazio Course. Nicknamed the "Lava tube" hole, this was an easy victory for #8. Honorable mention goes to #5 at Running Y.
- Best Par 4 - With 130 contenders this one was tough but #6 at Tetherow takes home the honors. Honorable mentions to #6 at Pronghorn, #18 at Crosswater, and #6 at Pumpkin Ridge. The 6th hole cleaning up in this category.
- Best Par 5 - #12 at Crosswater wins the award here. I also enjoyed #2 at Running Y, #17 at Widgi Creek and #14 at Pumpkin Ridge.
- Best Photo: #18 at Pronghorn.
- Best Course: Pronghorn with a close runner up in Crosswater.
A big thanks to everyone that I played with and who invited me onto their courses. Until next time!!
By the Numbers:
- 13 rounds of golf played
- 234 holes of golf played
- Average score: 75.1
- Pars: 137
- Birdies: 34
- Bogies: 54
- Double Bogies: 9
- Eagle putts missed: 5
Oregon Courses: The trip back to Seattle. This would be the meat of the golf trip with 2 back to back 36 hole days.
- Running Y Ranch - Definitely the best value on the trip. The Arnold Palmer design was definitely the best surprise on the trip.
- Crosswater Club - Considered by every golfer that I played with as one of their favorite courses in Oregon. Cross water is one of the state's best coming in at #9 in the state on Golf Digest's list.
- Widgi Creek Golf Club - One of the higher end public courses in the Bend area. I finished up the day of 36 with a nice twilight round.