Portland Golf Club - Portland, OR
While on a trip to attend a Con Bro Chill concert in Portland we managed to set up a round at the legendary Portland Golf Club courtesy of Akbar Chisti of Seamus Golf. Given the lower amount of play the course receives, we were able to play as a fivesome. Rounding out this gang was Sarah Moodie, Joe Garvey, Sean Ogle of Breaking Eighty, and myself.
Portland Golf Club was established in 1914 and the land was selected due to it's close proximity to the railroad line because not everybody had a car back in 1914. Over 40 years after opening, Ben Hogan would capture his first major championship at the 1946 PGA Championship. In 1946, the PGA Championship was match play and consisted of 12 rounds of golf over the course of 7 days. The Legendary Hogan won 6 & 4 over Ed Oliver claiming $3,500 in prize money.
A year later in 1947, and after a 10 year hiatus due to World War II, the Ryder Cup would return to form at Portland Golf Club. Playing captain, Ben Hogan, led the United States to an 11-1 victory. This score remains the largest margin of victory in Ryder Cup history to this day.
While the course has been phased out of major championship rotation, it is still an absolute joy to play. Our modern fivesome had a fantastic time walking in the footsteps of golf's legends.