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112 years as Guardians of the Game

Name Game Local celebs on course

Best Case Scenario

Altered State Portland man finds his game Ask the Expert A.V. Macan, 2.0

The new Rope Rider course and Swiftwater Cellars combine to provide the complete Northwest experience

Farewell Bodenhamer bids PNGA adieu Backspin: Of cabbages, kings, and psychedelic pants Printed Matter



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Vol. 17 No. 3 • August 2011




An official magazine of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association, British Columbia Golf, Idaho Golf Association, Oregon Golf Association, Washington State Golf Association and the Pacific Northwest Section PGA

20 6 20 | The Name Game

Celebs use golf to achieve goals

22 | Rules of the Game

Wrong choices, right answers 6 | Publisher’s Essay

Final farewell from John Bodenhamer 8 | Chip Shots

Highlights from around the Northwest 14 | Perfect Blend

Rope Rider and Swiftwater Cellars 16 | Stage (Four) Fright

24 | Links to the Past

Strength and honor at Jefferson Park

26 | Ask the Expert

A.V. Macan biographer speaks 28 | Backspin

Q&A: We asked, you answered 30 | Great Holes of the Northwest

Golf heals this wound

Wine Valley Golf Club Walla Walla, Washington Photo by Brent Stewart

All business, of course

On the cover

17 | From the Forward Tees

18 | Smiling Eyes

A pilgrimage to Ireland

Swiftwater Cellars winery overlooks the par-4 ninth hole at Rope Rider Cle Elum, Washington

Photo by Rob Perry

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EDITORIAL AND PRODUCTION STAFF PUBLISHER John M. Bodenhamer ASSISTANT PUBLISHER Troy Andrew EDITOR Tom Cade ART DIRECTOR Marilyn Esguerra PRINTER Quad Graphics ADVERTISING SALES SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Lisa Lee 206.452.2976 OREGON & NEVADA Stein Swenson 541.318.5155 BRITISH COLUMBIA Jim Griffin 250.477.4429 IDAHO Rocky Cook 208.890.9990 PNGA COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE Peter Fibiger, Committee Chairman, Victoria, B.C.; Troy Andrew, PNGA/WSGA Executive Director, Federal Way, Wash.; Genger Fahleson, IGA Executive Director, Boise, Idaho; Kris Jonasson, BCG Executive Director, Richmond, B.C.; Barb Trammell, OGA CEO/Executive Director, Woodburn, Ore.; Dr. Jack Lamey, PNGA President, Seattle, Wash.; Dixie Geddes, PNGA Women’s Division, Vancouver, Wash.; Barbara Tracy, WSGA Director, Woodinville, Wash.; Paul Ramsdell, PNGA/WSGA Representative-at-Large, Gig Harbor, Wash.; Tasha Bukovnik, BCG Manager of Communications, Richmond, B.C.; Heather Markham, PNGA/WSGA Manager of Communications, Federal Way, Wash.; Eric Yaillen, OGA Director of Communications, Woodburn, Ore.; Tom Cade, PNGA/WSGA Director of Communications, Federal Way, Wash. FUTURE PUBLISHING DATES November 2011, February 2012, May 2012 SUBSCRIPTION Members in Oregon and Washington pay a $1 subscription fee. All rights reserved, including reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Material in this publication may not be reproduced in any form without the expressed permission of the editor. Advertising contained herein does not constitute endorsement by the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, Idaho, Oregon, Washington State golf associations or PNWPGA. All editorial submissions are to be directed to the editor. Editor assumes no responsibility for unsolicited queries, manuscripts, photographs, graphics or other materials. Editor reserves the right to edit letters to the editor and publish only excerpts from letters received. Printed letters are not necessarily the opinion of the PNGA, BCGA, IGA, OGA, WSGA or PNWPGA. The publisher has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the material contained in this publication. However, as unpredictable changes and errors do occur, the publisher can assume no liability for errors, changes or omissions. Printed in U.S. Pacific Northwest Golf Association 1010 S. 336th Street, Suite 310, Federal Way, WA 98003 (206) 526-1238; fax (206) 522-0281 e-mail: Pacific Northwest Golfer (USPS 014-029), (ISSN: #10877045) is published quarterly by Pacific Northwest Golf Association at 1010 S. 336th Street, Suite 310, Federal Way, WA 98003. Periodicals postage paid at Federal Way, WA, and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: send address changes to Pacific Northwest Golfer, 1010 S. 336th Street, Suite 310, Federal Way, WA 98003. Canadian Publications Mail Product Sales Agreement #41108549. Postage paid at Vancouver, B.C.



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Publisher’s Essay

A Fond Farewell If the truth be known, I never imagined I would be writing a final column for Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, but here it is. I am grateful for the opportunity to pen these JOHN last lines as I depart the BODENHAMER Northwest to accept a new, Publisher senior level staff position with the United States Golf Association in Far Hills, New Jersey. It has been a true privilege to have served these past 21 years as CEO and Executive Director of the PNGA, WSGA, The Home Course, and the Pacific Coast Golf Association. The friendships, memories, and all that has been accomplished in working alongside so many dedicated volunteers to benefit the game of golf, has been a true labor of love for me. I will always look back upon these years as the most enjoyable of my life. Likewise, it has been a unique honor to have served for the last 17 years as editor and now publisher of Pacific Northwest Golfer. I take great pride in being part of the team that created what is now a powerful communication tool for our Northwest associations. It is safe to say we defied the odds in those early years with a startup golf publication, but now enjoy a high quality, financially viable, regional golf publication, with a growing circulation of more than 123,000 households. I have always been amazed at the reach of Pacific Northwest Golfer and the positive comments, input and feedback from our readers throughout North America have

been gratifying. We have always attempted, in every way, to maintain the highest standards with the magazine, and more recently our electronic communication products, and I know these standards will continue. My new title with the USGA is Senior Managing Director of Rules, Competitions & Amateur Status. It is one of four, newly created, senior staff positions that will work closely with new USGA Executive Director, Mike Davis and the USGA Executive Committee in charting the future course of the governing body of amateur golf in the United States. It is a very exciting opportunity on every level and I look forward to working alongside many talented people in making positive contributions that will benefit the future of the game of golf. During my time with the PNGA, WSGA, The Home Course and the PCGA, there have been many association-related highlights and fond memories upon which I shall reflect fondly. While there are far too many to mention here, these are a few that stand out: • My first day on the job at our Northgate (Seattle) offices on March 1, 1990 • The reorganization and reformation of the WSGA that commenced in August of 1992

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TOP: John congratulates Peter Uihlein (left), the champion of the 2010 U.S. Amateur. LEFT: John in 1990, his first year at the helm of the PNGA.

• Publishing the first issue of Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine in September of 1994 • Tiger Woods’ victory in the 1994 PNGA Men’s Amateur Championship at Royal Oaks CC • The PNGA Centennial Gala at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre in 1999 with Fred Couples, Peter Jacobsen, Anne Sander and JoAnne Carner being honored during a magnificent black-tie evening • Acquiring The Home Course on May 30, 2007 and opening it just 29 days later! • Hosting the 110th United States Amateur Championship at The Home Course this past summer I am pleased that my good friend Troy Andrew has been named as my successor. Troy has been a member of our staff for the past dozen years and has been our Assistant Executive Director for the past five years. He is a talented and thoughtful individual of the highest character and work ethic. He will prove to be an outstanding leader as the associations move forward positively in the future. And the associations are also fortunate to each have excellent volunteers and staff in place that will provide the foundation for continued success. I look forward to working with my friends in the Northwest in the coming years, but just from a chair a little further east. I do not consider this a farewell column. Rather, it is my wish that it be accepted as an extension of my heartfelt gratitude to all who have supported our associations, this magazine and our work to benefit all that is good with the game of golf in the Northwest over the years. It has been the honor of my life to have had the privilege of serving the associations these past 21 years. Most importantly, I consider myself incredibly blessed by the many wonderful friendships I have made and enjoyed and look forward to maintaining them into the future.

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From the ‘Gee, this isn’t a bad idea’ department: Although the “Tee it Forward” initiative, conducted by the USGA and the PGA of America, was held last month at golf courses across the country, our thought is this isn’t a half-bad idea to carry on throughout the year. Barney Adams, the founder of Adams Golf, provided the concept to encourage golfers to play each course at a length that is best suited to their driving distance. By playing from forward tees, amateur golfers have the opportunity to play the course at the same relative distance as a tour pro. The playing field is leveled by giving golfers the chance to play from distances that are properly aligned with their abilities. Let’s see: lower scores, fewer lost balls, faster play, more enjoyment. Hmm. We think they’re on to something. Here are the recommended yardages:

Doing the Father-Son thing right In 2009, Per Hansen of Vancouver, B.C. and his son Mikkel finished second in the Father-Son Tournament at St. Andrews in Scotland. They went back this year and won the 72-hole better-ball event, with the final round played on the Old Course. The tournament, sanctioned by the St. Andrews Links Trust, is open to all, and is played in honor of Old Tom Morris and his son Tommy Morris. Teams come from around the world to compete. “Do you have a son?” asked Per. “Once in your lifetime you have to do this.” They will not be going back next year to defend their title. Per found out that Mikkel, his only son, is expecting his first child, Per’s first grandchild, this coming winter. “But maybe we’ll go back in three years, for my 60th birthday,” he said.



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Sign Language We are believers in signs. They light a dark night, show us the paths in our lives, illuminate that which had been misunderstood, and lead us on our way. They do not, however, improve our score. But no matter. As we’ve traveled through the region over the past few months, we’ve collected a few of these signs, from the practical, to the obvious, to the sublime. They are their own road map, connecting the golf community.

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In the beautiful Palm Springs valley! Geno and Tina on the 2,000th hole.

Local dream, world record

It was a simple idea. Geno Bonnalie of Lewiston, Idaho wanted to raise money and awareness for his wife’s seven-year-old cousin, Tina, who has Cystinosis, a rare condition that gradually immobilizes internal organs. “I really wanted to do something,” he said. “I like to play golf, so I took a week off work, got a few sponsors, and away I went.” At 4:23am on Monday, June 27, Bonnalie teed off the first hole at Lewiston G&CC, with the intention of setting the world record for the number of holes played in a seven day period. Bonnalie carries a +2.3 Index, and some of his statistics during the week are eye-popping. He played 18 rounds the first day, and averaged 17 rounds a day the rest of the week, playing each round in a little over 50 minutes. His average score was 71.72 per round. He was 31 under par for the week, making 491 birdies (the old record was 250), and played exactly 2,000 holes (the old record was 1,850), which is 111 rounds plus two extra holes. He hit just under 8,000 shots. Bonnalie needed two witnesses on hand at all times to verify the completion of holes and to keep score, which became no problem as the week went on, as a gallery of several dozen people, as well as camera crews from local television stations, started following him around the course as he got closer to the record. “At the end I couldn’t bend my right knee, and my hands and arms were swollen,” he said. “But I enjoyed it. And it was worth it.” There to greet him after holing out on the 2,000th hole was a smiling young Tina.

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(CreateSpace; $13.95) The latest book by Ginney Etherton of Langlois, Ore. follows the fictional character Lainey Tidwell, a female caddie at a coastal resort who figures “caddying at a golf course overlooking the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by men sounds like the perfect job for an unattached, adventurous female,” until the headstrong young woman realizes she’ll need to wade through the crass remarks and patronization to earn the respect as a top-notch caddie. A good summer read, the paperback is also available on Kindle.

If Golf Were the Only Game

(AuthorHouse; $36) Using the GI Bill to attend what is now called the Art Institute of Seattle, longtime Seattle resident Bob Cram has been illustrating

and cartooning most of his years on the earth. He’s illustrated a number of outdoor books, was the KING TV (NBC affiliate in Seattle) cartooning weatherman for eight years, and produced a lot of art for advertising clients through his studio. As stated on the back cover of this collection of cartoons, “The premise of this book is that golf has dominated history using only clubs, ball, and golf-related items to deal with. Bob’s imagination takes it from there.” And we’re happy to go along on the journey.

“Just Call Me Mac”The Biography of A. Vernon Macan

(Oscar’s Press; $30) Michael Riste has been on a twenty year quest to research Arthur V. Macan, the architect who designed many of the most notable courses in the Northwest and is one of the most influential designers in all of golf. And Riste, the PNGA Historian who serves as a director and volunteer historian at BC Golf House Society, has recently published his findings, chronicling Macan’s life, from his days as a would-be lawyer in

Dublin, Ireland, to his emigration to Victoria, BC, to his growing reputation as a course designer. Riste is donating all proceeds from the sale of the book to funding a new roof for BC Golf House, which houses the BC Golf Museum and Golf Hall of Fame of BC. Books can be purchased on their web site at

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(Loughlin Golf Press; $13.99) Based in Missoula, Mont., Annie Loughlin is a professional golf instructor, writer and public speaker. She holds Class A membership in both the LPGA and PGA of America; an awardwinning instructor, she was recently selected to serve on the 2011 Executive Teaching Committee of the PGA of America. Her most recent book, The Golf Letters, is a collection of humorous anecdotes she has gathered over her 22 years as a golf instructor. The book’s Foreword was written by Steven Pressfield, author of The Legend of Bagger Vance. Loughlin’s book is also available on Kindle.

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Everything Under the Sun

With its six sets of tees, three and six-hole loops, homage to history, and high-end Swiftwater Cellars winery housing its pro shop, the new Rope Rider course at Suncadia is the complete package BY BOB SHERWIN Rope Rider, the new course opening this summer at the Suncadia resort, can be celebrated for its embrace of incongruity. The final piece of Suncadia’s 54-hole golf course complex, Rope Rider is a disparate mix of elements. It’s mine shafts and signature holes, wine tasting and ball striking, corporate banquets and family pizza parties. They co-exist together in this rolling, forested terrain amid the breathtaking Cascade Mountains, 90 minutes east of Seattle. The 7,203-yard layout joins Prospector, the first course at the resort, and the private six-year-old Tumble Creek course all under the Suncadia umbrella. It took six years and a couple design firms to finish Rope Rider, but throughout the process the designers – Jacobsen Hardy Golf Course Design – were careful to respect the natural elements as well as the history and heritage of the rugged coal miners who worked the craggy mines below the now lush fairways. The name Rope Rider stems from the roped coal cars that perilously negotiated the steep and deep mine shafts to extract the ore. Railroad cars took the coal directly from the site through Stampede Pass to Chicago, helping to power the major Midwest cities for most of the last century. The mines operated from the 1890s to 1963, when the last shaft was closed and sealed. Sitting in the middle of the course is the most visible trace of the coal mine operations – the 120foot Tipple Hill, consisting of tailings or waste ma-

terial from the mining process. “I think it’s the perfect resort golf. I’m very much in love with that course,” said Jared Jeffries, the Director of Golf Maintenance for the resort’s three courses. “You can take it to the back tees and host any Northwest championship and really show it off. And for daily play, it will bring people in because it’s good construction; it’s built right for all levels of play.” Just a short wedge from Tipple Hill is the 41,000-square foot, $10 million Swiftwater Cellars, the spectacular anchor of the Rope Rider property. The course’s pro shop and cart storage are enveloped into the massive winery in a symbiotic blend of wines, mines and nines. “Wine, golf and families, those three things don’t necessarily go together,” said Jeffries. “But Don (Watts, the owner of the winery) embraced the family element here. He put in a wood-fired pizza oven. We’ll have a children’s menu. You can take your kids, your grandkids, be able to have lunch or a wine-tasting. It melds it all together very well, an experience for everybody, not just adults.” That Tipple Hill waste pile is the course’s featured element, purposely untouched by the designers, a monument to the history of the location. Holes seven through nine encircle it. Jacobsen, the Portland native, PGA Tour player and TV analyst, and his partner Jim Hardy, “believed Tipple was an asset to the property and

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Swiftwater Cellars the course. We wanted to work off of it,” said Rex VanHoose, the firm’s design partner. What the designers also wanted was a course that could delight the resort’s corporate clients but was also family adaptable. There are four tee boxes, plus one for junior players 80 to 160 yards from the greens. “You have to give credit to (the Suncadia management). They wanted a fun, friendly course that can be intriguing to people of all different skill levels,” said VanHoose. The Jacobsen-Hardy style is playability. There are no forced carries. Fairways are wide. Bunkers are strategically placed, generally to the left or right of greens, never directly in front. “They painted a vision of our lifestyle,” Jeffries said. Built into the course is another unique element – loops. There’s a sixhole loop – holes one through six – that begins and ends close to the clubhouse. A three-hole loop – holes seven through nine – also is adjacent and accessible from the clubhouse. The loops allow the course to serve golfers with time restraints. “Players may have a time commitment or they just want to play less golf, so we built in the loop system,” Jeffries said. “Maybe they just want to have an outing with the family for one or two hours then enjoy the winery.” He added that the Jacobsen-Hardy design philosophy matched what the Suncadia people wanted to create. “It all fits pretty well,” Jeffries added.

Tickets to individual events during the three-day festival are available at Wine in the Pines is a threeday food and wine festival held at Swiftwater Cellars at the Suncadia resort. Taste wonderful Northwest wines, savor great food, hobnob with celebrity chefs and more! Attend the Winemaker’s Dinner on Saturday evening where 10 of the Northwest’s finest winemakers will be sharing their handcrafted wines paired with a 5-course dinner prepared by Paul Cotta, Head Chef of The Hoist House Restaurant at Swiftwater Cellars.

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Don Watts is someone who has plowed his own fields in life, many times venturing on paths less traveled. “My style always has been, ‘If the herd is going one way, I’m usually going in the opposite direction,’” said Watts, a successful Central Washington farmer and vintner. “That can be unique and scary at times. But if you make it work, the rewards are much bigger.” Four years ago, Watts and his wife Lori went their own way – during the start of the economic downturn – when they decided to build a $10 million destination winery at the Suncadia resort. “Don has been here from the beginning. He’s been probably the biggest owner-member-visionary to shout off the top of the mountain and embrace the culture here,” said Jared Jeffries, Suncadia’s Director of Golf Maintenance who also serves as the Club Manager of the resort’s private Tumble Creek golf course. It was Watts who believed that a winery, appealing to corporate groups as well as families, could work as a 19th hole for the resort’s newest golf course, Rope Rider. He put his money and his neck into the magnificent 41,000-square foot Swiftwater Cellars. The winery, which overlooks Rope Rider’s first and ninth holes, provides space for the course’s pro shop and cart storage. And this is no ordinary winery. Watts wanted to appeal to families, not just the wine-tasting corporate clients, couples or guys on golf junkets. The large Hoist House Restaurant can cater to kids. There also are plenty of private areas for special events, balconies overlooking the course, an intimate wine room in the cellar as well as a large cellar space for weddings and corporate events

For Lori and Don Watts (third and fourth from left), Swiftwater Cellars is a family affair.

connected to the resort. Now that Rope Rider has opened, Watts has the long-awaited golf connection. “He looked at a lot of other sites. Once he saw this site, knowing we bring in 20,000 rounds and that setting over the first and ninth holes, it made a heck of a lot of sense,” Jeffries said. “When you come to Suncadia, you go to the winery. It becomes the other thing you do here.” Watts, a longtime grapes supplier from his Kennewick Horse Heaven Hills vineyard for the Hogue label, had his first release from Swiftwater barrels this year. There are two labels, Swiftwater and No. 9, in honor of the adjacent mine shaft of the same number, the last working mine that was closed and sealed in 1963. “We’re excited to have Rope Rider finished,” said Watts, also an avid golfer. “It’s a great fit. You’re always looking for a destination that has multiple activities.” Bob Sherwin spent 20 years as a sportswriter for The Seattle Times. | AUGUST 2011 |




Making the Turn

by Kris Fay Prostate cancer is one of the deadliest cancers a man can be diagnosed with, and about one in six will develop it. Typically found in men 55 and older, Portland resident Mahina Young found out he had prostate cancer in 2008. He was just 49 at the time. For Young, his diagnosis was a fluke. What his doctor thought was a simple infection turned out to be an aggressive form of the cancer that had already spread outside his prostate. In most cases, the Stage Four diagnosis would have been a death sentence, but not for Young. “The doctor gave me all the news and told me the options. That was in August of 2008,” said Young. “I told him I was always up for a challenge and that we should get going with it.” And “it” was a long process. In the months following his diagnosis, Young went through prostate surgery, eight weeks of aggressive radiation treatments and continuing hormone injections. “There were some side-effects to the surgery that I’m still dealing with, but the hardest part was the radiation therapy. It left me in a state where all my senses were hypersensitive and I found that I was wandering around at night in my living room.” Essentially trapped in that living room, Young did what any other golf fanatic would do – he started working on his short game. A lot. “There I was, in my living room, and I just started to work on my putting and chipping. I spent hours and hours working on the part of my game that I had struggled with.” Young’s wife, Kristen, said the initial diagnosis shocked her because her husband was so young and the cancer so advanced. “We were dealing with issues I thought were 10 or 15 years down the road, and it turned our world upside.” For Young, the time spent with a golf club in hand was about more than golf. He said it was a spiritual time for reflection on his situation, the illness, and about life after he finished fighting Here are a couple of sites to visit for more information on prostate cancer • • 16


Mahina Young found his game, and the next step of his life, by moonlight in his living room

“In the middle of the road of my life I awoke in the dark wood where the true way was wholly lost.” Dante (1265-1321), Italian author and poet

off the cancer. “It was pretty amazing because when I was finally able to go out and play a full round of golf again, I ended up with the first hole-in-one I’d Mahina and wife Kristen ever had. I took that as a sign that I was going to get through it all; it was a sign that golf helped get me through the treatments and I decided I would use golf to help make others aware of this disease.” Kristen Young agreed, saying that golf helped her husband get through all of his cancer treatments. “That Mahina picked up his golf clubs in a time of stress didn’t surprise me. Golf has always been a place he went to escape and relieve stress and I was glad he had an escape, day or night.” Mahina and Kristen founded the Mahina Young Charitable Foundation with the goal

of raising money for cancer research and education. His first stop was at the Arnie’s Army website for prostate cancer. The site was full of information about running golf tournaments to benefit cancer foundations. Young took that information to Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora, Ore. and in 2009 held the foundation’s first annual golf tournament. The event continued in 2010 and 2011. “The tournament is a great way to raise money for the two organizations we partner with. The biggest chunk of money goes to Oregon Health Sciences University for cancer research. The rest goes to paying for a mobile screening van that we’re hoping will provide cancer screening for low income men.” While the tournament raises money for Young’s foundation, he said he’s focusing more time on a grassroots campaign to educate more men – especially men in their late 40s – about prostate cancer. For Young, that means playing a lot of golf. He’s been participating in the Oregon Golf Association’s Senior Tour events and playing in bigger events like the Pacific Amateur. Those rounds include logo gear and plenty of frank conversations with his playing partners. “Most doctors don’t recommend getting tested for prostate cancer until the age of 55. Starting at age 40, though, insurance will pay for the testing. I’m hoping the medical community will adjust their thinking on the tests and encourage their patients to screen sooner rather than later. If I’d waited until I was 55, I would be dead now.” It’s never too early to learn. Kris Fay is a longtime freelance contributor to PNGA publications. He has traveled throughout the Northwest and the world, and is the owner of the travel company, Northwest Golf Adventures (

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Doing Business on the Course


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Social media at its finest – a bad day at the golf course still beats a good day at the office

Women are realizing what men have experienced for years: Golf can be an effective business tool. While it may not be realistic to expect to turn tee shots into same-day transactions, spending several hours on a golf course with colleagues, clients and prospects can help cultivate or fortify relationships, while being very revealing about your playing partners’ personalities and philosophies. Golf as a business tool need not be limited to a conventional 18-hole round, according to several women who took part in an online discussion on the topic. “I have included a round of golf in the interview process for a possible hire,” reported Trish Joyce, managing director, strategic initiatives for the Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA). “Golf gives you time with a person so it reveals a lot,” she noted. Such time can be very useful when interviewing, and “either creating a deal or no deal.” Debbie Steinbach Keller – LPGA Tour pro, author, and the founder and CEO of Venus Golf – is a proponent of business golf as a bonding experience. “Golf gives insight into the other person’s inner self,” she reports. “Watching how people conduct themselves while playing golf, which is above all a game of honor, will give you valuable insight into a person’s decision-making abilities, integrity, temperament, and sense of humor.” Opinions are mixed as to how much “shop talk” to include during a round of golf. Playing with clients, colleagues or prospects should not be about “doing deals,” according to Nina Renaud, owner and founder of Corporate Golf, a company that serves event planners and tournament buyers. She thinks business talk during a round could be counterproductive. Instead, she says business golf is about the opportunity to get to know them “faster

than you would anywhere else.” Through conversation, but mostly by observing, you can detect how others react to good breaks and bad, whether they know their skill level and how (or if) they work around their limitations. “Never forget,” she reminds, “they’re watching you, too, and your behavior and decisions more than your skills.” Doing business on the course isn’t about talking product for 18 holes, emphasizes Donna Craig, president of Golf Essentials for Women, an online store. The round is more about developing relationships and insight. “You may not get an order on the course but you will have a bond for future sales.” Deborah Poland, president of Sporty Chic Designs, Inc. says golf changed her personal and business life. She recalls a former startup when her male colleagues asked her to join them for a golf weekend to discuss her business plan. A non-golfer at the time, she met them after their round for discussions. She then went back home, took lessons, joined EWGA and within three months was teeing it up with the guys. “They never knew I did not play golf at our first meeting,” the now-avid golfer exclaims. For novices who are venturing onto the course it’s imperative to be mindful of rules (including business-talk guidelines), etiquette and pace of play. Additionally, be aware of dress codes (titillating attire is probably inappropriate) and don’t over-imbibe. Reciting obvious business advantages and qualities that successful business people share with successful golfers, Keller acknowledges women often say they do not have the time to learn the game. The real question, she insists, is, “Can a businesswoman afford not to play golf?” Cheri Brennan is a public relations and marketing consultant and an active member of the EWGA, NLGA and the Northwest Golf Media Association.

Kristin Fenwick, DDS


This issue’s profile of a businesswoman who also happens to play a little golf… Kristin Fenwick, DDS Dentist and owner, Water’s Edge Dental; Boise, Idaho; Founding member and past president, EWGA; 2005 national champion, EWGA Championship Has played golf for: 31 years Approx. number of rounds per year: 50 USGA Index: 3 Favorite… Club in her bag Driver Brand of golf ball Callaway Brand of golf shoe Adidas, ECCO On-course beverage Water, Dr. Pepper “19th hole” beverage Red beers Energy boosting snack Almonds Golf movie The Greatest Game Ever Played Golf book Every Shot Must Have a Purpose, by Pia Nilsson, Lynn Marriott and Ron Sirak Golf gift received First set of golf clubs Golf tip received Listen for the ball to fall in the cup | AUGUST 2011 |


Photo courtesy Royal County Down

Looking back down the first fairway of Royal County Down toward the Mourne Mountains.


TOP LEFT: Weather huts – a place to get out of the rain – are scattered throughout the Irish courses. This one at Portstewart GC in Northern Ireland looks as though it has been there for a thousand years. BOTTOM LEFT: Even on a bustling street in downtown Dublin, golf is not far from mind.

Fabric of Their Lives In Ireland golf is a way of life

by Blaine Newnham

The Guinness does taste better in Ireland. Twenty years ago on my first golf outing abroad, there was no links golf in America, not really. I’d romanticized about hitting the bumpand-run shot, but really didn’t know how to do it, or how essential the shot was into a three-club wind and onto playing surfaces that made asphalt look soft. Because of the development of Bandon Dunes along the southern Oregon Coast, and the more recent addition of the course at Chambers Bay near Tacoma, we have links golf in the Northwest. But as good as these courses are, and as lucky as we are to have them, they aren’t quite cut from the old sod. There’s just a difference. Golf courses are amenities to life in America – you know, resorts, places to get away from it all. But in Ireland, they are at the center of life. After twenty years I suspected a lot of changes in Irish golf. I knew from the websites that the green fees were five or six times what they had been, even in 2011 with the Irish economy no longer the Celtic Tiger it had been during the boom years of the last decade. But beyond being more expensive, nothing had changed. Oh, the greens were of higher quality as irrigation and agronomy improved, but the culture was still distinctly Irish. We were clearly incidental even as visitors – especially as visitors – to what was going on. Kids, families, seniors, women, playing together, playing separately, gathering for a club sandwich after a round, the golf club often the center of a small town’s social life. In May we began an odyssey that included 18


playing nine courses in seven days, pretty much within two hours of Dublin but including the Northern Ireland courses of Royal Portrush, Royal County Down, Portstewart and Ardglass. I didn’t see anyone use a golf cart – or buggy as they call them – even though there are buggies. The regulars push or pull a trolley. They walk briskly. They play briskly. They don’t care as much about their score as they do the outcome of their match. Into a nasty wind, par becomes relative, often unattainable. Even at a place like Royal County Down, one of the planet’s top-5 courses, where green fees are pushing $300, there are no range balls to hit before you play because there is no range, just a couple of scruffy nets behind a huge hedge. There are no free tees or ball markers as you approach the first hole. No yardage markers on the course, not one. It sounds corny, but what you love about Ireland is the history and, of course, the people, especially those who surround the golf courses. The little man at Baltray in County Louth – now there’s a great golf course – who told the gents to go through the men’s locker room, the ladies through the ladies locker room, and meet up in the bar where they’d be serving tea. Or the former captain at Ardglass who gave us his special parking spot as he was leaving the course on a busy Saturday even though he had no idea who we were (although we were doing a pretty good imitation of dumb Americans). Or the current president who found us out on the 11th hole and said he’d meet us afterwards for a pint in the clubhouse. Or Pat Ruddy, the designer, owner, bottlewasher at the European Club, a new wildly entertaining course south of Dublin, who dished

up apple tarts and tea along with a tour of his home above the clubhouse and his extensive collection of golf books. Many of the courses – Portmarnock, the Island Club, Royal County Down and Royal Portush – are more than 100 years old, all built in the 1890s, tumbling, natural, who-knowswhat’s-over-the-next-dune courses. Then there are the stories. On an earlier trip to Galway, we had heard about the young priest who talked the farmers into donating the rocky land along the beach to create Connemara. And then we had a pint with him after a round in which he quite accidentally was playing behind us. Irish golf is untouched golf. A course is discovered among the dunes, not conceived. There is no intimidation by bulldozer, no attempt by a course architect to play God. You walk from lunch in a pub in the little town of Lahinch right onto the first tee of one of the world’s great courses, a course with an unmatched pedigree, designed by Old Tom Morris in one century and Alister MacKenzie in another. There are blind shots that require you ring a bell once out of range, fairways that cross each other, even a hole where you hit across the green whenever it is not in use. Funky, fun – nothing about pretentiousness, but everything about camaraderie and competition. And the Guinness does taste better. Blaine Newnham is a former sports columnist and assistant managing editor for the Seattle Times, and sports editor and columnist for the Eugene Register-Guard. He’s made three pilgrimages to Ireland and has always come back a better man, and sometimes a better golfer.

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Using the Game to Give Back Golf is a gathering point, a place where everyone comes together from all walks. It’s a game where we all speak the same language and have the same dreams. Throughout the Northwest, athletes and entertainers use golf, and their own good fortune, to benefit their communities. There is a time and a place to give back, and golf is their vehicle.

Thayer raises the roof at Pacific The Pacific University Legends Golf Classic took place earlier this month. Now in Tommy Thayer its fifth year, the at work… event, held at the Tiger Woods Center on the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., with its golf tournament taking place at The Reserve Vineyards & GC in Aloha, was again hosted by Tommy Thayer, lead guitarist of the legendary glam-rock band KISS. Thayer is a member of the Pacific University Board of Trustees, and annually brings a number of sports and music legends to raise money for the athletic program of the small university in Forest Grove, Ore. 20


by Jim Street The musical tribute to Sonny Sixkiller turns 41 years old in September, and although he hasn’t thrown a pass for the Washington Huskies since 1972, Alex L. Sixkiller remains a big man on – and off – campus. His unending popularity was evident at a coffee shop near the campus, where a recent interview was put on hold when Misty, sitting at a nearby table, interrupted and asked Sonny for his autograph and to pose for a picture taken with her cell phone. Sixkiller made her day with a smile, a signature and a photo. Husky fans just like Misty filled Husky Stadium regularly in the early ‘70s, when the 5-foot-10, 165-pound quarterback from Ashland, Ore., helped resurrect a football program that had won just one game the previous season. Sixkiller led the Huskies to 6-4, 8-3 and 8-3 records in 1970, ’71 and ’72, respectively, leading the nation in passing in 1970. In a recent poll, he was named one of the top 10 Pac-10 quarterbacks of all time. The long black hair that cascaded from the back of his helmet during his tenure is much shorter now, but still black as ever. “Good genes,” he laughed. Good arm, too. Sixkiller threw the ball so well as a freshman, leading that team to a 3-1 record, then-head coach Jim Owens replaced the runoriented wishbone offense used in 1969 with a balanced, pro-style offense in ’70. Excitement had returned to Husky Stadium on Saturday afternoons. “You know what,” a reflective Sonny said. “Win, lose or draw, when teams played the Huskies in those three years, they knew they were in for a battle.’” Now nearing his 60th birthday, Sixkiller has been a fan favorite for most

LEFT: Sixkiller appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated on October 4, 1971.

Photo courtesy Cedars at Dungeness

Photo courtesy Pacific University

At Peace with a Legend

of his adult life. He currently is an associate general manager for Washington IMG Sports Marketing. He wears purple and gold just about every day, and recently helped raise thousands of dollars for the Olympic Medical Center Foundation in Port Angeles (Wash.) via the first Sonny Sixkiller Celebrity Golf Classic at the Cedars at Dungeness golf course in nearby Sequim. “I have always wanted to set up a tournament like this,” he said. “We started talking about it last fall. There are some great fans on the Olympic Peninsula and I knew a bunch of my cronies would love to come over and play in this little event. It ended up being bigger than that.” That makes perfect sense because Sonny became much bigger than even he could have imagined following a memorable debut as the starting QB in the Huskies’ season-opener on Sept. 19, 1970. “It was a beautiful day at Husky Stadium,” he recalled, “and we beat Michigan State.” Dan Raley, longtime sportswriter at the now-defunct Seattle P-I, said, “The legend of Sonny Sixkiller was born in the first series of his first game. The year before, in East Lansing, the Huskies got clobbered (by Michigan State) 27-11 in the season opener, and on the first play of the rematch at Husky Stadium he threw a strike over the middle for 15 yards. On his fourth pass, he completed a 57-yard touchdown pass. This had

Coach leads the way

Every August, the actor Craig T. Nelson, of “Parenthood” and “Coach” television fame, hosts the Craig T. Nelson Golf Classic at MeadowWood GC in Liberty Lake, Wash. Nelson, a native of Spokane who plays to a 13 handicap, helps raise money for Lilac Services for the Blind, which provides services to the blind and visuallyimpaired in 14 counties in the Inland Northwest. The organization no longer receives federal funding, and Nelson stepped in to fill the void, bringing his friends in the entertainment industry to participate. Visit for more information.

been a cloud-and-dust running program before that game and there he was, coming out and throwing on the first play.” Sixkiller threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns that day; the Huskies won, 42-16, and he was named national back of the week by the Associated Press. That game also spawned the “Ballad of Sonny Sixkiller,” produced by Seattle musician Neil Rush. “The first time I heard it I didn’t like it,” Sonny said. “Not because of the song itself, but I always believed football was a team game and I didn’t want (the attention) to become a distraction, especially with Michigan coming to town.” He never expected the ballad to hit the airwaves. He was wrong. “A teammate and I had gone to what is now Kidd Valley to get a burger,” he said. “We’re in his beat-up old Chevy Malibu going back to campus and we turn on the radio. All of a sudden the jockey says, ‘With the Huskies off to a great start, we have a brand new song for you folks.’ He played the ballad and I almost choked on the burger. I caught hell from my teammates. I told them I had nothing to do with it and I didn’t want it (played on the radio). But everyone who started on that team was mentioned in the song, so that made it better.” Knee and shoulder injuries sustained during

Below: Craig T. Nelson with Lilac Services for the Blind Technology Instructor Russell Smith (and service dog, Ninja).

his senior season, besides being “under-sized,” prevented Sixkiller from having much of a pro career. He signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Rams but was cut halfway through the six-game pre-season in ’73. He played one season in the World Football League, with the Hawaiians, before retiring from football. His right rotator cuff, which already was hurting, was damaged even further during an intramural basketball game at the UW. It was goodbye football, and hello golf. He actually played football on a golf course before he played golf on a golf course. “The first time I played golf was in ’75, when I was with the Hawaiians,” he said. “Our practices were held on a par-5 on one of the two courses not too far from Pearl Harbor.” And now he spends his time on the course, lending his name to raise money. “What I like most about golf is the camaraderie,” he said. “How many sports can you play with guys, be competitive, and don’t sweat? It might be the only one.” Jim Street was a war correspondent in Vietnam while serving in the Army, after which he covered baseball, football and golf for the San Jose MercuryNews from 1970-85. He covered the Mariners for the Seattle P-I from 1986-99 and from 2001-10.

THE BEST KIND OF COMIC RELIEF Last year, Ryan Stiles, the comedian and actor best known for his eight-year run on “Whose Line is it Anyway” (plus 76 episodes on the British version of the show from 1989 to 1998), held his first charity golf event at Bellingham (Wash.) G&CC, Stiles which raised money to help support the Burned Children Recovery Foundation (BCRF). This year, the event was held at Semiahmoo G&CC. The golf was the culmination of a three-day event that had begun on the Friday evening with “A Night of Comedy” featuring Stiles and fellow “Whose Line” star Colin Mochrie. The packed show took place at Bellingham’s Mt. Baker Theatre, which could accommodate several hundred more guests than Stiles’ own place, the 100-seat Upfront Theatre, which he established in 2004 to provide a stage for aspiring stand-ups, and at which he appears himself every now and again. Stiles is a Seattle native who now owns a home outside of Bellingham and is a member at Bellingham G&CC. For more information, visit - Tony Dear | AUGUST 2011 |



Wrong Ball – when good people make bad mistakes

If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball. Jack Lemmon (1925-2001) American actor and musician

It sounds simple, yes? Playing the right ball? Not so fast by Genger Fahleson Making a stroke at a wrong ball brings the general penalty – loss of hole in match play, two strokes in stroke play (Rule 15-3). An additional caveat is in stroke play, where the player must correct the mistake before playing from the next tee or the player is disqualified. This seems like a fairly straightforward ruling to understand; however, there are underlying issues that might complicate a wrong ball situation. The first thing we need to know in regards to such a ruling is what a “wrong ball” is. It is any ball other than the player’s ball in play. It is easy to identify another player’s ball or an abandoned ball as a wrong ball when a stroke is made at it. A wrong ball also includes the player’s ball that is out of bounds, lost (the player finds his ball after searching for more than the allotted five minutes), or the player’s ball that is otherwise not in play. For example, the player’s ball that has been lifted and not yet replaced or put back into play would be a wrong ball if the player makes a stroke at it. Also, the player’s original ball is no longer the ball in play if he played a provisional ball and that provisional ball has become the ball in play (i.e., the player made a stroke at the provisional ball from a point nearer the hole than where the original was

Rules large…

Charlie Hughes, at the 2011 U.S. Amateur Public Links, held at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

Photo copyright USGA/Steve Gibbons



likely to be). A second issue that often arises in wrong ball rulings is when a player makes a stroke at a fellow-competitor’s or opponent’s ball in play. Does the fellowcompetitor or opponent bear any responsibility when someone else makes a stroke at his ball? The answer is no. Ultimately, the player who makes the stroke must insure that the ball he plays is his ball in play. When a player changes balls or plays a provisional ball it is a good idea to notify others in the group about the brand and marking on that ball; however, players are not required under the Rules of Golf to do so. Bottom line: When you, the player, make a stroke it is you who are responsible for identifying and knowing that ball is the ball you put into play from the teeing ground. Before becoming the Executive Director of the Idaho Golf Association, Genger Fahleson was the Director of Rules Education at the USGA, where she oversaw more than 20 PGA/USGA Rules of Golf Workshops per year that were held around the country, and was a Rules Official at numerous U.S. Opens, USGA Amateur and Qualifying Events, LPGA Q-Schools, NCAA Championships and state, regional, and junior events.

At a Qualifier in June for the U.S. Amateur Public Links, the field was playing for only two available spots, and at the end of 36 holes there were two players tied for second, Charlie Hughes of Maple Ridge, B.C. and Cameron Davison of Duncan, B.C. So over to the first tee they went to begin their playoff for the final spot. Hughes, who will be a junior at the University of Washington, hit his tee shot on the long par-4 into the left rough just off the fairway, while Davison put his drive in the middle of the fairway. For their second shots, Hughes hit first, and put his ball on the green. Meanwhile, Davison’s ball was in a good lie in the fairway, but about five inches behind his ball was a sand-filled divot that had a small tuft of grass sticking up at the front end of it, and he proceeded to tap it down three times with his foot. Officiating the playoff was longtime Rules Official Mike Peluso, who walked up to Davison and explained that there might be a problem. “I felt so bad for him,” said Peluso afterward. “That’s always the toughest part of officiating. You usually want to give the player the benefit of the doubt, but there was no doubt about this one. Everyone saw it. It was just an automatic subconscious thing (for him to tap down the grass), and he realized

immediately what he had done.” Peluso conferred with another official who was following the playoff, and they assessed a two-stroke penalty to Davison (Rule 13-2: Improving Lie, Area of Intended Stance or Swing, or Line of Play). Davison then hit his fourth shot onto the green. Both players two-putted, and Hughes won the hole and punched his ticket for the trip to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort for the championship proper.

…and small

The 2011 Solheim Cup will be played September 23-25 at Killeen Castle outside of Dublin, Ireland. On the back of the course’s scorecard, under Local Rules, it states, “Golf services will notify you of any other additional rules.” This is good, because we don’t like surprises. No, sir. | AUGUST 2011 |


Links to the past

Pioneers and Frontrunners Strong men still walk the fairways at Seattle’s Jefferson Park

Photo courtesy Dave Mann

At the age of 78, former shortly after retirement professional baseball unexpectedly changed his life. Intrigued by the action player Dave Mann is still at the driving range, he swinging for the fences. But instead of trying to launch a decided to stop and hit a 400-foot bomb with a 32-oz bat, ball or two. That was over Mann now aims for 250 yards with 45 years ago, and he’s been a titanium club. His goal is not to at the golf course just about hit one out of the park, but to keep every day since. it in. In the beginning, he quickly realized how Golf was never on Mann’s radar during a 12-year minor Dave Mann, during his days as a challenging the game league career that began in centerfielder for the Seattle Rainiers. is, even to a professional Stockton, Calif. and included athlete. Neither his speed stops all over the country, with brief stints in on the base paths (he set a minor league record Mexico, Colombia, and Cuba. Two seasons of 61 stolen bases in 1959 with the Reading (1961-1962) with the Seattle Rainiers Indians) or pop at the plate would help get convinced the Motor City native that he was that little ball in the cup. a Northwesterner at heart, and at the end of Mann eventually got his handicap down the 1963 season, the centerfielder hung up his to single digits, and still plays to a 10. spikes in Seattle. The deep friendships that took root at the A stroll past Seattle’s Jefferson Park GC driving range decades ago, and the fellowship



ABOVE: At a recent gathering are (L-R) Lucious Dean, Fir State Junior Program Director Samuel Tucker, Bill Wright and Bill Lynch. The best-known graduate of Fir State’s junior program, Wright became the first African-American to win a USGA national title by capturing the 1959 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.

he found as a member of the Fir State Golf Club, added to his love of the game. The club, established in 1947, was founded in response to closed-door policies of the city golf clubs which, until 1952, denied memberships to minorities and excluded them from tournament competition. Mann was no stranger to breaking down color barriers. “Everywhere I played (baseball) was predominantly white,” he explains. “The crowds were respectful, but the trouble came with the rules and regulations, with the law and what you had to abide by. And those were the laws – state law, city law, law of the land.” Late in the 1956 season he wasn’t exactly thrilled when traded by Reading to the Miami Marlins. “The airport’s about as far as I should have gone,” he laughs. “I knew it was an allwhite team, and it was Miami in the ‘50s, in the heart of the Southland.” He was relieved when legendary pitcher Satchel Paige joined the team. As the only black athletes to integrate Miami sports at that time, the two were together both on and off the field. Paige went 11-4 that season and Mann became part of history. Mann’s Fir State buddies include 84-year old Bill Lynch, a member since 1953 who has been shooting his age for over a decade, and Lucious Dean, an 86-year old former U.S. Army golf team champion. They and others can usually be found in good-natured, but fierce competition at the Jefferson Park putting green until sunset. Mann is concerned about the future of the club. “We’re all getting old and that’s going to be our downfall,” he says. “It’s like moving water – it’s gotta keep going, it’s gotta keep moving to stay fresh. It’s the same thing with an organization. It would be a shame to see us disappear.” Yes, it would. - Candace Oehler

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The second hole at Black Butte Ranch’s Glaze Meadow course is being lengthened from a par-4 to a par-5.

Glaze Meadow undergoing renovation The Glaze Meadow course at Black Butte Ranch in Central Oregon is in the middle of a $3.5 million renovation that is projected to be completed in May of 2012. Scott Huntsman, president and chief executive officer of Black Butte Ranch, said property owners had “overwhelmingly approved plans for the renovation project” which began in September of 2010. “Our homeowners and management team are excited about the renovation,” Huntsman said. “We felt it was the ideal time to update the 35-year-old course. The new design will enhance the owner and guest experience at the Ranch, and provide us with two high-quality championship golf courses.” Black Butte Ranch’s Big Meadow course will remain open during the renovation of Glaze Meadow. John Fought, a Portland native and one of the country’s foremost golf course architects, is leading the design efforts for the project. Fought – the 1977 U.S. Amateur Champion and member of the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame – has designed or re-designed more than 50 projects during his 20 years as an architect. Fought said he is “excited about embarking on the re-design of Glaze Meadow. The renovation will require a minimum of earthmoving, and involve a ‘refinement’ of the course’s original layout, taking advantage of its scenic views and playing corridors through the ponderosa pines and aspens.” Plans include a new irrigation system, the re-construction and repositioning of tee boxes, reshaping of and the addition of several fairway and greenside bunkers, resurfacing and rerouting of cart paths, and the thinning of some trees that have started to encroach on play over the past few years. The project also will include the re-design of several new green complexes, and the conversion of the existing par-5 first hole into a par-4, and the lengthening of the par-4 second hole into a par-5. Currently measuring 6,574 yards from the championship tees, the renovated course will be lengthened to approximately 6,956 yards and play to a par of 72. The new design will also feature a set of junior tees. In addition, Fought and his team will make improvements to Glaze Meadow’s practice facility.



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Ask the Expert We could continue to bump our heads against the darkness, or we can ask someone who actually knows something

Master by Design Generally, when we select a topic for this section, we have three or four capable candidates throughout the region to choose from to be our expert. When it comes to golf course architect Arthur Vernon Macan, however, nobody has near the expertise as Michael Michael Riste Riste, the historian for both the Pacific Northwest Golf Association and the B.C. Golf Museum. Riste recently completed a project that was 20 years in the making, with the publishing of “Just Call Me Mac” – the biography of A. Vernon Macan. Macan’s hand is on many of the region’s finest courses, and his style is duplicated by many others. Photo courtesy B.C. Golf Museum

designed or was consulted on virtually every private or semi-private golf course in the Riste himself has plenty Northwest during his career, of substantiation to back up which ended with his passing the claim that Macan was in 1964. among the best ever. But Most of the leading private instead of listing all of Macan’s clubs in cities throughout the accomplishments and all the region were Macan designs – courses throughout the West A.V. Macan including Shaughnessy G&CC Coast he influenced, he lets in Vancouver, Royal Colwood Robert Trent Jones, Sr., himself Copies of GC in Victoria, Inglewood GC one of the best course designers “Just Call Me Mac” near Seattle, Fircrest GC near in history, do the talking. When Riste told Jones are available online at Tacoma, Columbia Edgewater CC in Portland and Hillcrest he was writing a biography CC in Boise. on Macan, Jones replied, “It’s Riste said that for 50 years, about time somebody analyzed this fellow. If Vernon Macan had gotten off Macan determined how the golfers of the the boat in New York instead of Victoria in Pacific Northwest played the game. 1912, and established his business on the Shaughnessy, which earned high praise East Coast, he would have been just as well- in 2005 when it held the RBC Canadian known as Ross, MacKenzie and Tillinghast.” Open (it was also held there in 1966 and again this year), owned a special place in Macan’s heart. How great is Macan’s influence on “Shaughnessy was his crowning jewel, Northwest golf courses? Riste will tell you Macan had the course he wanted to be remembered considerable and wide-ranging influence on by,” Riste said. golf courses in the Northwest. Macan either Macan had two main calling cards – the How does Macan compare to the great architect in golf’s history?

greens he built, and the fact that he knew his clientele. “When he took on a project, the greens were his design – he supervised them from the very beginning to the very end,” said Riste. On some of his courses that are nearly 90 years old, the greens are still the strong point, and rarely have his greens needed to be remodeled during all those years. “He knew how to design a golf course for the medium- and high-handicapper. That is the key to Macan,” Riste said. “He often said, ‘They are the people who pay the bills at the club. They have to be looked after.’” Why the obsession, spending 20 years on this man’s biography?

More than 20 years ago, Riste led the campaign to have Macan inducted posthumously into the PNGA Hall of Fame. His research into the life and times of Macan was just beginning. “I felt it was important that everybody know this man’s contribution to the history of golf in the Pacific Northwest,” Riste said. Riste actually knew the man before he knew his legend. Riste grew up at Capilano G&CC in Vancouver, where Macan spent his later years. “On many occasions, I would see this gentleman … beautiful hat, tweed, shirt and tie, and I’ll always remember his squeaky left leg. It sounded like it was nuts and bolts, and needed some oiling,” Riste said, referring to the prosthetic that Macan wore after losing his leg in World War I. “I had no idea at the time that this man’s life would engross me, and engulf me for 20 years. That’s how long it took me to prepare this book.” - Paul Ramsdell

What does the Man on the Street say? “I have a tendency to play with two left feet, and with thumbs that are not always opposable; I play on courses that are hilly, or flat, or have lots of bunkers, or with no bunkers; I play links courses, and parkland courses, and in-between courses. Many times I don’t know right from wrong, and don’t have a clue as to who designed what. But sometimes, after playing a course, I will look upward and look inward, and know that I am lucky to have just played golf on a beautiful spot on the face of this earth.” What do you think? What is your favorite course, and why? Send us a note at



Course design is pulling back from building impossibly difficult courses, and creating layouts that are suitable for all levels by Blaine Newnham John Harbottle, the Tacoma (Wash.) golf course architect whose hand is on many of the region’s acclaimed courses, including Gold Mountain’s Olympic (Bremerton, Wash.) and Palouse Ridge (Pullman, Wash.), was asked to make White Horse GC near Kingston, Wash. “more playable.” So what exactly does that mean? And how did he do it? The trick in golf course architecture – and it’s nothing new, A.V. Macan espoused the notion nearly 100 years ago – is to make a course at the same time enjoyable for average players and a true test for good players. Harbottle clearly did it at Gold Mountain, recent site of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. One day the pros play it, the next the cons, like me. For my money, Chambers Bay might do it best. It is wide open, has few forced carries, has a slope from the back tees of only 135 – and yet

knocked the world’s best amateur players to their knees in last summer’s qualifying rounds for the U.S. Am when the average score of the field one day was 80. So what’s going on in golf architecture? Harbottle is a member of what might be called the Northwest’s “First Family of Golf” – his mother has two USGA national championships to her name and his father an overwhelming club champion at Tacoma Country and Golf Club; both are members of the PNGA Hall of Fame. He seems to understand the game from all angles, his portfolio as wide ranging as a redo of the acclaimed North Course at Los Angeles Country Club to removing nearly 60 bunkers and at least that many trees at White Horse. Harbottle senses a change in golf architecture, away from architects asked by developers to design a notorious course to attract publicity and

Photo by Blaine Newnham

Building Smarter, Not Harder John Harbottle was on hand at last month’s U.S. Junior Amateur, the second national championship to be held in the last five years at one of his designs, Gold Mountain’s Olympic course.

sell lots, to a return to its Golden Era. “No doubt you see more bunkers, more water, more contour, more trees, on today’s courses,” said Harbottle, “And there is no doubt that all the elements provide interest and character for the game. But mere difficulty is not what the great architects strive to provide with their designs. Golden Era architects like Macan, MacKenzie, Thomas and Ross wished to make the course challenging for proficient players, but enjoyable for the average golfer. “Variety is more important than mere length, and interest more important than difficulty. I think we are clearly seeing a trend back toward Golden Era values in today’s new designs and renovations. They are simply more playable, maintainable and sustainable.” Visit for the continuation of this transcript.



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Tilting at windmills, dueling crooners, shirtless golf (the horror), and runaway horses. This is the stuff that creates a legend, and answers our questions How did you get started in the game? My father introduced me to it at a very young age. By the time I was 11 years old the only place I wanted to be was on the golf course. I just remember all the good times he and I had while playing until the sun went down every summer night. HUNT I was wading for balls in the ditches of Point Grey G&CC (Vancouver, B.C.) as a 10-year-old when I captured a runaway horse that was galloping up the 12th fairway and across the green. Golfers were waving clubs at him, but I offered a handful of grass and he came walking over. As a reward, the head professional invited me to caddie when I turned 11, and what a life began for me! I caddied for Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, George Knudson, Moe Norman and world boxing champion Jimmy McClarnin. I was hooked on golf. MORRIS In a schoolyard at 11 years old, with my Dad and I hitting golf balls for my dog to chase. O’NEILL I started golfing because of my grandfather, who would take me out with his friends until he passed away when I was seven. For the most part, being on the golf course is the only memory I have of him. BATTIN

A kangaroo in Hunter Valley in Australia. It actually watched one of my foursome tee off and then followed the drive. O’NEILL If you have ever worked in a golf shop you know it is impossible to narrow it down to just one, but the first one that comes to mind was when I went out to talk to a guy about putting his shirt back on (and don’t get me started on this guy, either) and I look over and see a young kid on top of a golf cart while another kid driving the cart was trying to spin the cart down a hill trying to buck the kid off the roof. MORRIS

It should be legal in golf to… Use or have access to non-conforming clubs as an amateur. It’s kind of like amateur baseball is able to use aluminum bats. It would give the average golfer the opportunity to enjoy the game more. HUNT Take relief from a sanded divot in the fairway, because by definition it is “ground under repair.” MORRIS Take a mulligan whenever you want. O’NEILL I’m going to have to agree with Jack here and say remove your ball from a sand-filled divot in a fairway. BATTIN

The strangest thing I’ve ever seen on a golf course is… The windmill on the golf course in west Texas that I played a lot. It was a drivable par-4, and you could see the flagstick though the opening of the windmill. HUNT Perhaps one day it was a runaway horse galloping up the 12th fairway at Point Grey. Nowadays it’s watching educated, successful men yelling instructions to an inanimate object, apparently trying to influence its flight. BATTIN

Jeff Battin is the manager for GolfTEC in Portland, Ore. and during his seven years as a certified personal coach for them he has given out over 15,000 private lessons and performed over a thousand custom clubfittings.




A multi-sport star at the University of British Columbia, Ted Hunt competed nationally for Canada as a skier and rugby player and played pro football for the BC Lions before becoming a high school teacher and principal. As an amateur golf coach he taught the game to Sean Connery, among many others. In recent years Hunt has turned to writing; among his three books are two instructional volumes based on the secrets of Ben Hogan’s golf swing, both available through


We’re sorry, but you wouldn’t wear these pants on the course because why? It should be illegal in golf to… Use range finders or GPS units. They take away from the overall experience of the game. Golf courses need to mark their courses and golfers need to learn how to step off yardages. HUNT Pay attention to busybody hackers who watch golf tournaments on television and call in penalties from afar. It’s the old story of left-brainers imposing obscure rules on the creative right-brainers. MORRIS Talk or mutter while I am on the tee. Definitely should be a stroke penalty. O’NEILL If you teed off on the next hole before fixing your ball mark on the previous green you should be penalized for not doing so, and I am serious. BATTIN

Although seemingly an odd couple, crooners (of different eras) Bing Crosby and Eddie Vedder, both with close ties to the Northwest, might just both be alright in a Dream Foursome.

Lee Morris has been in the tourism industry in British Columbia for over 30 years, holding positions such as Director of Sales and Marketing for Tourism Victoria and the Executive Director of High Country Tourism Association, and is now the CEO of Tourism Kamloops. She currently sits on a number of tourism-related committees and boards including the BC Golf Marketing Alliance and the Local Organizing Committee for the Western Championship, the newest stop on the Canadian Tour.

Rick O’Neill has been the Assistant PGA Professional at Falcon Crest Golf Club in Kuna, Idaho for five years, and his favorite part of the job is helping others find enjoyment in the game. He has recently teamed with the Idaho Golf Association in conducting a weekly tournament for kids aged 5-9. A 2007 graduate of Boise State University, he’s lived in the Boise area “since the first grade” and cannot think of a better place to live because of everything that Idaho has to offer.

The other members of my “Dream Foursome” are…

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My father, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, President Obama. HUNT Ben Hogan, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus, in their prime, just to watch them compete. MORRIS My mother, my father and any one of my fun best friends! O’NEILL Arthur O’Neill (my grandfather), Lucas O’Neill (my brother) and Arnold Palmer. BATTIN

You’ll never catch me on a golf course wearing… Anything that John Daly wears. Blue jeans. MORRIS Cowboy boots. Oops…just presented to the Canadian Tour’s Western Championship winner (Roger Sloane) on the 18th green of Rivershore GL in Kamloops, in my western wear! O’NEILL This is a tough one because if it’s golf-related, I might be tempted to wear anything at least once, especially if I lose a bet. BATTIN HUNT

Your favorite sentimental golf course and why… University of New Mexico Championship Course. It is my all-time favorite golf course because of all the great memories I have from either watching college tournaments with my father or competing in tournaments myself. The golf course is long and they always let the rough grow. The greens are huge and undulating. It’s just a great tournament course.


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Ah, the lure and tradition of a windmill on a golf course, whether mini-golf or a full size layout. It never gets old. And speaking of tilting at windmills: To quote legendary sportswriter Jim Murray, “Don Quixote would have understood golf. It is the impossible dream.”

Cypress Point Club on the Monterey Peninsula, a place Robert Louis Stevenson called, “The most felicitous meeting of land and sea on God’s green earth.” The last five holes along the Pacific Ocean present a great finish on an immaculate course. The 16th is the most exhilarating par-3 on the planet, at 240 yards from the back tee across the churning, wind-blown ocean. The home pro and Bing Crosby had holes in one there. I lipped out. MORRIS Royal Oak GC in Victoria. Watched my Mom win her senior ladies tournament at age 79 – she also shot a hole in one that same day. O’NEILL It would have to be Falcon Crest. I have had my two hole-in ones here, and it is the course I play the most so I have a lot of great memories with family and friends. HUNT

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This beautiful and thundering and intimidating hole. You knew it was coming. Playing the first four holes, you knew you had been saving yourself for it, saving your best swings for this one hole, because you will need them here. Wind or no wind, it won’t matter much either way, here in these sculpted wheat fields, on this number one handicap hole. Swing for all you’re worth on the tee shot. Let it go, and hope you find grass. There is a wide strip of sand that runs all along the left side of the fairway, until it cuts across to the right side about 100 yards before the green. If you’re in it, get out of it. Ask yourself which part of your game you trust the most, other than your instincts. For your second shot – or your third – aim to the left side of the green. The gaping strip of sand is curling on the right side, and the benevolent grassy slope on the left will feed your ball down toward the hole. Walk this fairway. Take it in. Breathe in, breathe out. You are under a wide sky, and the green earth is below your feet. The world is generous, and we are fortunate, and we accept that this hole does not hand out pars to everyone. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.



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