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113 years as Guardians of the Game

Family Vacations Some Northwest faves Handy Man Taano at work

Solid GOLD

Ask the Expert Idaho’s Marlatt speaks 2.0

Willamette Valley Country Club is a gem 50 years in the making

Hip Hop Golf to a beat A Pacific Northwest Golf Association Member Benefit

Preserve the Land Bandon’s new par-3 Backspin: Don’t ask, don’t tell – but we did anyway Printed Matter

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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 EDITORIAL AND PRODUCTION STAFF PUBLISHER Troy Andrew EDITOR Tom Cade ART DIRECTOR Marilyn Esguerra PRINTER Quad Graphics

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6 | Publisher’s Essay

Good for the game

8 | Chip Shots

30 | Master Shaper

Highlights from around the Northwest

32 | That Certain Swing

16 | They’re Golden

Willamette Valley CC’s 50th

Good friends, better times

Music of the spheres Bandon Preserve opens for play

24 | Ask the Expert

Golf 2.0 enters the game

Whistler Golf Club Whistler, British Columbia

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26 | Family Vacations

Q&A: We asked, you answered

38 | Great Holes of the Northwest

22 | Par (Three) for the Course

Ann Swanson takes lead role

36 | Backspin

20 | Rules of the Game

Hip-Hop attracts young golfers

34 | Forward Tees

18 | Back Nine Friendships

Ed Taano shapes our game

The clubhouse behind the ninth green at Willamette Valley Country Club, Canby, Oregon

Photo by Rob Perry

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Publisher’s Essay

Thank You For Your Support Hopefully you are aware that you are receiving this upscale magazine because you are a member of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association . Secondly, I hope you are TROY aware that you are a member ANDREW of the PNGA because you Publisher are a member of one of the allied state or provincial golf associations in the Pacific Northwest. Those include British Columbia Golf (formerly BCGA), Idaho Golf Association (IGA), Oregon Golf Association (OGA) and Washington State Golf Association (WSGA). And I also hope you are aware that, along with the PNGA, your state or provincial golf association that you support is doing remarkable things to support the game of golf in addition to providing the valuable benefits you receive as part of your membership. Yes, I am guilty of tooting our own horn right now, but my true intention is to remind you that YOU are supporting the game you love! Golf associations around the country have been stereotyped as just offering a handicap index/factor. But the truth of the matter is that your regional, state or provincial golf association is providing many more services and providing support to areas of the game that are vital to its growth and health. It is imperative that someone lead the charge to protect and foster the game of golf, and that’s what your local golf associations are doing. Membership dues vary between each golf association, but when I break it down on a monthly basis, it averages $3.00 or less per month, per person! In a society that is looking for the best possible value for every dollar we spend, the services you get in return and the support you give the game of golf truly equates to more than a bargain. If you were to combine all the programs and support that the regional, state and provincial golf associations are making to support the game of golf, you would have an exceedingly long list. Here are some brief highlights from each state or provincial golf association of your membership dues hard at work. First Green Foundation In addition to its support for junior golf, turfgrass research, scholarships for young caddies, and economic impact research, the Washington State Golf Association (WSGA) is one of the largest supporters of a program called The First Green Foundation. This innovative 6

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If you were to combine all the programs and support that the regional, state and provincial golf associations are making to support the game of golf, you would have an exceedingly long list.

environmental education outreach program uses golf courses as environmental learning labs. Golf course superintendents host students on field trips where they test water quality, collect soil samples, identify plants, design plantings, assist in stream bed restoration and are involved in the ecology and environmental aspects of the golf course. The students are also introduced to many other aspects of golf. Over 8,000 students in Washington State have participated in the program. Learn more by visiting www.thefirstgreen.org. Playground to Fairway School Golf Program in British Columbia British Columbia Golf is funding Playground to Fairway (P2F), a program that introduces the basic golf skills that is aimed at grades four, five and six, and happens at the Elementary School level. Each session is guided by a trained P2F Golf Coach, with help from teachers and volunteers. Their goal is to provide a very comfortable setting to ensure everyone has a positive experience learning the basics of golf. Additionally, the schools interested in starting this golf program can partner with British Columbia Golf to access resources and implement programming. Over the past several years British Columbia Golf has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into this program and has introduced golf to over 50,000 students across the province. Visit britishcolumbiagolf.org. Idaho Junior Golf Foundation The Idaho Golf Association provides tremendous support to serve Idaho junior golf by maintaining, supplementing, and augmenting charitable and educational programs to expand the knowledge of golf to juniors through seminars, clinics and a competitive golf league. ‘They annually serve over 700 children through their various programs. Furthermore, they keep the cost down for the participants. One of their primary objectives is to introduce golf to all youth, regardless of their financial and social challenges. Learn more by visiting www. theiga.org. Economic Impact to the Game of Golf and Golf Facilities in Oregon The Oregon Golf Association assisted in

financially supporting an Economic Impact Study for Golf in Oregon. The research study was conducted on behalf of the Golf Alliance of Oregon, a consortium of the major trade and consumer golf associations. The continued health and growth of the golf industry has a direct bearing on future jobs, commerce, economic development, and tax revenues for a large number of Oregon’s communities and industries. The direct economic impact of golf in Oregon was estimated at $1.2 billion. In addition to the financial and administrative support for this study along with the direct contributions the OGA makes to golf charities (Evans Scholarship Program, turfgrass research, junior golf, etc.), it was estimated that through charity contributions, revenue to courses from tournament events, and other in-kind services like course rating and tech support to clubs, the OGA provides an economic impact benefit of over $750,000 annually to golf in Oregon. Learn more by visiting www.oga.org. There is a reason that your regional, state, and provincial golf associations are non-profit organizations. Yes, they do provide some services that you may be able to find elsewhere, but are those entities directing their revenues directly back into the game of golf? We thank you for your support! If you have friends or family that play the game and want to help its future, remind them about their option to join their local state or provincial golf association through any of the men’s and women’s clubs at their respective member golf courses.

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Chip Shots HIGHLIGHTS FROM AROUND THE NORTHWEST

< GOLF AND ART

THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

A gift for art the art of giving

Peter X O’Brien’s portrait of the 10th hole at Tualatin (Ore.) Country Club.

Golf’s love song

Billy Mac has recently released The Back 9, a golf music CD that is a follow-up to his first golf CD, Tee It Up. The new CD chronicles the highlights and history of the game, with tributes to Walter Hagen, Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Fred Couples, and others. A lifelong singer-songwriter who was raised in New Orleans on blues and jazz and has won three American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for songwriting, Billy Mac’s song “The Old Course” (from his first CD) was chosen by the St. Andrews Links Trust as the theme song for St. Andrews’ 600th anniversary. He has a real love for the game, and has in the past donated his talents to raise funds for The First Tee and the Evans Caddie Scholarships. Billy Mac lives on a small farm in Redmond, Wash. with his wife, singer Merrilee Rush. Visit www.billymac.com for information on purchasing the CD.

The Magic Driver

A good read for young readers (and a breezy summer read for adults), The Magic Driver is the first book in a series entitled “The World Golf Adventures of Justice and Gigi.” Written by Seattle native Jason T. Ross, it’s an adventure golf book based on Ross’ experience working as an English and writing teacher in Thailand. “My main goal (in writing the book) was to get young readers enthusiastic about the game of golf and excited to venture out into the world themselves,” says Ross. In the book, young Justice is given a magic driver from a stranger after winning a local golf tournament, and he and Gigi are soon whisked away to Thailand where the adventure begins. The book can be purchased at www.themagicdriver.com or on Amazon.com. (The Magic Driver; $14.95, Jason T. Ross, Curiously Cruising Publishing)

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For Peter X O’Brien, art is for art’s sake, and for so much more. Having grown up in Lake Oswego, Ore., Peter went to the University of Idaho on a football scholarship, where he kicked field goals for four years. In 1985 he signed on as a free agent with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, and when that didn’t work out he went to the University of Oregon and got a degree in Fine Arts. For the next 13 years he worked in outside sales for Far West Turf Equipment Company, with David Jacobsen as his boss. Peter got to know every golf course around the Northwest. When the company closed its doors in 1998, it seemed to open another door for him. “I knew I wanted to paint,” says Peter. “I was married, had a small daughter, and my friends thought I was nuts, but my wife told me to just go for it.” He started out painting Western art. “I followed the pro rodeo circuit around,” said O’Brien, “painting what I saw, and selling the art at the rodeos and fairs.” Then in 2007 he painted the official commemorative tournament watercolor for the Girls Junior America’s Cup, held that year at Waverley Country Club in Portland. “I’ve played golf since I was nine, and in high school worked on the greens crew during the summer at Black Butte Ranch (Ore.), and then my years working at Far West Turf – for me, a golf course is something I understand from the ground up.” Peter now lives in West Linn, Ore. He has been commissioned by private collectors and golf clubs to produce original golf course paintings. He has donated work to help raise money for many charities, as well as The First Tee, Evans Caddie Scholarships, and children’s charities through the Brian Henninger Foundation, where he was involved with Henninger’s “Fireside Chats” held at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. He teaches eight painting workshops each year, and recently produced a DVD which demonstrates how to paint golf courses. Visit www.peterxobrien.com to view his work. He paints, and lives, a good game.


Some play from the golds, but all enjoy the reds.

Come enjoy Wine Valley Golf Club, set in the middle of Walla Walla wine country. Tee it up at the second-ranked course for Courses You Can Play in the state of Washington by Golfweek. After a fun round of golf, enjoy some wine tasting at some of the surrounding award-winning wineries. Wine Valley Golf Club is proud to be selected to host the PNGA Men’s Amateur Championship. The state’s top amateurs will test their skills at the highly acclaimed Wine Valley on July 9-14. The early summer weather is near perfect every day, so it’s a great time to play and tour. Visit our Stay & Play Packages at winevalleygolfclub.com or call (877)333-9842.

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Chip Shots HIGHLIGHTS FROM AROUND THE NORTHWEST Randy Henry gives a lesson on the range at his academy at Coeur d’Alene Resort GC.

Bodenhamer honored with award

Photo courtesy Randy Henry

Henry to coach Russian National Team   Forty year golf veteran Randy Henry has been named coach of the Russian National Team, and will assemble a cadre of instructors as well as develop an instructional program for them. He will coach the team’s core of 20 golfers in Port St. Lucie, Fla. “Randy is uniquely qualified to prepare the Russian National Team for

competition,” says Nikolay Afanasyev, Head of the Russian Golf Association’s Sports Department. “He has a proven teaching philosophy and methodology, and exceptional equipment knowledge.” Henry has been voted one of America’s top teachers by Golf Digest as well as the No. 1 teacher in the state of Idaho. He hosts his golf academy

at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course. He has coached numerous players on the PGA, LPGA and Champions Tours as well as some of the world’s top collegiate and junior golfers. In 1983, Henry cofounded Henry-Griffitts, the custom-club fitting company that originated the lie board, interchangeable heads and dynamic fitting, as well as the club-fitting cart.

Jackson selected as Golf Canada’s Rules Chair Dale Jackson of Royal Colwood Golf Club in Victoria, BC, has been appointed to serve as chairman of the Rules Committee for Golf Canada. Dale, who also serves as Secretary on the PNGA Board of Directors, will be representing Canada and working closely with the USGA and the Royal & Ancient in reviewing and protecting the Rules of Golf in Canada and worldwide. “We in the PNGA congratulate him for being appointed to this prestigious position and are proud that one of our own has been recognized with such an honor,” said Dr. Jack Lamey, PNGA President. Part of Dale’s responsibility as Chair will be to sit on the Joint Rules Committee. This is the Committee responsible for modifications to the Rules and Decisions.  It is comprised of seven volunteers – the Chair of the USGA Rules Committee and two others from the USGA Rules Committee; the Chair of the R&A Rules Committee and two others from the R&A Rules Committee; the Chair of Golf Canada Rules Committee. Dale will be Rules Chair for Golf Canada for the years 2013-16.

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John Bodenhamer, who had been the Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association for 21 years, received the PNGA Lifetime Achievement Award at a banquet preceding the association’s Annual Meeting, held April 27 at Seattle Golf Club. A longtime native of the Northwest, Bodenhamer was selected last summer by the USGA to be their new Senior Managing Director of Rules, Competition and Amateur Status. He now resides on the east coast, near the USGA office in Far Hills, NJ. Bodenhamer served as the CEO and Executive Director of the PNGA since 1990, the CEO and Executive Director of the WSGA since 1992, and Executive Director of the Pacific Coast Golf Association since 1998. Bodenhamer had served on a variety of USGA committees over the years, including the USGA Regional Associations Committee, USGA Amateur Status Committee, and the USGA Handicap Procedure Committee. He was president of the International Association of Golf Administrators in 2000-01, and was on the board of directors for the First Tee of Greater Seattle. A few of the many accomplishments during his tenure are the founding of Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, which has become the standard for excellence in golf association publications and for which he served as publisher for 17 years; overseeing the successful reorganization of the WSGA in 1992; and the publication in 1999 of the monumental Championships & Friendships, the PNGA centennial history book. The only other recipients of the PNGA Lifetime Achievement Award are Fred Couples and Peter Jacobsen, who were honored at the association’s Centennial Celebration in 1999.


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Chip Shots HIGHLIGHTS FROM AROUND THE NORTHWEST

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 are their own road map, connecting the golf community. They do not, however, improve our score. But no matter. Since the last time we had this section in the magazine, we’ve had several readers send in their photos of signs. Here are a few. There’s no sign of stopping.

What’s your sign?

Have you seen any signs along your journey? We’d like to see them. Email them to editor@thepnga.org.

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SAVE THE DATE for the KAM

Tee it Forward in 2012

PNGA App Now Available

Last year at the KAM, four lucky people won a golf vacation to Cabo San Lucas courtesy of Alaska Airlines, at the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar and the prestigious Palmilla Golf Club. AND, there was a $10,000 cash Hole-in-One winner on the final day! Over $20,000 in cash and merchandise payouts! And this year, there will be a deeper payout! Two-person best-ball teams will compete over three days during Memorial Day weekend, playing 18 holes at each course. No age limit, three divisions: Men’s, Women’s and Couples. Open (under 50), Senior (50-64) & Super Senior (65+). Entry fees are $249 per person, includes green fees, cart, range balls, welcome packet, and thousands of dollars in merchandise payouts. The KAM is proud to have Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, Olympic Sports and Spine Rehabilitation and Michelob ULTRA from Olympic Eagle Distributing as their presenting sponsors.

Following the pilot launch of Tee it Forward in July 2011, the PGA and USGA are encouraging golfers to continue to play from distances that match their playing skills. While it was highlighted during a specific time period last year, Tee it Forward is now being promoted as a year-round initiative by the two organizations. World Golf Hall of Fame member Jack Nicklaus, PGA Tour star Dustin Johnson and LPGA star Paula Creamer have all been endorsing the program. PlayGolfAmerica.com is the official website of Tee it Forward.

Yes indeed. An app for all seasons. Now a one-stop-shop available on your smartphone, here are a few of the many benefits of the app: • Live scoring will be available • Register for championships • News from PNGA and all allied associations • Read Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine • Social Media • Member Club tournament calendar • It’s a FREE app

The KAM King Amateur Golf Championship May 25-27, 2012 • Gold Mountain Golf Club • McCormick Woods • Trophy Lake Golf & Casting • Two-Person Best-Ball Register online at www.kamgc.com Email: info@kamgc.com Information: 206.352.1188 Accommodations For a custom golf package, please call 206.359.1312 or email info@kitsappeninsulagolf. com for information about Kitsap Golf Group partner hotel options and packages. Visit kitsappeninsulagolf.com for more information on stay and play packages.

Download this FREE app from the App Store on your iPhone or Android smartphone, or on your iPad.

Championship to Honor Macan To honor one of the most prolific golf course designers in the history of Northwest golf, the A.V. Macan Legacy Championship will hold its inaugural event on July 29-30 at Marine Drive Golf Club in Vancouver, BC. The annual event will be held on Macandesigned layouts. A native of Ireland, Macan arrived on Vancouver Island in 1912 and designed his first course in 1913, the Colwood Golf Club in Victoria. Colwood was granted the “Royal” prefix in 1931 by King George V. Macan would go on to design or remodel over 70 Northwest golf courses. There will be a ceremonial dinner on the first day of this year’s event, with PNGA Historian Michael Riste giving a presentation. Riste recently completed a biography of Macan, “Just Call Me Mac.” “The number of clubs involved (in the championship) may increase to 12,” said Tim Tait, Marine Drive’s Director of Golf. “But for now it is 10.” Each of the participating clubs will send a team of four players, which will include their current men’s and women’s club champions. Along with Marine Drive, the current roster of clubs involved are Columbia Edgewater CC (Portland), Royal Colwood Golf Club (Victoria), Overlake G&CC (Medina, Wash.), Victoria Golf Club, Broadmoor Golf Club (Seattle), Shaughnessy G&CC (Vancouver, BC), Fircrest (Wash.) Golf Club, Richmond (BC) CC and Inglewood Golf Club (Kenmore, Wash.). The event will alternate each year between U.S. and Canadian clubs.

The 17th hole at Marine Drive GC, with the famous Bertha bunker lower-left of the green.

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Futures So Bright

KeyBank steps up big for Evans Cups

Northwest students receive Evans Scholarships Eleven students from the Pacific Northwest have been awarded Chick Evans Caddie Scholarships, a full tuition and housing college scholarship. The selected students will attend Oregon State University, University of Colorado, University of Oregon, or the University of Washington. Evans Scholars are golf caddies who were selected based on four criteria: caddie record, academics, financial need and leadership and character. The Evans Scholarship is valued at an estimated $70,000 for four years. Currently, more than 825 caddies are enrolled in colleges across the nation as Evans Scholars, including 49 from the Pacific Northwest. The Western Golf Association, headquartered in Golf, Ill., has administered the Chick Evans Scholarship Program through the Evans Scholars Foundation since 1930. More than 9,400 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars – including over 500 from the Pacific Northwest – since the program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans, Jr. Scholarship funds come mostly from contributions by more than 100,000 golfers across the country. Evans Scholars Alumni donate more than $4 million annually, and all proceeds from the BMW Championship, the third of four PGA TOUR Playoff events in the PGA TOUR’s FedEx Cup competition, are donated to Evans Scholars. In the Northwest, the Oregon Golf Association, Washington State Golf Association, and the Pacific Northwest Golf Association are generous co-sponsors of the program with the WGA. More information about the scholarship and application guidelines are available online at thepnga.org and wgaesf.org; or call 855.214.2913. 14

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Mark Adams Victoria GC

Timothy Dills Avalon GL

As the Presenting Sponsor for both Evans Cup events, KeyBank is a major contributor in supporting the Evans Caddie Scholarship Program in the Pacific Northwest. Brian Rice, President of KeyBank in Oregon and Rick Wirthlin, President of KeyBank in the Seattle-Cascade Region, shared the same sentiments, stating, “KeyBank believes in giving back to the community and touching the lives of young men and women through these scholarships.”

Play in the Evans Cups Two first-class fundraisers are held each fall Hannah Gibson Bandon Dunes GR

Tony Huynh Heron Lakes GC

Vivian Iwuoha Seattle GC

James Kirkpatrick Bandon Dunes GR

Jean Le Eastmoreland GC

Cameron Mountain Walla Walla CC

Alec Shields Gresham GL

Spenser Sutherland Oswego Lake CC

William Tooze Waverley CC

Evans Cup of Oregon September 17, 2012 Waverley Country Club Evans Cup of Washington September 24, 2012 Sand Point Country Club • For entry forms, visit thepnga.org • For information, contact Kacie Bray at 877.302.0542 or kacie.bray@thepnga.org • Visit wgaesf.com for information on the Evans Caddie Scholarship Program

Bold Vision for the Future

In January 2012, the Western Golf Association launched an unprecedented push to expand the Evans Scholars Program in the Pacific Northwest by relocating a fulltime staff member in the region. The goal? To open the program’s first Scholarship House at a university in Oregon or Washington by 2015. It would be the Foundation’s first new chapter since 1987. Bill Moses, a Marquette Evans Scholar Alum who previously served as the organization’s Associate Educational Director, will work from the PNGA offices near Seattle as the WGA’s first Director, West Region. “We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I’m looking forward to the challenge and am excited for the Scholars in the Northwest,” said Moses, who will be administering and promoting the program by working with partner golf associations, fundraising, developing and growing caddie programs, coordinating the efforts of local WGA Directors and Alumni, and overseeing current Scholars. Opening a Scholarship House is a critical piece, which will help with recruitment and solidify a bond among current Scholars.


ON THE CO V ER

A Silver Lining for a Golden Anniversary

Willamette Valley Country Club marks its 50th year as a Northwest gem with the completion of its renovation by Ken Koopman

The 422-yard par-4 seventh hole. 16

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Photo by Robert Graves

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hen Rich Haaland, the Executive Director of the Oregon Chapter Pacific Northwest Section PGA, wanted to return a favor, he offered an opportunity for my business partner and I to play any golf course in Oregon. We immediately answered, “Willamette Valley Country Club.” We both had heard high praises for the championship course in Canby, south of Portland, but had never been there. So, on a sunny Memorial Day a few years back, we joined Rich and his Tournament Director, Amy Kerle, for a very enjoyable round of golf. After walking off the 18th green, my partner and I proceeded directly to the clubhouse and filled out new member paperwork. It was that impressive. And only later did we learn from General Manager Jay Head that holiday had turned out to be the club’s busiest day of the year. We didn’t even notice. We were so enamored with the course layout, the tree-lined fairways, the beautifully manicured holes, and the tranquility of the park-like setting nestled along the banks of the Willamette River that we just had fun. And couldn’t wait to play it again. Little did we know at the time that the club’s board was planning to make the golfing experience even more enjoyable. On the occasion of Willamette Valley’s 50th anniversary in 2011, the club celebrated the completion of a major renovation that touched all but one hole. A course we already thought was great got even better. Already very playable year round, the entire course got an underground makeover – a sophisticated drainage system that captures surface water and recycles it into several ponds for irrigation. The most visible improvement was to the bunkers. Some were moved to improve strategy and challenge a player’s risk-reward


At A Glance The new bunkering was just completed at Willamette Valley Country Club. Pictured are two perspectives of the 454-yard par-4 18th hole.

General Manager Jay Head PGA Professional Danny Moore Superintendent Larry Raschko

“I have played this course hundreds of times over the years, and I can say without a doubt the overall change in appearance, bunker remodels and improved sight lines is nothing short of amazing.” – Tom Newton, past president of Willamette Valley CC

shot selection. All the bunkers were redone with the latest design features, and each now has an individually committed drainage system. Some members say it’s like playing a whole new course, and everyone raves about the white tournament sand (of course, more often after they’ve hit out of the bunker and not while their ball is rolling into it). “We’re beyond a great golf course now,” member Jim Amey lavished. Once off the new and improved golf course, Jim and his buddies gather in the renovated lower level clubhouse to enjoy the new flat-screen TVs in the Sports Grill and new layout of the Pro Shop. But beyond the improvements (new carpet, paint and furniture throughout), Jim’s remark references the great food, social events, men’s and women’s activities and tenured staff that make up a well-rounded club membership experience. “We’ve always been known as a ‘Players Club’ where the focus is on the golf course and the golf experience,” said Tom Newton, a past president of the club. “And I feel the remodel has taken us to a whole new level, one that rivals many of the best courses in the Northwest. I have played this course hundreds of times over the years, and I can say without a doubt the overall change in appearance, bunker remodels

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Willamette Valley Country Club is a member-owned club. To learn more about the variety of membership opportunities available, contact Jay Head, General Manager at 503.266.0100 or jhead@willamettevalleycc.com.

and improved sight lines is nothing short of amazing.” Head pro Danny Moore reports that members and guests are thrilled with the changes to the Pro Shop (new fixtures, lighting, layout and displays), but it’s the golf course everyone is most proud of. “I hear it all the time – ‘playability’ – that’s what people say about Willamette Valley,” says Moore. “And for those who haven’t played here in a while, or for those who have never been here, they’re in for a real treat.” Moore pointed out the remodeled and rebuilt eighth green as one of the major changes players are enjoying. There’s also the new tee complex on the first hole, with a rock wall and beautiful landscaping surrounding it. But, to me, a relatively new member, I like this country club even more than that Memorial Day when my business partner and I were sold on it. The changes haven’t made the course easier, and they haven’t made it harder. They’ve made a great course even better. Ken Koopman lives in Mulino, Oregon, and is president of Koopman Ostbo Marketing Communications.

Willamette Valley Country Club has hosted the Oregon Amateur Championship in 1971, 1985, 1998, and again in 2010. Members of the club have won nine Oregon Amateur Championships, and past champions include Blake Seabaugh (2008), Allison Hanna (2003) and Marcia Fisher (1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1992, 2000).

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HO W G OL F SA V E D MY LI F E

Navigating the Back Nine

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Love of the game brought us together. Friendship for each other keeps us together Here we are the eight of us, in the Third Phase of our lives. Somehow this stage arrived without warning signs or disclaimers. We left professions behind for retirement and lots of leisure time, only to come face to face with the realities of getting older, yet being very active and competitive women. We met as members of the Lynnwood (Wash.) Ladies Golf Club. We bonded over rounds played on the course. Friendships were formed, and more golf days added to our playing time together, even in winter on soggy courses. The quest for better ball roll was the genesis for the first of many golfing road trips. We headed east over the Cascade Mountains to beautiful Lake Chelan, a 50-mile-long glacier-carved lake where surroundings offered high desert conditions that made for warmer weather and presented several dry golf courses. We were hooked. We named ourselves the “Hot-Tees,” a little pun on golf and …well, you know. That was eight years ago. Since then, we’ve enjoyed numerous rounds at other Puget Sound area golf courses and two-day mid-summer road trips further afar. Now, each year we start the season with our annual Chelan golf outing. Three courses are selected based on our travel route including; Suncadia in Cle Elum; Highlander in Wenatchee; Bear Mountain Ranch, Lake Chelan, Desert Canyon, Alta Lake near Chelan; and Leavenworth. Golf takes up most of the days, but there is still plenty of time for wine tasting and fine dinners at the cafes and restaurants in the area. Since coming together, we’ve shared highs and lows. Our children have given us beautiful grandchildren; some have traveled the world; and others have experienced the loss of a spouse or a child. All fight aches and pains. A couple of us have been diagnosed with illnesses that will, with time, prevent us from playing golf or limit our play at best. It is said that “Getting older ain’t for sissies.” Whatever the issue, the Hot-Tees rally around to provide love and support. Last May it was my turn. Though I had been begged numerous times by my husband, Jim, to reduce the stressful activities I was involved in, I didn’t heed it. So, my body decided to put the brakes on for me in the form of a full-blown seizure. I woke up in the hospital with no memory of what happened. I made some rapid changes. I resigned from one volunteer organization, and streamlined my work with another, thanks to Jim’s help. As a result of the seizure I couldn’t drive for a while, my memory was fuzzy at best, and I lost most of my self-confidence. I didn’t know how to deal with the memory loss, and really fought not being able to drive. After all, I am one of the drivers when the Hot-Tees go on our golf excursions. Then I wondered, “Could I even go on these trips?” The Hot-Tees answered with an unquestioning “yes.” Someone else could drive – as long as we could cram a bunch of clubs in the car, we were okay. They began to gently nudge my memory back,

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made sure I had rides to the golf course The links that bind, the and coffee dates, and generally helped Hot-Tees, seen here me get my confidence back. Between Jim on a recent road trip, are (back row, left to and the Hot-Tees, I’m feeling confident, right) Barbara Lockner, and my memory is almost back to before Margaret Bright, Phyllis Becker and Casey Lindell; the seizure. I’ve learned to limit stressful (front row) Jenny Strock, activities, and value every day. Golf is a Judy Carolan, Kay Steele and Nancy Haug. great stress reliever, especially with friends who take the game as just that, a game. Beyond all this, and because of it, the Hot-Tees have come together, week after week throughout the years to laugh, support, encourage, cajole, suggest second opinions, and hold one another through the good and not-so-good times. Each Tuesday and Thursday is precious to us, whether playing golf or meeting for coffee for a few hours. On the extended golf trips, there’s time to just be women who love to be together, without spouses, children or grandchildren around. While golf is an individual sport, the friendships formed with this group of women are sustaining us through some of life’s toughest times. I would not have made it through my medical crisis as well as I did without the support of my golf friends. Nor would others have come through their own “valleys” as well. Hot-Tees, you rock!

A Story to Tell? Has the game of golf affected your life? Changed it? Saved it? What does the game mean to you, to your family, to your friends? Send us a note at editor@thepnga.org.


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RULES O F THE G AME

Can you hear me now? Case Law, Music and the Rules of Golf by Genger Fahleson IGA Executive Director As most golfers know, the Rules are sometimes changed. The Rules Committees of the USGA and the Royal & Ancient Rules Limited work together in four-year cycles on the Rules review and Rules change process. Those of us who live in the U.S. can remember when the Rules change, because it is always happens on leap years and presidential election years. Thus, several new or revised Rules went into effect January 1 of this year, 2012. A change to be noted is the interpretation of the Rule that governs the use of a device to listen to music or a broadcast during a stipulated round. A new Decision – 14-3/17 – was added to the Decisions book this year. Published Decisions on the Rules of Golf are like “case law” which clarify or help interpret the Rules themselves. If you don’t have a Decisions book, they can be found on the USGA website at usga.org (go to the Rules tab). Your state golf association probably has copies of the book if you are interested in purchasing one. Back to the topic at hand: music and broadcasts. Decision 14-3/17, states the following: A player may not use any artificial device that “might assist him in making a stroke or in his play.” Listening to music while making a stroke or for a prolonged period might assist the player in his play, for example, by eliminating distractions or promoting a good tempo. Therefore, the use of an artificial device to listen to music or a broadcast, whether or not through headphones, while making a stroke or for a prolonged period of time during a stipulated round is a breach of Rule 14-3. The penalty for a breach of this Rule is disqualification. There is no restriction on listening to music or 20

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In the depth of my soul there is a wordless song. – Kahlil Gibran Lebanese-American poet (1883-1931)

other broadcasts while practicing (whether on the practice ground or on the golf course, and whether by oneself or while playing with others), although club rules and disciplinary codes could apply in such circumstances. Last summer, my first golf season back in Northwest after a stint with the USGA in New Jersey, I was surprised (shocked, actually) by the number of golfers who played golf with radios blaring in their carts. You may be familiar with folks who have TVs in their carts and watch other sporting events during their weekend rounds. I was familiar with junior golfers and college players wearing ear buds listening to music, but the blaring radios and TV’s seemed…out of place. Prior to January 1 of this year, such practices were acceptable under the Rules of Golf. The only breach was of the etiquette code. Since January 1, 2012, the use of a device (radio, TV, mp3 player, etc.) during a stipulated round of golf is a breach of Rule 14-3. If you check out the penalty statement under this Rule you will see that it is severe: disqualification. 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.

Rules large… During the match play portion of the 2010 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at Fiddlesticks Country Club in Fort Myers, Fla., a situation arose during a Round of 64 match that we’re surprised hasn’t come up before. Player A and her opponent Player B were sharing a golf cart during their match in which they both started the round with 14 clubs. On the 2nd hole, Player B inadvertently used a club from Player A’s bag and after hitting the shot put the club in her own bag. On the 3rd tee, Player A discovered her club is missing and saw it in Player B’s bag, and it is apparent that Player B used the club during play of the 2nd hole. The Ruling can be found in the Decisions on the Rules of Golf book under 4-4a/5. Because in this situation the format of play was match play and the breach was realized between play of two holes, the result of Hole 2 stands and an adjustment of one hole occurs after Hole 2. Rule 4-4a states: “The player must start a stipulated round with not more than 14 clubs. She is limited to the clubs thus selected…” B complied with the first sentence of Rule 4-4a, but when she made a stroke with A’s

club, she did not comply with the second sentence and was subject to penalty for using a club selected for play by another person playing on the course. As B did not intend to add the club to the clubs she had selected for the round, she incurs no additional penalty for having carried it until the breach was discovered. Player B, who had won the second hole with a birdie to get the match back to All Square, was again 1 down after the one hole adjustment and went on to lose the match, 4 & 3.

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Looking back toward the tee on the 152-yard 11th hole at Bandon Preserve.

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Work of Art The new par-3 course at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is a must-play, and a must-enjoy

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We played it once, and were so mesmerized by the beauty of the place, walked it a second time later that evening, time to really appreciate the art that had been sculpted out of the dunes on the edge of the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Now in its second decade, the resort continues to push golf ’s envelope, even in a sour economy when much of the world waits to see what’s next. Owner Mike Keiser waits for no one. In May he will open the fifth course at the resort, the beguiling Bandon Preserve, 13 holes of par-3 golf on the southwest edge of the property where the dunes are as daunting as they come. The Preserve is cute – really cute – but is far from the grab-a-couple-clubs-and-a-beercute the way Shorty’s, at the south edge of the resort’s practice center, is. The Preserve’s first green is located on sand that was previously part of the putting

green at Bandon Trails. Indeed, Trails serves as clubhouse for both courses. The scorecard tells you that no hole is longer than 164 yards, and five are fewer than 125 yards, even from the back tees. So much for the scorecard. The first hole, near the Inn, is listed at 140 yards. To a back pin and into a 30 mile-an-hour wind, it took at least a 180-yard shot to get there. “What Mike wanted,” said architect Bill Coore, “was a collection of holes that could stand up to the par-3s on the big courses, holes like No. 11 at Pacific Dunes and No. 2 at Bandon Trails. “Real golf on a smaller scale.” Coore admitted that he and Crenshaw had wanted to use the dunes near the ocean in the building of Trails several years ago, but that Keiser had pushed for more of an inland course as a respite from the winds and weather of the other Bandon courses. “In the end,” said Coore, “the pockets of


dunes didn’t lend themselves to longer holes. It is a very special piece of property.” The Preserve didn’t look the way I thought it would after listening to both Coore and Keiser describe what they were after, holes like No. 2 at Bandon Trails, a green surrounded by sand and trees. As they tell the story around the resort, Keiser pushed for as much grass as he could get, areas not only on which to land a golf ball, but to be walked and enjoyed. What has transpired is a magic land of dunes and hillocks circled by grass paths, kind of a great place for an Easter egg hunt as well as 13 holes in an afternoon after you’d played Pacific Dunes in the morning. “Yes,” said Coore, “there is more grass than we originally thought, but not an inordinate amount. It also allows us to move mowers through the property for maintenance.” The greens are large, the bunkers are large. Even though the holes are short. Each hole has many tees, some layered from front to back, some in tiny areas along the edge of a dune, some on paths that aren’t in play until they are. Holes dart out to the ocean and back. You use all the requisite shots, and then some. The mysterious extra hole – it was originally going to be a 12-hole course – heads north into the prevailing wind. It’s all fun, a beautiful environment for golf with the Pacific Ocean as well as the 17th and 18th holes at Bandon in the distance. During the prime season, the green fees are $100 at the Preserve, where some of the money will go to preserving the coastal land and vegetation, particular the silvery phacelia that on much of the Oregon Coast has been threatened by the encroachment of beach grasses and gorse. Coore said that in the building of Bandon Trails, every time they removed gorse and created an open sandy area the silvery phacelia appeared, and thrived. The idea is that golfers will use afternoons to play the new course if they are unable to go another 18 on the regulation layouts. “I was riding one of the shuttles and eavesdropping on some good players,” said Coore. “One of them said he would play the par-3 course first on every visit to get used to the tight lies around the greens.” And maybe play it first because it offers some of the most beautiful viewpoints on a most beautiful golf resort. Blaine Newnham is a former editor and columnist for the Eugene Register-Guard and former sports columnist and assistant managing editor for the Seattle Times. Golf, and the search for its elusive intricacies, is in his blood.

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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

Golf 2.0 and Beyond The ancient game meets modern times It’s no secret that the lead-

in North America know there are problems out there, and they’re coming up with different programs and different ways to approach the Dawes Marlatt ancient game. It’s too early to tell if a Northwest native will be the white knight riding on the white horse to save the game we all love, but PGA Master Professional Dawes Marlatt has taken on the challenge as the National Director of Education for the PGA of America. Marlatt is a graduate of Priest River High School in Idaho and developer of the PGA Golf Management Program at the University of Idaho, serving as its Director from 2001-08; he also served as the general manager of the University of Idaho GC for 10 years.

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Is golf suitable for our fastpaced high-tech society? Marlatt is convinced the game can grow, and people will continue to fall in love with it as he did as a 12-year-old working at a resort course near the north tip of Idaho. “We’ve just got to get people out on the golf course and get them to appreciate everything everybody else says is so much fun,” said Marlatt, 40, who works out of the PGA offices in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., but travels constantly trying to educate more people, particularly PGA professionals, how to get more people to enjoy the game. “We’ve just got to get everybody on the same page together, and we know we can’t do the same thing we’ve always done,” he said. In the past, what’s always been done in

a lot of places is that someone behind the counter collects the greens fees, and sends people on their way, hoping for the best. That is being replaced with pro-active programs.

Specifically, what is the PGA of America doing to help the game? This is where Marlatt’s passion for the game and its future come to the forefront. He, and the PGA, knows the golf pro is the key player in the future of the game and the reason the PGA is so adamant about the importance of its Golf 2.0 campaign. Marlatt says there are three stages to the Golf 2.0 program. First, golf must retain and satisfy the current hard-core golfers. That’s where the majority of the revenue is now, and will continue to be. Secondly, golf must re-engage the “lapsed” golfers, the 61 million people who have played the game in the past, but who have not participated over the past 12 months. And third, golf must attract new players, and keep them in the game. “Creating a welcoming environment is going to be very important,” Marlatt said. “To convince someone to play who is resistant and then provide them a non-welcoming experience can push them away forever.” That welcoming environment is being tackled with some other national programs, such as Get Golf Ready, which is a training program to help golfers before they step on a course, and Tee It Forward, a program to make courses more player-friendly. If these programs are successful, the potential is amazing.

“It’s important that we tap into the different diverse groups that are out there,” he said. “We want the face of golf to look more like the face of America, and if we can do that we’re going to have a wonderful opportunity to grow the game.”

What makes a kid who grew up in North Idaho such an expert? “I was one of those pro shop rats, you know, where you just hang around,” he said. But he was doing more than just hanging around. His eyes were wide open. “The thing about when you get into golf early, and especially growing up in golf, you understand the subtleties of the game, you observe the customers who come in. You observe the avid golfers who come in, you observe the recreational golfers who come in. You have a great sense of awareness of the variety of expectations that the different people have of our game.” And he’s made a career of teaching others to observe those subtleties. “From an educational perspective, I’m designing training that will help every golf professional better know their customer, and as a result, meet their expectations,” Marlatt said. When the opportunity to become the PGA’s Director of Education, and influence 27,000 future PGA professionals through the university and apprenticeship programs of the PGA, he jumped at the chance. And that chance now has given him an opportunity to influence the game’s resurgence. – Paul Ramsdell

What does the Man on the Street say? “I get up in the morning and I go to work, then I go home in the evening and have dinner, and I look out the window and watch the evening fall. I don’t know much about Big Picture things. I play golf when I can, because I do love it so. I sometimes sit in quiet frustration, because I’m unable to impart to others how it makes me feel to feel the green grass beneath my feet, the satisfaction of a shot well-played, the camaraderie of my golf friends, the sun on my face on the back nine of an Oceanside course. How can they know, unless they know.” What do you think? How do you explain to non-golfers a game that you enjoy so thoroughly? Send us a note at editor@thepnga.org.

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y a s u o y Can ’ ? r e m m ‘ u S It’s coming (we just know it), and this gives rise to the ancient question of “What are we going to do with a bunch of kids sitting around the house all day long?” The answer, of course, is “Take them golfing.” And the second part of this answer, of course, is “Take them golfing to a place where we can do other things as well.” And here are a few places to do it.

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Glacier Country, Montana 800.338.5072, glaciermt.com/pnw Did you know there are 23 golf course courses tucked in the Northwest corner under Montana’s great big sky? From Missoula to the Canadian border, championship – and affordable – golf is there for the taking in the unhurried summertime of Montana. And there are a few other things to do there as well, such as fishing, camping, hiking, biking, rafting, and…well, vacationing. Glacier Country, encompassing Western Montana and including notable gems like Flathead Lake and Glacier National Park, is home to public and semi-private golf courses that are some of the most beautiful courses in the country. Golfing in Montana combines renowned courses with stunning scenery, affordability and a variety of options ranging from leisurely to difficult, as well as several charming small towns. Montana’s Flathead Valley in particular is a destination unto itself, with nine championship golf courses, all within 45 minutes of each other. It has been referred to as one of the “50 greatest golf destinations” by Golf Digest. Semiahmoo Resort-Golf-Spa, Blaine, Washington 800.770.7992, semiahmoo.com Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club, designed by Arnold Palmer, was rated Washington’s “No. 3 Public

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Course” by Golf Digest in 2005. The No. 1 public course that year? The resort’s other 18 holes, Loomis Trail Golf Club. The resort’s other activities include whale watching tours; bike, kayak, scooter and boat rentals; Friday night barbecue; a film and TV lecture series; onsite shopping, restaurants and a fullservice spa; and a walk-on ferry service that runs between the resort and the harbor town of Blaine. Oh, and did we already mention the golf? Black Butte Ranch, Oregon 866.901.2961, blackbutteranch.com Black Butte Ranch has been bringing families together for over 40 years, and is the ideal base camp for a terrific Central Oregon vacation. During the summer, the Ranch offers an incredible range of recreational opportunities. In addition to two championship golf courses, the Ranch has five swimming pools, 18 miles of paved walking and biking paths, a full-service spa, day camp and kids activities, adventure recreation, canoeing and kayaking, river rafting, horseback riding, and more. Dining options on site range from the Lakeside Bistro and Take-n-Bake Pizza, to Robert’s Pub and the acclaimed Lodge Restaurant. How are you going to keep them down in Paris once they’ve seen Black Butte Ranch?


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Whistler Resort, Whistler, British Columbia 866.723.2747, golfwhistler.com It is a destination known around the world for its spectacular mountains, unsurpassed skiing, outdoor adventures, charming alpine village and, yes, its golf. This picturesque valley, surrounded by immense, snowcovered peaks, pristine lakes and glacier-fed streams, is home to four of Canada’s top 100 courses – Whistler Golf Club, Nicklaus North, Big Sky G&CC and Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Golf Digest has rated the resort village as one of the “Top 20 Greatest Golf Destinations in the World.” Beyond championship golf, however, the amenities of this pristine, four-season resort destination have helped turn Whistler into a golf mecca. Luxury accommodation, delectable dining, sensational shopping and rejuvenating spas are just a taste of what Whistler has to offer. With the number of fine hotels in the village, there are several golf packages available.

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Ed Taano standing beside his vehicle of choice under the open sky.

“We are the music-makers And we are the dreamers of dreams Wandering by lone sea-breakers And sitting by desolate streams World-losers and world-forsakers On whom the pale moon gleams Yet we are the movers and shakers Of the world forever, it seems.” Willy Wonka, quoting Arthur O’Shaughnessy

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Shaper of Things to Come Brought in to soothe furrowed brows and massage the work of others, Ed Taano is at play in the fields far from home by Blaine Newnham

Right: Taano’s crew in the process of performing a significant overhaul of the seventh green at Chambers Bay. Photo by Jason Mercio

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In the world of golf course architecture, Ed Taano is the real deal, dealing in dirt not drawings. He makes golf holes when architects make sketches. “He is the quiet laborer in the vineyard who makes the wine,” said Robert Trent Jones, Jr., “while the architects plant the grapes.” A bit of a hired gun, Taano, now 60, comes riding into town to do the toughest projects, this Spring finishing up a six-month stay at Chambers Bay to make the changes to the course the USGA wants for the 2015 U.S. Open. In all, Taano has spent almost a year and a half in the Tacoma area since his employers, the golf course architecture firm of Robert Tent Jones Jr., first began turning a gravel pit into the future site of a national championship. I watched him carve out a fairway bunker on the left side of the fifth hole, one that would choke down the hole in the driving area for the pros in the U.S. Open, but also be reasonable enough to allow an escape for the everyday player. For more than 30 years, Taano has been the main man for Robert Trent Jones, Jr., both their careers seeming to climax in the celebrated work at Chambers Bay. In the 1980s, Taano had a government job. But he wanted

to work outdoors and around golf. He knew more about the sport – his dad was a top-notch player – than he did moving dirt. But he learned, as he says, in the trenches. Now, his handiwork is seen everywhere if you know where to look – the Prince Course on Kauai, the Emerald and Gold courses at Wailea on Maui, pretty much everywhere the RTJ2 team has worked. Taano even worked with the senior Robert Trent Jones in the shaping of the club named after him in Manassas, Va. He mentions favorite jobs. Osprey Meadows in Idaho; Corde Valle in California; The Blessings in Arkansas, the 153-slope course built by Tyson Foods owner John Tyson; The Patriot Course in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “One day you’re working for a client that wants the toughest course in the world, the next for someone wanting a resort course. You’re connecting the dots for a lot of people,” he said. “It’s great work, but you’re not home much.” “Believe me,” said Bruce Charlton, the president of the Jones design group, “Ed is the common denominator. He is a great listener. At Chambers Bay, he listens to us, he listens to Pierce County, KemperSports, and the USGA,


I watched him carve out a fairway bunker on the left side of the fifth hole, one that would choke down the hole in the driving area for the pros in the U.S. Open, but also be reasonable enough to allow an escape for the everyday player. both Mike Davis on the competition side and Reg Jones on the demands outside the ropes. Finally, he’ll say `I’ve got it.’ And off he goes to get it done.” During his current stay, Taano helped rebuild the first, seventh and 13th greens, narrow the fairway with bunkers on both sides of No. 5, alter the tee shot on No. 18 and build a new tee to lengthen the third hole. Moreover, he helped put a 40-foot wide road through much of the property to facilitate fan movement at the Open. He’s called a shaper. He moves sand and dirt and rocks at the whim of an architect. Or at least he’s supposed to. Taano doesn’t work with grade stakes the way other shapers do. He doesn’t follow design plans to a tee, often debating his work with Jones himself. He works with the land, and seems to care more about the way a hole looks and plays rather than being true to its design. “We’re all good at working in the field,” said Taano, who wanted to recognize the team’s other shaper, Doug Ingram. “I guess I’d rather in the finish product not have players know we were even there.” “He’s the best in the business,” said Jones. “He’s the secret behind us, man,” added Charlton. The downside to the job, obviously, is being on the road so much of the time. “We decided that the time I wouldn’t be working would likely be in the winter,” he said, “and so we decided to live on Maui. Besides, my wife is from there and we have family.” Thinking, as usual, of all the angles, shaping his future as he goes.

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From Club to the Tee with Dub B

A Seattle native is working to introduce the game to more young people by bridging the gap between golf and hip-hop by Kris Fay

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hen I first heard about Wyeth Barclay and his new golf show, Above Par, I didn’t want to like it. The show (online at above-par.com) features interviews with professional golfers, athletes and musicians but has a real hip-hop vibe, something I’m not really into. I called the show’s host, Wyeth Barclay (aka “Dub B”) and, you know what, I couldn’t help but like him and the mission he’s on with the show. “For me, it’s all about presenting the game of golf in a way that young people can relate to,” said Barclay. “I watch all the golf telecasts and the announcers are always talking about wanting more young people to play golf, but they’re doing it all wrong. No young person is going to get inspired to play golf by watching those broadcasts.” Barclay, 28, spent half his life in Seattle before moving to the deserts of La Quinta, California. He was an accomplished junior golfer in high school and something of a golf prodigy. “I played in a lot of Washington Junior Golf Association events, I won our club’s junior club title three straight years (Chevy Chase GC, now called Discovery Bay GC) and I was the number one golfer on our high school team that won a state title. My dad put a club in my hands when I was twoyears-old and I was trained to play at the highest levels.”

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Even at a young age, Barclay did things differently on the golf course. He had his own style, sported cornrows in his hair, and listened to the types of music that weren’t synonymous with golf. He said that some of the older guys called him the “Hip-Hop Golfer.” “I was immersed in the hip-hop culture; that’s who I was,” said Barclay. It’s no surprise that, at the age of 18, he opened his own recording studio and started down a path that would lead him to work with some of the biggest names in hip-hop. He took the name “Dub B” and embarked on a successful career recording and producing. Nevertheless, golf was always there. “No matter what, I always made time to play golf. Even if I was in the studio for 12 hours a day, I’d make the time to play nine holes or just hit a bucket of balls. I truly love playing golf.” After nearly a decade of focusing on his music, Barclay has come back to golf and wants to introduce an estimated 250,000 fans of hip-hop to the game he loves. “Hip-hop plays a huge role in today’s music culture; it’s today’s rock-and-roll for young people.” Above Par isn’t on television; rather, it’s found a home where young people are spending their time – the Internet. Barclay has made his show’s segments available on YouTube


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and the show has a growing legion of followers on both Facebook and Twitter. That was evident after the final round of last month’s Masters when an Above Par segment featuring Bubba Watson turned into one of the most talked about items on Twitter. Barclay is also reaching out to young, relevant artists and introducing them to the game of golf. He hopes that when hip-hop fans see their favorite artists playing the game that they’ll think it’s okay for them, too. “I want to get guys like Wiz Khalifa out on the golf course and introduce him to the game,” said Barclay. “He’s a young guy who’s in the hip-hop culture and young people really like his music. It would be great to see him out there showing kids that golf is cool.”

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in my accomplishments,” she says. (Her mother took up the game at age 49 and subsequently served as the Grays Harbor representative for WSWGA for 25 years.) When Swanson entered Grays Harbor College there was no women’s golf team. No problem. She asked to join the men’s team and was given the chance, becoming the first female in the state to play on a men’s community college golf team. Reflecting on her outstanding golfing accomplishments, Swanson says the magic is in the people she’s met and the memories she has accumulated. Intrigued by the memories and stories, and inspired by WSWGA’s 2012 tournament theme of “90 Years of Championship Golf…the Grand Tradition,” she is dedicating precious spare time to compiling some of the history. Swanson will not be competing for this year’s title because she intends to devote “110 percent” to the event, which is the oldest championship for women in the state and one of the longest-running match play competitions in the region. This year marks the fourth time the tournament will be held at Sand Point. Spectators are welcomed at both the WSWGA tournament (www.thewswga.com) and at another event that will showcase some sensational women golfers – the “Official Legends Tour of the LPGA.” Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore, Wash. is hosting an 18-hole Legends event on July 29 and a pro-am fundraiser the next day (www. thelegendstour.com). Photo from PNGA Championships & Friendships

The word “Champion” only begins to describe a woman sportswriters have dubbed the “Queen of Greens” and “Golden Lady of Northwest Golf.” Other appropriate descriptions are team captain, college coach, committee and board member, golf shop manager, trailblazer, tireless volunteer and PNGA Hall of Fame member. And now, Ann Swanson, a woman of many talents and titles, is serving as president of the Washington State Women’s Golf Association (WSWGA) as it celebrates its 90th year. The new gig comes with added responsibility. Coincidentally, this year’s WSWGA State Championship will be held July Ann Swanson 30-Aug. 3 at Sand Point Country Club, Swanson’s home course. That venue, established in 1927, has been hailed as “the cradle of great women golfers.” Some of the best golfers in the Pacific Northwest have a connection to Sand Point, including Swanson, a nine-time State Champion. Unlike many of today’s stars who began swinging as toddlers, Swanson was 17 when she got her start. One day her brother, who caddied at Grays Harbor (Wash.) Country Club, brought home a couple of cast-off persimmon woods, sunk some orange juice cans into the ground and created a course. She was hooked. Daily practice and perseverance provided a solid foundation not only for Swanson’s early success, but also for a remarkable career that has included victories spanning four decades and an unparalleled 21 titles in individual state and city championships. Among them are the 1989 Washington State and Seattle City championships, which she carded while hobbling on a broken leg! Swanson also credits her mother (“my major supporter”) and some unabashed pluck with cultivating her passion for the game. She attributes much of her success on the course to her consistency, which she calls her trump card. No organized sports for girls existed in the 1950s and ‘60s, when she was a child, but her mom drove her to countless tournaments and made sure Ann had everything she needed for golf. “I believe my mother’s support and the values of hard work she taught me played a definite role

HER FAVES

This issue’s profile of a businesswoman who also happens to play a little golf Debora A. Robinett, MA, RD, CD President/Dietitian Health Enhancement Corporation Has played golf for: 6 years Approx. number of rounds per year: 35+ USGA Index: 15.7 Favorite… Club in her bag: 8 iron – it’s my lucky number Brand of golf ball: Titleist Brand of golf shoe: FootJoy LoPro On-course beverage: Water “19th hole” beverage: Chardonnay Energy boosting snack: BioGenesis UltraLean Bars Golf movie: No favorite movie; like The Golf Channel Golf book : Golf Courses: Fairways of the World Golf gift received: Bushnell Pinseeker Golf tip received: Hit down when chipping

Cheri Brennan is a public relations and marketing consultant and an active member of EWGA, NLGA and the Northwest Golf Media Association.

Short Pitches 10th Annual Ladies on the Links tournament June 11 Broadmoor Golf Club thefirstteeseattle.org

5th Annual Golf Fore Red (supporting women’s heart health) July 28 The Golf Club at Redmond Ridge golfforered.com

The 2012 Canadian Women’s Open August 20-26 The Vancouver Golf Club cncanadianwomens open.com

EWGA chapter championships (Idaho, Oregon, Washington), winners advance to semi-finals; dates, locations vary ewgachampionship.com


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Backspin WE ASKED, YOU ANSWERED. Q&A FROM THE BEST OF THEM

Crooners, boom boxes, a date with Jennifer Lopez, Single-Malt Scotch and a light beer experience. A round of golf has never looked, sounded, or felt better How did you get started in the game? My Dad cut down an old 4-wood on a trip to Florida when I was 7. I loved it. HIghsmith I was 26 years old and a couple of male friends stopped by to see me on their way to the golf course. They invited me to join them and I happened to have my mom’s clubs in my car so I jumped in their car and off we went to Lipoma Firs in Puyallup.  They walked me through which club to hit on which holes and, by the end of 18 holes, I was hooked.  I signed up for lessons the next week and joined Tacoma C&GC shortly after that.  I played every single day rain or shine for the first few years. I was a golf junkie. Liggett My parents were both golfers; in fact, my mom won her age division of the Virginia State Junior Amateur when she was in grade school. They had clubs in my hand when I was around ten, and I played a little as a kid. I didn’t “catch the bug” until I got my first ever job at a Driving Range in Auburn, Mass. at age 15. Here we are 14 years later and I have never worked outside “the business!” Droulis

I guess like many of us, my Dad started me playing golf when I was about 10 years old. Great memories of playing with Dad on Sunday evenings.

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The strangest thing I’ve ever seen on a golf course is… Droulis We hosted the Coors Light Golf Experience. I don’t know what to say. HIghsmith I was scoring for a junior event and a boy in my group had diabetes. They warned me I had to keep an eye on him in case he started to get sick. I forgot about it by the 5th hole or so and, after he hit one deep into the trees, I told him to “take his medicine” with his next shot rather than try to pull a Mickelson. He thought I meant it was time for some insulin. Liggett I have seen some pretty strange things, but the most memorable occurred at Stratton Mountain CC in Vermont. I was running a credit card out to a customer on the course one evening, when I witnessed a fox dispatch a groundhog in the middle of the 2nd fairway. When the fox realized I was watching, he lay on top of his dinner and stared me down, daring me to come

any closer. We had a stare-off for several minutes until he picked up his meal and took it into the woods. Stireman I once witnessed a runaway cart that weaved itself through the trees, across three fairways and then it launched itself in a pond and sank. Funny but scary.

It should be legal in golf to… Have a breakfast ball…even in the afternoon. Have a boom box playing in your golf cart. Liggett Move your ball without penalty if a root or rock is likely to cause injury during the swing. We get relief from bees, holes and dung, why should we risk breaking a club or wrist? Stireman Improve your lie anytime.

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It should be illegal in golf to… Say, “I left a few out there.” Use any color of golf ball other than white and to use those bead chains for counting strokes (sorry Mom). Liggett Throw a club, or cause damage to the course with a club (while not swinging or taking a practice swing). Stireman It should be illegal in golf to take more than four hours to play 18 holes. Slow play drives me crazy. Droulis

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Okay, we get it. Somehow, all of this, even the groundhog, belongs together. Not sure just yet how, but somehow. Golf can somehow bring this all together, can make it make sense. All in a Dream Foursome, all in a round of golf.


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Droulis My Dad, and any of my friends. We have too much fun out there. HIghsmith Mike Leach, Rob Tobeck, and Edean Ihlanfeldt. Wow, would we have fun! Liggett Bill Yeager (my grandfather, who passed away before we got the chance to play), Bagger Vance and Frank Sinatra. Stireman Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Jennifer Lopez (she can ride in my cart with me).

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You’ll never catch me on a golf course wearing… My name tag. Anything frumpy. Liggett A towel clipped to my belt loop. Stireman Knickers. I just don’t understand them. Droulis

HIghsmith

Your favorite sentimental golf course and why… Droulis I have a few. I learned the game at Amherstview Golf Club in Kingston, Ontario, but it was at Big Sky G&CC in Pemberton, BC, where I met my mentors and some of my best friends; and my favourite place to play is Bandon Dunes. I could go on – so many great things happen on the golf course! HIghsmith Pebble Beach for sure! Got engaged there, honeymooned there and have spent numerous anniversaries there. Nothing else like it. As Jack Nicklaus once said, “If I could only play one course for the rest of my life, it’d be Pebble Beach.”  We even named our dog Pebble. Liggett Blackstone National Golf Club in Sutton, Mass. This was the course I worked at in high school, and where I learned the nuances of the game and honed my skills. It also happens to be an excellent layout by Rees Jones. Stireman It would have to be Hubbard Golf Course at Hill Air Force Base in Layton, Utah. It’s where I learned to play with my Dad, and I had my first job in golf there.

Nick Droulis is the Golf Operations Manager at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club in BC. He grew up in Kingston, Ontario, playing golf at Amherstview G&CC where he also had his first golf job on the turf care team. In 1996 he made the move west to work at Big Sky G&CC in Pemberton where he was mentored by Ed McLaughlin and Jason Andrew. He then attended the Professional Golf Management Program at Humber College in Toronto. In 2006 he returned to Big Sky, then moved to Fairmont Chateau Whistler in 2008.

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Anne Highsmith was born and raised in Lakewood, Wash. She graduated from WSU in 1988 and has been a loyal fan ever since. Her husband, though a Husky, is a great guy and, once she saw how far he could hit a golf ball, she knew he was the one. They have two great boys, Sam (14) and Joe (11), who both play golf. She runs a Junior Ryder Cup event in the summer at Tacoma C&GC which is a big hit with all the young boys who play in it.

Ross Liggett got into the golf business at the age of 15 picking up balls at a municipal driving range in central Massachusetts. He is now the Sales & Marketing Director at Heron Lakes Golf Club in Portland. He enjoys singlemalt scotch whiskey, anything written by Ernest Hemingway or Cormac McCarthy, and fly-fishing. Ross and his wife Kelly are expecting their first child this September, and if history does in fact repeat itself, there will be another Liggett in the golf business around 2030.

Matt Stireman is the PGA Head Professional at the Headwaters Golf Club at Teton Springs Resort in Victor, Idaho. He grew up in Utah, where he learned to fly-fish and, of course, play golf. He now lives in Jackson Hole, right across the state line in Wyoming, where the winter sports are just as good as the summer sports. Other than fly-fishing, he likes to travel with his wife, Jacque, and their two kids, Kelsy and Zach.

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as far as you can. With the hole a very slight dogleg left, don’t try to cut anything off – it’s not worth it. Stay to the right side, because the second shot will be long no matter what side of the fairway you’re coming in from. Bunkers left and right, but the green is large, and landing anywhere on it will be considered a good shot. Although you may not have known it, this hole is what you had been conserving your strength for. Get a par here, or even a bogey, and you’re home free. Almost.

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Meandering through the first 15 holes of this beautiful and gracious golf course, set amidst the spectacular scenery of the mountain peaks that watch over this resort village, you’ll step on to the tee box of the 16th hole and suddenly be brought back down to earth. This is a strong hole, meant for strong play. A slightly-elevated tee box gives you a full view of what lay before you. The fairway is wide, but the water on the left makes it appear unforgiving. You will need to swing away on your tee shot; get down there

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