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Golf: Special sections

Stories from The Spokesman-Review's special golf sections, published three times a year.

  • April08

    Pendleton CC can fool you

    Founded in 1929 as a nine-hole course inside Pendleton’s city limits, Pendleton Country Club was relocated to its current cite between Pendleton and Pilot Rock in 1958. The current layout also started as a nine-hole course, but was expanded to 18 in 1986, when nine new holes were mixed in with those already in existence. Today, the unpretentious country club draws the majority of its nearly 250 members from the two towns nearby, and allows daily fee access for golfers who reside outside of Umatilla County. Non-member golfers from within the country are also allowed a limited number of chances to play as a guest of the member.
  • Aug13

    Langer on amazing roll

    MINNEAPOLIS — It might not be the most perfect golf swing on the Champions Tour, but whatever Bernhard Langer and longtime coach Willie Hoffman figured out during a phone call two weeks ago should be bottled and sold at a premium price. Dissatisfied with some of his shots — “double-crossers,” he called them — during practice rounds at Carnoustie for the Senior British Open in Scotland three weeks ago, Langer dialed up Hoffman, a fellow German, to talk shop. They discussed a few things, Langer tried some changes on the range and — abracadabra! The rest is history.
  • Now that spectacular Palouse Ridge has been built, will they come?

    Midway through a round at Palouse Ridge Golf Course – after you've already marveled at greens true and fair, cushy sand that almost makes it a pleasure to find a bunker and velvety fairways which, for all the undulation, surrender a decent number of forgiving lies – you find yourself taking in the view from the 10th tee. At which point even a staunch Husky might be moved to whisper to himself, “Go Cougs.”
  • Prepare for memorable experience

    Located on the eastern edge of the Washington State University campus, this John Harbottle III-designed wonder is already being hailed as one of the top college courses in existence, and with good reason. Stretching to a hearty 7,308-yard from the back Crimson tees, Palouse Ridge offers stunning views of the Palouse that most people have only seen in aerial photographs, along with some of the most unique hole designs in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Amazing layout in Pullman takes a sizeable bite out of small golf market

    When Washington State University’s Palouse Ridge Golf Club shoved its way onto the national stage in late autumn of 2008, Inland Northwest golfers were understandably thrilled. Here was another magnificently designed high-end layout, capable of offering golfers of all skill levels another unique and memorable golfing experience. Those trying to scratch out a profit on the other courses within a 40-minute drive of Pullman, however, were understandably less jazzed.
  • Great views, great value at Quail Ridge

    This short, but interesting, par-71 layout features a wonderfully diverse collection of holes that, like most of the other courses in the area, play over moderately rolling terrain just a little more than four miles south of Clarkston. Also, like all of the courses we played on our two-day trip, Quail Ridge offers gorgeous views of the surrounding hills and valleys, along with some challenging approach shots to elevated greens, many of which are nothing more than a rumor from fairway.
  • Unusual track at Bryden Canyon a joy to play

    Okay, there are some quirky holes on this 6,359-yard, par-71 course that is owned by the Lewiston airport and leased to the city. The 270-yard par-4 first, which plays downhill to a plateau green and leaves anyone unable to reach it off the tee with a completely blind second shot, and the nasty par-4 third, with its aiming bullseye that is rumored to be somewhere near the middle of the fairway, are the first to come to mind.
  • Plenty of risk and reward … or not

    Originally designed as a nine-hole layout by Francis L. James in 1933, this 6,602-yard, par-72 University of Idaho course was redesigned by Bob Bolduck in 1968 and expanded to 18 holes. It serves as the home venue for the University of Idaho’s men’s and women’s golf teams and like Palouse Ridge, offers some remarkable views of the rolling hills and distant mountains from its highest points.
  • Annika busier than ever

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Rumor has it Annika Sorenstam is retired. Forget it.
  • June04

    PGA Tour crucial to foreign players

    DALLAS — It was not just his pink pants, the upturned bill of his cap, the cool accent, or even the volcanic dust he ate as a vitamin supplement. What really made Jesper Parnevik stand out 10 years ago was moving from his home in Sweden to Florida and attaining full membership on the PGA Tour.
  • Keeping courses clean

    Dogs aren’t allowed on most golf courses. But an exception is being made for dogs employed to chase waterfowl off greens and fairways. Nelson, a 7-year-old border collie, has virtually eliminated the mess and health hazard of goose droppings at Manito Golf & Country Club.
  • Canyon River, Ranch Club put Missoula on the golf map

    MISSOULA, Mont. – There was a time not long ago when most golfers from the Spokane area blew through Missoula without so much as a sideward glance, on their way to the Old Works in Anaconda or the Flathead Valley, with its wonderful array of beautiful courses. But the recent addition of a new public layout, Canyon River Golf Club, in East Missoula has added immensely to the golf image of the city. And by taking its place alongside The Ranch Club, a semi-private course just east of Frenchtown and one of the best tracks in the state, Canyon River is helping lure golfers from the Pacific Northwest in droves.
  • Guide to Canyon for those who can’t … golf

    There’s a calculator on the Internet that says my handicap is 23. Just another reason not to believe everything you read on the web. Anyway, golf isn’t necessarily just for people who can actually, you know, play. There has to be place for the rest of us, and you’ve found it. Our golf guy gives you the lowdown. Consider this the lowbrow.
  • Trestle helps you enjoy golf

    I’m home. The first thing you see is an ad on the scorecard for a construction company owned by a guy named Dan Noonan, who also doubles as the high school football coach. Get it? Danny Noonan? As in, “Miss it, Noonan!” from “Caddyshack?” He’s probably never heard that on the golf course before.
  • Enough water to be Yacht Club

    When you’re a 23-to-infinity handicapper, nearly every course is grander than you deserve. It’s just that some are more so, and The Ranch Club is among those. For me, the usual tipoff is cloth napkins in the dining room. This place got in my head early. Item one: it’s a links course. Seeing virtually no trees, it’s easy to assume trouble will be hard to find. This theory can be disproved in fewer than 18 holes, though I decided on the larger sample.
  • Liberty Lake renovation a success

    Yes, it is finally time to lift a glass to Phelps/Atkinson Golf Design and the Spokane County officials who had the foresight and courage to make it happen. They got the renovation of Liberty Lake Golf Course right.
  • April09

    Renovation nearly complete

    Liberty Lake Golf Course, which has been shut down for the past 19 months while undergoing a massive $4.5 million renovation, is scheduled to reopen on May 28. To what degree of fanfare has yet to be decided.
  • Charity drivers

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Sometimes, we forget. Amid all the commotion about hitting a round ball with square grooves and all the clamor over Tiger’s tawdry temptresses, we sometimes forget the true meaning of the PGA Tour.
  • Perez finds new purpose for Twitter

    Pat Perez is on Twitter (PatPerezGolf), but he had only eight tweets in seven months until finding a new purpose in social networking. “Going to start using Twitter for random phrases that make no sense,” he posted a couple weeks ago, and he has not let up.
  • Quality course in Yakima worth the drive

    YAKIMA – A crudely painted sign on the north edge of town proudly proclaims, “The Palm Springs of Washington.” Okay, that’s a bit of a stretch.