Cen­tral Ore­gon Golf In Sum­mer Can’t Be Beat

Golf Today Northwest - - News - by CAMERO ON HEALEY

Tak­ing a trip to Cen­tral Ore­gon to play golf dur­ing the sum­mer months is a sure bet for most. Let's face it, the area is blessed with a ridicu­lous num­ber of su­perb qual­ity golf cour­ses that of­fer golfers ev­ery­thing from links-style golf (think David Mclay Kidd's Tetherow) to alpine tracks that route beau­ti­fully among some of Cen­tral Ore­gon's moun­tain ranges (think Black Butte Ranch Re­sort). Golf rates run the gamut from av­er­age to pre­mium cost dur­ing the high sea­son. But with rel­a­tively un­crowded fair­ways, the prospect of tee­ing it up in Bend fol­lowed by the prospect of brews, moun­tain bik­ing, horse rid­ing, or hik­ing (if that turns your crank) should be enough to have you pulling out your Pa­cific North­west road map and cir­cling “Bend, Ore­gon” with your sharpie. In fact, we're go­ing to help you with your plan­ning this month by giv­ing you a taste of some of the area's best golf re­sorts in this month's fea­ture story ti­tled, “Bend, A Golf Get­away So Close to Home” writ­ten by Port­land-na­tive De­ston Nokes.

Also, this month, we in­ter­view new Boe­ing Clas­sic Tour­na­ment Di­rec­tor Brian Fla­jole. Brian was in­ter­viewed re­cently by Craig Smith as he pre­pares to take over the helm from pre­vi­ous long-time tour­na­ment di­rec­tor Michelle De­lancy who was let go late last year. What can fans ex­pect in 2017 from ar­guably the re­gion's premier pro­fes­sional golf event? And, what about Fred­die “Boom Boom” Cou­ples chances this year. You'll just have to read on! At the time of this writ­ing Fred­die had just won the Amer­i­can Fam­ily In­sur­ance event in Wis­con­sin, so he's clearly in form. I sure hope we get to see a healthy Cou­ples walk­ing the fair­ways at The Club at Sno­qualmie Ridge in late Au­gust. In ad­di­tion, we look at the ben­e­fits of play­ing with a set of clubs that are cus­tom fit. Con­trib­u­tor and Golf Di­gest Top 100 Fit­ter Eric Ham­ble­ton of­fers some great per­spec­tives on the im­por­tance of keep­ing an open mind when con­sid­er­ing a pro­fes­sional fit­ting. You may re­gard your­self as a ‘Call­away or Tay­lor­made guy', but Eric sug­gests that it's smart to con­sider that you may have a golf bag filled with clubs from mul­ti­ple man­u­fac­tur­ers. Why? Im­proved golf per­for­mance and lower scores come in all shapes and sizes, right? Let's not for­get about the fu­ture stars of our game? This month, we in­tro­duce you to Ore­go­nian ju­nior golfer Cameron Schultz of Brook­ings, Ore. who just so hap­pens to carry a 5.2 hand­i­cap. Asked what his fa­vorite Pa­cific North­west golf course is, his re­ply? Ban­don Cross­ings. Good choice, in­deed! Thanks for al­low­ing us to fea­ture you this month, Cameron! Please en­joy this month's is­sue and con­sider shar­ing with your golf­ing friends! If you have a story idea or just want to tell us about your re­cent low round, ace, or other golf-re­lated story, please drop me a line! Cheers!

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