It's been awhile since the first installment of Swing Away, where I give you a glimpse into my camera roll and the content inside of it that inspires the ideas behind the Muni Kids Brand. The past couple of months have been filled with playing great golf courses around the PNW. Everything from playing the local muni, my first trip to Bandon Dunes, to playing the oldest public course in the PNW. Take a look and Swing Away!
The Hometown Muni.
Playing the Olympic Course at Gold Mountain in Bremerton, WA.
Ferry ride back to Seattle, WA from Bremerton.
Downriver Golf Course, one of my favorite muni's in Spokane, WA.
Muni Kid's part owner Khloe getting ready to check out Hangman Valley GC in Spokane.
Nomination for best golf course sign I've ever seen. Esmeralda GC in Spokane.
Don't throw your clubs unless you are going to make bogey!
The iconic island green at Apple Tree in Yakima, WA.
You can't go to the Yakima Valley and not check out the flea market.
Evening round at Wine Valley Golf Course. Pure Links.
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is an incredible property. Golf heaven!
Testing out our new OFF THE TEE headcovers!
Old Mac at Bandon Dunes.
Golf In The Kingdom.
Gearhart Golf Links. The oldest public golf course in the PNW.
Quail Ridge Golf Course in Baker City. A hidden gem in Oregon.
I'll leave you with one more pic of the hometown muni, my muse.
This new series on The Bogey Free Blog titled "Off The Beaten Oregon Trail", will chronicle some of my favorite lesser known golf courses in the state of Oregon, along with a few in southern Washington and Northern California. Growing up in Bend, OR I was lucky to have such a large number and variety of golf courses around to play, coming in at 30 courses within an hour and a half drive. When golfers hear about Oregon golf, places like Bandon Dunes Resort, Pumpkin Ridge, Crosswater, Pronghorn and Tetherow usually come to mind. My goal is to introduce my top "Off The Beaten" path Golf Courses.
(Aerial View of Crooked River Ranch GC)
I'll start this series off with a course that I have a long history with, the place I have my two lowest rounds in my career, and one of the most breathtakingly beautiful properties I've ever set foot on, Crooked River Ranch. The course is located in the Crooked River Canyon a few hundred feet above the Crooked River north of Terrebonne, OR. On the drive in, the table is set for the spectacular scenery that awaits, dropping in from the upper rim of the canyon looking down on the front 9. If you suffer from road sickness and need to take the edge off, or are searching for a little hair of the dog, don't worry, the Sandbagger Saloon has you covered with ice cold beer and stiff cocktails. The first four holes of the course set the stage and prepare you for one of the most fascinating holes of golf I've ever played. Number 5 is a 90 degree dog leg left par four that measures 260 yards on the card. However the popular risk reward play is to hit a roughly 220 yard carry over the canyon to the green. For me this is the only play, and it helps to have a little liquid courage on your side to have the guts to pull off the shot as there are some size able juniper trees to hit over as well, adding more to the difficulty of the shot.
(#5 Canyon Hole Green)
One of my most memorable rounds was on Mother's Day in 2006 while playing with my folks when my dad pulled off the shot successfully after dumping hundreds of dollars worth of balls into the canyon in his lifetime, leading to his 30 foot eagle putt which he made. Later on in that same round I eagled the 500 yard par 5 14th hole en route to my career best 65. This was the first and only time my dad and I have ever made an eagle in the same round in over 20 years of golfing together.
(View From #9 Tee)
In addition to the breathtaking views, the wildlife is out of this world, with birds of prey, deer and enough rodents to drive Carl Spackler to a news paper rolled joint and Cannonball. The overall experience at CRR is by far one of my favorites in the state. The course isn't long by any means, measuring in at 5800 from the tips as a par 71, yet challenges await at every corner and bend in the river, literally. Depending on the time of year, greens fees range from the mid 30s to mid 50s for 18 holes and is worth every penny. CRR is located at 5148 SW Clubhouse Dr Terrebonne, OR 97760. If you have your sticks and happen to be in the area, I highly recommend stoping in at "The Gem of Central Oregon."
(View From Approach Shot on Hole #12)
I am starting a new series on THE BOGEY FREE BLOG called, Swing Away. Swing Away will give you an inside look at what we're up to each month through photos in my camera, iPhone, and action cam. February was consumed with a lot of travel setting up pro shop accounts and playing a lot of golf! It felt like I was living and running Muni Kids out of the car. Here's an inside look!
Eagle Point Golf Club | Medford, OR
Diablo Creek Golf Course | Concord, CA
Sunsets in Sacramento.
Riding the BART and exploring the Bay.
The Metro | Oakland, CA
Fatpro hitting snappers at Diablo Creek GC.
Boundary Oak Golf Course | Concord, CA
Buchanan Fields Golf Course | Concord, CA
Sharp Park Golf Course | Pacifica, CA
The City by The Bay.
Fishermans Wharf | San Francisco, CA
Lincoln Park Golf Course | San Francisco, CA
One of my favorite birdies I ever made.
Chippy, munimax, and Fatpro.
Matt guiding us through the city.
Chinatown | San Francisco, CA
Somewhere on 101.
Northwood Golf Club | Monte Rio, CA
The Jones Original goes everywhere with me.
Making birdies in the Redwood Forest.
Avenue of the Giants
The Redwood Forest
Khloe at Cherry Hill. She came for the golf, I came for the pizza!
This past week, if you've kept up with us on social media, you've noticed that we have been on a road trip to the Bay Area in Northern California. We had the chance to play many great muni's while there and along the way but one stands out above all the rest, Lincoln Park Golf Course. I previously wrote a blog post that pinned my bucket list muni golf courses and Lincoln Park Golf Course was at the top of my list. So as you can imagine, I was very excited for the chance to finally cross it off. We lucked out and got a beautiful day to play and the course relatively to ourselves, which the pro told us was very rare. Let me tell you, I think you would be hard pressed to find a better value green fee on the planet. $39.00 for 18 Holes and incredible views of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge, if it gets any better somewhere else, let me know so I can add it to my list. The layout of the golf course was incredible and challenging. The condition was a little wet, but it's early spring time and I'm not complaining. The Clubhouse is old with a classic look and is filled with vintage pictures of the course. Also, there were a few retro Ashworth posters from photoshoots they did at Lincoln Park that included the likes of Freddy "Boom Boom" Couples and Ernie "The Big Easy" Els. Lincoln Park's staff was incredibly friendly to us and made us feel right at home. It was an incredible experience for us and the highlight of our trip. Not to mention, I swept the front, back, and totals with both Fatpro and Chippy, so my round paid for itself!
The Lincoln Park Golf Course Clubhouse
Hole #1 (Left to Right, Chippy Levitch, Maxton Reinland, Marcus "Fatpro" Kilthau)
Maxton Reinland striping a drive on Hole #5
Lost somewhere in Golf Heaven
Hole #5 Green with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background
Maxton Reinland & Marcus "Fatpro" Kilthau
The Legion of Honor next to Hole #6 Tee
Views of "The City" on Hole #7
Just a Muni Kid & his Jones Bag
Marcus "Fatpro" Kilthau looking for an eagle putt on Hole #13
View from the iconic Hole #17 Tee
Chippy Levitch hitting his 7th shot into Hole #18