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Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club

Ghost Creek Course at Pumpkin Ridge in North Plains, OR

pumpkin ridge ghost creek
Me and Jon


The Stats

Tee Time: September 22, 2013, 12:20, 61 F, rain

Designer: Robert E. Cupp (1992)

Playing Partners: Jon Johansen

Tees: Blue, Par 71 (72.1 rating/139 slope/6,386 yards)

Course Handicap: 11 (9.0 index)

Stats: 93 (50-43); 34 putts; 6/13 fairways; 4/18 greens; 6 penalty strokes

The Course

Ahh rain. My luck of dry days in the northwest this year finally ran out as autumn began. I guess it’s my fault for tempting mother nature with a round 3 weeks into the NFL season. I’ve gotten frustrated living in the desert; 100 degrees day in and day out gets old after four or so months. You have to golf at the crack of dawn and still drink like a camel just to avoid heat stroke. Even working in the garage or taking the dog on a quick walk gets you sweating enough to need a cold shower. But 18 holes and 4 hours in a steady, 60-degree downpour? Continue reading Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club

Breckenridge Golf Club

Breckenridge Golf Club in Breckenridge, CO

breckenridge golf club
Me, CJ, Greg and Brendan

The Stats

Tee Time: July 27, 2013, 12:20, 69 F, overcast

Designer: Jack Nicklaus (1987)

Playing Partners: Brendan Noonan, CJ Phelan, Greg Ryan

Tees: Beaver/Bear tournament, Par 72 (71.6 rating/139 slope/6,605 yards)

Course Handicap: 12 (9.5 index)

Stats: 85 (43-42); 33 putts; 5/14 fairways; 7/18 greens; 4 penalty strokes

The Course

High up in the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by thousands of evergreens and snow-covered peaks, sits Breckenridge Golf Club. And I do mean high. At the 8th tee of the Beaver 9, you are 9,426 feet above sea level. Which means if you really pop up a driver up in the air, you can almost launch a ball to an altitude where it would be safe to turn on portable electronics and cell phones, as long as they remain in “Airplane Mode”. The tricky thing is, though, that never on the golf course does it really seem like you’re at nearly 10,000 feet. There are some slight elevation changes, but none of the hundred-foot drops that you might expect playing atop a mountain range. It makes it even more fun, because the layout is similar to many others around the country, meaning you get to experience what it’s like to play golf like a tour pro and their drives topping 300 or 320 yards. The setting is amazing. Despite being only fifteen minutes from Main Street, it feels isolated. There is one road that has a bit of traffic on the Bear 9 and some holes are bordered by million-dollar cabins, but for the most part it is the golf course that takes center stage. There are 27 holes at the club, the Bear, Beaver and Elk. We played the Beaver/Bear circuit, and hopefully I’ll come back for the Elk. Looks are deceiving here. The golf may look simple and easy at times, but this is one tough course. Don’t even think about playing the Nicklaus tees and their 147 slope from nearly 7,600 yards. Altitude or not, that’s a lot of turf. Continue reading Breckenridge Golf Club