The men’s crew team from Oregon State University improvised when it couldn’t conduct its usual practice on the Willamette River because of high current, and got its strokes in on the flooded course at Trystan Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Ore. “Not too many people can say they’ve rowed on a golf course,” said team captain Hunter Smith.
Clubs and golf courses that are being plagued in many areas of the country by flooding from extreme spring weather may be able to tap into a new revenue stream or offer members and guests a new recreational activity, at least until things dry out, a report from station KMTR in Eugene, Ore. suggests.
The captain of OSU’s men’s crew, Hunter Smith, told KMTR that the team was unable to conduct its usual practice on the Willamette River because of high current caused by excessive rainfall that has hit Oregon in recent days and led to the Williamette cresting at its highest level since 1996.
The team thought it would just have to limit its practice to inside workouts, but then got the idea that it could still get some actual rowing in by launching its boats on the course.
“We were stuck indoors on the rowing machines and frankly we just saw the opportunity to come out on the golf course,” Smith told KMTR. “Not too many people can say they’ve rowed on a golf course. So [it was] a nice cool-down after practice.”
The last time he had ever heard of anyone on the OSU team getting to row the golf course like that was back in 1996, Smith added.
A video of one of the rowers on the course was tweeted out by Sarah Hurwitz, a reporter for KPTV Fox 12 Oregon, with the comment “The Oregon State men’s crew team got resourceful today and trained in floodwaters that are overflowing onto Highway 34. By the way, this is a golf course.”
KMTR reported that the men’s rowing team from Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis, Ore. was spotted on the evening of April 10th finishing its usual practice by rowing on the flooded course at Corvallis’Trystan Tree Golf Club.
KPTV’s report quoted another member of the OSU rowing team, Austin DeMartine, who said, “Well, we obviously can’t row on the river and our other course is the pond, which is inaccessible. So today, our workout was to go on the [ergometer] machines and then afterwards we saw [the flooded golf course] and we were like, you know, might as well take advantage of this moment.”