The Gresham, Ore. property is located in the shadows of Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams, just east of Portland. Its Gene “Bunny” Mason-designed golf course opened for play in 1992 and is situated in a protective mountain bowl. Persimmon Country Club, a private club located in the shadows of Mount Hood, Mount…
Aurora Solar Secures Purchase Option for Former Byron Brook CC
On January 8, the solar company filed an option agreement to purchase the 271.51-acre property from current owner Byron Brook Country Club LLC, the firm that had proposed a luxury resort for the Norwich, Conn., property in the early 2000s. The club project never came to fruition and was withdrawn in 2011. Aurora Solar LLC,…
GCSAA Announces Environmental Leaders in Golf Winners
Anthony L. Williams, CGCS, Director of Golf and Landscape Operations of TPC Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club in Irving, Texas, has been chosen as the Overall and National Private recipient, while Jay Neunsinger of Boundary Oak Golf Course in Walnut Creek, Calif., is the National Public course winner, and Scott Main, CGCS, Mauna Kea…
The Oregonian Spotlights Waverley CC Caddie Program
Alison Olson, who began caddying at the Portland, Ore., property when she was 15 despite knowing nothing about the game, recently earned the Evans Scholarship to receive a full ride to the University of Oregon. The Oregonian, based in Portland, Ore., recently posted a feature about the caddie program at Waverley Country Club in Portland,…
New “Insiders” Lead Louisiana, Oregon Clubs
Justin Lotz has bought Oak Harbor GC in Slidell, La., after working there for 18 years, most recently as its Head Golf Professional. In Madras, Ore., Kah-Nee-Ta Golf Course is now leased by Brent Moschetti, a 20-year member, who formed a new management company to operate it.
Broken Sound Club’s Shannon Easter Leads Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards
The maintenance director and environmental consultant at the Boca Raton, Fla. property has been selected as the Overall and National Private recipient of the annual awards that recognize superintendents and their golf courses for overall excellence and best management practices. Alex Stuedemann of TPC Deere Run (Public Course) and Ken Nice of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Resort Course) were also selected for national recognition.
City Club of Portland (Ore.) Member List Shared with Campaigns
A member of the club has admitted to sharing a list of its member roster to a political campaign for state ballot measure 99, and the list was reportedly used by two other campaigns. Club bylaws include a provision that states “use of the membership list is limited solely to facilitate the conduct of Club business,” and the club’s executive director said the club “will possibly take action against” the member.
Municipalities Revisit Golf Course Strategies
Cities, towns and villages in Pennsylvania, Alabama, Oregon, Illinois, Georgia, Iowa, and California are devising new ways to make municipal golf courses profitable or at least stop losing money. Officials in Allentown, Pa., plan to reduce the negative balance in the city golf fund by developing a business plan rather than relying on a third-party management firm.
Las Positas GC’s Condos Earns Superintendents’ Highest Environmental Honor
Mark Condos, Superintendent of the Livermore, Calif., course, has been named the Overall and National Public recipient of the 2015 Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards. Dave Davies of TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, Calif., is the National Private winner. Fourteen regional winners and one merit winner were also named.
Okra Sambar Recipe adapted from Troy MacLarty, Bollywood Theater, Portland, Ore. Yield: 4 to 6 servings For the Sambar Masala: 6 fresh curry leaves 7 tablespoons coriander seeds 1 tablespoon cumin seeds 1¼ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper 1¼ teaspoons black mustard seeds 1¼ teaspoons fenugreek seeds ½ teaspoon poppy seeds ½ teaspoon ground turmeric…
Hopping to It
Arlington Club in Portland, Ore., took note of the region’s love of craft beer and developed a microbrewery on-site, that has proven to be wildly popular among members.
Evans Scholars Program Featured in Wall Street Journal
Caddies from The Olympic Club, Bob-O-Link GC, Rose City GC, Beverly CC, Midlothian CC, the Lochmoor Club and Park Ridge CC (an “Evans powerhouse”) were highlighted in the feature about students who earn college scholarships through the program.
Portland (Ore.) Plans Vote to Ban Smoking On Golf Courses in City Parks
Other cities in Oregon have exempted golfers from similar laws, but the ban in the state’s largest city would apply to all four of its municipal courses. Tobacco products would also be banned from being sold at the facilities, but groups renting courses for tournaments could apply for smoking permits. Portland would join a growing group of cities, including New York, San Francisco, Houston and New Orleans, that now also include golf in their smoking bans.
Public FoodWorx Conference to Discuss Culinary Culture
The public third annual event will take place in Portland, Ore., on February 7, and registrants can also stream the event online. FoodWorx is an annual event that welcomes hundreds of food-focused people—business owners, consumers, thought leaders and industry experts—to come together and discuss the future of food and drink. Organized by the World Food Travel Association,…
KemperSports to Manage Colwood Golf Course
The Portland, Ore. course is being renovated into a 9-hole, par-3 course with a natural-turf driving range, as part of a larger project to reshape the existing landscape into a recreational haven for city residents. The contract is KemperSports’ second with the city of Portland; the firm also manages Heron Lakes GC.