Among the forests and hills of the Willamette Valley, Highway 58 Golf Range fills with the staccato pops of launching golf balls as golfers there practice every aspect of the game. Guests tee their range balls up year-round on either natural-grass tees or covered mats, sending the balls soaring toward Mount Pisgah in the distance. A short-game area allows for focused practice of near-green finesse, complete with a putting green, a chipping area, and a bunker where golfers perfect saves and practice guessing how many grains of sand are in a jar to win it.
After running a sawmill for 15 years in Corvallis, Mode and Babe sold it, retired, and bought a 74-acre parcel of land just because they wanted it—even though they had no plans for its use. At the urging of their friends, Mode and Babe decided to build a nine-hole golf course, not letting their lack of experience with the game dissuade them. Since that spontaneous founding in the 1950s, Marysville Golf Course has been operated by the same family and has served Eugene-area golfers with a nine-hole USGA-rated course that’s appropriate for all ages and experience levels. A first-come, first-served policy rewards early risers and sleep-skipping permagolfers, and new sand traps and greens comprise an elegant landscape over which golf balls briefly orbit before being dragged down by gravity. Additionally, a covered driving range allows for long-distance putting during thunderstorms or temporary ice ages, and the pro shop carries name brands such as Nike and Callaway in addition to a selection of new and used clubs.
In 10 short years we have hosted the PGA Oregon Open, US Open Qualifying, and PAC-10 Championships. The Cascade Range dominates the scenery and errant tee shots end up in wetlands, not backyards, as there are no houses or condominiums to disrupt the view surrounding the course. Our RV Resort is ranked 43 in North America.
In 2011, Brandon Richardson became a Class A PGA Instructor and a nominee for the Oregon Chapter PGA Teacher of the Year award. These prestigious accolades did not come easily; they were the culmination of more than two decades of teaching and professional play that included stints on the Nationwide Tour. As Golf with Freedom’s founder and director of coaching, Brandon's coaching style allows golfers to grow and develop as a golfer within an environment free of judgment or evaluation, creating a sense of calm toward misbehaving 9-irons. His programs—which range from private coaching classes to small-group and women-only workshops—aim to increase one's ability to self-coach by making swing adjustments on the fly or subbing in a stunt double for help with a particularly difficult lie.
Over the course of his career, PGA professional Sean McGowan has held a variety of positions in the golf business, from golf course operations to golf car sales and service. It wasn't until 1991 that Sean finally realized his true passion: teaching golf. In 1991 and 1996, the PGA certified Sean, and since then, he’s twice earned the honor of a spot on the PGA President’s Council on Growing the Game. The list pays tribute to instructors who are able to motivate adult golfers and make them feel comfortable enough to hit the links more frequently. He teaches private lessons at RiverRidge Golf Complex, a collection of three distinct courses owned and operated by the Jeffries family. Golfers play on the 18-hole; 9-hole executive; and 9-hole, par-3 courses, and hone swings with Sean on the covered practice range and chipping, pitching and putting greens to improve their shot.