Locals who frequent the nine holes of Skyline Golf Course have taken to calling it Cathlamet’s “Emerald Gem.” With its undulating fairways and scenic views of the Columbia River Basin, the course offers little to challenge this honored epithet. Designed by architect Ralph Rodahl, its treacherous doglegs and ponds have been distracting hole-bound balls for nearly half a century. Among Rodahl’s most challenging designs are two holes at par 5 and two at par 3, each of which requires golfers to navigate a fairway rife with hazards and packs of feral golf carts.
Situated near the first tee, an ample driving range allows for long-distance practice before setting off to conquer the high-risk, high-reward course. After the round, players can replenish with a cold refreshment or savory snack on the clubhouse deck, or upgrade their golf gear with a new sleeve of golf balls from the pro shop or a cyborg caddy from the future.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par-35 course * Length of 2,433 yards * Course rating of 29.6 * Slope rating of 106:m]]
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
A certified Surfing America member school, Oregon Surf Adventures preaches wave riding fundamentals and sea-sport safety. This three-hour beginner group lesson (a $198 value) includes gear rental (a $30 value), outfitting pupil duos with soft top boards, Quiksilver wetsuits, gloves, booties, and a temporary ability to command ocean creatures. With all instructors trained in first aid and CPR, classes maintain a low student-to-teacher ratio and begin with 45 minutes of schooling upon dry land. The salty syllabus then moves on to topics such as ocean awareness, water safety, equipment use, and Emily Post's surf etiquette.
Owner and guide Buddy Dupell, inspired by a childhood spent fishing on the Willamette River to create Columbia River Fishing Adventures, sends boats of up to six anglers on eight-hour excursions. Buddy leads patrons across various waterways, dropping anchor in the liveliest aquatic haunts. Stream-dwelling quarries change with the season, shifting from feisty summer steelhead in August to oversize sturgeon and fall chinook in September.