With floors, tables, and trim made of rugged wooden planks, Alpine Outfitters feels like a far-flung mountaintop ski lodge. In fact, like the selection of outdoor gear inside, the decor was designed with an eye toward the local landscape: the Lake Oswego Review reported that the woodworking at the front of the store was shaped entirely from boards reclaimed from a century-old barn near Albany. The specialty shop helps adventurous clients thrive away from civilization with a wide selection of outdoor apparel and equipment for backpacking, skiing, camping, and subzero yodeling. Campers can stock up on everything from hiking boots to sunglasses to sleeping bags, all from trusted trekking brands such as Merrell and Patagonia.
Old-growth douglas firs, wetlands, and 43 bunkers populate Stone Creek Golf Club's award-winning, par 72 layout designed by Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy. The 165-acre course’s front nine holes are straighter laced, and the back nine’s tree-lined fairways of fescue grass challenge swingers with elevation changes and distractingly beautiful views of Mount Hood, the same "Hood" made popular in mainstream rap music. Players can hone their aim at the hitting stations of extensive practice greens, which include a full swing area with target greens at a variety of distances, before returning to face hole nine's six sand traps.
After sending dozens of dimpled balls soaring through the air, golfers can pop in at the Stone Creek Deli for a hot dog and foamy swigs of beer. Links magazine named Stone Creek Golf Club a Top 10 Green Course for using pesticides sparingly and only irrigating stretches of grass currently in use, inviting ground-nesting birds to build their two-story colonial mansions in the fallow areas.
Course at a Glance
18-hole, par 72 course
See the scorecard
Length of 6,873 yards from the farthest set of tees
Course rating of 72.4
Slope rating of 125 on fescue grass
6,000 yards of practice greens
The XGolf simulator at BirdieFinish Golf virtually transports players to 93 golf courses worldwide, where they can play and practice while enjoying the comfort of the indoors. The apparatus faithfully re-creates playing conditions at the chosen course, even adjusting the hitting surface to mimic lie angles, and improves upon them by canceling out the possibility of rain, excessive heat, and pelicans that perpetually hum "Happy Birthday to You" in a mocking tone. When not whisking foursomes off to imitations of exotic international courses, the simulator can also be used for club fitting and lessons under the expert guidance of golf coach Jari Hakonen. Repair services are also available for clubs that refuse to play on anything other than tangible courses.
Blanketed in wall-to-wall trampolines, Sky High Sports delights barefoot fun-seekers with springy terrain and an exclusive court for jumpers 8 and younger. Guests can grab hold of a rope swing and fling themselves over a foam pit stuffed with blocks of spongy, body-molding material, or try some trampoline-assisted dunks on one of the basketball hoops. Pintsize aerialist posses can safely practice their synchronized Salchows on 360 degrees of trampoline walls while court supervisors watch from the sidelines and award hard-earned praise with oversize scorecards.
Sky High Sports also offers AIRobics fitness classes and monthly dodge-ball tournaments to help jumpers explore the outermost stratospheres of trampoline possibilities.
Bill Scheller took a leap into an untested space when he registered the domain name GolfClubs.com in 1995. The internet was still a big, giant question mark, but whereas most golf stores were constrained by space and stocked a limited amount of equipment, clothing, and robo-caddies, physical space was not an issue on the wild frontier of e-commerce. Bill set out to assemble the biggest selection number of irons, drivers, and apparel on the planet and couple that selection with great customer service.
Though the GolfClubs.com homepage looks different than it did in 1995, Bill's original vision remains the same. Golfers of all stripes can look to the website for equipment from major brands such as Callaway, TaylorMade, and NIke?indeed, just about anything that helps them play the game they love. Players can also head to the company's brick-and-mortar location in Portland to sample that same selection in person instead of online.
When Jimmy DeBatty isn't racing downhill trails or learning new BMX tricks, the bike specialist can be found in the workshop of Fat Tire Farm, keeping his customers’ cycles in shape. Along with the rest of the Fat Tire Farm team, Jimmy has been turning wrenches and testing gears for more than 10 years.
In addition to performing tune-ups, overhauls, and routine bike physicals, the Fat Tire Farm team stocks a range of bikes and necessities from makers including Ibis, Specialized, Giant, Santa Cruz, Dainese, Fox, and Dakine. Though they specialize in mountain bikes, they’re also able to equip riders with gear for cross-country cycling, free riding, urban riding, and downhill racing.