One of just 23 TaylorMade Performance Labs in the world, the location at Columbia Edgewater Country Club uses modern swing technology to gather data about golfers’ games, resulting in club recommendations that are uniquely suited to each player. A certified TaylorMade Club-Fitting Professional guides athletes through the entire experience. While the client swings inside a golf simulator, the pro helms the Motion Analysis Technology by TaylorMade, an apparatus comprised of six high-speed cameras. These cameras turn the golfer into a three-dimensional digital rendering, similar to the process used by video-game developers and James Cameron whenever he searches for a spouse. Whether a customer opts for fitting with all 14 clubs in his or her bag or a single category—such as irons, woods, putters, or wedges—the technology captures their mechanics down to a tenth of a degree, revealing optimal club parameters ranging from loft angle to shaft flex.
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.
Staffed by experienced coaches and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the three laws of golfing robotics, GolfTEC’s motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor swings and break down each individual’s form on a high-definition video display to get results. Sensors chirp with approval whenever they detect the perfect stroke or an especially witty golfing joke. GolfTEC’s certified personal coaches will point out flaws and strengths while providing golfers with tips on how to permanently improve their game from tee to green.
Like a hole in one on a par 3, the creation of OGA Golf Course was the product of time, patience, and a little luck. In 1991, the Oregon Golf Association began its search for a location to build an 18-hole golf course. Their commissioned study, which probed the finances and feasibility of such a project, returned ill tidings: without some sort of aid, the OGA would not be able to open its own facility. One year later, and seemingly out of nowhere, the Tukwila Partners Development Corporation donated 179 acres of farmland to the Association, land that was transformed into a par 72 course.
The holes at OGA Golf Course give players of all skill levels a worthy challenge. The first hole introduces players to the course with a straightforward drive and a par 4 finish. The fourth hole confronts golfers with a par 5 that discourages the use of drivers, as shots must pass through a narrow landing. Players finish their round with the par 4 hole 18 that contains a double green, providing a relaxed ending and ample space to take a nap.
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Tucked away near the Northern California border, the city of Klamath Falls rests as the centerpiece civilization amid vast woodlands, including Umpqua, Fremont-Winema, Shasta-Trinity, and Klamath National Forests. The Cascade Mountain Range to the west melds with lava formations, lakes, and evergreens, and its photogenic landscape drew in noted naturalists John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt in the early 1900s. A drive along the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway traces tectonic activity and unparalleled spectacle around Upper Klamath Lake, a popular layover for birds on the major migratory route of the Pacific Flyway. About a million ducks and geese flock to draw arrows and search algorithms across the sky every fall, and winter brings bald eagles home to roost in the basin's wetlands.
With a stay at The Resort at The Mountain in Welches, you'll be in the mountains and within the region of Mount Hood Skibowl and Summit Ski Area. This 4-star resort is within the region of Snow Bunny Ski Area and Timberline Lodge Ski Area.
Make yourself at home in one of the 157 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Your room comes with a memory foam bed. Rooms have private balconies. 42-inch high-definition televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms have rainfall showerheads and designer toiletries.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. While the golfer in the family is out on the course, you can enjoy above-par recreational amenities such as a golf course and a health club. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare, and an arcade/game room.
Enjoy a meal at one of the resort's dining establishments, which include 2 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Cooked-to-order breakfasts are available daily for a fee.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, audiovisual equipment, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Planning an event in Welches? This resort has 15000 square feet (1394 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Free self parking is available onsite.