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.
Cleaved between the wildlife-rich waterways of the Columbia and Whitaker sloughs, Colwood National Golf Club’s 18-hole course unfurls across 6,158 yards of scenic parkland terrain. Throughout the round, forgiving fairways provide ample landing space for flush drives and displaced blimps, providing a slight advantage to players with exceptional length off the tee. Water hazards impede players’ passage on multiple holes including the par 5 fifth, the course’s most difficult hole, where an oval-shaped pond guards the left side of a dramatic dogleg left. The par 72 course is equipped with advanced draining systems to keep the grassy monolith in pristine playing condition year-round. Divot-tearing duos take in the course’s tall trees, immaculate greenery, and heist-planning waterfowl astride a nimble golf cart, which spins its wheels in applause when players sink stunning bogey putts.
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.
Golf instructor Micheal Charles believes the process of learning golf should be as enjoyable as playing the game itself. From an early age, Charles became immersed in a life of athletic pursuits. His father was an international soccer star and a former head Olympic coach. Though Charles preferred golf over soccer, he still went on to an impressive career as a professional tournament winning player, as head coach of Lewis & Clark College and the University of Portland Women's Golf Team, and his current role instructing at Eastmoreland Golf Course. Instruction plans include private lessons to tighten individual aspects of the client's game and playing lessons where Michael plays alongside students while analyzing their course management skills and providing feedback on how to win any impromptu golf cart race.
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.
Because joining the organ, eye, and tissue donor registry is an important decision, Donate Life Northwest actively engages and informs youths through its website and online video game, Scalpel Pal. The organization also conducts educational sessions at high schools to aid students with facts and information regarding organ donation and transplantation and the positive impact they can have. As of March 1, 2010, more than 2.1 million Oregonians were registered as organ, eye, and tissue donors, due in part to the efforts of Donate Life Northwest.