In 1971, a group of like-minded locals set out to build a golf course amid the natural splendor of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Setting to work on the Washington-side of the mighty Columbia River, they dedicated their time, labor, and resources to setting their loop against the backdrop of Beacon Rock and Archer Mountain. The course itself may now be over the hill, but those imposing peaks still loom high above golfers as they make their way through the 18-hole layout. Along the way, players encounter the watery threat of Hardy Creek, plenty of tree groves, and smooth-rolling greens—not to mention enough picturesque views to distract focus from important iron shots and pre-putt tai chi routines.
Journey to Young's Vanco Golf Range in Vancouver, Washington, for a 40-minute, round-changing golf makeover and a bountiful bucket of superior-quality golf balls to whack your new talents upon. Jack has more than 20 years of experience teaching golfists who golf at all skill levels, from beginners to tournament champions. The lesson (a $50 value) takes place in a covered outdoor range where Jack's diligent eye, step-by-step coaching, and fancy video and computer equipment break down every aspect of your swing for careful analysis; the video swing analysis will allow comparison to the swings of over 200 golf professionals. Although he's yet to discover an effective way to teach his trajectory-altering telepathy to students, his before-the-strike tutoring works wonders, slicing hooks and hooking slices into fairway-splitting straight-shots.
I & G Golf Range gives golfers ample space to address holes in their golf game and develop consistent, dependable swings at a driving range with flagstick targets marked with distances. Visitors collect their allotment of range balls and tee them up on one of the covered mat stalls or, when weather permits, on one of the grass tee stations. Sending golf balls into lower orbit or toward flagsticks scattered at various distances about the range helps players master distance control and understand why ships fly flags to hinder the aim of nervous cannoneers.
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.
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.
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.