Thursday, October 25, 2012

TurfNet Bandon Dunes trip 2012 Day Two

We had the great fortune to play a beautiful golf course in Oregon City, Oregon today.  Stone Creek Golf Club was a pure treat for all of us.  The golf course was in excellent condition and we would like to thank Mike Turley and his staff for welcoming us to play. 
The morning started out with a typical northwest rainfall but quickly moved out and brought a very nice rainbow stretching across the golf course.
Rock outcroppings and man made piles of rocks moved during construction dot the landscape of the golf course but never get in the way of the playability of the course.
Bunkering at Stone Creek was amazing.  The bunkers were large, deep in areas, and a real challenge to get out of, of which I now have lots of experience, but they were in great shape.
Fairways were wide in some areas, like this one on #9 which is a double fairway, but very narrow on other holes but they are well maintained and a pleasure to hit out of.
Having the opportunity to visit Stone Creek was a personal treat to me due to the vast environmental programs and projects that they have undertaken.  The former golf course superintendent, David Phipps, who is now the Northwest Field Representative for GCSAA, has become a good friend and mentor to me over the years with environmental programs at Harrison Bay.  It was great that David could join us today for the round and we had a great time talking about many things including the upcoming Eagle Cam season.
On to Bandon Dunes in the morning.


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