By Cameron Healey
It’s official! Spring is in the air… and for us Pacific Northwesterners, the early blooming of plants, flowers, and renewed growth of our lawn grass means it’s time to dust off the golf clubs, folks. I’m not referring to the intrepid golfers who play golf year-round and scoff at the oft wet and cold Pacific Northwest winter. Bravo to you, if you’re one of them. But for the majority of us fair-weather golfers, March can’t come soon enough.
If you’re like most, you’re probably considering which golf courses to play this spring or where you can buy that new hybrid club or rangefinder you’ve been promising yourself. The good news is; we can help. Yes, our March issue is jam-packed with golf travel ideas, golf tips, gear reviews, and interviews with golfing luminaries. In fact, regular contributor Tony Dear takes an in-depth look at two of the Northwest’s top golf course destinations: the John Harbottle III-designed Palouse Ridge and Dan Hixson’s Wine Valley links course in Walla Walla in this month’s cover story titled, “No More Excuses, Time to head to Southeast Washington”. Time to hit the Palouse in spring? You bet!
Also this month, Tony sits down with Northwest-based Sean Hutchison, inventor of IKKOS, an innovative learning system that teaches golfers proper technique using custom goggles. Intrigued? You should be.
We also catch up with University of Washington Men’s Golf Coach Matt Thurmond to learn more about his players and golf program in 2016.
Contributor Ed Travis reviews what could be the most innovative golf clubs for kids aged 3-12 to hit the market yet. Golphin clubs are 20% lighter than conventional clubs, feature large clubheads with a huge sweet spot, 35% larger than average and a flexible shaft– all designed to help get the ball in the air for maximum enjoyment and gratification for fledgling junior golfers.
And, let’s not forget about this month’s Pro’s Corner. Jeff Stahman, Golf Course Superintendent for Quail Ridge Golf Course in Baker City, Oregon, is all about growing the game of golf by partnering with likeminded volunteers in the local community committed to maintaining their beloved local track. Contributor Cliff Cowley has the story.
Yes, overall there is something for everyone in this issue of Golf Today Northwest. Please take time to read, enjoy, and share with your golfing friends. Or, if you have a story you would like us to consider, please email me at Cameron@golftodaynw.com.