Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club
A 'Must Play' on Any Oregon Golf Itinerary
By Shane Sharp
In recent years, Oregon has become one of the most-visited states for trophy-hunting golfers. With world-renowned Bandon Dunes Resort leading the way, the Beaver State boasts a collection of public courses that many believe is unmatched when it comes to design quality, scenery and just plain ol' fun.
Located only 30 minutes from Portland International Airport (PDX), North Plains' Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (www.pumpkinridge.com) is an ideal place to begin (or end) an Oregon golf adventure. Opened in 1992, the 36-hole facility has forged a well-deserved reputation as one of the Pacific Northwest's iconic golf destinations. This is due in large part to the club's impressive architectural pedigree, beautiful setting and strong tournament heritage.
The Ghost Creek (daily fee) and Witch Hollow (private) courses were both designed by former Golf World "Golf Course Architect of the Year" Bob Cupp, with input from Portland-native and former protégé John Fought.
A par 71, 6,871-yard course, Ghost Creek meanders through wetlands punctuated by lush stands of trees. Undulating fairways, immaculate greens, strategic bunkering and the ever-present Ghost Creek are other hallmarks. It is recognized as one of the top eight courses in Oregon by Golf Digest, GOLF Magazine and Golfweek, and ranked 56th in GOLF Magazine's "Top 100 Courses You Can Play."
Holes like the par-5 eighth (with its postage stamp-sized green) and par-4 ninth (which many believe is the most difficult hole on the entire property) make a round at Ghost Creek one to remember.
Moreover, the course has hosted its share of significant tournaments. David Duval took his burgeoning professional career to new heights when he conquered it to win the 1993 NIKE TOUR Championship. LPGA stars Suzann Pettersen and Ai Miyazato topped the Safeway Classic leaderboard during its four-year run. Ghost Creek also hosted the 2000 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and 2000 U.S. Girls' Junior Championship, giving Pumpkin Ridge the rare honor of hosting five different USGA Championships in a 10-year period.
Not to be outdone, sister track Witch Hollow is perhaps best known as the site of Tiger Woods' dramatic comeback over Steve Scott to capture the 1996 U.S. Amateur Championship.
The 7,017-yard par 72 has been ranked in Golf Digest's "America's 100 Greatest Courses," GOLF Magazine's "Top 100 Courses in the U.S." and Golfweek's "Best Modern Courses." Set in the shadows of the scenic Tualatin Mountains, the layout is well-defended by mature fir, maple, oak and ash trees.
In addition to the aforementioned U.S. Amateur, it has hosted many other prestigious championships like the 1997 and 2003 Women's U.S. Opens and 2006 U.S. Women's Amateur. Witch Hollow is also the current venue for the season-ending WinCo Foods Portland Open where the top 25 Web.com players are awarded PGA TOUR status.
For those who fall in love with the outstanding golf, gorgeous setting and exemplary service at Pumpkin Ridge, Witch Hollow offers a variety of memberships. They include full golf, business, junior executive and non-resident options.
When play is completed for the day, Ghost Creek's beautiful modern clubhouse serves as a welcoming focal point for dining and special events, with its understated décor, comfortable furnishings and some of the best casual dining in the area. Numerous windows afford stunning golf course views and the fully-stocked golf shop features the latest in Nike merchandise and apparel. Champion's Grille, recognized by many as the place with the best burgers in town, serves breakfast all day and stocks a full bar.
Escalante Golf, a Fort Worth, Texas-based boutique owner-operator of high-end clubs and courses, recently acquired a controlling interest in Pumpkin Ridge and promises to make a great facility even better.
"Pumpkin Ridge's outstanding national reputation make it an ideal addition to our family," says David McDonald, President of Escalante Golf. "We will continue delivering high levels of personalized service to Witch Hollow members, while creating an unforgettable experience for Ghost Creek guests."
For more information: www.pumpkinridge.com.
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About: Shane Sharp
Shane Sharp is a Vice President with Buffalo Communications. He is the former managing editor of WorldGolf.com, a past contributing editor to GOLF Magazine, and wrote for the Charlotte Observer and other newspapers in the Carolinas and Arizona covering golf, NBA and college basketball.
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