Weekend Dinner Specials at Eagle Point Golf Club

 

Press the easy button this weekend.  Dine at Eagle Point Golf Club’s Talon Grill.  Tell ‘em LocalGolfer sent ya’.

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Eagle point dinner picWeekend Dinner Specials
10/25 Saturday 5-8pm
10/24 Closed Friday Evening for a Private Party

Dinner Specials are served with Bread and your choice of Soup or Salad.

Grilled Tri Tip Dinner $15
Grilled Tri Tip served with Oven Roasted Potatoes and Sautéed Seasonal Vegetables
Suggested Wine: Troon Old Vine Meritage Blend 2011 Glass: $10, Bottle $38

Rock Fish, Mussels & Linguine $14
Linguine in a White Wine & Garlic Butter Sauce Topped with Mussels and Rock Fish
Suggested Wine: NOBILO Sauvignon Blanc 2013 New Zealand Glass: $6 Bottle: $18

Classic Oven Roasted Chicken $13
Roasted Chicken Quarter served with Roasted Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables
Suggested Wine: ANEW Riesling $6 Glass, $24 Bottle
Reservations Recommended
541.826.4857

Weekend Wrap-Up In Golf (19 Oct 2014)

4-Tour LogosGolf Writer, Keith Cook, provides the Weekend’s Wrap-up of the Winners, Losers, and Other News from the LPGA, PGA, Champions, and European Tours!

EUROPEAN TOUR

The European Tour’s calendar was busy over the weekend with two headline events, the VOLVO WORLD MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP from Kent, England and the HONG KONG OPEN from Hong Kong, China.

VOLVO WORLD MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP

Mikko Ilonen, 2014 Volvo World Match Play Champion Photo: Associated Press

Mikko Ilonen, 2014 Volvo World Match Play Champion
Photo: Associated Press

KENT, England /// This year’s 16-man Volvo field was international in flavor and included players from as high as number 5 in the Official World Golf Rankings, Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, to the 16th seed and number 89 in the World Rankings, South African George Coetzee.

After a strong three days of round-robin match play, the field was whittled down to eight players from four groups moving to the semi-finals. In the end, the championship match came down to the #1 seed, Henrik Stenson v/s the #10 seed, Finland’s own Mikko Ilonen.

Ilonen played strong throughout the week and it was no different on Sunday, eclipsing Stenson 3 & 1 for the victory. Win the win, Mikko Ilonen wins 650,000 (~$830,000) and places his name on the trophy along side legendary winners; Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, and Nick Faldo.

HONG KONG OPEN

Scott Hend, 2014 Hong Kong Open Champion Photo: Associated Press

Scott Hend, 2014 Hong Kong Open Champion
Photo: Associated Press

HONG KONG, China /// Australian Scott Hend beat Angelo Que of the Philippines on the first hole of a playoff to win the 2014 Hong Kong Open. Hend’s victory, in the co-sanctioned Asian/European Tour event, should provide the 41-year old the career boost he was looking for, but more importantly, allow him to play in more events in 2015 on the more lucrative European Tour.

With the win, Scott Hend joins Greg Norman as the only Australians to win the Hong Kong Open and pockets a nice first place prize of €171,000 (~$218,000).

 

 

LPGA TOUR

LPGA KEB-HANABANK CHAMPIONSHIP

INCHEON, South Korea /// South Korean Kyu Jung Baek wins the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship in a three-hole playoff in dramatic fashion on Sunday draining her birdie putt from just inside four-feet, to defeat American Brittany Lincicome and fellow South Korean, In Gee Chun.

Kyu Jung Baek, 2014 KEB-HanaBank Champion Photo: LPGA.com

Kyu Jung Baek, 2014 KEB-HanaBank Champion
Photo: LPGA.com

This is the first victory for Kyu Jung Baek on the LPGA Tour and comes in just her first career-start on Tour. However, don’t think the 19-year phenom is overwhelmed. Her three victories on the Korean LGPA Tour this season have prepared her for the pressure. ”Even before the playoff, I was in a similar situation . . . when I played the KLPGA Championship,” Baek said. ”I focused and was aggressive.”

With the victory, Kyu Jung Baek wins $300,000 and becomes the fourth teenager to win on the LPGA Tour this season, along with Lexi Thompson, Lydia Ko, and Hyo Joo Kim.

 

RaceToCMEGlobeThe Race to the CME Globe is a season-long points competition in which LPGA Members accumulate points in every Official LPGA Tournament. At the end of the season, the winning player will be named the “Race to the CME Globe Champion” and takes home $1 Million Dollars – the largest payout in the history of Women’s golf.

Projected Standings:

Image: LPGA.com

Image: LPGA.com

 

PGA TOUR

SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN OPEN

Ben Martin, 2014-15 Shriner's Champion Photo: Associated Press

Ben Martin, 2014-15 Shriners Open Champion
Photo: Associated Press

LAS VEGAS, Nevada /// In a birdie and eagle fest, PGA Tour players lit up TPC Summerlin with exciting play and an up-and-down leaderboard all weekend.

In the end, it was 27-year old, American Ben Martin who won the day, making eagle on 16 and a closing birdie on 18, to capture his first title on Tour. Martin’s four-day total of -20 under par/264 was two better than Kevin Streelman, who finished at -18 under.

With the victory, Ben Martin earns 500 FedExCup Points and the winning share of the purse, $1,080,000 million dollars.

 

 

CHAMPIONS TOUR

GREATER HICKORY KIA CLASSIC AT ROCK BARN

Jay Haas, 2014 Greater Hickory Champion Photo: PGATour.com

Jay Haas, 2014 Greater Hickory Champion
Photo: PGATour.com

CONOVER, North Carolina /// An OLD guy won on the Champions Tour! Not exactly breaking headlines, but it’s true. 60-year old Jay Haas became the 18th player on the Champions Tour to win at the age of 60 or older. Haas closed with an impressive -5 under/66 to clinch a two-stroke victory in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic.

“Sixty is some sort of benchmark, not that many guys have done that,” Haas said, after the victory. The win is Haas’ 17th victory on the Champions Tour to go along with his nine wins on the PGA Tour and comes with a first place check of $240,000.

 

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BIO: Keith Cook is a Writer and Contributing Editor for localgolfer.com. He is a retired 29-year US Military Veteran and Ashford University Graduate living in Michigan. Follow Keith and Local Golfer on Twitter @_KeithCook and @LocalGolfer

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Aspen Lakes: Perfect Central Oregon Golf

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11th Hole

“After my first visit to Aspen Lakes, I’m convinced that it is a fine example of an enjoyable course, and an affordable one.”

Jack Seybold

When October made a spectacular debut in Central Oregon, my wife Sarah and I were the first players out on a pristine day at Aspen Lakes Golf Course, near the town of Sisters, considered by some the best golfing value in an area of well-regarded golf venues. Golf Digest ranked it in the top ten of “Best New Courses.”  Our own LocalGolfer.com has recognized Aspen Lakes as one of their top 10 “Northwest Public Golf Courses for 2014.”

Although golf is still big business, the sport has lost some favor and flavor in recent years. The Tiger Woods effect has diminished almost to extinction, the sport is expensive and time-consuming, and the pace of modern life and its distractions and demands – all have contributed to golf’s decline.

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Jack Seybold: “Lovin’ it.”

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Sarah Seybold: On her way to her best round, ever.

What’s a golf course, a country club, or a resort to do? Howie Pruitt, the loquacious and genial Director of Player Development at Aspen Lakes, discussed a few ideas with me. In addition to offering reduced rates for twilight, or early morning, for example, courses might devise a pattern of three holes (or five or seven) that might be played, perhaps repeatedly, at invitingly reduced rates, particularly for charity tournaments.

Most important for revitalizing golf, however, is simply the idea that courses must be enjoyable. If you play poorly, that’s on you. But if the course beats you up, as many of the trendsetting ones can, you’re not likely to return, particularly if an arm and a leg were left at the cashier’s desk. Howie Pruitt recalled hitting what should have been a superb approach shot at a pricey layout that might have been designed by the team of Jack Nicklaus and J.R.R. Tolkien. But his ball caromed maddeningly off the perverse green. That degree of challenge left an unpleasant taste.

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Sheer Beauty Abounds At Aspen Lakes

GO-01167_cropAfter my first visit to Aspen Lakes, I’m convinced that it is a fine example of an enjoyable course, and an affordable one. It offers considerable challenge, yet Sarah enjoyed her best round ever and is eager to return. I started with two pars, then forgot to shift into second gear and was humbled by challenges on half the remaining holes, and yet I am also eager to renew the quest.

Although some fairways seem pinched by their tree-lined flanks, even they offer a competently struck ball ample hope of finding short grass. And if you do knock one into the trees, underbrush is sparse so chances are good of finding, and possibly even playing, your ball.

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Pristine Fairways

Not least among its enjoyable features is the spectacular beauty of Aspen Lakes, with its views of the peaks known as the Three Sisters and other Central Oregon mountains. Early settlers named the three peaks Faith, Hope, and Charity. On the Aspen Lakes scorecard, the front nine is labeled “Hope” and the back nine “Faith.” So apparently there is no Charity at Aspen Lakes – the layout gives nothing away, although it tantalizes and furnishes hope. Isn’t that the definition of an enjoyable course?

GO-4522_cropAll of the well-maintained fairways and greens are complemented by unique red bunkers, some quite large and formidable. There is even one at the extensive practice facility. I found them easy to play from. The sand is actually crushed red cinders, found on the property.

Water is in play on at least six holes, nowhere more formidably than number 10, which takes an abrupt dogleg at the end of the fairway around a pond. Your third shot on this par 5 (or second if you’re a big hitter) will very likely fly over water. If you like that sort of thing, you’ll be pleased by #11 and #12 also. Number 11 forms a crescent around the largest lake on the course, and has the most extensive system of red bunkers. Number 12 is the shortest and easiest hole, but some unfortunate golfers are menaced by that elbow of a pond halfway between tee and green.

My biggest test came on hole #3, the longest at Aspen Lakes. The tee shot’s best landing place is at the dogleg, where the fairway narrows and is guarded by bunkers right and left. If that’s not intimidating enough, for the second shot you have the tricky choice of laying up before a slim creek that crosses the fairway, or carrying it so you might have a shorter iron to a well-bunkered green. I failed the test, found the water.

Howie on Golfboard

Howie on Golfboard

Aspen Lakes Clubhouse

Aspen Lakes Clubhouse

The enthusiasm and energy of the clubhouse staff enhance the pleasure of the layout. Both Howie Pruitt and Director of Golf Rob Malone could not have been more attentive and accommodating. Course marshals and other staff members were Johnny-on-the-spot and ready to help. They even gave a demonstration of the Golfboard, available for rental at Aspen Lakes. The invention of a local resident, the Golfboard (What’ll they think of next?) is a one-person golf vehicle that utilizes skateboarding skills combined with electric power. It is said to reduce wear and tear on the golf course, and was named “Best New Product” at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show.

The clubhouse at Aspen Lakes resembles a tony ski lodge and includes a well-stocked pro shop, a bar and the Brand 33 at Aspen Lakes Restaurant. Sarah and I enjoyed a tasty sandwich and salad on the patio with a view of the Sisters. I suspect the most prominent one in view was Hope, signifying our hope of returning to Aspen Lakes.

At a Glance

18th Fairway

18th Fairway

Green Fees:

Rates start at $20 for nine holes (early-bird, early season) to $75 for eighteen holes (prime time, summer). Cart rental: $17, $12; Golfboard rental: $25, $15; club rental: $30, $20; Range balls: $7, $4.

Lodging:
Sarah and I stayed at one of Aspen Lakes’ “lodging partners” – the Best Western Ponderosa Lodge, where we had a very good experience. Attentive staff, comfortable room, with amenities such as a heated pool and large hot tub, breakfast included.

Had we been part of a larger group, such as a family reunion, wedding party, or a group of golf or fishing buddies, we would have chosen to stay at Alder Creek Guest House on property adjoining the Aspen Lakes Golf Course. It has four large bedrooms and additional space for five sleepers, a fully equipped kitchen, large dining room, den and parlor.

A Stay and Play package is available at Five Pine Lodge. The package includes:
Two nights in a Classic Cabin, a round of golf for two at Aspen Lakes (with cart, range balls and a golfer’s gift bag), $50 food & beverage voucher to Three Creeks Brewing, breakfast, complimentary nightly wine & beer reception at the Lodge, and daily membership at the Sisters Athletic Club. Rates start at $428 (Sunday – Thursday,
October to May 22) and top off at $668 (Friday & Saturday, May 23 to October).