Date Played: June 5, 2011
4.0 out of
I've played Pendleton many times since it opened and thoroughly enjoyed the course every time I've played, whether it be in a tournament, with friends or playing on my own. Although I've had fun playing there, I recently had an experience involving staff that left me in awe.
It started with the Director,Jim Mason, I asked him about a twilight special that was offered the prior summer(my friends and I played it almost every weekend)and he told me there was no such thing and looked at me like I was an idiot for even asking. I didn't want to argue so I paid for 9 holes and went on my way.
My next issue was with whom I believe was the Marshall that day. I'm putting my bag on the back of a cart when I noticed the cart was drenched inside and out from being washed off. I didn't want to get my shorts wet so I chose a cart in the middle of the line that was dry, apparently the Marshall didn't like it to well. He said, with an attitude, the one in the back is almost dry. Any other day a wet cart wouldn't have bothered me but today I was playing with my fiancee and preferred a dry one.
Waiting to tee off was a train-wreck, carts everywhere, extremly disorganized. I decided since its only me playing, (my fiance was just riding along) that I would play the back nine holes (hole #10 had no one teeing off, other golfers waiting said they hadn't seen anyone there in a while) as I'm getting ready to tee off, the Marshall yells to me that I can't play that hole. I scratch my head and ask why, there's no one there and it's just me, I'm not great but I'll play faster than all the foursomes lined up to tee off at #1. The Marshall said the Director didn't want me playing there. I drove the cart back and went inside to speak with the Director. I ask the Director what the problem is and he said he didn't want me starting at #10, that there was a group that would be there any minute. I told the Director the group isn't there, its just me playing and the group would never know I'm in front of them (You don't have to be a genius to figure that out, why would you make a single player only playing 9 wait, when you could start them on the back 9 that had no one teeing off!). After telling Jim how unbelievably crappy the attitudes and service at his facilty are, I asked for a refund, which he seemed more than happy to give.
The experience that I had was very disappointing. I've played golf for over 12 years and have never been treated like this before. Although I've enjoyed playing Pendleton, there are plenty of other courses in the area where I will be spending my money from now on. I will be sure to inform others of my experience here and be sure to discourage them from wasting their money there as well!