We Still have plenty of room in the Holiday Scramble December 19th
$50.00 pp Gets you:
Golf-Cart-Range and Lunch
Gross & Net Prizes
K.P. and Long Drives + More!
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GREAT DECEMBER SPECIAL!!
Tuesdays and Thursdays
18 Holes + Cart only $20.00 !!!!!!
The Holiday Gift Certificate Deal is Back
Pay $100 for a Gift Certificate and you Recieve $120.00
Winter Play Cards (Great Christmas present)
10 Rounds of 18 only $200.00
10 Rounds of 9 only $125.00
Cards are valid until March 31st 2016
Winter Team Championship
2 person teams
Play 36 Holes Stableford by December 31st.
Play 36 Holes Best Ball by February 8th
Top 8 Teams go into 1st and 2nd Ball Match Play.
Your team must complete BOTH formats to be eligible for the Match Play.
So don’t put those clubs away!!! Still lots of Golf to Play! Come on out and enjoy Stone Ridge !!
Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley offers a variety of golf venues all within just a few minutes driving time.
Let’s say you had the quirky sense of adventure, the luck of available tee times, and the stamina to make it work – you might play 99 holes of golf in a tidy two-day jaunt up a 30-mile stretch of Oregon’s Interstate 5. You could do it in a day, I suppose, if you could play in darkness. A golfer driving north from California along Interstate 5 will encounter eight public golf courses – three eighteen hole tracks and five nines – all within a few minutes of the freeway.
At the southern end of the Rogue Valley is Ashland’s Oak Knoll Golf Course. Its nine holes offer challenges such as the par-4 third hole, rarely reached in regulation, and the final two holes, which give added meaning to the term “up and down.” At Oak Knoll, you must earn your pars and birdies. If you stay for a show or two at Ashland’s famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival, you’ll want to extend your golf odyssey a day or so.
Driving north toward Medford, you’ll see three courses right along the roadway. On the left is little Bear Creek Golf Course, nine narrow holes (par 29) straddling the namesake watercourse flowing north to the Rogue River. It’s the most blue-collar golf site in the Rogue Valley, a place for inexpensive family fun, where neophytes might learn the game, or experienced golfers might test their iron play. If you find the golf daunting, Roxy Ann Lanes bowling alley is right next door.
From Bear Creek a competent golfer might hit a four iron across the freeway and land on Quail Point Golf Course. Well, maybe a three wood. (Please do not attempt this.) Quail Point is a well-maintained nine-hole track with elevation changes on every hole, where kids accompanied by adults play free. The course meanders through housing sites of sprawling Rogue Valley Manor retirement village, and features an 18-hole putting course. It is a companion to nearby Centennial Golf Club (see below).
Less than a mile from Bear Creek’s entrance, a mere hop down South Pacific Highway, you find the popular, well-maintained Stewart Meadows Golf Course. Like Quail Point, it has only one par 5, but contrasts by being flat and easily walkable. Not at all a punishing course, although water is in play on nearly every hole, it rewards your good efforts and is very pleasant, particularly in its autumn splendor.
If these 36 holes have you properly warmed up, you’re ready for the three par-72 layouts.
Centennial Golf Club, designed by John Fought, is acclaimed as one of the top courses in the state, and is the site of numerous championship tournaments. It boasts crisp, manicured fairways and fast greens, excellent practice facilities, and the Centennial Grille as a gracious 19th hole. The fairways are generous and rewarding to long hitters, but links-style rough penalizes wayward drives. Hole #11 is a tantalizingly short par-5 that will have you envisioning an eagle. Although adjacent to the property of the Rogue Valley Manor, the course feels like an open links course with few homes in view.
Further north on I-5, with a little side trip of less than 5 miles on Highway 62 and Highway 140 toward majestic Mount McLaughlin, you’ll arrive at Stone Ridge Golf Course – a Rogue Valley favorite. There you’ll find scenic views, varied wildlife, elevation changes, and a comfortable golf ambiance. You can aim your drive from the 13th tee at the picturesque Table Rocks in the distance. Deer and squirrels abound in the adjoining woods filled with birdsong, wild turkeys, and occasionally a coyote or bald eagle might show itself. Long hitters can reach the par 5’s in two strokes if willing to risk water landings. Par-3 hole #12 is sneaky-tricky, requiring a deft tee shot over a brushy gully to a slanting green surrounded by trouble.
Stone Ridge’s distinctive features provide course character for a satisfying golf experience.
Just a few miles north of Stone Ridge is the Robert Trent Jones, Jr., designed Eagle Point Golf Club, arguably, the most challenging course in the Rogue Valley. Defended by thickets of trees, artfully placed ponds and many of RTJ’s signature bunkers. Various holes are claimed as the most difficult depending on who you talk to. I choose #2, with its three water hazards and four bunkers. On second thought, #9, with a creek you have to cross three times. Wait, maybe #10 with jungle on the left, a steep bank on the right and a yawning bunker in front of the green. Eagle Point’s amenities include convenient practice facilities and the comfortable Talon Grill.
The northern end of this golf trek is surprisingly gratifying. Laurel Hill Golf Course in Gold Hill is a wooded gem winding through a pleasant landscape of laurels, oaks, pines and manzanitas. The narrow avenues of the fairways encourage focused iron shots toward friendly greens. On the day I played, the trees seemed disposed to guide wayward shots back to the fairway! Leave your driver in the car and pay attention to the course map. In the rustic clubhouse you’ll find great hamburgers and friendly owners with a sociable speckled dog. The course is family owned since its construction by the grandfather of the current proprietor, Russell Granger. Laurel Hill offers a golf camp for juniors each summer, and welcomes family groups.
The Rogue Valley has golf for all abilities and tastes. I recommend taking the time to choose and savor the ones right for you.
Places to Stay
Whether you play all of the Rogue Valley’s courses, or choose one or two, check out the stay-and-play possibilities offered by full–service hotels.
Brookside Inn and Suites in White City, adjacent to the Denman Wildlife Area, is equidistant from Eagle Point and Stone Ridge golf courses. Its spacious dining room, complimentary full breakfast, comfortable deluxe suites, fitness facility with pool and spa, and full computer business center make it a convenient destination for Southern Oregon’s many recreational pursuits. They have packages available with Stone Ridge Golf Course. Directions: From Interstate 5, take Exit 30. Go east on Highway 62 towards Crater Lake and Klamath Falls. Brookside Inn and Suites is on the left, where Highway 62 crosses Highway 140.
Brookside Inn and Suites
2020 Leigh Way, White City, OR 97503
T: 866-928-2314/541-826-0800 brooksideinnhotel.com
The Rogue Regency Inn, located at the juncture of Crater Lake Highway and Interstate 5 in Medford, offers a Stay and Play Package with Centennial Golf Course. Directions: From Interstate 5, take EXIT 30 to Biddle Road, and hotel is 1/8th mile on the right.
Jack Seybold, a teacher with an M.A. in linguistics, played college basketball, ran three marathons, and has published a novel, articles, and poems. In retirement he has appeared in 23 theatrical productions at the Camelot Theater in Talent, Oregon.