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ASTORIA, Ore. — It looked benign, through the window, like even if you weren’t straight you wouldn’t lose a ton of golf balls. Lots of land to land on. From that pre-round perch, in the bar at Astoria Golf and Country Club, we couldn’t read the greens, but then we never read ’em all day after that, either, and neither did we hit it very often where we wanted to with any club.
It wasn’t like we weren’t warned. We had the dope on this course. We knew, or should have, that the greens were mean-spirited and uncaring.
We had the lowdown from a member, a good player named Don Sheldon, who sat at a picnic table behind Doc’s Tavern and took us through all 18 holes. For instance:
No. 3 — Locals call it the Canyon Hole — picturesque and intimidating.
“I watched Fuzzy Zoeller take a 7 on that hole (in a pro-am),” said Sheldon, 62, a local Ilwaco, Wash., kid who grew up to be a tavern owner in nearby Ocean Park.
No. 4 — “The toughest hole on the golf course,” is Sheldon’s take on this 180-yard par-3 (from the silver tees). Slick-fast greens, with a changing grain back to front, and especially tough when you’re not below the hole like Sheldon told us to be.
No. 9 — A par-5, not over-long at 435 yards, with a slough running the length of the hole. “You just gotta stay dry,” Sheldon said. I did stay dry, but I found both greenside bunkers, and don’t ask why.
No. 10 — Sheldon aced this 117-yard par-3 in 1987. No aces in our twosome.
No. 14 — “Now you’re getting into the teeth of the golf course,” Sheldon said of this longest par-4 on the course, a cool and pretty hole, with its undulating fairways and unpredictable crosswinds. One Roadie took an 8 on this hole; the other got up and down for par. Do not speculate about which is who or who is which.
No. 15 — It’s the shortest par-4 on the course at 239 yards (from the silver tees), but don’t stray from your appointed path. “Stay in the fairway somehow,” Sheldon said. He might have said not to blade your approach over the back of the green into a fried-brown gulley, after which the shots to the elevated green (from there) are tough to visualize … but it could be he thought any fool would know that.
Road Warrior Steve Mildenberger had these impressions of Astoria G&CC (management of this Website is not responsible for incomprehensibility):
“Deep valleys … Felt like I was golfing in a hoed row … Pretty … Forgiving on some holes, but the greens were never forgiving … Only easy green was the 9th — the rest of the greens were harder than a pool table … Unreadable greens less than eight inches from the hole … For the most part, all the greens were puny … Couldn’t hold greens unless you bumped it short and ran it up … ”