28 07, 2016

Coming in August: A parent-child bonding experience like none other

Golf has stood the test of time in large part because the game has been for generations passed on from father to son and mother to daughter like a sacred family heirloom. That spirit of bonding is baked into the game itself, a vital ingredient for golf’s future. It is in this vein that years ago Black Butte Ranch created the Adult/Child Three-Day Golf Schools. Open to golfers of all abilities, the schools are designed for a young golfer to share the learning experience with a parent. There may be no better bonding experience. With three sessions in August [...]

21 07, 2016

Making golf fun a key to introducing junior golfers to the game

If you are a parent AND a golfer, chances are you have thought about just how best to introduce your child to the game. Whether it’s the PGA of America, cable television outlets, our major golf magazines, it seems just about everyone has some advice on how to teach kids golf. All offer solid tips, no doubt. But one surefire way to get a child interested in golf is by making the game fun for them. While many golfers’ reactions might be to think, “Well, golf IS fun,” remember how difficult the game can be for beginners. And remember [...]

14 07, 2016

Conditions report: Crew into summer maintenance program

Conditions report: Crew into summer maintenance program Golf course maintenance has a certain ebb and flow to the season. Each year the crew springs into action as the courses wake from the winter slumber, then it spends the subsequent months pouring over the fine details of both Big Meadow and Glaze Meadow in an all-out effort to get Black Butte Ranch’s two championship golf course in prime condition by the peak of the golf season. Then, suddenly, the focus shifts. As the heat of summer takes hold the crew’s efforts turn to maintaining those conditions rather than constantly trying [...]

12 07, 2016

EWGA Championship a boon for women’s golf and Black Butte Ranch

EWGA Championship a boon for women's golf and Black Butte Ranch Golf can be an intimidating game, especially for women. No wonder, really. More than 75 percent of golfers are male, and the game can confound even its greatest players. With this in mind, the Executive Women’s Golf Association was formed. The EWGA creates an environment in which women can play more, play better, have more fun, and make friends. It is what golf is all about. It’s right there in the organization’s mission statement. Take Tam Mills, an area resident who recently joined the EWGA’s Central Oregon Chapter. [...]

8 07, 2016

Oregon Amateur a learning experience for maintenance crew

The 107th Oregon Amateur Championship has been in the books for nearly two weeks, but the match-play tournament will leave a lasting legacy at Glaze Meadow.Among the many benefits for Black Butte Ranch in hosting an event of the Oregon Amateur’s stature is that on a still maturing course like Glaze Meadow — which completed a $3.75 million renovation in 2012 — the maintenance crew gets to see the layout in a new way.Such a prestigious tournament gives Superintendent Phil Lagao and his staff a rare opportunity to learn just what works, and some things that do not, learning what [...]

7 07, 2016

Fought Tip: How to hit better bunker shots

Bunker shots can confound the average recreational golfer. It’s funny, because it usually is not a lack of knowledge that is the culprit. Most golfers of any experience know, in theory, what do.How hard can it be, right? You open the clubface of your sand wedge, make a good, strong swing and watch as the ball pops up and lands softly near the hole.If only anything in golf was that easy.Instead, golfers lack confidence in the sand and instead of hitting that soft shot toward the hole they stab at the ball or close the clubface. The resulting shot sends [...]

1 07, 2016

Demo Day & Sidewalk Sale

The 4th of July is no doubt a lively time at Black Butte Ranch, filled with sunshine and fun. And the list of events for the 4th of July are almost endless. Among the highlights every year is Black Butte Ranch’s annual demo day and sidewalk sale — the headlining golf event in what should be a spectacular July at Black Butte Ranch. The event, which will actually be held on Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3, is more intimate than Black Butte Ranch’s Memorial Day Weekend Demo Days & Tent Sale, but still offers a fresh look [...]