Dan Hixson: Golf architect finds a Northwest niche

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon |

His latest design — the wonderful new courses at The Retreat & Links at Silvies Valley Ranch The enterprise that is Dan Hixson Golf Design doesn’t have a web site, and its sole proprietor, and sole employee, ran out of business cards a few years ago. Which doesn’t mean that Dan Hixson hasn’t been busy. […]

Emerald Valley: A new look for an old nemesis, No. 4 green

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon |

After much deliberation, an iconic (or notorious) green gets a makeover (but remains quite challenging) CRESWELL — Several years ago, Jesse Castillo was serving as a rules official for a state high school girls golf championship at Emerald Valley Golf & Resort when he was summoned to the fourth green, where he found three distraught […]

Drive, Chip & Putt: Critical elements of the game

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon |

WOODBURN — Poised and confident, 9-year-old Jayla Kucy three times chipped her pink golf ball from 15 yards close enough to a tough pin position on a sloping green to score respectably in that discipline, and then moved to the putting venue, where her first putt, from 6 feet, found nothing but the bottom of the cup.