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MCirba

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Re: Gearhart
« Reply #25 on: February 13, 2022, 02:42:14 PM »
Came across this earlier today which indicates golf was played at Gearhart as early as 1907.   



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MCirba

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Re: Gearhart
« Reply #26 on: February 13, 2022, 02:49:21 PM »
And here's one from July 1897 to complement Sven's 1896 find posted a few years back.   



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Joel_Stewart

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Re: Gearhart
« Reply #27 on: February 13, 2022, 04:40:41 PM »
Isn't the restoration of Gearhart attributed to Tim Boyle who bought the club 10 years ago? 


Tim is an avid golfer and lover of links golf is the CEO of Columbia sportswear. 

JohnVDB

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Re: Gearhart
« Reply #28 on: February 13, 2022, 07:42:15 PM »
The boys from No Laying Up did an episode at Gearhart about a year ago https://youtu.be/bXYuDtLwCg4

MCirba

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Re: Gearhart
« Reply #29 on: May 23, 2022, 08:48:54 AM »
Hoping to play Gearhart this fall during a trip to Bandon.   In doing a bit of digging, I came across this well-researched article that may help answer some questions and raise others.


Early-History-of-Gearhart-Golf-Links-1892.pdf (nwhickoryplayers.org)
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Tony Dear

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Re: Gearhart
« Reply #30 on: May 23, 2022, 01:14:27 PM »
Not seen that before. George Eddy was an interesting one. English-born pro, emigrated to Oregon then moved to Seattle and built Foster Golf Links which opened in 1925 - a really fun 4,804-yard Par 68. Eddy invented the fairway vacuum cleaner, a large, odd-looking contraption that vacuumed up leaves.
The part about Macan working at Gearhart doesn't really help shed any light does it? "The Colwood, Inglewood and Gearhart links are of his (Macan) brainwork and handiwork.” (Seattle Times 7-22-1922). The suggestion is that Macan had done renovation work at Gearhart although it is unclear as to when and to what extent." This is by far the most detailed article about Gearhart I've seen, but Macan's role remains uncertain.
I think you'll really enjoy the course, Mike. Last time I was there I was a bit disappointed to see the fairways and green surrounds were quite lush, dark green and spongy, so hopefully you'll get it following a dry spell and before they turn the water on.
Tony

Connor Lewis

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Re: Gearhart
« Reply #31 on: June 06, 2022, 08:04:32 AM »
I used to live in Oregon and I am a huge fan of Gearhart. That being said I feel like there is more myth than fact to when golf was played there. I have heard dates throw around from the 1880s, 1892, 1912 and a couple of dates in the 1920s.



There is a strange push for those states West of the Mississippi to claim they are the oldest (West of the MS). There was a course in the or around the Sand Hills of Nebraska in the 1880s, there was a course in Burlington, Iowa in the 1880s, but I have found nothing viable beyond that in Oregon or California. Others may know more than me on this subject, but one of the contenders with evidence for oldest west or the MS is Fairfield Golf & CC in little ol’ Fairfield, IA founded in 1892.


What I like to tell clubs from around the country who ask me…“listen if your club or course was built in the 1890s, you have something very special. If you have a public course built between 1895 and 1905 same.”


Dan Herrmann

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Re: Gearhart
« Reply #32 on: June 07, 2022, 08:59:26 AM »
One of my biggest regrets is never having played Gearheart while I lived in Beaverton for 9 years.    Dumb move on my part!

Garland Bayley

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Re: Gearhart
« Reply #33 on: June 09, 2022, 11:09:42 AM »
One of my biggest regrets is never having played Gearheart while I lived in Beaverton for 9 years.    Dumb move on my part!

No smart! Their own website touts an article which calls it an "uninspiring money loser" from that era. I found it to be uninspiring when I played it. My understanding is that Columbia Sportswear CEO has been instrumental in vastly improving it to create some inspiration.

I may have to give it another go now.
"I enjoy a course where the challenges are contained WITHIN it, and recovery is part of the game  not a course where the challenge is to stay ON it." Jeff Warne

Garland Bayley

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Re: Gearhart
« Reply #34 on: June 09, 2022, 11:18:45 AM »
Further reading the article linked from their website reveals that they are or have implemented suggestions from Jim Urbina after having invited him to look it over.
"I enjoy a course where the challenges are contained WITHIN it, and recovery is part of the game  not a course where the challenge is to stay ON it." Jeff Warne

Sven Nilsen

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Re: Gearhart
« Reply #35 on: June 09, 2022, 11:17:27 PM »
One of my biggest regrets is never having played Gearheart while I lived in Beaverton for 9 years.    Dumb move on my part!

No smart! Their own website touts an article which calls it an "uninspiring money loser" from that era. I found it to be uninspiring when I played it. My understanding is that Columbia Sportswear CEO has been instrumental in vastly improving it to create some inspiration.

I may have to give it another go now.


Garland, it sounds like you haven't been there in a while.



Tim Boyle is an Oregon legend, as is his mother Gert Boyle.  His stewardship of Gearhart had been a model for the rejuvenation of what was once a pretty tired piece of property.  The course may not be a pure example of links golf, but it is a ton of fun to play and is always presented in excellent condition due to the hard work of Forrest Goodling and his team.  And you'd be hard pressed to find a better pro than Jason Bangild.


We play up there every year for a tournament in March, and you couldn't ask for more gracious hosts than the good people in Gearhart.  And the course itself is no pushover.  From the "stones" the course can be a beast, especially if the north wind is up.  The 18th alone at 640 yards into the breeze can break your heart.


Sven
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MCirba

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Re: Gearhart
« Reply #36 on: June 10, 2022, 06:48:23 AM »
Really looking forward to getting there this fall.  Seems right up my alley.
"Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent" - Calvin Coolidge

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Garland Bayley

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Re: Gearhart
« Reply #37 on: June 10, 2022, 01:24:48 PM »
One of my biggest regrets is never having played Gearheart while I lived in Beaverton for 9 years.    Dumb move on my part!

No smart! Their own website touts an article which calls it an "uninspiring money loser" from that era. I found it to be uninspiring when I played it. My understanding is that Columbia Sportswear CEO has been instrumental in vastly improving it to create some inspiration.

I may have to give it another go now.


Garland, it sounds like you haven't been there in a while.



Tim Boyle is an Oregon legend, as is his mother Gert Boyle.  His stewardship of Gearhart had been a model for the rejuvenation of what was once a pretty tired piece of property.  The course may not be a pure example of links golf, but it is a ton of fun to play and is always presented in excellent condition due to the hard work of Forrest Goodling and his team.  And you'd be hard pressed to find a better pro than Jason Bangild.


We play up there every year for a tournament in March, and you couldn't ask for more gracious hosts than the good people in Gearhart.  And the course itself is no pushover.  From the "stones" the course can be a beast, especially if the north wind is up.  The 18th alone at 640 yards into the breeze can break your heart.


Sven

Right Sven, haven't been there in awhile. I thought perhaps that would be clear by indicating my understanding that Tim Boyle had be resurrecting the course from the doldrums and that I might have to give it another go.

My point was that Dan lived in Oregon when the course was in the doldrums, was choked with trees, and it wasn't a big deal that he had missed it.
"I enjoy a course where the challenges are contained WITHIN it, and recovery is part of the game  not a course where the challenge is to stay ON it." Jeff Warne

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