Northwest Hickory Players

2021 U.S. Hickory Open Look Book | Gearhart Golf Links

Photographer Don Frank captured the ideal conditions at Northwest Hickory Players’ annual two-day Gearhart Classic held each July on the seaside links. Player John Quickstad sends his approach to the challenging seventh hole, guarded by a small pond on the right..
The sea air wafts across the course with soothing mist in the morning, and sometimes very challenging cross winds late in the day. Shops, cafes, and restaurants are all walkable from the course. The majestic clubhouse has full food and bar service and elegant guest rooms.
The approach to the third green (top left)
is protected by cross bunkers hidden from
the tee (top right). The fourth, a par three,
features a fairly small punchbowl green
(middle right). The brilliant uphill sixth (center)
plays in an opposite wind and creates a premium
on the player’s angle into a well-protected sloping green.
The first green (top) is serene by comparison when one steps onto the newly-built Clam Bed 18-hole putting course aside the ninth tee box. Grab a drink and some snacks and enjoy the scene before and after your round.
This is a brilliant angle on the tricky third hole. From the air, you can see the two bunkers, but beware--the left bunker is blind from the tee. Some players may drive this green, but it takes gumption to attempt it. The mountains in the distance tell you, this ain’t no St. Andrews.
Gearhart has multiple teeing grounds and superb options for all players. Has there ever been a happier foursome on the course? We doubt it. Regardless of your yardage, you need a tidy short game to prevail on these links.

The long par three eleventh plays to 260+ yards from the back tees with severe drop offs right of the green complex. (It'll play shorter for the Open!) If you can clear the deep bunkers guarding the front of the green, players have a reasonable chance at par.

The fourteenth at Gearhart is unique. The drive is into a half-pipe fairway that leaves a semi-blind approach to an elevated green guarded by a large mound, front left. You can go long here, but not too long. Anything just over the green will roll back to a birdie chance.
Shown here, the tenth green may be wide, but the
subtle breaks are emblematic of the entire layout. You
can coax it all you want, but these greens can run up
to 13 on the stimp meter, and every putt will roll true.
If you’re playing defense, you may be in trouble!
You’ll remember this hole on your flight back home. The short par-three fifteenth can play from 85 yards. The key is to get some elevation on your approach to the green so you don’t end up long. With a bit of a bank on the right, it’s tempting to aim there, but that side of the green is guarded by a pesky pine.
Join us for the U.S. Hickory Open at Gearhart Golf Links. It’ll be the time of your life. We have a limited field, so registrations are key--sign up early. Complete details are on our website at nwhickoryplayers.org, or visit the Society of Hickory Golfers. See you in September!
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