• Events

    March 20 – White Horse Golf Course

    Once considered among the most difficult golf courses in the Northwest, White Horse Golf Club is now enjoyed by all level of golfers from around the region. When purchased by the Suquamish Indian Tribe during 2010 there were three immediate goals for their newest acquisition. This list included: softening the course conditions, building a clubhouse, and expanding the food and beverage operations to include a catering and banquet facility. Local architect John Harbottle was brought in to make the golf course more enjoyable for all golfers. He removed almost half of the bunkers (created by original architecht, Pete Dye’s niece) and created more accessible approach shots for golfers into the…

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    McCormick Woods February 27th

    Built in 1986 by architect Jack Frei in accordance with the Audubon Society to optimize its serene location, McCormick Woods Golf Club in Port Orchard is one of Washington’s premier public golf experiences. The course features natural lakes hidden amongst towering firs and cedars. With five tee placements at each hole, players of every level can enjoy this championship public course. At McCormick Woods, your scenic golf experience becomes a tranquil escape. NWHP member, Paula Anderson, will host this social outing for up to 20 players. Walking rate is $39, payable at the clubhouse. No penalty for cancelation if the weather doesn’t cooperate. The first tee time will be at…

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    There was no joy in Skagit County: A History of their Links

    There was no joy in Skagit County in 1916. “Skagit County claims the best fishing in the state, its climate is unexcelled, the crops there grow almost overnight and tourists come in flocks to admire the scenery, yet the joy of residents still is incomplete – they have no golf links.” (Seattle Times 6-14-1916) With those words, Frank Hall, a local businessman dealing in sports equipment, joined with others to organize a golf club in Skagit County in the latter part of 1916. Twenty-five residents met on December 1, 1916 and formed a temporary organization called the Skagit County Country and Golf Club. They elected Wilbra Coleman, a prominent local…

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    This has to be read to be believed

    The historic matches played by Allan Robertson and Tom Morris are well known to many.  Yet, somehow, rereading this contemporary account, stirs the soul in even the most hardened heart.  [I note, as well, that Sir David Baird, first captain of North Berwick Golf Club and featured player in “The Golfers” of Charles Lees, served as umpire for this event.] Dundee, Perth, and Cupar Advertiser Tuesday, August 21, 1849 GREAT GOLF MATCH A previous number of our Paper we gave a short account of this match. We now give it more fully from the Montrose Standard of Friday last, as follows: The return match between Allan Robertson and Tom Morris…

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    Captured In Time: The Enigmatic Artist Charles Lees

    Charles Lees was born in 1800 in Cupar, Fife. And while digital maps don’t offer an option to calculate the distance (in time) from Cupar to The Old Course by carriage, on foot it is three hours, and by motorcar (sadly, invented six years after Lees’ death in 1880), it would have taken only 15 minutes. However, it must be said, Charles Lees was not a golfer. But he would leave—for history—a seven-foot incandescent canvas with one of the most iconic and emblematic portraits ever made of the game, in 1847, immortalizing the 1844 Grand Match at St. Andrews, entitled, “The Golfers.” As a young man, Charles Lees trained as…

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    Since 1735: The Royal Burgess Society

    The Society of Golfers in and around Edinburgh, known today as The Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh, is widely recognized as the oldest Golf Club in the world. The earliest Members formed a competitive and spirited Society, playing golf for wagers and enjoying a lively social life. Playing at Bruntsfield Links, their adopted clubhouses were popular ‘howffs’ such as Maggie Johnstone’s, or later at Golfhall on the Links where Thomas Comb, clubmaker, established his workshop, sharing the premises with a golfers’ tavern. During the 1760’s the Society’s fortunes became increasingly precarious until the membership stirred itself and a resurgence followed with the addition of 16 new Members in 1773.…

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    3-2-1 Happy New Year 2022

    The Northwest Hickory Players’ 9th annual New Year’s Day outing on Saturday, January 1, 2022 has been scheduled at North Shore Golf Course in northeast Tacoma. NOTE: THIS EVENT IS BEING RESCHEDULED DUE TO SNOW. REGISTERED PLAYERS WILL BE CONTACTED WITH DETAILS. We have seven tee times reserved starting at 10:00 a.m. Greens fees are $42 plus sales tax, to be paid on the day of play. We will collect $15 from each player prior to the round for the game and KP’s. The game for New Year’s Day will be 3-2-1 Cha Cha Cha. This will be a team event with 3 net scores totaled on the first hole,…

  • News

    NWHP Featured on Golf Channel

    SoHG board member and NWHP co-founder, Robert Birman, was invited to talk about hickory golf on Golf Today, a flagship show of The Golf Channel, hosted by Damon Hack and Shane Bacon. The original air date was December 13, 2021. Images shown in the interview are from the Society’s 2021 U.S. Hickory Open at Gearhart Golf Links.  Interest in the game is growing and we’re always grateful to have international coverage for the appeal and lure of the game.   The full interview is available here.                    

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    2021 U.S. Hickory Open featured
    on Fried Egg Podcast

    Garrett Morrison from The Fried Egg Podcast (click link, left, to listen) featured the 2021 U.S. Hickory Open in the latest edition of Fried Egg Stories, a feature-length episode with interviews with sundry members at Gearhart Golf Links and a brief, post-round, interview with the 2021 champion, Andrew Von Lossow.   Morrison, a resident of Oregon, spent the final day of the event walking the grounds, following the leaders, and checking in with event organizers to curate a compelling and audio-rich tour of what proved to be a magical day for the players, one and all.   The Fried Egg is where golf tragics unite to delve deeper into the game. In addition to the pods,…