Oregon-based writer Ron Bellamy has penned two pieces about Pacific Gales recently after making a site visit to Port Orford earlier this year to see the Knapp Ranch site up close. The first story, titled “Aspirations of Greatness” appeared on the front page of the Eugene Register-Guard’s “Golf Extra” section in April.
Along with his interviews of Jim Haley and Troy Russell, Bellamy writes describes the picturesque scene golfers will come to cherish once construction is complete: “To the north, you look down upon the Elk River, one of Oregon’s great fishing waters for salmon and steelhead, as it flows between pastures where cattle graze, zigs northward and then empties into the ocean on a long spit of beach. Beyond that, you see the Cape Blanco Lighthouse, the western-most point in Oregon. (When you play your second shot on the 15th hole, you’ll aim at the lighthouse, and then the 16th fairway will take you west, along the edge of the cliff, the Elk River delta below.) From the would-be 17th green, you look down on the waves hitting the beach and then west toward the rocks of Orford Reef. To the south you see more coastline and, on a clear day, the outline of Humbug Mountain. To the east, the Coast Range.”
Read Bellamy’s complete story here on the Register-Guard’s website.
Bellamy also went on assignment for Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, where he wrote “Pacific Gales Coming to Fruition” for the Pacific Northwest Golf Association’s U.S. Open-themed May issue — and was the first journalist to break news of the upcoming Founders Club fundraising program, which will launch officially in early July.
To view the digital version of the current issue of Pacific Northwest Golfer, visit the PNGA website here.