Wide World Of Golf: Wine Valley

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Golfers stroll along a fairway at Wine Valley Golf Club near Walla Walla, Washington.





The owner of Emerald valley Golf Club in Creswell, Oregon has created a golf experience in the tranquility of the rolling hills just west of Walla Walla, Washington.

It's called Wine Valley Golf Club, and if you stop and listen, you can hear it-almost complete and utter silence.

"Oh it's great...it's really tranquil, and it's really beautiful," says Dennis Clavin, of Seattle.

Since opening in 2009, the links style layout has drawn all kinds of accolades.

"A lot of people coming to this Walla Walla region don't expect to see a links style golf course, but are pleasantly surprised."

Wine Valley was designed by Dan Hixson, who also designed Bandon Crossings.

Already, Hixson's design has become a favorite in the area.

"The overall theme of the course designer was to make golf fun," says Eli Perkins, the assistant professional at Wine Valley. "If we can get people to walk away, and not lose a golf ball or just to have fun out here, then we accomplished our goal."

While most links courses use mostly fescue grasses on their fairways, Wine Valley has a mixture of fescue and bent grass, so the ball sits up a little more. But the fairways are wide open, allowing you to grip it-and rip it.

And Wine Valley's appeal is beginning to spread across the country. With several wineries close by, the golf club has turned into more of a destination for folks with varied interests.

"We're starting to get people from you know, the East coast, and the Northeast," says Perkins. "People who saw us in a magazine, who say, 'Walla Walla, Washington. That sounds like a cool name. Let's take a trip over there...maybe drink some wine and play some golf.' "

Like one group from Seattle, who made the trek to Walla Walla for the weekend.

"We had a great time. It's fun course to play," says Chris Rivera of Seattle. "You hit every club in the bag, and the greens are tough. In fact we had a local restaurateur that told us if we could putt in under 36, he'd give us a free bottle of wine. And a few of us did it, so we're looking forward to the free bottle of wine."

An added bonus to what figured to be a pretty good day already.