Happy Thanksgiving to all of you who celebrate it. I’m very privileged to have such great friends in the golf world. I’ve met a many great people in the years I’ve produced this golf blog, starting back in 2004. Those friends and relationships have been by far the best part of running this golf website.
My flags are flying at half mast today. I just got a terrible phone call. My local pro just informed me of the passing of a long time golf buddy, Dave Shields. I’m sure I played more rounds of golf with Dave than anyone, easily over 1000 times at my home course. He was a fixture there as was I. We used to play every evening from mid-afternoon until what we called “dark thirty” for years.
Dave was the guy who could hit a flop shot so high and soft that he could catch it. I even caught him doing that on video (below), on the #10 tee at our home course.
Dave practiced harder than anyone. He practiced so much with his wedges that he had two sets, one for the range and one for the course. He literally wore the grooves off of the faces until they were gone. He never wore golf shoes either, opting to wear hiking boots.
Dave and I had many great times on the golf course and did several road trips. We did Mesquite, southern Utah and Heber Utah many times. We played golf in hurricane force winds in a town called… “Hurricane.”
Dave had left the course a few months ago and I hadn’t heard from him in a while. I came to find out that he went back east and that is where he passed.
I’m very shocked and saddened right now. Sorry to see you go Dave. The next toast is for you.
I had the pleasure of taking a trip up to the northwest last month. I toured around the fine city of Seattle, Washington as well as going up into Vancouver, BC, Canada. I’d heard of a cool new course up there called Salish Cliffs and made arrangements to play the course. Very happy I did. You can read my review of Salish Cliffs here. While there I stayed at Little Creek Resort in Shelton, Washington. This is a resort/casino owned by the Squaxin Island Tribe, the native people of South Puget Sound. Today I’m reviewing the resort. Let’s go.
Little Creek Resort is located about 1.5 hours southwest of Seattle in the town of Shelton, Washington, just off of highway 101. The resort is a short drive northwest of Olympia, Washington.
The area is mountainous, with very dense forest and beautiful pines. The air is fresh and the area is very quiet. No traffic, noises or pollution. This is a great place to get away from the concrete jungle.
Standard Deluxe Room – Click to zoom
The resort is impressive. One of the nicest and largest indian reservation casino resorts I’ve seen. The rooms are new and clean, and very spacious.
There are four types of lodging options at Little Creek:
Standard Deluxe Room (where I stayed) – California king or two queen beds, coffee maker, flat screen TV
Deluxe Spa Room – California king bed, jetted jacuzzi tub, flat screen TV, stereo, coffee maker
Two-Room Spa Suite – California king bed, queen size sleeper sofa, refrigerator, stereo, flat screen TV (2), leather chair
Super Suite – Full king bed, full bathroom with jacuzzi tub, private bathroom, furnished living area, stainless steel appliances, full service for 8, executive office area with PC, CD player/stereo, 42″ plasma TV with surround sound
The resort’s construction, architecture and interior design is quite impressive, much more on the inside than the outside. The hotel lobby area is beautiful, with a large atrium going up five floors. (more…)
Yesterday (Sunday) I had my now weekly grudge match. The Sunday game is a foursome which includes the director of golf at my home course, me and two brothers. The two brothers are very entertaining. One of the two is a senior player, but possibly the most consistent player and best putter I’ve ever played against. This guy is deadly, though he’s 30 yards shorter than me. Not all about length.
We took our grudge match to a cool course next to Utah Lake called Talon’s Cove. Talon’s Cove can play very tough if you don’t hit the tee ball straight. There are links style rolling hills everywhere, but the rough is FAR deeper than that of Scotland. Miss a fairway and you’ll be lucky to even find your ball. If you do, you are looking at bogey or worse.
After starting with a bogey on the first hole I plugged along to hole #6, where I hit a poor tee shot. I ended up in the greenside bunker, short left of this par-3 green. The sand was as hard as Interstate 15. I hit my bunker shot to about 30 feet. I showed the guys how hard the sand was by pounding the back of my wedge into the ground. Right when I did that, something very bad happened. I knew it the second I felt it. I pinched a nerve in my lower spine which sent an electric shock to my lower back. I then felt the tingling of the muscle tissue around the nerve, which was beginning to spasm. I knew what I was in for. Soon I’d need help putting my own socks on. My back was toast. (more…)