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The Up and Down - May 2024

General Manager's Update

Spring has sprung, and the fairways are in full bloom here! As the days lengthen and the temperatures rise, our excitement for golf and the summer ahead continues to grow. I am back at the course after some time away following the birth of my beautiful daughter who was born on April 3rd. The month ahead is an exciting one, we look forward to seeing you soon. 

New Cart Fleet Arriving in May

I am excited to announce we will have a new fleet of EZ Go RXV Elite Carts showing up in the next two weeks! These new carts will offer an enhanced experience for all riders with an abundance of new features to include 10.1" GPS Screens, Premium Seating, Auto-Brakes, and an overall more enjoyable ride. We will keep you posted on exact date of delivery in the coming weeks. Come see us for a round soon to take a ride in the new carts! 

Mother's Day at OGA

In celebration of Mother's Day, we're offering a special treat for all the incredible moms out there! On Mother's Day, May 12th, moms can enjoy 50% off green fees as our way of saying thank you for all that they do. My mother always tells me she's proud of me... However, she's never seen me swing a golf club or watched me 4-putt. Bring Mom out for a round of golf. It's our small gesture of appreciation for the extraordinary women in our lives. 

Memorial Medley Tournament - Sunday, May 26th 

Save the date for our much-anticipated Memorial Medley Golf Tournament, taking place on May 26th! Join us for a day of friendly competition and camaraderie as we honor the memory of our fallen heroes. Format is a 9/9 Scramble & Best Ball in Two-Person Teams.


Update on Course Conditions 

For those of you who visited us this winter, thank you for your patience as we took on the massive project of replacing our entire irrigation system. I am pleased to report that the project is complete and the course has recovered quite well in a short time. We are thrilled to have this project completed and look forward to seeing improved conditions in 2024 and beyond. 

Our Grounds Crew completed their Spring Aeration at the end of March. The putting surfaces have recovered well and the course is in great shape as we turn the page to May. As our start times continue to get earlier with daylight throughout the summer, please be patient with our Grounds Crew as they complete their work in the AM if you are a dew-sweeper type. We have some ongoing projects on course we will continue to prioritize to ensure course conditions remain top-notch throughout the summer ahead. 

We look forward to seeing you soon! 

Fairways and greens, 

Ryan Garry
General Manager
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Director of Player & Business Development Update

PGA Junior League 

PGA Junior League is already at max capacity, and I cannot wait to get these kids started! Our season for our 13U and 17U starts in just a few weeks. These kids are going to learn the fundamentals of the swing, rules and etiquette of golf. The format for PGA Junior League is a scramble match play, which is a blast for the kids. They are going to come out here and create new friendships, learn how to play as a team, and have fun playing golf! 

Ladies Clinics 

Ladies' night is back! Sorry Fellas, this one is just for the ladies.  This is an 8-week program, on Thursday nights.  Season is going to start on May 30th, with 3:30PM and 5:00PM sessions.  We will work on all aspects of the game of golf, swing fundamentals, skills, rules, etiquette, and playing opportunities. Come once or come all! Sign-ups for season passes and individual sessions are now available in our online store!

Semiprivate Lessons 

Starting in June I am going to start offering Semiprivate lessons. These lessons will consist of a small group of 3 – 4 individuals. They will last one hour. You will get a video analysis, swing diagnosis, drills and practice time with feedback. The cost will be $30 per session. If you need a quick tune-up. These are the perfect place for you!

Comprehensive Golf Fitness Program 

Ready to train like the pros. Burn Fitness here in Woodburn, Neil Wilhelm, TPI, and myself are teaming up to provide you with training like the pros. You will get a TPI Screen (strength and Flexibility workout), training sessions, 3-month membership at the Burn Fitness and golf lessons. This is a great program that will take your game to the next level!

Tip of May

Course Management or Course Navigation. Is an easy way to shave a few strokes off your score. Let’s think of your favorite golf hole. What are the features of the hole? Does it have fairway bunkers? Green Side Bunkers? Narrow Fairways? Tree lined? Those features are the holes natural defense. Your job is to find the holes in the defense. An example to prevent yourself from hitting into those areas are questions like this. “Do I have enough club to carry that fairway bunker on your normal swing AND your miss hit? If the answer is no, then you need to pick a club that absolutely will not get to that bunker. We know from years of golf tracking systems that your stroke average goes up quite a bit by hitting into that fairway bunker or the trees. By picking a few better shots, we can shave few strokes off our rounds.

Tyler Dube
Director of Player & Business Development
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Golf Shop Manager's Update

 It's gonna be May! May, the prologue to summer. The month for moms. The month for flowers. The start of the golf season. We are here and we are so ready! Just a friendly reminder to all of you that Mother's Day is Sunday May 12th so keep that in mind before calling for a tee time (I'll still remind you when you call the shop).
To the mothers who do want to golf on their special day I will be running a Mother's Day deal on Ladies' merchandise! 
  • Buy a pair of ladies' shoes and get a free ladies polo or hat.
  • Get 10% off any golf ball purchase
  • Get 20% off all accessories
  • All merchandise purchases will enter you into a drawing to win a free golf bag!
  • Sale will run from May 1st - May 12th
Let's touch base quickly on time management... Please show up at least 10 minutes before your tee time to check-in and be ready. If you're late then we will have to find you a new start time or unfortunately we will have to see you another day.  If you know you will be late then please call the shop as soon as you know, and hopefully we can figure something out. It's not fair to push back the whole rest of the day. Also, Summer rates are in full swing so don't be surprised if they are up a little more from the last week you played and please be kind to the front desk staff!
May 17th
Can't wait to see you all and see the sunshine!
Kayla Spaght
Golf Shop Manager
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Superintendent's Update

Happy May! It’s time for the flowers to start blooming and gardening time.

We are busy trying to get ahead of this early, weird Spring. Is it warm, is it cold, why do we still have frost? The nice thing is that it has been dry. We can get out there and mow all the rough, and keep it mowed. The greens are healed up nicely, and the verticut and top-dress we did the last week of April should make them even better. We will also be at our summer height for the greens to begin the month. The bad thing is the weeds are out of control. So, we will try to have a guy out there spraying every day of the week.

We will be applying our grub control soon around the greens and the edges of the fairways where we have had issues in the past. We will also be applying fertilizer and crabgrass control the middle of this month. It is also time to apply Fairy Ring control to the greens and to begin our wetting agent program. I hope to improve the consistency of the wetting agents this year to aide in the firmness of the greens.

The greens and tees have been getting some water, but I think it is time to test the rest of the system. We have had a few issues and are expecting more to pop up. So, you may encounter some wet areas of the course, along with some washed out bunkers. This is caused by the sprinklers getting stuck on from debris that may be in the lines. We will shut them off as soon as we see them, but they usually have been on all night. I hope the more we run water, the better it will get.

Let the season begin. Here’s to good weather and happy golf.



Dan Imes
Golf Course Superintendent

Food & Beverage Manager's Update

Hello everybody!

Orchards Grill’s current hours of operation are 11am-7pm. Google Orchards Grill for the most current hours of operation.

Here is a link to our menu: https://www.ogagolfcourse.com/orchards-grill/about-orchards-grill

Here is a list of our current selection of draft beers:

· Modelo Especial | Blue Moon Belgian White | Deschutes Fresh Squeeze IPA | Georgetown Bodhifaza IPA | Deschutes Cosmic Creatures IPA | Migration Pale Ale

We now offer 22oz glasses of our draft beers for those who need a little more hydration! We also have a variety of canned beers, cider, seltzers and single serve wine options to choose from. Any are available to take out on the course or enjoy at Orchards Grill:

· 2 Towns Outcider – 19.2oz | 2 Towns Pristine Peach – 19.2oz | 10 Barrel Pilsner – 12oz | Angry Orchard – 12oz | Budweiser – 16oz | Bud Light – 16oz | Bud Light Chelada – 16oz | Coors Banquet – 16oz | Coors Light – 16oz | Corona – 12oz | Dead Guy – 19.2oz | Elysian Push Mower Pilsner – 12oz | Guinness – 16oz | Hazy Little Thing IPA – 19.2oz | Lagunitas IPA – 19.2oz | Michelob Ultra – 16oz | Pub Beer – 16oz | Redhook Tropical Big Ballard IPA – 16oz | Stella Artois – 16oz | Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA – 19.2oz | White Claw – 12oz (Peach, Mango, Lime & Black Cherry) | Widmer Hefe – 12oz

Single Serve Wine:

· Sutter Home Red Blend

· Copa di Vino Cabernet, Merlot, Riesling, Pinot Grigio & White Zinfandel

· Domaine St. Vincent Champagne (Great for Mimosas!)

The nice weather is back so the patio is open for all to enjoy!!!

Takeout is available by calling 503-981-4653 ext. 5 to place an order

Thanks for reading!

Alex Jeli
Food and Beverage Manager
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