By Robert Husseman • Sports Editor • 

Bombs away at Chehalem Glenn

NEWBERG – Golfers, prepare your drivers.

A recent spate of construction at Chehalem Glenn Golf Course in Newberg has been completed, with the course’s 12th hole shortened from a par-5 to a par-4 and the 17th hole lengthened from a par-4 to a par-5.

“We’re trying to get the golf course more playable for seniors, ladies and beginners,” said Branden Thompson, the head professional at Chehalem Glenn.

In all, the course loses 115 yards from the course’s blue tees and 112 yards from the white tees. Chehalem Glenn now measures out to 6,169 yards from the blue tees and 5,848 yards from the white tees; it remains a par-72 course.

Under the old measurements, the 12th hole was bisected by a deep ravine that proved difficult for inexperienced players. Golfers would run into the ravine after 234 yards off the blue tees and 212 yards off the white tees; most players

“It’s always been a really tough hole for those who don’t carry the ball,” Thompson said.

After pushing the tee boxes forward, No. 12 now measures out to 370 yards from the blue tees, 312 yards from the white tees and 220 yards from the red tees. The ravine is easier to clear, allowing hitters of all lengths to use drivers and other woods off the tee.

The extra space left over by the original tee boxes, adjacent to Chehalem Glenn’s driving range, may be converted into a practice putting surface in the future, Thompson said.

To retain Chehalem Glenn’s standing as a par-72 course, No. 17 was transformed from a par-4 into what Thompson calls a “perfectly reachable, makeable” par-5. A new blue tee box was constructed on previously barren earth, 67 yards behind the original blue tees, to make a 480-yard par-5. The hole measures 460 yards from the white tees and 410 yards from the red tees.

Thompson noted that a small grouping of trees, set to the right of the original tee boxes in designated rough, come into play on the blue tees.

Chehalem Glenn’s par-4 ninth hole was shortened last year, the last alteration to the course before the adjustments on No. 12 and No. 17.

Thompson said that little construction is expected in the immediate future of Chehalem Glenn, though an expanded clubhouse and nine additional holes have been placed on the club’s wish list for the Chehalem Parks and Recreation District to consider down the road.

“If it makes a lot of sense to do it, they’ll do it,” Thompson said.

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