By Bruce Meadows
Yes, Oakmont is open to the public !
When Greg Anderson took over recently as general manager and (for now) head golf pro at Oakmont GC’s 36-hole complex in east Santa Rosa, he realized that while most people were aware the Oakmont courses and dining facilities were open to the public, not ALL of them did.
“I would hear that some people thought Oakmont was basically private, which surprised me a little,” said Anderson, raised in Santa Rosa and who has worked at various area courses in different capacities, including at Oakmont when he was a little guy.
So among other challenges he faced when taking over was making it quite clear that Oakmont is indeed open to the public.
Greg and his staff have advertised, assumed a presence on social media, even posted a big sign on Highway 12 noting “Public is Welcome.”
“Our social media network keeps Oakmont in the public eye with multiple e-blasts explaining club activities and events.”
Among efforts to promote the two 18-hole courses – the regulation-sized West and the executive East – is the “All-Day Golf Package.”
It allows golfers to play both the West and East course, including cart, Monday through Friday, and throws in lunch at the Quail Inn, all for $79, which is a good deal. The offer is not good on holidays
Besides saving regular golfers some money, it’s also a great way to acquaint players with what’s available, on the golf course and elsewhere.
Oakmont’s East Course, a special place . . .
I’ve long maintained the East Course is something of a hidden gem. It’s a par 63 and its par-4 holes are shorter than most, but it’s an outstanding track with some of the best par 3s around, including No. 14 (although I wish they’d keep those big trees near the green cut back!).
I recall playing the East many years ago, just before it officially opened, with former head pro Dean James. Other than a few holes, there were no homes built on much of the course. It was quite pleasant, and wildlife – rabbits, deer, etc. – were plentiful. Things change.
I also remember when wild pigs came down from Annadel and ravaged some of the East fairways and green. Those creatures were Mother Nature’s rototillers and caused a lot of damage.
Greg is running promotions on KSRO that stress being open to the public, and Oakmont is holding a fund-raising event with KSRO in early October to coincide with the tragic wildfires that struck last year. That event will have a first-responder with each group, with all net proceeds going to fire victims and the community.
Greg was concerned about the quality at Quail Inn, so has taken steps to upgrade the facility. New menus are being introduced; winemakers dinners are being created for the golfing membership as well as the Oakmont Community, and he has created a wine store in which wine can be purchased through an online store.
“The wines are usually hard to get, and wine club members will be able to get brands at great prices,” explains Greg. “I have also met with the No. 1 quality wine producer in the world with the desire to create a more wine-centric club.”
That being said, he hopes in the future that the dining facility will be known as the Quail Restaurant Wine Bar and Grill.
Like a lot of guys new on the job, Anderson is working hard to improve the existing facility and make improvements where needed.
It appears he and Oakmont are headed in the right direction. Check it out and let me – and him – know what you think.
2019 Mexican golf outing offered…
David Knox and Susan Briske, PGA and LPGA pros respectively, are offering a trip to Neuva Vallarta, Mexico, Feb. 5-12, 2019.
The trip includes golf, luxury accommodations and airfare for $2,189. The group will leave Sacramento International on a non-stop flight on Alaska Airlines, including two free checked bags.
There will be gourmet dining with no reservations required, all drinks included. There will also be beach and poolside food and drink service with free wi-fi 24-hour room service.
You will play three rounds of golf, including Vista Vallarta’s Weiskopf and Nicklaus courses plus El Tigre..
The group will stay at the Marival Residences Luxury Resort for seven nights.
David, a pro at Napa GC, said spots are filling up fast so if you are interested, contact him at 916-533-4108, or Susan at 530-263-1202 soon. Their emails are [email protected] and
Junior Golf Camps . . .
There are still spots available for the final Oakmont Junior Golf Camp this season. Dates of the last camp are Aug. 6-10.
Half-day option for the 9-12 p.m. $225, includes snack; full-day option 9-4pm includes lunch and on course play in the afternoon, $400
For more info and to sign up, contact Jessica Reese Quayle at 707-321-9791 or Rebecka Heinmert at 408-616-0226.
*** At Petaluma’s Rooster Run GC, pro Dave Johnson is offering his final junior camp of the season Aug. 6-10.
The full-day camp runs 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and includes 9 holes of golf. Cost is $425.
The half-day camp is from 9 a.m. until noon and costs $275.
|Dave also lists five reasons you should consider a junior golf camp:|
| 1) Golf is a game, sport and skill that they will use all through their lives.
2) Golf is outdoors in the fresh air; the children are in a positive healthy environment.
3) Golf is a game that abides by “rules, respect and etiquette”.
4) Golf camp teaches youngsters to interact in a social environment.
5) Golf teaches us to problem solve and develop self reliance.
For information or to sign up, contact Dave at 707-484-0467 or go to [email protected]
B’nai Israel Tournament in August…
The 10th annual B’nai Israel Jewish Center Golf Tournament is scheduled Sunday, Aug. 26 at Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park.
The event helps fund the education and service programs of the center, located in Petaluma. The dinner is underwritten and the golf is donated so your check is fully deductible.
Registration is 11:30 a.m. with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. A putting contest and dinner is scheduled at 5:30 p.m.
Golf and a dinner contribution is $135 per person, with golf and dinner for a foursome $500. Dinner only is $30.
In a personal letter from CourseCo’s Tom Isaak says “I acknowledge that this cause may not top your list of charitable giving priorities, and as such your contribution may be primarily a favor to me. If that’s the case, I am the more humbled and grateful.”
You can enter online or at the door the day of the tournament. If you have any questions contact Tom or Cathy at 707-981-4994.
Fairgrounds closed for a while…
Fairgrounds GC, the”track within a track” will be closed to accommodate horse racing at the Sonoma County Fair.
The fair is Thursday, Aug. 2, through Sunday, Aug. 12, with the course closed after play Sunday, July 29 . . . it reopens Tuesday, Aug. 14.
The annual closure gives the popular 9-hole course a “rest” and allows maintenance crews to work on greens, tees, fairways and bunkers.
What are your favorites?
In a recent GOLF 707, I asked for your thoughts on a number of golf-related things, such as “best course,” “best pro,” etc. I heard back from a few of you but would love to have more people check the list and give me your opinion.
Here’s the list:
Best Par 3
Best Par 4
Best Par 5
Best 18-hole Course
Best 9-hole Course
Best 19th Hole
Best Pro Shop
Friendliest, most helpful pro shop staff
Best Golf Instructor
Best Junior Program
Best Women’s Program
Best Senior Program
Best Golf Course Food, Drink
Best Driving Range
Best “Bang for your Buck”
Best Practice Facility (putting green, chipping green, etc.)
Best Golf Shop (well-stocked, sales, etc.)
Best Golf Repair
Best Maintained Course
Please take time to respond to as many of the items on the list as you can, and send them to [email protected] And if you have any questions about golf, in our area or beyond, please let me know.