Happy Halloween! Several golf courses around the country are highlighted today, because of their close-nit relationship with this qausi-holiday.
In Oregon, Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club’s par-71, 6,839-yard Ghost Creek layout was crafted by Bob Cupp in the “old” style, leaving the Portland wetlands terrain completely natural. This Portland public golf course is subtle and cunning, featuring a variety of distinct and equally memorable holes framed by lush stands of trees, dramatic mountain vistas and ragged wetlands. The phantom Ghost Creek materializes throughout the golf course, adding to the layout’s stunning beauty.
The sister course at Pumpkin Ridge is Witch Hollow. Considered among the nation’s best classic-style courses, Bob Cupp also designed this par-72, 7,017-yard track. The Witch Hollow course blends harmoniously with its natural surroundings in the shadows of the Cascade Mountains. Woven through a tapestry of fir, maple, oak, and ash trees with dramatic views of the Tualatin Hills, the course’s rolling fairways, wide manicured greens, numerous wetland areas and variety of ponds, lakes, and streams add to the layout’s mystical allure and beauty.
Washington Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a fictitious tale that is most popular during the Halloween season. Several golf courses have borrowed the Sleepy Hollow moniker in five different states, including Ohio, New York, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Alaska.
With its spectacular views of Cuyahoga River Valley and classic layout, Ohio’s Sleepy Hollow Golf Course ranks as one of the great golf challenges in Cleveland. The punitive nature of the course is clearly evident by the deep ravines and 58 bunkers that can come into play on its 18 holes. The course was designed by Stanley Thompson, a member of the Royal Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. It opened in 1924 as a private country club on land leased from Cleveland Metroparks and was opened to public play in 1963. The par 71 course measures 6,736 yards.
No matter where you tee it up today, enjoy All Hallows’ Eve. And don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour before going to bed tonight as Daylight Saving Times comes to an end on Sunday, Nov. 1.
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