Golf Adventure in Oregon

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Pacific Dunes near Bandon, Oregon

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OGA Golf Course near Aurora, Oregon

A friend called the other day and announced he’d hit a hole-in-one that morning. It reminded me that several years ago, I had an assignment to photograph a gentleman who’d hit that once-in-a-lifetime shot. I made a portrait and moved along to my next assignment. As a non-golfer, I couldn’t really grasp why that fellow was smiling from ear to ear.

When I got that call the other day, however, I was floored. Back in May, I shot an assignment for 1859 Magazine for which I followed a group of talented golfers around the state of Oregon for three days as they played 18 holes in the morning and then 18 in the afternoon. Six courses in three days, through all kinds of weather.

I learned a few things about the game during those three days. There are obstacles: the weather, the tall grass, water, the sand, the trees. But the real trick is just getting that ball to go where you want it to go with three or four or five whacks with a stick. Or if you’re having a really good day, just one.

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Pacific Trails near Bandon, Oregon

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OGA Golf Course near Woodburn, Oregon

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Pacific Dunes near Bandon, Oregon

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OGA Golf Course near Woodburn, Oregon

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Langdon Farms near Aurora, Oregon

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Aspen Lakes near Sisters, Oregon

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Pacific Dunes near Bandon, Oregon

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Pacific Trails near Bandon, Oregon

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OGA Golf Course near Woodburn, Oregon

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Aspen Lakes near Sisters, Oregon

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Tetherow near Bend, Oregon

all images © Tim LaBarge 2011

One Response to “Golf Adventure in Oregon”

  1. Steve V says:

    Great shots! Looks like it’s even fun to hit out of the sand on some of those courses.