A tournament is being held in Christmas Valley on Saturday, Sept. 25, to help raise funds which will go toward repairs at the Christmas Valley Golf Course.
The Christmas Valley Park and Recreation District manages the golf course, and many other facilities in the community, and with a small tax base the money the District receives each year through property taxes is not always enough to keep up with some of the major capital expenditure projects that are needed. The tournament will raise funds which can be used as a match for when the Park and Recreation District applies for grant funding.
Karen Morgan, manager of the Christmas Valley Park and Recreation District, said the golf course was built when the Christmas Valley Townsite was laid out in the early 1960s. The townsite was a project by the M. Penn Phillips Company to build a retirement community in the Christmas Valley area. Part of the project included building out much of the infrastructure that is still in place to this day. She said that the golf course is in need of some major capital expenditure projects and the District is working at applying for grants, but is in need of the matching funds to apply for those grant funds. Morgan reached out to community members to form advisory committees for the different properties the District owns, and the committee for the golf course came up with the idea of holding a golf tournament to raise funds.
The golf course committee consists of Dan Maple, Dan Kinion and Greg Rondeau. Maple said the idea of holding a tournament at the Christmas Valley golf course came from a conversation he had with Troy Fine who organizes the golf tournament at Quail Run Golf Course in La Pine.
“One of the things we want to do is to make the golf course a destination. It takes money to complete the projects that we want to do,” said Maple.
Maple, who is an avid golfer and has a home along the golf course, said he approached Morgan about holding a golf tournament to raise funds for improvements to the golf course, which Morgan and the Park and Recreation Board approved.
“The committees are the backbone of the community. It takes everyone working together to enhance the community. Karen laid the foundation for the future of the District by creating the different committees, and the golf tournament is to keep the momentum moving forward,” said Kinion.
Maple said local businesses have been on board in supporting the golf tournament; donating prizes and other support from the community.
Morgan, Maple, and Kinion had nothing but praise for Greenkeeper Robbie Newport, who became the golf course greenkeeper at the beginning of 2021. They said he has done an excellent job making sure the greens stay green through the summer and completing maintenance projects on the aging infrastructure. Morgan said without the efforts of Newport the golf course would not look as good as it does right now.
Originally the committee and the District were thinking about limiting the number of teams to 18, but when word began to spread about the golf tournament Morgan, Maple, Kinion and Rondeau decided that there would be no limits to the number of teams participating.
Sign in begins at 9 a.m., with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. The cost is $100 per golfer and includes lunch provided by Lakeside Restaurant afterward. People do not need to have experience golfing to play, and there are a number of loaner clubs available from the District. People who do not wish to golf, but wish to support the improvement projects can attend just the lunch for $20. People are asked to pre-register, as this will allow the organizers to know how many people will be attending the lunch so they can let Lakeside Restaurant know how much food will be needed.
“There is a strong possibility there could be 100 people at the tournament,” said Maple.
The tournament will be played as a scramble, which is similar to playing best ball. Each player will hit a golf ball from the tee, and the best shot will determine where everyone tees off next.
“We are looking for volunteers to help out on the day of the event,” said Maple.
Morgan said this past year a record number of families and individuals have become members of the golf course compared to other years, and she said she has seen an increase in the number of young people playing on the course.
After the tournament there will be a raffle and live auction of various items donated by businesses and individuals.
Raffle tickets are $5 per ticket and one of the major raffle prizes is a fuel tank and tool box for the back of pickup trucks from Ed Staub and Sons. There will be a free giveaway raffle for everyone who participates which will include smaller items such as golf balls, tees, and other accessories.
The live auction will feature a variety of items including a round of golf at courses in Bend and La Pine; and a dinner for four at the Cowboy Dinner Tree.
The Christmas Valley Golf Course is a nine-hole links style course, which includes a variety of tees to hit from and greens at different elevations. The District has a couple of golf carts for people to use.
For more information or to pre-register call 541-576-2216 for the tournament; for those who just want to pre-register for the lunch call the Park and Recreation Office at 541-576-2216.