Inland Northwest Golf News

Congrats to Local Pros

In January many of our local Inland Empire PGA Pros were honored with various awards from the local chapter and from the Pacific NW PGA Section.  Be sure to give these pros a big congrats for all their hard work and dedication to making our golf community strong!

Palouse Ridge Recognized by Pacific NW Golfer Mag

Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine honors the the par-3 16th hole at Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, WA as one of the “Great Holes of the Northwest,” one of just four holes selected each year by the Northwest’s largest and longest-running golf publication. 

The Alternative to Weekend Long Amateur Tournaments

Love competitive golf, but have a hard time fitting tournaments into your busy schedule? Are you a match play fan? Then the Spokane Golf League is for you.

The Spokane Golf League is a four week net match play golf tournament for amateur golfers managed by an online web application. Players play matches on the course and record results online. Play 4 regular season matches and compete for your spot in the playoffs. The top 16 players make the single elimination playoff round and win guaranteed prize money (see prizes below).

Format: The format is net match play. Match play is you vs. your opponent in head-to-head competition where each hole is contested. Net means a player will give or receive strokes based on handicaps.

The online scorecards indicate who receive strokes and on what holes strokes are taken.

Esh Wins Junior Golf Leader Award

Congratulations to Lewiston Golf and Country Club, PGA Head Golf Professional, Joey Esh on winning the 2013 Pacific Northwest Section PGA Junior Golf Leader Award. He received a phone call from Marcus King, the PNWPGA President and PGA Golf Professional at Overlake Golf and Country Club telling him that he had been selected as the winner of the award. Esh also received the award in 1998 while at Marias Valley Golf Club. There are over 1,100 Golf Professionals in the Pacific Northwest section of the PGA which covers Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Esh earned the award by not only running a top-notch junior program at the LGCC but also by starting and directing the Golf in Schools Program in the Lewiston School District. The LGCC’s Junior Golf Program had 71 participants from the LC Valley and surrounding areas last year.

The Fairways Opens Early

Due to unseasonably warm temperatures and a mild and dry winter, the Fairways Golf Course,  located just off Interstate-90 at exit 272, is now open for the 2014 season on 18 permanent greens.  “We have been open at various times every month of this winter" notes Fairways General Manager Kris Kallem. 

The Fairways is open for play including the use of power carts (weather and course conditions permitting) starting at 10:00 am each day.  Golfers may check on the latest course conditions or call for a tee time at 509-747-8418 or by visiting

Runyan Receives Patriot Award

A hardy congratulations needs to be extended the PGA Pro of Sun Dance Golf Course, Christopher A. Runyan.  He recently was awarded the 2013 IEPGA Chapter Patriot Award!  This award was given to Chris for his accomplishments through the game of golf by demonstrating unwavering commitment and dedication to the men and women who have valiantly served and protected the United States of America in our Chapter.  Chris has coordinated two major golf events to support service men and women: The Wounded Warrior Project tournament and dinner in August each year and the NW Golfers 4 Warriors program.  So a hardy congrats to Chris and thank you for your service to our men and women in arms.

Local Coach Inducted into Coaches Hall of Fame

MOSCOW - University of Idaho men's golf coach John Means, whose three-year stint with the Vandals has represented a new start to a long, title-filled career, is one of six coaches who will be inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame next month, the Vandals announced Monday.

University of Idaho golf coach John Means is one of six coaches who will be inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of American Hall of Fame at the annual Reception and Awards Banquet on Dec. 9.

“I am extremely honored and humbled with my being named to the Golf Coaches Hall of Fame,” said Means, who, in addition to Idaho, has coached at Colorado State, Army and Minnesota. “This wouldn’t have been possible without great committed student-athletes and very supportive administrations, helping me with my efforts to build championship programs at each institution. 

Preview of Washington's Newest Course- Gamble Sands

Here is your chance to view Washington's newest course, Gamble Sands.  Located in the heart of Apple Country, USA, in Brewster, Washington, Gamble Sands is the newest David McLay Kidd design. 

Click on the title to read more about this course and see a sneak peak of this up and coming course...

Hole in One Winners for September 26

Here are the hole in one winners for September 25.  Check them all out by clicking on the title.