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“And The Putter Went…PING”

I just picked up the book And The Putter Went…PING by Jeffery Ellis and it is heavy…literally.

The book tells the true American success story that began in the garage of Karsten Solheim, as he invented the PING putter in 1959.

Why is there so much to be said and chronicled in huge color photos and print about PING?

I recently spoke to the Pacific Northwest PING Sales Manager, George Houlihan, about what makes PING different from other club companies and he said it comes down to principles and design.

“It all boils down to engineering principles and design.
PING is a family run company, who is now in its third generation of engineers.
They never put a product in to the market place unless it is better than its predecessor.
Testing the current product, learning how to make it better, and then integrating those designs and engineering principles into their new product, that is what sets them apart.”

All that engineering and design is to the benefit of you and I, making a more enjoyable, forgiving, and better performing product.

That’s why the Gold Mountain Operations Manager, John Sitton, is on staff with PING.

“I love their putters and irons, specifically their player irons.
Right now I’m playing the iblade, five through pitching wedge, and the i200, three and four irons.
My putter is the Sigma G, Tyne.
The PING G driver is the straightest drive I’ve ever hit.”

It is the color coding system that was invented by PING in 1972, that distinguishes the lie angle of the club, and is recognizable and memorable by the golfer who plays PING.

John Sitton identifies with the old color charts yellow, which translates into the green on the current color chart.

So even with the new color chart out, it is still easy to remember his lie angle.

Scott Alexander’s PING clubs fit in the Maroon color code.

Scott, who was the Director of Golf at Gold Mountain Golf Club for 27 years, has been playing PING clubs for about 25 years.

He was also PING’s 2007 fitter of the year!

“What stood out to me about PING back when I started selling them was that they were the original “fitters” of the golf club.
Fit is important to me because I am 6’5″ tall and need a five degree upright club.
Because PING offers these options in their fitting process, they make my clubs’ balance and feel, better than anyone else.”

So, I’ve learned a lot about PING in my brief exploration of its history, club design, engineering, and their effect on the players who play them.

Nearly everyone I spoke to said that people who have bought PING, become PING customers for life.

That is the exact reason why Gold Mountain Golf Club continues to bring our guests the best selection of PING clubs.

We have over 30 PING demo options to try and over 75 clubs in stock to sell today, not to mention professional fitting is available and custom ordering is quick.

Do you know your PING color code?

Come see us today to find out!

Suzanne Mehlert
Gold Mountain Golf Club
Buyer

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Golf Season is Nearly Here

As we recover from a late winter wind and snow event, it is hard to believe that this year is off to a tremendous start when you consider that last year brought with it some of the worst possible weather for Northwest golfers.

It is true, a misty, mid-40’s February day doesn’t spark the intensity to hit the links and fire up the old golf game.

But for those that do venture out of their heated abodes, open tee times and fantastic playing conditions await on both of our golf courses, just don’t wait too long.

We are only three and a half weeks away from our first major tournament of the season, Mountain Madness, the two-day, two-player, scramble and best ball Event scheduled for March 17 and 18.

If you are interested in participating, you can register online.

Gold Mountain’s yearly spring tournament is our unofficial start of our golf season.

It marks a time when our team members begin to welcome back our afternoon leagues, prepare for our annual Demo Day event, open up or facility to our local high schools as their seasons ramp up, and of course start our preparation for the 2018 Mountain West Conference Championship.

Gold Mountain has the honor of hosting this Division I college tournament April 19 through April 22, as the best players in the Mountain West test their skills for the top spot in their conference and attempt to qualify for the NCAA National Championship.

If you are interested in volunteering for this tournament, please contact the Golf Shop at 360.415.5432 for more details.

After every national tournament we host, one of the first things that we receive praise for is the amazing and dedicated army of volunteers that we produce.

We would love to have you on our team for the Mountain West Conference Championship!

Before I end my ramblings, please allow me to give my sincerest thank you to our recently retired Superintendent, Ed Faulk.

I’d like to think that I am pretty good at my job, but let’s be honest, you don’t come to play golf at Gold Mountain to see me.

You come to Gold Mountain because it is a facility that is always in great shape whether it has been an exceptionally wet and soggy season, or on those rare years where it never rains and we are near drought conditions.

Ed worked tirelessly for 34 years at Gold Mountain Golf Club, never questioning a crazy idea about tee times from me or complaining about a freak windstorm that brought down hundreds of trees (both have occurred).

Ed took exceptional pride in Gold Mountain and there are many of us here who are thankful for the opportunity to thrive in our careers because of the stability he created with both of our fantastic golf courses.

Thank you, Ed, we will all miss you!

 

John Sitton
Golf Operations Manager
Gold Mountain Golf Club

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Out with the Old and In with the New

It’s that time of year when everyone is saying, “Out with the old and in with the new!”

If you’re like me, you get excited about January because it is a time to clean out the old clutter, old thinking, and old bad habits to make room for new ideals, goals, and even products that will help you achieve them.

Maybe you’ve put away your golf clubs for a couple of months, but are now packing them up to head on vacation or are moving them around as you sort through the garage.

Either way, there are probably some old clubs, bags, carts, or shoes that you’ve still got hanging around from the past few years (or even decades)!

Wouldn’t it feel great to pass those on to someone or finally just give them one final “thanks for a great run,” and on to the new?

If you have golf gear in excellent condition that you’d like to donate to a junior program or give to a person who may not be able to afford them brand new, now is the time to donate.

Gold Mountain is a great place to donate your used gear and know that you are helping a new golfer experience the game of golf.

Make sure to join our e-club to stay up to date on when and where you can donate your used equipment and what perks we have for you.

Out with the old and stop in the Golf Shop for some of that new in 2018!

Suzanne Mehlert
Merchandiser, Gold Mountain Golf Club

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Happy Holidays from Gold Mountain

Tis’ the season to celebrate the holidays, spend time with family and friends, and find joy in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest winter.

At Gold Mountain Golf Club, we’re keeping the golf course, restaurant, and Golf Shop ready for our guests to enjoy all of the season’s offerings.

When it comes to gift giving, the Golf Shop is stocked with quality gear and clothing that will definitely bring joy to any golfer!

Many items are even on sale right now with golf bags 20% off, Nike clothing and shoes 25% off, and University of Washington and Washington State University accessories 20% off.

Another great gift for the golfer in your life who likes to walk the course is a new Clickgear cart with a cart seat and cart mitt as perfect add-ons.

All you need to do is choose from all the great colors we have available!

Golf balls make great quick gifts for a distant relative, school teacher, or even an employee this holiday season.

We have everything from Titleist and Callaway, to the Volvik extreme colored golf balls.

Looking for something that is perfect for the golf course or a casual night out?

We have hundreds of quality and fashionable layering jackets and pullovers available for both men and women, perfect for anyone on your list.

Maybe you know someone that has been eyeing that special sand wedge all year?

In that case, gift certificates are a great way to help them get a personal fitting and order their dream club.

You can even order gift certificates online and have them mailed directly to you!

What many people don’t realize is that Gold Mountain Golf Club has countless items that a non-golfer would love too!

Rain jackets and hats are great gifts for family that take walks year-round.

Warm layering jackets and pullovers, beanies, and accessories are all ideal for off-course fun as well.

Come visit us at Gold Mountain Golf Club or shop online for all of your holiday needs this year.

Happy Holidays!
Suzanne Mehlert
Gold Mountain Merchandiser

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Can it Really Be August Already?

It is hard to believe that we have already raced into the month of August, considering how long it took the weather to make it to spring!

Our guests and members have made it a priority to get in as much golf as possible to make up for the lost time earlier in the year.

Tee times will continue to be available to book 30 days in advance, so take advantage of the best golfing conditions in the Northwest and book your tee time online now.

Book your tee time directly on the website!

We have seen tremendous results with our online booking engine and automatic green fee discounts at check-in, and we will continue that practice throughout August.

When you reserve your tee time online, you can see exactly what we see in the Golf Shop, showing our guests tournaments, large groups, and how busy the course is in general.

This function helps our golfers decide the best possible tee time and day to play to fit their schedule.

As we move from the long days of summer to the crisper mornings of the early fall, keep a look out for our group specials on our website.

Foursome fun on the Olympic Course.

These specials have been enormously popular and we look forward to making them available to everyone again this year!

With the start of fall comes our annual Dave Williams Best Ball Tournament, Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1.

This is one of the most enjoyable tournaments of the year and signup sheets will be available in the Golf Shop beginning this month.

Following the first round we will have College Football playing on our large projector so that our tournament players can cheer on their alma mater as they enjoy our complimentary post-round meal.

On Sunday, as everyone is watching the scoreboard to see who places in the money, our large screen projector will be displaying NFL Football (usually the Seahawks)!

And for those wishing to see how the PGA Tour is finishing up, our flat screens in the bar will be showing the 2017 Presidents Cup.

Finally, I would like to share exciting news as Gold Mountain will be hosting the Mountain West Conference Championship next April!

We are beginning the process of gathering tournament volunteers and captains for this fun event, so please keep your eye out for signup sheets or swing by the Golf Shop to inquire with myself or our General Manager, Daryl Matheny.

We would love to hear from you and get you on our team!

We can’t wait to see you at the course for the final stretch of summer!

All of us at Gold Mountain Golf Club want to thank you for coming out this year and making 2017 a great success after what can modestly be described as the most challenging winter and spring for golf.

John Sitton
Golf Operations Manager
Gold Mountain Golf Club

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Keep the Summer Activities Going

For most people August marks the end of the summer and the start of the school year, which means you may be thinking your fun summer activities are coming to an end.

But why not keep golf going as one of the top activities on your list?

Whether you are just playing for fun, hitting the course with your family, or looking to improve your game, golf is something that can be enjoyable for everyone!

With tournaments, leagues, clinics, and demo days, there are many opportunities to fit golf into your busy summer and fall plans.

Planning is always an important part of any activity and as the merchandiser and buyer for Gold Mountain, let me help you get ready for the season.

Essentials for the complete golf bag: a driver, fairway wood, hybrid, irons, wedges, putter, golf balls, tees, and a glove.

If you notice you are missing anything on that list, well you know where to find it…the Gold Mountain Golf Shop!

With the brutal winter we had, you may be looking to brush up on your golf game a little, there are group clinics or private lessons you can start off with to help you feel ready to hit the links.

If you are wanting to really kick it up a notch with your game take a look at our membership opportunities, and the amazing benefits that come along with being a member.

Outside of the basic necessities to fit your golf game, regardless of your skill level, we have some fun items in our Golf Shop to really enhance your experience on the course.

Try out the new soft feel or colored golf balls to help keep your eye on the ball.

Or upgrade to our golf bags that have a cooler pocket to keep your snacks and drinks fresh throughout your round.

And looking the part is always half the battle, so make sure to check out the latest gear all the top players are wearing each week.

We loved seeing everyone on the course all summer long and can’t wait to keep the moment going into the fall.

Suzanne Mehlert
Merchandiser & Buyer, Gold Mountain Golf Club

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A Beautiful Summer for Golf

Fellow Northwest Golfers!

It has been a beautiful summer in Kitsap County and Gold Mountain has flourished along with it.

Both the Cascade and Olympic courses are currently in great playing shape and there has never been a better time to come out and play some golf!

Interested in coming out to play?

Visit www.goldmountaingolf.com and book your tee time online, any day in July, and receive the following discounts on your green fee(s)!

Hole #17, Par 3

Before 8 AM: 30% off
8-11 AM: 5% off
11-1 PM: 25% off
1-3 PM: 35% off

As we roll into the latter half of summer, Gold Mountain will continue to bustle with various events.

We will be having multiple fitting days with the biggest brands in golf such as Srixon, Cleveland, Titleist, TaylorMade, and PING.

Interested in trying some of the newest equipment in preparation for a new purchase?

Make sure to call the Golf Shop at 360.415.5432 for more information on dates and to reserve your spot at the fittings.

Don’t forget our second annual Red, White and Blue Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, November 10, with a 10am shotgun.

Last year’s inaugural event was a big hit and benefits a great cause by supporting our military through the VFW Unmet Needs Program.

If you are interested, please contact Chris Keough at 360.434.8658 or at chriskeough@windermere.com.

That’s it for now, we will see you on the links!

Travis Cary
Assistant Golf Professional

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Exciting New Changes at Gold Mountain

Spring has sprung at Gold Mountain Golf Club, even if the weather is a little late to the game.

We are full steam ahead for our busy months and have full confidence that the rain is behind us and sunny days are to come!

In the anticipation of spring, Gold Mountain has undergone a bit of a face lift.

The clubhouse and Olympic room look incredible and feel brand new having just received a fresh coat of stain!

The improvements aren’t just inside the building, we are currently in the process of updating out Grand Patio!

Our new items are not in quite yet but keep your eyes peeled for beautiful new patio furniture.

Couple with the beautiful blossoming flowers around the property, Gold Mountain is a sight to be seen.

The golf course has also seen a notable change on our Cascade Course!

The par four fifth hole has been transformed into a par five and continues to be the hardest hole on the course.

Visit the new website at www.goldmountaingolf.com

Our maintenance staff has done a fabulous job with the transition and continue to uphold the quality of our golf courses each day.

We have also seen a change in our technology world at Gold Mountain.

We are very excited to introduce our new website, and along with that an entire new point of sale system.

This new system allows our guests to book their tee times online, directly with

the course, and they are guaranteed the lowest rates available!

With this new technology, we now have the capability to check guests in outside of the Golf Shop, so not more waiting in lines trying to get to your tee time.

Once you check-in once the system retains your information and your preferences in our system, this makes your return visits to Gold Mountain easier each time.

The system even extends to our snack shop and beverage carts!

We want to continuously improve your experience at Gold Mountain and everything we do is for the enjoyment and ease of our guests.

Our goal is to make Gold Mountain Golf Club your number one golf destination!

Make a tee time online or call the restaurant at 360.415.6895 to make a reservation today.

Jesse McGee
Sales and Planning Manager

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Grab-N-Go Convenience for Golfers

When it comes to deciding a grab-n-go menu for our golfers we strive to make the hot and cold products readily available at your fingertips.

The placement of the snacks, soda, Gatorade, and water, is easily accessible in the pro shop during registration, or at a nearby entry or exit to the golf course.

Hot items ordered in the restaurant at the turn, such as a huge Chef Jon burger, will take no longer than 8-12 minutes for our golfer’s in-between their nine holes so they do not lose their place on the course.

On course, we provide beverage carts and two full-service concession shops to cater to your needs during a round.

Join us before or after in the restaurant and have a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and enjoy one of our drinks designed with golfers in mind.

We take great pride in being able to customize any menu to fit your specific event requirements whether you have a group of 30 guests or 300.

A big highlight to all events at Gold Mountain is our big screen TV that is always showing local and national sporting events.

When you visit us for golf retreats, weddings or corporate meetings, please take advantage of our outstanding views of the Olympic Mountains and the beautiful Pacific Northwest scenery.

We will be hiring food and beverage employees for our upcoming 2017-2018 season in March.  Join our exciting team today!

Happy Eats,
Chef Jon Forcier

The Gold Mountain Golf Shop is Ready for the Holiday Season

The Golf Shop at Gold Mountain Golf Course is ready for the season ahead.

Not just the golfing season, but also the holiday season.

If you’re searching for special gifts for family and friends, Gold Mountain is a great place to treasure hunt!

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So many mannequins!

My name is Suzanne Mehlert, and I’m the new buyer for the Golf Shop.

I’ve been a buyer and visual merchandiser for over 30 years, but I look at every season as a new and exciting landscape of products and trends.

That’s me in the picture with over 50 mannequins, as I searched the PGA Golf Show and Fashion Market in Las Vegas this fall, looking for the new trends, new designs and latest technology, while comparing prices and quality, in order to bring home the best values I could find for our guests.

Right now, collegiate gear is ready to wear and give this Christmas.  Whether you’re a Husky or a Cougar, we’ve got you covered.

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We’ve got you covered, whether you’re a Husky or a Cougar.

You’ll find new Adidas, Under Armour, Puma and PING apparel, which look as great off the course, as on.

Another great gift idea is our quality Cutter & Buck Seahawks apparel for men & women.

Dreaming of a new Titleist wedge or Odyssey putter with a Super Stroke grip?

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Dreaming of a new wedge or putter?

Or if new Footjoy or Nike golf shoes, a new PING golf bag or Sun Mountain golf cart is on your list…

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Check out all the latest gear at the Golf Shop.

Whatever your golf gear wishes are… there are treasures to be found at the Gold Mountain Golf Shop!