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Wildcats share favorite spots to tee off

Matthew Vislosky

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Chico State golfer Lee Gearhart takes a swing during a tournament in spring of 2014. Orion file photo.

Whether it’s viewing spectacular mountains, watching the waves crash into the rocks at Pebble Beach or playing at historical golf courses in Scotland, one thing is certain — golf is a beautiful game.

As opposed to other sports that are played in hot and humid arenas, golf tournaments are held on breathtaking landscapes.

There are a multitude of golf courses throughout the world, and a few of the Wildcat golfers shared the favorite courses they have played at in their careers.

Lee Gearhart: men’s golf, junior business major

What is your favorite golf course you have ever played at?

It would have to be between Arrowhead Golf Course in Colorado or Fossil Trace Golf Course (also in Colorado).

Why is it a tie between those two?

With Fossil Trace, it is a really nice course and with Arrowhead, they have really nice views, huge mountains and some awesome features with the course. They have some of the most spectacular rocks that I can’t even explain.

How often do you play the courses?

I try to play them at least once a year in the summer.

 

Spencer Downey: women’s golf, senior animal science major

What is your favorite golf course you have ever played at?

My favorite golf course would have to be Waikoloa Golf Course in Hawaii. It is on the main island.

Why is that your favorite course?

Just because it’s Hawaii, and also you are playing on the ocean for school. We got to play for three straight days, and it was awesome — such a good experience.

How did you guys finish?

We won. That was insane. It was so much fun.

 

Dani O’Keefe: women’s golf, junior criminal justice major

What is your favorite golf course you have ever played at?

Favorite golf course I have played at was Waikoloa Golf Course in Hawaii.

Why was it your favorite?

It was one of the most fun trips I have ever been on, and winning the tournament made the trip that much better.

 

Alistair Docherty: men’s golf, junior kinesiology major

What is your favorite course you have ever played at?

Favorite golf course is Silver Rock Golf Resort in La Quinta.

Why it is your favorite place?

It’s my favorite because you are up against the mountains, and it is in absolutely perfect condition every time I’ve played it.

How often do you get to play there?

I’ve played it twice in the last six years.

What is your favorite hole there?

Hole 17, par 3, I believe it is. You hit over water, and you are right up against the mountain, and it’s beautiful.

 

T.L. Brown: men’s golf head coach

What is your favorite course you have ever played at?

One of my favorite is Carnoustie Golf Course in Scotland.

Why is that course one of your favorites?

The history of the course and the course design. It is a course that requires you to think about your shots and your way around the course.

Matthew Vislosky can be reached at [email protected] or @MattVislosky on Twitter.

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