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Pinside Golfers (and non-golfers) I Could Really Use Your Help


By Dooskie

54 days ago



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#1 54 days ago

This is a little off-topic (although there will be at least two pinball machines here next year). I'm hoping everyone on Pinside can give me some help. And moderators, if this is inappropriate, please remove this post and accept my sincerest apologies. I am not trying to circumvent Pinside rules.

As many of you know, I am a PGA Golf Professional. I own a small golf course in Old Town, Maine. This past spring, a course out in the state of Washington called Village Greens Golf Course was going to be permanently closed. It happened to be the course where I began my career as a golf professional, and it bothered me a great deal that this gem of a place was going to disappear forever. Thanks to a lot of help from a lot of people, we were able to save the place.

Now I'm asking for everyone's help. We're in the running for a $25k grant and part of it is determined by public vote. If you could take a moment and click on the link to vote, and scroll down to the bottom (you'll see my face) and vote for Village Greens Golf Course, it would be much appreciated.

If we are fortunate enough to win this grant, we plan to use the money for badly needed maintenance equipment, and to fund golf programs through the Kitsap County School Districts.

Thank you in advance for your help. I am truly appreciative for your consideration. And please share this on your Facebook page, Instagram, Twitter and encourage all of your friends to vote for us as well.

https://www.kitsapbank.com/business/edg3-fund/edg3-fund-vote/?fbclid=IwAR1RJtMuwM4S8UB0nI3PZ--czsx8tLrRyaOfHaeI7ph5aa26-wIZOFq_7PY

If you are interested in reading more about the golf course, here are some links to some local stories:

https://q13fox.com/2019/09/09/port-orchard-golf-course-gets-another-shot/?fbclid=IwAR33H4Z550vOyZfRFdcwYFFbZqrYzifJRkRWMdKT_MUMpDnA3_cDWVhPVak

https://www.kitsapsun.com/story/sports/columnists/terry-mosher/2019/05/22/joe-perdues-personal-history-led-involvement-village-greens/3770692002/

https://www.kitsapsun.com/story/news/local/2019/05/22/village-greens-golf-course-could-re-open-saturday/3771782002/

https://www.kitsapdailynews.com/news/port-orchards-village-greens-getting-a-new-golf-course-operator/

#2 54 days ago

Voted. Good luck!

#3 54 days ago
Quoted from JayDee:

Voted. Good luck!

Thank you so much!

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#4 54 days ago

I voted as well..best of luck !

#5 54 days ago

Just voted for you. Thanks for working so hard to save something that is important to the community. Now I need a favor. Fix my swing please.

#6 54 days ago
Quoted from hwyhed:

I voted as well..best of luck !

Thank you very much!

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#8 54 days ago
Quoted from Ballypalooza:

Just voted for you. Thanks for working so hard to save something that is important to the community. Now I need a favor. Fix my swing please.

Send me a video. I need a down the line angle, and a face-on angle. Happy to help you!

#9 54 days ago

I like the look of that place. Are those trees in play a lot throughout the course? I could see getting in trouble fairly easy out there

#11 54 days ago

There are about 1,000 pine trees on this course, give or take a hundred. It's 14 par 3's and 4 par 4's. I shoot more over par on this course than I do at Pebble Beach. It's not an easy little place to shoot a low score.

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#12 54 days ago

Very cool. That’s definitely the place to work on target iron shots. You don’t have a choice unless you want to be shooting from under a tree all the time. I love it. I hope you get the grant!

#13 54 days ago

I believe these courses are so valuable to the future of golf. It’s less intimidating to beginners and older golfers who don’t need or want to be on a 7000 yard course. My Dad, who has played and LOVED golf all his life, had heart surgery and can’t play a huge course. This looks beautiful compared to our cornfield tracks around here. Share some more pics if you’ve got em’.
Damon

#14 54 days ago
Quoted from Ballypalooza:

I believe these courses are so valuable to the future of golf. It’s less intimidating to beginners and older golfers who don’t need or want to be on a 7000 yard course. My Dad, who has played and LOVED golf all his life, had heart surgery and can’t play a huge course. This looks beautiful compared to our cornfield tracks around here. Share some more pics if you’ve got em’.
Damon

It was in pretty rough shape when I got the keys to the place on May 23rd. It had been closed since November 1st, 2018, and no maintenance was done until about 10 days before I signed the lease. There are all kinds of issues that will take a year or two to resolve (lack of irrigation, moles and overall neglect). Here are some more pics:

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#15 54 days ago
Quoted from Ballypalooza:

I believe these courses are so valuable to the future of golf. It’s less intimidating to beginners and older golfers who don’t need or want to be on a 7000 yard course.
Damon

you nailed this right on the head!

#16 54 days ago

Another vote!

#17 54 days ago

Thank you very much!

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#18 54 days ago

Our whole family has now voted.

As a Washington golfer, a dad of kids who need access to courses like this (2 of 3 I grew up playing and learning on have closed down) and a fellow pinball guy, I appreciate what you have done so far.

I have heard the story here locally pretty recently, nice to connect the dots.

Best of luck to you and Village Greens.

#19 54 days ago
Quoted from ismiglif:

Our whole family has now voted.
As a Washington golfer, a dad of kids who need access to courses like this (2 of 3 I grew up playing and learning on have closed down) and a fellow pinball guy, I appreciate what you have done so far.
I have heard the story here locally pretty recently, nice to connect the dots.
Best of luck to you and Village Greens.

Thank you for your votes, and thank you for your kind comments. If you ever get the chance to get to Port Orchard and play, I can promise you will have a good time. It's also a nice community, some great places to eat. I'm (currently) only there for a week every month, so I haven't had the chance to check out the local pinball scene yet, but I know there are some machines in the wild nearby.

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#20 54 days ago
Quoted from JayDee:

Very cool. That’s definitely the place to work on target iron shots. You don’t have a choice unless you want to be shooting from under a tree all the time. I love it. I hope you get the grant!

Thank you!

#21 54 days ago

My local public course Ringgold country club is closing to become a solar farm....ughhhh. Instead of a beautiful golf course, it will be full of solar panels.

#22 54 days ago
Quoted from Coz:

My local public course Ringgold country club is closing to become a solar farm....ughhhh. Instead of a beautiful golf course, it will be full of solar panels.

That makes me quite sad. It's always a shame when a golf course closes. There's a course about an hour down the road from us that closed last fall. Mother Nature has already got it back in her grasp.

#23 54 days ago

Golf courses, bowling centers, skating rinks and arcades. That’s all I did when I was younger. Use them or lose them.
And yes.... I still skate!!

#24 54 days ago

Voted - I hope you win! Good luck.

#25 53 days ago
Quoted from AFM95:

Voted - I hope you win! Good luck.

Thank you very much!

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#26 53 days ago

Voted. Hope you get the grant.

#27 53 days ago
Quoted from paddlepaw:

Voted. Hope you get the grant.

Thank you for your vote. I appreciate it very much!

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#29 53 days ago

Voted!

ummm the "two machines"? What's in Maine stays in Maine, right!!

#30 53 days ago
Quoted from gliebig:

Voted.
-Buzz

Thank you Buzz!

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#31 53 days ago
Quoted from zaphod:

Voted!
ummm the "two machines"? What's in Maine stays in Maine, right!!

Thank you for your vote. Probably going to leave two machines in Maine, the rest are going to Washington. Or, I may sell them.

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#32 53 days ago

Voted

#33 53 days ago

Voted. Best of luck.

#34 53 days ago

Thank you very much!

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#35 53 days ago
Quoted from V_piscopo:

Voted. Best of luck.

Thank you for your vote!

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#36 53 days ago

voted

#37 53 days ago

Thank you for your vote!

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#38 53 days ago

On my way to my course to walk 9 and hopefully make a few pars.

#39 52 days ago

Nothing better than golf......and pinball. Voted.

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#40 51 days ago
Quoted from TimBoch:

Nothing better than golf......and pinball. Voted.[quoted image][quoted image]

Awesome setup that you have, both with the golf and the pinball. How many holes do you have laid out?

#41 51 days ago
Quoted from Dooskie:

Awesome setup that you have, both with the golf and the pinball. How many holes do you have laid out?

It is a 3 hole chipping course I patterned after Amen Corner at Augusta National.

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#42 49 days ago

This is what the place looked like when I signed the lease with the county back on May 23rd.

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#43 49 days ago

Wow, what year is that mower from? Time for a grant hopefully? Let’s get some more votes. Bump!

3 weeks later
#44 25 days ago

Any updates? Did they pick the winner of the grant yet?

#45 21 days ago
Quoted from JayDee:

Any updates? Did they pick the winner of the grant yet?

We didn't make the cut unfortunately. Thank you to everyone that helped us. I appreciate it a bunch!

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