Thursday, July 25, 2013

Legendary Journalists Take on The Legends Collection’s Golf Courses in Central Oregon

(Portland, Ore.) – Golf Media Network and the A travel to the high desert to bring the reports of four journalists on assignment to cover the golf courses and brew pubs of Central Oregon.  Long known as one of the craft-brewing capitals of the world, and also famous for whitewater rafting, mountain biking, golf, and other adventure sports, Central Oregon is home to The Legends Collection—five golf resorts featuring 171 holes routing across rivers, through canyons, and in the shadows of snow-capped peaks.  The resorts include Brasada Ranch, Pronghorn, Sunriver, Black Butte Ranch, and Tetherow.

From July 28 – August 2 three writers and a videographer from Golf Media Network will search for errant shots in the fescue, enjoy the triumph of occasional birdies, and quench their thirsts with the IPAs and porters that have made Central Oregon famous not just for golf, but for what many golfers seek out after their rounds: craft-brewed beer.  The journalists will create and broadcast daily original content via a collection of websites and social media that will be further disseminated by sponsor partners.  The content will include short travelogues, videos, and reviews of courses, restaurants, and other attractions, as well as the observations of a team of seasoned golf journalists who have been drinking since the late afternoon, possibly earlier.

Award-winning writer Tom Bedell is the only member of both the Golf Writers Association of America and the North American Guild of Beer Writers.  His work has appeared in Travel & Leisure Golf, Celebrated Living, Lexus Magazine, and many other top publications.

Jeff Wallach, Executive Editor of the A Position, has published in The New York Times, Money Magazine, Outside, and other magazines and newspapers.  The author of five books, he claims to have a pretty good short game for a journalist.

Christopher Smith is the PGA Lead Instructor at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore., and at the KOR Physical Therapy and Athletic Wellness Clinic in Beaverton, Ore.. He is the author of I’ve Got 99 Swing Thoughts but ‘Hit the Ball’ Ain’t One, and his teaching methods have been featured in GolfWeek, Golf Digest, and The Wall Street Journal.   He is also the world speed golf champion.

The writers’ exploits in Central Oregon will be captured by Scottish videographer David Whyte.  Whyte is a video producer, writer and photographer specializing in golf travel. His golf destination videos appear on airlines around the world in 'Golf Passport', a 30-minute program exploring the best places to stay and play.

According to Alana Hughson, President and CEO of the Central Oregon Visitor’s Association, "Central Oregon's golf and craft brew scene has attracted a lot of media coverage over the years, but never has a collection of top quality journalists such as the Golf Road Warriors conducted such an in-depth 'investigation' of the region's golf, recreation, and other tourism assets.  Reviewing and reporting on five resorts that combine to create one of the country's top golf destinations is an arduous task, but we know the guys are up to the challenge."

Check out the warriors’ field reports at and


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