Getting To Know: Running Y Ranch Resort Golf Course
An Insightful Interview With Greg Morton, Director of Golf
By Brian Weis
Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Greg Morton who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.
Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
With the Cascade Mountain Range as your backdrop, your stay at Running Y Ranch Resort is designed to be utterly unforgettable. The resort offers a collection of upscale accommodations, including lodge rooms, chalets and custom homes, a full-service spa, the only Arnold Palmer-designed golf course in Oregon, and more than 7,000 square feet of event space, among other noteworthy amenities. Guests enjoy easy access to a world of outdoor adventures, including hiking and biking, kayaking, fly fishing and bird watching during their stay at Running Y Ranch Resort, which is long considered one of the best places to stay in Oregon. Arnold Palmer was once asked what his favorite course that he designed was. After a long pause, he advised he could not single out one course. He began listing sixteen courses and Running Y Ranch Resort was on that list! There are eighteen great holes that are a pleasure for all skill levels to enjoy.
If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Running Y Ranch Resort has been ranked as one of the best courses in the country, let alone Southern Oregon, over the years. The scenery is stunning, the atmosphere is serene, and it is kept in tournament condition every day.
What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
In typical Arnold Palmer fashion, the fairways are quite generous. The challenge lies in the greens. They are quick, and full of undulations that can easily be misread. If you study the green from your approach, you can usually see where the safest side to miss is. If you favor that side, you will have a great chance to escape with a good score.
Any recent changes to the golf course? Or any upcoming changes?
The course has gone through a bunker renovation over the last two years. Forty-five bunkers have been eliminated, and new sand has been installed in the remaining 78 bunkers.
Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
We are simply proud to be associated with The King, Arnold Palmer. Mr. Palmer's legacy will live on forever and Running Y Ranch Resort will do our part to keep him smiling, wherever he may be.
What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Honestly, all eighteen holes are photo worthy. The beauty of each hole will take your breath away.
What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
My favorite hole changes regularly. Lately, hole number six is my favorite. It is the number one handicap hole on the course. It is a long, slightly uphill par four that is framed on both sides by large ponderosa pine trees. The green is severely sloped from left to right, but at first glance you do not realize how severe the slope is. It is always fun to watch people putt that green for the first time. It can make you look downright silly!
Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
There is an amazing patio perched high above the back nine that provides stunning views of the property. It is the perfect spot to enjoy an Arnold Palmer, or you can take it up a notch and make it a John Daly!
For the traveling golfer, do you have lodging onsite or partner with any area hotels?
Accommodations at Running Y Ranch Resort include an 82-room Lodge as well as a large selection of 2, 3 and 4-bedroom vacation rentals.
In the Lodge, guests can choose from king guestrooms, double queen guestrooms, and one-bedroom suites. All guestrooms feature plush beds, flat screen TVs, complimentary WI-FI, and in many cases, decks or patios. They are the perfect place to relax after a day of golf.
Our selection of vacation rentals includes cozy chalets, open floor townhomes and custom homes. Each featuring multiple bedrooms, awe-inspiring views, and resort amenities. Our vacation rentals are the perfect headquarters for your next golf or spa vacation.
In addition to the Lodge and vacation rentals, we also have a Luxury Ten-Bedroom Home that is perfect for large families or groups. This beautiful home is located on a secluded lot atop one of the resort's ridges and offers private views of Klamath Lake while surrounded by tall ponderosa pine trees. The house is equipped with nine bedrooms, six bathrooms and a separate apartment unit that is available above the garage.
Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
The unofficial course record is held by our Head Golf Professional, Jaren Mack. He shot 61 from the Signature tees on 8/20/14. It was an amazing round that was highlighted by hitting into two hazards, missing two three-foot putts! The official tournament course record was shot by PGA tour pro Ben Crane. He posted a 64 in the Northwest Open in the early 2000's. He went on to win multiple titles on the PGA Tour.
Back Tee Stats
Running Y Ranch Resort Golf Course
5790 Coopers Hawk Road
Klamath Falls, Oregon, 97601
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About: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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