Road Holes — 06 July 2018 by Bob Sherwin
Picture prefect: How reversible works

SENECA, Or. — When someone mentions that Silvies Ranch features reversible 18 holes, one of the first questions asked is, ‘so the next day you hit off the greens, back to the tees?”

No, it’s not like that. It’s all separate. You won’t find divots on putting surfaces nor tee blocks to interfere with your putts.

To best illustrate the essence of the reversible 18, check this picture, deep within the Hankins and Craddock layouts, at the courses’ highest point and farthest away from the clubhouse.

What you see on this day s a golfer playing the Craddock course. He’s hitting to his left, off a tee complex shared by both courses. He’s playing on Craddock’s back nine, the par-5, 550-yard 13th hole (the green is visible down range in the gap between the trees). He had just come off the par-3, 190-yard 12th (not shown).

Just below him on the left is the green for the par-4, 465-yard Hankins sixth hole, disabled for the day. It uses the same fairway as the Craddock course. On this day, everyone plays Craddock so the green below is not in play. Golfers hit their drivers well beyond it.

To the right of the picture – separated by the long line of trees – is the par-3, 200-yard Hankins seventh hole, also disabled for the day.  There is no pin on the green nor horseshoe tee blocks in place. Should you play the Hankins  the following day, you’d be coming toward this tee complex from the green below. Then you climb up to the elevated tee and point yourself right toward the Hankins seventh.

It’s kind of brilliant.

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Bob Sherwin

Bob grew up in Cleveland, an underdog city with perennial underdog teams, and that gave him an appreciation and an affinity for the grinders in golf, guys such as Rocco Mediate, Jhonattan Vegas and star-crossed John Daly. This is the 49th year for Bob as a sportswriter, the first 34 working for newspapers throughout the west, Tucson (Daily Star), San Francisco (Examiner) and Seattle (Times), and the past 15 years as a freelancer. He has covered just about every sport, including golf tournaments, Tucson Open, Bing Crosby/AT&T Pro-Am, the 1998 PGA Championship, the 2010 U.S. Senior Open, the 2010 U.S. Amateur the 2015 U.S. Open and the annual Champions Tour Boeing Classic. He also writes articles for golf magazines. For most of his 20 years at the Seattle Times his primary beat was the Mariners. He then picked up Washington men's basketball in the winter. He also was the beat writer for the Sonics, including 1996 when they played the Bulls for the NBA title. After a lifetime hacking on public courses, he finally gave in and joined a country club in 2011, the Members Club of Aldarra near Seattle. Despite (or perhaps because) of his 14 handicap, he won the 'Super Senior'' (65 and older) championship in 2017. He has a pair of aces – 37 years apart – and in 2009 came agonizingly close to his ultimate golf goal of scoring in the 70s when he finished with an even 80. He lives in Seattle, and spends part of his winters in Marco Island, Fla.

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