We may not be East Coast, but we can golf

A few weeks ago I overheard one of the co-hosts of a popular game show nearly trip over his own words talking about how many golf courses were located around a particular beach resort area on the East Coast.

I nearly fell back myself when the words “over one hundred” were mentioned. Let me get this straight: a golf course, two fast-food restaurants, a golf course, a convenience store, a golf course, a bus stop and a golf course? All in the same city block?

Now, this is an exaggeration, right? Or is it?

I have not been to this East Coast area, so this may be true to an extent. The example above may be overkill, so that is why we are so lucky to have a dozen diverse golf courses within an hour’s driving distance. They offer exceptional features, magnificent scenery and accommodating staff.

So, if you are looking for a mini-vacation on the links, look no further than your doorstep right here in the Four Corners and, more importantly, it keeps the money local.

We are now moving into the prime tournament season, and one of the best sources for tournament information, besides the Clubhouse Porch, of course, is the Four Corners golf tournament schedule. This handy one-sheet is my reference guide to what’s up in that inclusive “one-hour driving radius.”

The May calendar features 19 events at many of those dozen courses in our area. As we are halfway through the month, I thought it would be good to focus on those upcoming events.

Dalton Ranch Golf Club welcomes the annual Durango Foundation for Educational Excellence event Friday, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Dalton Ranch then will host the popular Spring Four Ball on Sunday/Monday with tee times beginning at 9 a.m. both days.

Hillcrest Golf Club has several additional events in their calendar circuit: The Homebuilders Association Scramble will have a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Friday; the First United Methodist Church event will tee off from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

The second annual Golf With Grace golf tournament will be held May 30 at The Glacier Club. The tournament benefits Grace Preparatory Academy, a private Christian school in Durango.

Expanding regionally, Hidden Valley Golf Course in Aztec will host three events this month: the Ladies Team Play on Thursday; the Oil Field Open on Friday through Sunday; and the Memorial Day Stroke Play on May 28.

San Juan Country Club will team with Pinon Hills Golf Course in Farmington for the API event starting May 31.

Pinon Hills also will see three more events this month: the PHMGA Tinny Sandoval Fundraiser Stroke Play on Sunday; the Couples Chapman 8 a.m. Shotgun on May 26; and the Pro/Lady 4-Girls and a Pro tournament May 28.

Conquistador Golf Course in Cortez will host the Hospice event Saturday, while Riverview Golf Course in Kirtland, N.M., will host Team Play on May 31.

One more future event, which is returning to its former calendar roots this season, is the Morehart/Murphy Auto Center Youth Baseball Memorial weekend tournament. This event, which in recent years was played on a Saturday/Sunday, has been moved back to its traditional format of Sunday/Monday on May 27-28.

Dave Bray has been covering the local golf scene for 31 years. He can be reached at dbray3751@gmail.com.