The golf course is winding down its season. Saturday, Oct. 13, will be the last day golfers can walk into the clubhouse, sign in and be greeted by Alpine’s cheerful manager Cheryl Kooch.

The closing means that the clubhouse won’t be available as a place to meet with friends, enjoy a cup of coffee, and discuss Wallowa County’s news of the day before heading out to play 9 or 18 holes of golf.

The building will take on that lonely vacant wintry look, and the fairways and greens will look like the guy who hasn’t shaved in a while ... kind of raggedy.

Closing doesn’t mean golfers won’t be able to play. The course itself will be open to the public until the trees are bare and fallen leaves or blinding snow flurries bury your golf ball.

So far, into the end of September’s summer and fall’s beginning, temperatures have proved to be great for Alpine Meadows golfers. Early morning frost has kept eager-beavers from heading out early, but late-morning into later afternoons has been perfect weather for short sleeves and shorts.

A club championship contest held Sept. 16, brought out several golfers in the men’s competition. Top honor went to Dale Johnson who won gross. Harlan Menton garnered the net. There were no entries in the women’s division.

Manager Kooch mentioned that this past Saturday was an exceptional busy day ... many golfers were out including a Four Season’s Group of 16 men and women from the Milton-Freewater and Walla Walla area for the second consecutive year. These long-time golfing friends make it a point to get together, travel around and play different courses in a four-team scramble.

Take note: Monday (Columbus Day) Wildland Firefighters will have their annual fundraiser tournament. The course will remain open.

Next week’s last column of the season takes a look at what our superintendent deals with throughout the season to make the course so enjoyable to play.

Rochelle Danielson writes a weekly golf column for the Chieftain.

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