For the most part, life at SkyRidge Golf Course is quiet and serene. People come and enjoy good food, easy-going service, or a fun round of golf. However... once in a while something exciting or unusual happens and news of the event will pass through our little village like wild fire. Below are just some of the stories that we at SkyRidge Golf Course still reminsce about over a burger and beers.
"I had a lot of fun paying your course. I've been a golf pro for 50 years and I didn't know what to expect. But it's in real good shape and I'd play it again." ~ Bill Tindall 8/28/18
We at SkyRidge appreciate our patrons, members, and volunteers. And we'll show that by having you wear a goofy hat on your birthday and taking a picture of it to post on Soren's Café's facebook page. We hug, shake hands, and if we haven't seen you in while, we'll call you to make sure you're okay. Here are a few more ways we express our appreciation to those who make SkyRidge Golf Course a fun and... interesting place to be :)
This is a story written by one of our patrons, Bob Madsen about one of our volunteers, Pete Young.
A SkyRidge Classic
AN ACE... OR NOT? WRONG HOLE, PETER!
Every golfer's dream is a hole in one. That smooth swing that has the ball bounce onto the green with the perfect roll into the hole. What could be better?
With witnesses a'plenty, our industrious golfer was standing on the 15th tee, a 300 yd Par 4 from the Silver Tees. Taking out his trusty 5 metal, a mighty swing occurs. The ball rises quickly... higher and higher! But, alas...
SkyRidge. We have a problem!
This powerful swing develops into a big time pull. And what's that?!
The ball sails over the 13th tee box and, 'Oh No!' It heads for the #12 green! Absolutely perfectly, the ball lands on the green and rolls out of sight.
We have all had the pulls and we all have had to hit from around the 12th green. So not to our surprise our adventuous golfer goes looking for his ball. Now we have two gentlemen playing #12, correctly, where they now watch in awe where Peter walks onto their green to find...
His Ball In The Hole! Wow!
We in his fourseome are going crazy, yelling, and laughing. Now, WE are wondering how many drinks Peter owes us for His hole in one. Alas, we would never know for when we fininshed all we could see was the back of Peter's cart flying down 18 in the opposite direction.
Right or Wrong hole, A Hole in One is a Big Deal.
If you read the bit about SkyRidge Golf Course's history, then you know it was once a beef farm, and before that, a dairy farm. Now owners, Jeff and Martin, along with Jeff's son, Jerry, all worked the land when it was a dedicated farm. So they aren't strangers to livestock and the shenanigans they can sometimes get into.
Well, last spring, the neighbor's cows got out of their pasture and into SkyRidge's driving range! Tess and Jennifer heard a bunch of our volunteers hollering something about "cows on the course!" They rushed to the back door and watched as Jeff, Marty, A.P., Pete, Jerry, and others, dropped what they were doing, hop into their golf carts, and charge after the cows. One would have sworn they could hear "The Flight of the Valkyries" playing as the blue and white, 2-cylinder golf carts took off at top speed, whirring at a whopping 15 miles per hour down the hill and out to the 150, 200, 250, and 275 yard markers, coordinating their movements to expertly herd the bovines back to their noreasterly territory! Good times.
"What's the red flag all about?"
This question has come up more than once. Jeff's father, Soren Pedersen, was born and raised in Denmark. The U.S. military recruited him to be a meat cutter during WWII. During this time, Soren also worked for the Danish Underground, smuggling Jews away from Hitler's slaughterous Nazi regime. Soren later emigrated to the United States from Denmark. The story goes, he went directly to Hawaii and that's where he met his wife, Evelyn. In memory of Soren and out of respect for his family overseas, Jeff flies not only the Stars and Stripes but the Dannebrog as well.