Hole #6

#6.1‘ol Westy

Hole No. 6: Par 4
White tees: 335
Yellow tees: 246
Red tees: 243

A short, fiesty par 4, playing 335 yards from the back tees. Smart players will want to lay up with their tee shot to find a level lie for a medium length pitch to a bunkered, sloping, firm green. Longer hitters can go for the green from the tee, but a shot that strays to the right will find a deep forest of trees, and a shot not hit quite far enough will find it nearly impossible to hold their second shot on the temperamental green from a downhill lie. Always fun to play, the hole is fair and will reward good shots and smart play. Gamblers with a lot of heart will be rewarded with the occasional eagle, and punished for their wayward bold play with a score north of par, but they will always walk off the green with memories that will last a lifetime.

This hole is named ‘ol Westy in memory of Pat Westhoff, a friend of mine from Bremerton, Washington. I knew Pat from the time I was 9-years-old, running around at the Sheridan Park gym and being a royal pain in the backside. I worked for Pat at Roosevelt Field when I was in college, and also worked for him when I was an assistant and head professional at Gold Mountain Golf Course. Sadly, Pat passed away in 2014. There is a sign next to the tee area in Pat’s memory.

The memorial on the sign was written by Chuck Stark, the retired sports editor of the Bremerton Sun. For anyone who knew Pat, this could not have been written more perfectly:

Pat Westhoff was a remarkable little guy from Bremerton, Washington, who was larger than life in his community. Laughter followed him wherever he’d go. He worked for the city’s parks and recreation department for years and was instrumental in making Gold Mountain Golf Club one of the best public facilities in the United States. “Westy” never got cheated on his swings, and while he never got the chance to play this hole, he would have been the first one to poke fun at you if you didn’t go for it on this short, feisty par 4. He was born April 11, 1946, and died April 6, 2014.

Pat Westhoff

Pat Westhoff