Talking GolfGetaways, Ep. 15: Pacific Gales architect Dave Esler takes our Emergency 9 golf-travel quiz
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Talking GolfGetaways, Ep. 15: Pacific Gales architect Dave Esler takes our Emergency 9 golf-travel quiz

Site of the 16th green at Pacific Gales offers views of the majestic Elk River Valley below and ocean beyond (Photo by Brian Oar /


The “Emergency 9” has quickly proven to be one of the most fun-golf travel questionnaires you’ll hear, especially when the “Talking GolfGetaways” podcast guest is as well-traveled, knowledgeable and fun as Dave Esler, golf course architect and partner in Oregon’s stunning new Pacific Gales project.

Hosts Mitch Laurance and Darin Bunch fire their questions at Dave, and he responds with his usual flair for the comedic and the unusual.

Find out how St. George, Utah, is connected to North Berwick in Scotland and the Fishers Island Club in New York; why a tax-deductible trip to Australia may be in Dave’s future; and why The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin, holds huge appeal.

And when the subject of “Best Food You’ve Ever Eaten on a Golf Trip” is mentioned, Dave shows, surprisingly, a combination of Parisian taste and Nantucket romance (only Dave could pull this one off).

Exploring the natural landscapes of any golf getaway; a pair of comfy Adidas shoes; being a “really bad 1 handicap scramble partner;” and why Pacific Gales and Lake Geneva Country Club outside Chicago rate at the top of Dave’s “Courses You Need To Know” list are all explained — in a way that only one of the most unique voices in the game can deliver.

And for more on Pacific Gales, listen to our complete Episode 14 interview, where Dave talks about the coastal links project, the Founders Club fundraising campaign and how he sees the destination club fitting into the Oregon golf landscape just 30 minutes south of famed Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.

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The GolfGetaways crew of Darin Bunch and Mitch Lauarance have decades of golf travels and adventures to share, which they do here at GNN, on their "Talking GolfGetaways" podcast.

“Talking GolfGetaways with Mitch Laurance & Darin Bunch” is sponsored by (#AssetManagement) and can be found on and across the Golf News Net platform. New episodes post semi-regularly (for the most part, except when we’re traveling or golfing or generally having other kinds of fun). “Talking GolfGetaways” is also available on audioBoom, iTunes and Stitcher.

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