So I've taken a job in Beaverton, just west of Portland, OR. Will be moving from LA in 3 weeks! Looking to live somewhere between Beaverton and Portland. Three questions.
Courses/Ranges: I searched and there are some threads on good courses in the Portland area. But I've got a newborn and am specifically wondering about the best courses that will be super close to where I'll be living. Basically, what are the best of the handful of courses I see in the Beaverton, Portland, Lake Oswego triangle? Also, are there any private or semi-private clubs worth joining? I can't afford a real country club or anything, but I could be interested in something like a semi-private club with reasonable monthly fees where I could get in 9 holes before work (of course light permitting) and super fast rounds on the weekends. Also, any recommended ranges in that area? In LA weather I just practice with BirdieBalls on my own, but I figure in the damp and (winter) dark, I'll want to find the best covered night-lit range to keep my swing from disappearing!
Gear/Weather: I'm coming from LA but grew up in Philly and am not afraid of the weather. But I figure I'll need gear. What's really needed? Full rain suit, pants and all? 1, 2, 5 gloves to rotate through a round? How many towels? Hand warmers? I've heard stories about clubs with covered carts with propane warmers. Is that standard at many courses in winter? Is it worth it/necessary to invest in your own portable warmer for golf to be fun over the winter months? Any club maintenance tips or stuff like that? Any other tips for golf in the constant damp/drizzle? What are the seasons for pretty miserable/hyper dedicated only golf versus soggy and overcast but fine/pretty dedicated versus sweet summertime/all golfers?
Players: Any TSTers looking to add an occasional golfer to the group? I say occasional because of the baby. I'd golf 4 days a week if I were single and childless!