After a long two-week road trip that would have made Thelma and Louise proud and a particularly stressful day in I-5 traffic, there it loomed in front of us – the “Promised Land” in Eugene, Oregon – Fiddler’s Green Golf Center, home of the largest on-course golf shop in the USA. We felt the tension drain from our tired bodies; we were about to go golf shopping!
We opened the front door and walked into a cavernous whole new world of all things golf related. The store (it seemed as big as a football field) was an attractive warehouse with rows of colorful golf clothes for women. I’m pretty sure it carried men’s clothing as well. Toward the back around the 50-yard line, a cornucopia of golf clubs, all brands and all shiny and new, waited for a lucky player to select them. At the far end zone was a wall of attractive (too attractive) golf shoes. Fiddler’s Green also had separate rooms attached to the main large room, one dedicated to golf bags and one dedicated to wedges and putters, enabling a customer to make her choice away from the general hubbub created by the masses of shoppers. As we wandered around the sidelines, we found everything a golfer could possibly need, including the latest technology.
We definitely needed a guide in this place that so easily overwhelms the senses, and Raymond Moore, a personable manager, came to our rescue. He was eager to fill us in on the history of the golf center while he tempted us with various “good buys.” Zeke, another personable and successful employee, was content to help Mary buy her first pair ever of full-priced golf shoes.
Raymond explained that the current owners founded Fiddler’s Green in 1976 when they took over a small, rundown golf course by the Eugene Airport. Over the years they built addition after addition to the pro shop until golfers now enjoy the current behemoth they see today. Fiddler’s Green still maintains the 18-hole, 2315-yard short course originally in place. In addition, it has added a driving range, not only for warming up but for testing prospective purchases as well. The original pro shop in the back is now a small coffee shop for both players and customers. To get to the coffee shop from the shopping center, Raymond led us past an in-house embroidery shop, a golf club repair shop, a shipping/receiving space, and Mary and Zeke trying on shoes. judging by all the services available, Raymond justifiably boasted that “customer service is primary” at Fiddler’s Green.
I know the big questions all you readers are asking are “did you buy anything” and “was it a good deal.” The answers, of course, are “yes” and “yes.” How could we resist? I bought a golf watch that also counts steps, and Mary bought a new, longed-for pair of Footjoys. The purchases did not break the bank. We will chalk them up to our road trip budget.
Hope to see you again soon, Fiddler’s Green.
Address: 91292 Highway 99N, Eugene, OR 97402.