Steamboat course offers a challenge to golfers

By Terry Bowman
Navajo Times

STEAMBOAT, Ariz., July 31, 2014

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(Times photos – Ravonelle Yazzie)

TOP TO BOTTOM: After taking a swing, golfer Phillip Jake follows his ball down the fairway during the 5th annual 2 Men Rez Ball golf tournament on Saturday near Steamboat, Ariz.

A golfer concentrates hard at this year’s 5th annual 2 Men Rez Ball golf tournament as he putts the ball at the Wagon Trail To Lonesome Pine golf course near Steamboat, Ariz.

Lyle Thompson of Window Rock gets ready to tee off during the 5th annual 2 Men Rez Ball golf tournament in Steamboat, Ariz. on Saturday.

Part of the new effort to attract more golfers, new Wagon Trail to Lonesome Pine Rez Golf flag pins were showcased at the 5th annual 2 Men Rez Ball golf tournament on Saturday, July 26 in Steamboat, Ariz.




Golfers from all over the reservation would agree that the Wagon Trail to Lonesome Pine Golf Course is not your average, clean-cut course.

“At a regular golf course, they have yards marked from the start. Out here you have to eyeball it,” said Llewellyn Bedonie of Pinon, Ariz., who was one of the 50 golfers competing in the at the Wagon Trail golf course on Saturday.

“People out there have built rodeo arenas, they have bull ridings and rodeos in their backyards. Why not golf?” asked Freddie Yazzie, co-founder of the Steamboat golf course.

“They have greens out there on the golf course. Here we call them browns,” said Bedonie.

“It’s a challenge. A real golf course is pretty easy,” said Brian Trujillo of Round Rock, Ariz., who played alongside his father Steven.

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