After the D’Andrea Golf Club closed, the Raiders were left modern day nomads searching for a golf course to call home. Fortunately for the Blue and Gold, it now has 18 new links as its residence for the time being.
“We just got word that Hidden Valley is actually going to host us out there,” Reed coach Nick Nemsgern said. “We’re not going to have full privileges because that’s kind of tough for a private club, but they’re going to allow us to be out there Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and Thursdays we’re going to get to play on the course. So that’s fantastic. It’s as much of a home course as anything. They’ve been fantastic. We’ve really lucked out that we got such a great golf course.”
Aside from providing the Raiders a course to practice on regularly, Hidden Valley also will host the Reed’s High Desert League tournament at the end of April.
As for the days that the Blue and Gold will not be at its new home, the Raiders will spend their Mondays and Fridays at the Lake Ridge Golf Course. Reed has been looking for this stability all season as it constantly had to relocate on a daily basis.
“We had no routine,” Nemsgern said. “Our routine was I’d text the boys every morning and tell them where we were at that day. Depending on who gets back to me on the golf courses, that’s where we were at. There was no routine. Golf is a game of routine and relying on what you’ve done before and they didn’t know where they were going at three o’clock everyday.
“We have all five days covered now, so Reed is not as homeless as we were at the beginning of the week. Things are definitely looking up for us now. I can’t even articulate how much of a relief this is because the truth is that these last four or five days, the boys have had to wait for a text. Every morning they have to wait for a text from me to see where we’re at. It was tough. If they didn’t get the text, they’re literally calling me at 2:45 and we’re already at the golf course. So it’s been a struggle to say the least.”
Regardless of the inconveniences and disadvantages that the Raiders dealt with, Nemsgern said that there were some positives from the ordeal.
“My boys have been very positive about this whole thing and that’s probably the best part of it. They’ve shown me they can roll with pretty much anything,” Nemsgern said. “We have a young team so maybe that is part of it because they just are happy to be on the golf course. Even my four seniors, our leaders, have been understanding and great about giving the other kids rides. Now that we have two courses, they’ll know where they are everyday and now we can just play golf. Now we can look ahead.”
Nemsgern said that his team was relieved to hear the good news.
“They all sort of took a big sigh,” Nemsgern said. “It was as though they were saying, ‘Oh, thank god.’ It’s not that we didn’t enjoy Rosewood or Wild Creek, but it’s just the fact that they were living next to their phones. They had to wait for something everyday to find out where we were going. I think having consistency, especially when you’re trying to get growth, is the biggest thing to build around. Now that we have that I’m excited about the future. We have eight underclassmen, so if this relationship with Hidden Valley works, then maybe it becomes a long term thing with us. If nothing ever comes around with the resurrection of D’Andrea, then it probably is going to be our course in the foreseeable future.
“A lot of the golf courses have been fantastic in accommodating us. I just want to tip my hat to them because golf is a game of honor and a game of character, and the local golf courses, especially Hidden Valley, have really stepped up in our time of need. Now that things are settled, we are very excited to get out there.”