- John Brewington
- South County Spotlight - Sports
Adam Hagen isn't hanging up his competition golf spikes, but he presents a friendly face at the local course
Adam Hagen has played golf all his life-successfully. He played in high school, college, and turned pro three years ago.
These days Hagen hasn't given up on competitive golf, but will spend most of his time as the manager of the Wildwood Golf Course, just south of Scappoose.
The Hagen family is well known in local golf circles. His dad Steve is a fixture on local courses. His brother Ian also tried his hand at college and pro golf.
Adam was a stand out in high school. He finished 20th in state his freshman year, fifth his sophomore year, fourth his junior year, and third his senior year.
He went on to play at the University of Hawaii Hilo and as a transfer to the University of Nevada Reno. He has degrees in Spanish and business. He turned pro in 2008 and plans to continue with some professional play.
His dad notes, 'He started playing at about three, but he was a different kid. He didn't really start to improve until he reached high school. He really worked at it then.'
Last October, Hagen was hired by Ryan O'meara as the manager at Wildwood.
It's proving a good hire.
Hagen likes the course. 'We have a little different policy structure,' he says. 'We try to give our customers the best price we can. We've made so many improvements. (A year ago) we got hit hard by the weather. Since then we've been taking out trees, adding trees, putting boulders in the streams, and putting in more drainage. The greens are 1,000 times better now than they were last winter.'
Around 15 people are employed at the course during the season, seven of them maintenance personnel. Wildwood is an 18-hole course with a driving range for irons, a large putting green, and a full-service clubhouse.
Hagen said that despite the inordinate wet weather over the last few months, the course is drying out and the ball is starting to bounce. He expects it to get even better with a little stretch of nice weather.
In addition to playing in professional tournaments, Hagen will also give lessons. He said he isn't structured for groups, but will do up to two persons for $30 per half hour.
Hagen said he doesn't have credentials as a club professional, but he may consider that sometime in the future. For now, he's pretty happy with the way things are going.