54-Hole, 40-mile Course For Unique Golf Tourney

YUCCA VALLEY – Gene Albrecht on Sunfair has been named acting chairman of Pioneer Pass Pushers at their weekly meeting at Callahans.

He replaces Norman Granger who has moved to Long Beach. Albrecht was foreman of a crew during the Pioneer Pass Push last April, and his community supplied to crews for the big road project between Pioneertown and Big Bear.

In conjunction with Desertland Month in October, the Pushers are making plans for the Pioneer Pass Golf Challenge. This will be the longest, ruggedness course on earth and will extend from Pioneertown to Big Bear Lake. Tentatively 54 holes are planned over 40 miles of “golf course.”


The golf project is not new. The Pushers have been discussing it since last April. Now it has been cleared with the staff of the San Bernardino National Forest, and discussed with a National Senior Golf Assn. Technical advice has been given by Wes Yale of the Hi-Desert Golf and Country Club, and Howard Garlow of the Moonridge Mountain Estates, representing the Moonridge Golf Club at Big Bear Lake.

“The golf challenge has been before our Chamber of Commerce directors’ meeting” Garlow said “Everyone was enthusiastic about the idea.”

District Ranger Earl Nichols of the Forestry service recently wrote, “I will be very happy to work out arrangements with you for this unique use of the National Forest.”

Ida Keeney, Secretary of the National Senior Golf Assn. commented, “It really sounds most interesting.”


Tentatively the tournament Will be planned so that each “foursome” is a” twosome” plus a judge and a spotter. After playing nine holes at the Hi-Desert Golf and Country Club, the golfers will play 36 holes between Yucca Valley and Moonridge.

The competition well involve two days, and prizes will be awarded.

The Pioneer Pass Pushers have also voted to enter a float in the Old Miners Day Parade at Big Bear Lake on Aug. 9. It will be co-sponsored by the Pushers and they got Valley Chamber of Commerce. Mayo Bradfield is chairman of the float committee.

Approximately $725 remains in the Pioneer Pass Road fund, it was announced by co-treasurer. Bud Steward. This funds can be used for nothing but actual repair of Pioneer Pass, It was emphasized.

Aug. 5, 1959 - The San Bernardino County Sun article clipping