PGA pro joins team at Indian Creek

Indian Creek Golf Course introduced the newest and most distinguished member of its clubhouse Wednesday when PGA golf professional Harold Bluestein took to the tees.

Bluestein brings with him more than 25 years of instructional experience, including a Class A certification from the PGA -- a distinction never before held at Indian Creek. He has also served as a golf professional at Northwest golf meccas such as Columbia Edgewater, Riverside and Rock Creek.

"The members of Indian Creek will find that the level of customer service from my staff will be second to none," Bluestein said. "I will introduce new programs, new promotions and a new enthusiasm. And don't be surprised if I lace up my shoes and join you on the course."

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., Bluestein and his family came to the Northwest from Denver, Colo., in 1980 when he became assistant golf professional at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland.

In 1982, he earned the head golf coach position at Portland State University, where he taught two Division II All-Americans. During that time, Bluestein also served as head pro at Rock Creek Country Club in Portland and Lewis River Golf Club in Woodland, Wash.

His most recent position was Assistant Professional at Broadmoor Golf Course in Portland, where he provided group and individual instruction, managed the pro shop and coordinated tournaments.

"I've been a teacher at all levels and look forward to offering a user-friendly way to learn golf," he said. “For those who wish to improve their game, you're in luck because my golf passion is teaching."

Bluestein is also studying for his Master Teaching Certificate with the PGA -- a designation reserved for only a handful of professionals nationally.

In addition to his experience on the course and in the classroom, Bluestein is also a writer and illustrator for Northwest golf publications such as Inside Golf, Golf Northwest and PGA Magazine.

He illustrates two running golf cartoons, "Golph" and "Double Bogey," and his artistic talent won him an Artist's Magazine Best in Show award for a pencil drawing he completed in 1994.

"Be warned, I have a sense of humor and I’m not shy about sharing it," he said.

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