Oct 292012

By Linda Kor
Local golfers believing they have a secluded retreat in Holbrook’s Hidden Cove Golf Course may find their secret has been discovered. The golf course has been chosen as the pilot location for a proposed show for the Travel Channel called Golf Course Obscura.
The project is the brainchild of James Jeffreys, executive producer of Zumaroo Productions. Jeffreys discovered the golf course while traveling down Interstate 40. “I saw a sign saying ‘Golf Course Road’ and thought to myself, there’s no way that leads to an actual golf course.” Jeffreys went off the freeway and took the path less traveled, discovering what he believes to be a jewel in the high desert.
After seeing the greens and beautiful environment of the course, Jeffreys knew he had stumbled onto something worth sharing with others. He and two friends, Chad Stone and Mitch Strohman, sports announcer for the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks, visited the course on Tuesday along with a film crew for their first filming.
“We knew this would have to be the show’s pilot location, but honestly I’m not sure we can top it,” said Jeffreys. The intent of the show is to travel the highways and byways of America in search of obscure golf courses and the communities they’re located in. To get a feel for the community, Jeffreys and his crew spent the previous evening before filming dining at Romo’s Cafe and meeting some of the local residents.
The next day the cameras rolled as the three men pondered the self-serve golf game vending machine, searched for the golf cart with the greatest get up and go and took in a game of golf.
“The plan is for James to film courses throughout the country with a rotating cast and eventually have celebrities come on as guests,” explained Stone.
For those unfamiliar with the course, the nine-hole Hidden Cove course opened in 1976 and features 3,269 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36. The course rating is 35.6 and it has a slope rating of 115. The course is also adjacent to Hidden Cove Park, which includes prehistoric petroglyphs as well as opportunities for viewing wildlife.
Once completed, the pilot will be presented to the Travel Channel with hopes that it will be added to its schedule.

Photo by Linda Kor
Golf Course Obscura host and executive producer James Jeffreys (in gray) gives directions to his film crew as co-hosts Mitch Strohman practices his swing and Chad Stone looks on.