July 07, 2010
Gene Simmons Family Jewels will film portions of the event

By Ryan White

Having enjoyed a few afternoons at The Reserve back in the old Fred Meyer Challenge days, the one thing I always thought the course lacked was Gene Simmons.

More Gene Simmons would fix a lot of golf courses. If I could, I send Gene Simmons to the Masters, because nothing needs a shot of Simmons more than Augusta National.

The Reserve isn't nearly as stuffy, but, still ... Gene Simmons. There's always a chance he'll bring MiniKiss to caddie.

If you, like me, have always hoped to see Gene Simmons, the world's foremost expert on marketing and long tongues, play golf, you're in luck -- he'll be at The Reserve Aug. 1 and Aug. 2.

Courtesy of the folks at Pacific University:

KISS icon Gene Simmons joins Legends Golf Classic's star-studded lineup at The Reserve on August 1, 2

Band's founding member joins lead guitarist and tournament host Tommy Thayer for fourth annual concert & tournament to benefit Boxer Athletics

KISS founding member Gene Simmons will join the band's lead guitarist, Portland-area native Tommy Thayer, for Pacific University's 2010 Legends Golf Classic, hosted by Thayer on August 1 and 2 at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha.

Producers from A&E's hit television series Gene Simmons Family Jewels will film portions of the event to chronicle golf novice Simmons' attempt at the sport.

Prior to hitting the links on Monday, Aug. 2, Thayer will partake in a private concert on Sunday night with other celebrity musicians on hand, led by bassist and vocalist Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees). Joining Blades and Thayer on stage will be Mark Bryan (Hootie & the Blowfish), Ray Kennedy, Johnny Lee and Danny Seraphine (Chicago).

Festivities begin Sunday afternoon with a silent auction, followed by dinner and a live auction attended by many other celebrities in addition to the musicians. Actress and sportscaster Lisa Guerrero, whose credits include Sunset Beach, Monday Night Football and The Best Damn Sports Show Period, will serve as the day's master of ceremonies. Items available for bid include sports and music memorabilia, vacation trips and special concert opportunities.

The scene shifts from the clubhouse to the links on Monday, Aug. 2, as the celebrities join patrons for a putting contest, professional clinic and 18 holes of golf on two of the Northwest's premier courses.

In addition to the musical talent, other participating celebrities include acclaimed actor Clint Howard, NFL greats Eric Dickerson and Leroy Irvin; Major League Baseball stars Chili Davis, Scott Erickson and Chuck Finley; former Oregon football coach and current ESPN analyst Mike Bellotti, PGA professionals Jason Allred and Tommy Masters and World Long Drive Champion Sean Fister; and LPGA professionals Perry Swenson, Amber Prange and Angie Oberholser.

Team and individual reservations for the Legends Golf Classic are still available, but filling up quickly. To register, go to or call (503) 352-2211.