Last week I was in Portland on family vacation, and on Tuesday morning I stopped by Nike Golf World Headquarters to pay a visit and take a tour of the facility. I had never been to the Nike campus, or Portland for that matter, so I was excited for the visit. My tour guide was Aaron Sorenson, who I had talked with via email but had not met in person until Tuesday. It was great finally meeting face to face, and he gave me a great tour of the Nike Golf offices.
We started in the lobby, and proceeded to a small exhibition area that has a timeline of Nike Golf’s milestone events (see pics below). We then proceeded to tour the various areas of the building, including the sales area, customer service, product development and digital marketing (which is the department I interface with). Throughout the building there were various displays and graphics of the athletes, as well as a large photo mural of Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman in the main staircase. It’s truly an inspiring place to work.
From there we proceeded out the back of the building, where there is a shaded putting green area, and continued to another building that houses Nike’s Equipment Innovation Laboratory and The Oven West, where Nike Golf Ball technology is created. I was only able to see the outside of the building, but it was still great to see the place where great Nike Golf technology is created. From there we went back to the main building, where we headed up to one of the lounges on the second floor (with a great view by the way), and just talked about Nike Golf for about 15 minutes. Then my ride showed up, and it was time to leave. From there my family and I headed to the Nike Company Store, where spend a good amount of time shopping for great new Nike products, and we left with several bags full of great stuff.
It was great to see some old friends and make some new ones at Nike Golf WHQ. My thanks to Aaron for taking the time to show me around, and as always my thanks to Nike Golf for creating the greatest golf products on the planet.