Portland Golf: Portland-area golf courses

Rose City Golf Course is the second oldest municipal track in the Portland area. In 1921, A.H. “Jay” Gould played his first round of golf ever at Eastmoreland Golf Course. After returning home, he decided to look for a good place to hit golf balls and came upon The Rose City Speedway. On Jan. 31, 1923 the first green fee ticket was sold to Jay Gould and in the spring, more than 800 played in one day. The city then took over the course completely.

Located just 45 minutes outside of Portland, Skamania Lodge Golf Course is surrounded by woodlands, giving it an entirely secluded feel. The course sits along the north bank of the Columbia River Gorge. Golfers shouldn’t be surprised if they are joined by some of the abundant wildlife that call the course home, including deer, turtles, geese, and osprey.

There are two championship courses at the Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club, which are available to the public through a unique rotating format. The South Course, also known as Fought after its designer, offers a completely different round from the North Course, which was designed by Bob Cupp. The South plays longer and straighter than the North Course and many claim it is the easier of the two but it also possesses an unbelievable amount of sand traps strategically placed throughout.

The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club boasts a unique rotating format that gives golfers public access to two different 18-hole championship courses. The North Course, also known as Cupp, plays along coastal dunes while the South Course is routed through wooded hills. The North is considered the more challenging of the two but both are formidable tests.

Chehalem Glenn Golf Club sprawls across beautifully hilly terrain, providing a course that is not for the faint of heart. The course is defined by the dramatic changes in elevation, which can make it tough to walk. The steep hills make this a tough golf course even for high handicappers.

Eastmoreland Golf Course was laid out in 1917 by National Amateur Champion, H. Chandlar Egan. Today, Eastmoreland is ranked by Golf Digest among the top public courses in the country. Eastmoreland is as beautiful as it is challenging, bordered in part by Portland’s Rhododendron Gardens and Crystal Springs Lake.

Oregon City Golf Club was originally built in 1922 as a nine-hole course. In 1960, the second nine was added bringing the total yardage to 5,940. It had no sand traps but did contain plenty of trees and rolling fairways.

The Ghost Creek Course is a golfer’s dream; four sets of tees on each hole to challenge every golfer; continuous cart paths for convenience and ease of play; architecture in the “old style” leaving the land completely natural; vistas of the Cascades, Coast Range and Tualatin Hills, together with the farmland of the Tualatin Valley, create the ultimate aesthetic experience.

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Residents love Portland with as much enthusiasm as the magazines that frequently praise the city for its “livability” – and part of that has to do with its abundance of outdoor activities. Come the warmer months when the rain subsides, golf becomes a big draw. And when it is raining, the masses huddle up in one of the city’s countless coffee shops, or more than two dozen microbreweries. Portland is among America’s top pub towns, so rest assured, golfers will find some of the finest 19th holes here.

Portland is very visitor friendly with plenty of sights and attractions to explore, and it’s also compact enough that it is easy to escape for greener pastures. The city has a solid municipal golf system, which starts with two golf courses at Heron Lakes just a few miles from downtown. Both are Robert Trent Jones Jr. designs of varying degrees of difficulty, with the demanding Great Blue serving as 2000 U.S. Public Links Championship host.

One of the northwest’s earliest golf courses dating back to 1917, historic Eastmoreland Golf Course is a pleasant step back in time and full of scenery and wildlife on a charming layout. RedTail Golf Course and Rose City Golf Course round out the five affordable offerings run by the city.

Among the northwest’s most nationally recognized and prestigious clubs is Pumpkin Ridge, which features a private golf course and one public, Ghost Creek, that is a rolling, Bob Cupp-designed parkland test with a rocky creek that torments golfers throughout the round.

Just south of the city headed towards Salem, you can play two popular daily-fee golf courses for low-handicappers both built during the 1990s golf boom, Langdon Farms and the Oregon Golf Association Golf Course, both regular local and regional tournament hosts.

As much as beer is a draw in Portland, so is wine, and the Reserve Vineyards in Aloha features two very different semi-private golf courses in the heart of Oregon’s wine country. Both the South and North course are available for public play on alternating halves of the month.

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