With temperate weather keeping local links in playing condition year-round, as well as two courses on the Golf Digest list of top 75 public U.S. courses, golfers love to “go green” in Portland. Tee it up at these area favorites, which feature stunning landscapes and and challenging play.
Offering complete facilities amidst the beauty of Crystal Springs Lake and Rhododendron Garden, Eastmoreland Golf Course is the closest course to downtown Portland and is one of Golf Digest‘s top public picks.
Another Golf Digest darling, the public Heron Lakes Golf Course offers varying degrees of difficulty amid namesake lakes and blue herons. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the facility’s two 18-hole courses offer challenges for players of all skill levels.
Outside the City
The home of the 2003 U.S. Women’s Open, Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club is a farmland-set pairing of public and private courses that offers stunning landscapes and a pure golf experience just 20 miles northwest of Portland. Open to the public, its par-71 Ghost Creek course is reminiscent of some of the world’s best courses in Great Britain. In 2014, PGA Tour golf returned to the Portland region as Pumpkin Ridge’s Witch Hollow plays host to the WinCo Foods Portland Open, the final Regular Season Web.com Tour event.
Langdon Farms Golf Club, an 18-hole public beauty just 30 minutes south of downtown, is well-maintained with wide fairways and rolling hills — not particularly challenging, but an ideal environment for enjoying golf as Mark Twain described it: “a good walk spoiled.”
Located 25 minutes southwest of Portland in the rolling farmland of Washington County is The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club. Over the years, its two 18-hole championship courses have hosted plenty of pros, who rave over its expertly maintained greens — and the Dungeness crab cakes at the Vintage Room Restaurant.
Fall provides spectacular conditions for duffers at the 27-hole golf course at The Resort at The Mountain, located in the Salmon River Valley of the Mt. Hood National Forest. Its Pine Cone Nine course is the oldest in the region, while Thistle Nine is the best for beginners. Foxglove Nine is narrow and challenging, but all are easy to walk and enjoy.
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